Swim diapers

26 posts / 0 new
Last post
beccasweet's picture
Joined: 04/10/11
Posts: 679
Swim diapers

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!

Joined: 04/30/09
Posts: 2257

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.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
Posts: 14483

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!

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

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

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 Biggrin 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 Smile 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.

TiggersMommy's picture
Joined: 02/14/10
Posts: 6043

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!

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

"TiggersMommy" wrote:

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 Lol 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.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
Posts: 14483

"TiggersMommy" wrote:

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. Blum 3

TiggersMommy's picture
Joined: 02/14/10
Posts: 6043

"alwayssmile" wrote:

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. Blum 3

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.

Marite13's picture
Joined: 08/07/09
Posts: 3368

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!

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

Diaper checker sounds like an AWESOME job ROFL

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!

tink9702's picture
Joined: 09/28/08
Posts: 2977

"cactuswren" wrote:

Diaper checker sounds like an AWESOME job ROFL

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!

If you are willing to buy online - Image google "swim diaper orange" - there are a ton out there actually!

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

No, I did that! Several times! I see none! I mean PLAIN orange, not with any pattern. The top already has a pattern (it's hot pink with white and orange boats) and everything I see would look just awful with it. If I am missing something, I would love it...link?

It's really hard to find plain baby/toddler shirts too, actually. WHY?

tink9702's picture
Joined: 09/28/08
Posts: 2977

hmmmm, what about this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/77692262/swim-diaper-orange-and-yellow-size-large

yeah, I find that to be the case too. I find it even harder to find "plain" pants for girls!

ange84's picture
Joined: 12/28/09
Posts: 6564

If we are going to a lake or the beach I just use his swimmers, they are close fitting and have proven to hold poop before in our at home paddling pool. At our public pool they must wear a swim nappy and they prefer disposable only. I have heard good things about Imse Vimse swim nappies, but no personal experience

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

Ooh, that's not bad! I never think to look on Etsy. I don't know why. Thanks!!

Yeah, the plain swimsuit at the beach did hold the poop in...but (1) we were just lucky that it wasn't a messier occasion and (2) even so, getting a whole suit off of her without getting the poop everywhere was really hard. I think for us a tankini top with a diaper bottom (I want to get 2 so there's a backup) seems like the easiest and safest solution. We never swim in public pools with rules about these things because we're fortunate enough to have a family member with a nice pool and an open door policy about it, but I still don't want her pooping in there...and we are going on a beach vacation where we'll be out there for long periods of time, so...risky.

ETA: I ended up ordering 2 of these in plain orange: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92900353/infant-reusable-cloth-swim-diaper-orange?ref=v1_other_1 Will let y'all know how they work out! I'm excited Smile

mommys's picture
Joined: 05/08/06
Posts: 6264

Leigh, I just ordered one of those from Etsy as well. Blue with hearts.

With my first DD, I used cloth swim diapers. It was actually the only cloth I used, so kind of funny. Anyway, mine were pull-up swim diapers (like these) and I don't recomend that. Poop in swim diapers when it has been wet a little while is already messy, then try pulling it off their legs without getting it everywhere! I sure prefered those to disposables though. This time I'm trying ones with snaps.

CamelNoodle's picture
Joined: 07/28/04
Posts: 908

We just used the cheap one from Target. I can't remember if it is the iPlay or iSwim brand. They worked fine.

Knock on wood though, none of my DSs pooped while swimming.

CaityA83's picture
Joined: 05/08/09
Posts: 855

I have always just used a diaper cover. Last year I used a bummis super whisper wrap that was on the small side. All you're trying to do is catch the poo. It has worked great for us. And covers come in lots of colors and designs Wink

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
Posts: 14483

I know last year Walmart had reusable swim diapers for $5! Don't know if they have them again this year since I'm avoiding that place like the plague.

abacaxi's picture
Joined: 02/27/10
Posts: 363

I use a FuzziBunz pocket diaper without the insert for my daughter. She's been in weekly swim lessons for about 8 months, and we've never had any problems with it. I can't say how well they do with poop though - she's very particular about where she'll poop, and the pool is not one of her places.

Her swim school actually requires cloth swim diapers rather than disposable, and at her first lesson one of the employees saw her and said "Oh, I love her FuzziBunz," so I assume that means a lot of people use that particular brand (I don't know how else she would have recognized it so easily).

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

Got the swim diapers I ordered off Etsy just now! Obviously I haven't had a chance to try them in a pool (or even on Adair, since she's napping) but they look great! And totally cute with her swim top, which was the whole point of wanting something particular Smile I'm so excited...when we are hanging out at the beach on our vacation, now if she poops I can just literally change her diaper and keep on hanging with NO drama!

Will update once we've taken them for a spin!

Marite13's picture
Joined: 08/07/09
Posts: 3368

"cactuswren" wrote:

Got the swim diapers I ordered off Etsy just now! Obviously I haven't had a chance to try them in a pool (or even on Adair, since she's napping) but they look great! And totally cute with her swim top, which was the whole point of wanting something particular Smile I'm so excited...when we are hanging out at the beach on our vacation, now if she poops I can just literally change her diaper and keep on hanging with NO drama!

Will update once we've taken them for a spin!

And with pictures please! Smile

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

Well, if you insist Biggrin

We went to the pool today. Success! She didn't poop, but they fit, seemed comfy, and looked cute with her top. Everything I wanted! They were on the smaller snaps, too, although barely. So, room to grow Smile


TiggersMommy's picture
Joined: 02/14/10
Posts: 6043

Hi Addy! VERY cute. You know what would be cuter? Teagan and Addy swimming together. We should make that happen. Soon. Oy this heat!

tink9702's picture
Joined: 09/28/08
Posts: 2977

OMG she's just adorable!!! Did she enjoy swimming?

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
Posts: 4658

Yes, she LOVES it (even though the pool is still pretty cold, and she shivers, she will beg to go again the next day!)

Erin, just let me know when you have an afternoon window, miss busypants.

Log in or register to post comments