Living in sunny Florida and having a pool in our backyard I’ve always wondered what made swim diapers so special. One of our first purchases last year was a swim diaper for our baby. It wasn’t much more than a water proof cover with a mesh liner inside. We also have a small stash of disposable swim diapers that friends have handed down. When I first got involved online I began asking what other people used for swim diapers – guess what? They use their cloth diapers as swim diapers!
After I thought about this it actually made since – the cloth diapers that we use are diaper covers with inserts. If you remove the insert the diaper cover is still soft and resembles the swim diapers specially marketed for the pool. They fit snug around your baby and will keep the pee and poop inside while swimming. They won’t be super absorbent without the liner but when was the last time you looked at the fit of disposable swim diapers – there is on way they keep any liquids INSIDE! And those specially marketed cloth swim diapers aren’t much more absorbent than a cover. So why invest in a new stash of swim diapers when your stash is already filled with diaper covers?
What about the chlorine in pools? Will it hurt my cloth diapers? Chances are you already add bleach to your washing routine at least once a month and the chlorine in pool water is about the same strength (or weaker).
What about the beach? Yes, my daughter wears her cloth diapers to the beach too. At least the water at the beach is fresh water so you don’t have to worry about the effects of chlorine on your diapers. You may have to remove quite a bit of sand from your diapers though if your little one is anything like mine. I find sand in practically every opening and crevice for days following our beach trips.
Want to know what my favorite cloth diapers and accessories for swimming? I prefer my Thirsties Duo as a swim diaper. The unique leg gussets tend to hold everything in. My favorite accessory for swimming – our Bum Essentials Bum Bag (wet bag). The Bum Bag is made from a double layer of the same material as the Bum Essentials diapers. When we leave the beach or pool (if we aren’t at home) we simply remove the diaper and bathing suit and toss them in the Bum Bag. A quick rinse in pool shower and it’s time to put on a new diaper. Our beach trips are easy to pack for because we don’t do anything different than any other trip – cloth diapers, wipes, and wet bag!
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