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    Have you used a swim diaper on your baby? Which one would you recommend? Any that you wouldn't recommend?
    What about using a pocket with no insert?

    Specifically I'm looking for my long and skinny almost 4 month old but I'm guessing others might be interested too since summer is coming fast!
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    We have a Bummis Swimmi Swim Diaper. I didn't use it loads with DD but it worked out nicely. She's long and skinny too. I never thought of the pocket without an insert idea. The only thing that I can think of going wrong there is it might sag a little from not being as "breathable" as a swim diaper.

    I'm interested to hear what everyone else uses.
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    Well, Becky already knows my answer but I'll add it here for others.

    Last summer we used a Monkey Doodlez and Bummis Swimmi. They both worked at least once to contain the poop. DS was predictable back then, so we didn't really have to deal with poop much. Never had any escape. Monkey Doodlez is hard to take off if there's a mess though because it's a pull on and off type. Bummis Swimmi is easier to take off when there's a mess, but do note that they run big. DS was just shy of 20 pounds last summer when I bought it and the medium was HUGE. I had to tighten it as much as I could in the waist. I'm pretty sure at 25 pounds he'll still fit the medium just fine despite supposedly being in the weight range for the large.

    I personally would rather use a swim diaper than a pocket without the insert because chlorinated water will affect the PUL. I wouldn't trust those diapers to be used as regular diapers again. Since I'm attached to the pockets we do own, I don't want to "waste" one for swimming. But if you have one you wouldn't mind making a swim only diaper, it should work just fine!

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    Ooh! A question that's still applicable to me!

    We used a Bummis swim diaper last year and I loved it. She actually never pooped in it, but since it's a regular diaper-like opening (rather than pull-up style) I know it would have been no problem if she had. She DID poop in a regular swimsuit with no diaper at the beach once last year, and that was a nightmare, so I am definitely sticking with swim diapers until she's potty trained I'm thinking of getting another of the same type, although maybe I should check first and make sure the old Bummi doesn't actually still fit...she did wear 6-9 month shorts yesterday, even though she's a 2T in most things, and she wore the same swimsuit yesterday no problem. You never know Mine's long and skinny too, and just keeps getting more so!

    I would NOT recommend just wearing a pocket or cover with no insert, though. I actually just tried that on Sunday since we kicked off pool season for Easter and I hadn't gotten around to buying this year's swim diaper yet...it worked fine except that when she got out of the pool, ALL of the water just stayed trapped inside, so she was toddling around with a giant water balloon between her legs. Those things are meant to prevent leaking, not let water drain through. Jackie makes a good point about the PUL if you plan to use an existing diaper, also.

    Long story short, I say it's worth it to get one, and get the kind that opens and closes, not pull-up style. Otherwise, they're probably all about equal.
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    I don't know what brand mine is. Something cheap and pretty un-complicated. Another thing to keep in mind is that some public pools have odd rules about swim diapers. If you plan to use one regularly its a good idea to call them up and see what they say. Some bizarre cities want you to put a cloth swim diaper over a disposable. Like that makes sense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    I don't know what brand mine is. Something cheap and pretty un-complicated. Another thing to keep in mind is that some public pools have odd rules about swim diapers. If you plan to use one regularly its a good idea to call them up and see what they say. Some bizarre cities want you to put a cloth swim diaper over a disposable. Like that makes sense!
    Uh, what? Disposable swim diapers are gross. I had a random one that somebody had stuck in a box of hand me downs, and I used it when we hiked up to Romero Pools recently (more to protect her bottom from the sand than to protect the water from her poop ) It got so heavy and nasty, and since it was a pull-up type, it would have been a real pain if she had pooped in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    I don't know what brand mine is. Something cheap and pretty un-complicated. Another thing to keep in mind is that some public pools have odd rules about swim diapers. If you plan to use one regularly its a good idea to call them up and see what they say. Some bizarre cities want you to put a cloth swim diaper over a disposable. Like that makes sense!
    I've heard of that before and that is so dumb. If the cloth diaper fits well it's fine by itself. I wonder if they all actually check that two swim diapers are used ya know? Cause I'd totally lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwayssmile View Post
    I've heard of that before and that is so dumb. If the cloth diaper fits well it's fine by itself. I wonder if they all actually check that two swim diapers are used ya know? Cause I'd totally lie.
    Yeah, lying would be my plan as well. There's no way there's a diaper checker and its not like the life guards can see if there's a disposable under a swim diaper under a bathing suit.

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    We also have Bummis ones. Beni has gotten A LOT of use out of them given where we've been living. She was in the small until about a year or maybe 15 mos, and then we moved on to the medium, which at 23-25lbs, fits her fine. It's loose, a little baggy, but it would catch poop. In fact...no, now that I think about it, the only time she has pooped in the pool (our own home wading pool) was once when I put her just in a swimsuit. OF COURSE! It was gross. So yeah...the Bummis has been awesome for us!
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    Diaper checker sounds like an AWESOME job

    Yeah, I'd totally lie too. That's completely ridiculous.

    May I just lodge one tiny complaint? Why are there NO plain orange swim diapers to be had? Or really any plain swim diapers other than white, pink, and blue? LAME. I bought Adair a tankini top, thinking I'd get her matching swim diapers for the bottom, and I can't find anything that wouldn't look completely terrible (other than white, which...boring.) Get on that, swim diaper manufacturers!
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