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Choosing a Swim Diaper Solution

If you’ve made it this far into the summer without picking out a swim diaper, you probably feel like you’re sitting pretty. You haven’t needed one yet; that means that you’re not going to have to buy one, right? Next year. Next year, you’ll buy a swim diaper. Then the dreaded invitation comes up: one that you can’t turn down. Maybe it’s a swim party for a family member. Maybe it’s a day at the lake with friends that you don’t get to see very often. Or maybe your husband is surprising you with a weekend at the beach. Whatever the case, suddenly, you’re not going to be able to get by without a swim diaper anymore. Sure, you could just try keeping baby out of the water…but you also know that’s probably not going to happen. When choosing a swim diaper, you have a couple of options. You can shell out for an actual swim diaper (and you’re probably going to need at least two, just to be safe), or you can take a couple of old pocket diapers and designate them as swim diapers. Just don’t add inserts (swim diapers are intended to absorb poop, not pee), and baby is good to go. On the other hand, there are some advantages to an actual swim-style diaper. On a smaller baby, they fit better. If you have a tiny …

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Summertime Essentials

The weather is finally nice, and my 15 month old daughter and I have been busy playing outside. We have a splash park close to our house and have been taking advantage of it. Going out for the day now requires a different check list of things to bring, but here is my list of summertime essentials: Sunscreen: Last summer my daughter was too young for sunscreen, so we didn’t spend much time in the sun. This year I knew she would need something but didn’t want to slather her in chemicals. I bought balm baby sunscreen, and it works great. Just a little goes a long way, and I don’t have to worry about unknown ingredients being rubbed into her skin. Swim diaper: We have been using my swim baby, and they work great. I never thought about babies in the pool before I had my own, but swim diapers are only to catch poop. I would suggest having at least two because you never know when a poop will come! Also, don’t put the diaper on before you get to the pool because any pee will just leak right out. Don’t forget your wipes, either. The other afternoon I took my daughter for a quick trip to the park, and just threw in an extra diaper for the ride home (less than 5 minutes). Well, she decided to …

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The Other Crap In Diapers

I’m not one to use the word “crap” but when you look at what is in disposable diapers…well…that’s the only way I can think to describe it. And I’m not talking about excrement. I’m talking about the nasty gel stuff. And do you know where it is the nastiest? In the pool! Summer is coming friends, and we need to be prepared for water activities! Our family invested in a pass to a local pool last summer. Not only was it great exercise for my kiddos (not to mention making them dead tired for bedtime) but it was so nice for pregnant mommy to be able to soak her feet and relax too. We loved many things about the pool, including the fenced in kiddie pool area where everyone could splash around under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. At the time I had a newly turned one year old, so my eyes could be on her while my three and four year old played and I knew they couldn’t “escape”. But it was not all splashing and giggles at the pool. Not by a long shot. Even though there was a posted sign that said “un-toilet trained children must have appropriate swim diapers on” people insisted on bringing their tots into the pool in, you guessed it, disposables. GROSS. And when those babies (referring to the dipes) explode, all …

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A Swim Diaper Changed It All

If you had asked me a year ago if we used cloth or disposable diapers on our then 4-month-old girl, I would have looked at you like you were insane for even asking and answered disposables. Cloth diapers had been mentioned to me maybe once or twice by my mom while I was pregnant. I didn’t take her seriously at all. I had seen those squares of material she later used as dust cloths after I was done with diapers. If only I had known. Fast-forward a couple of months. I was planning to start a mommy and me swim class with the Miss. For the class, she needed a swim diaper and vinyl pants over it. The pool sold them, but there had to be something better on the Internet, right? What did I find? Re-usable cloth swim diapers with a waterproof outer shell? That would work! And, what are these other things this website sells? bumGenius? Pocket diaper? All-in-one? Huh? I was intrigued but ordered my swim diaper and nothing else. Around the same time, my best friend was deep in planning for her first baby. She mentioned to me that she was looking into cloth diapers. We have always been highly competitive. So, obviously, if there was something to this cloth diaper thing, I couldn’t let her out-do me. I really started looking into cloth more seriously. …

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Plunging into cloth with an older baby

It all started with a bad kiddie pool experience. At the first signs of warmer weather, my husband and I practically rushed to the store and bought the plastic pool and a pack of disposable swim diapers. Eager to let my 6-month-old “swim” for the first time, we soon filled the pool, stripped my son, slid on the diaper and dipped him in. Of course, he had a blast. Then he got that all-too-familiar look on his face. Despite scooping him up as quickly as I could, our new wading pool got much more broken in than I expected as a brown cloud disseminated in the water. Anticipating a full summer of pools and lakes, I knew this wasn’t going to cut it, and I turned once again to the grand idea that I had done plenty of Internet-browsing about before the birth of my first baby: Cloth diapers. I settled on a Bummi Swimmi because it was cute, not too expensive, and because it velcroed on and off like the disposable diapers I was accustomed to. For the rest of the summer, the pack of disposable swim diapers sat on the shelf and the Swimmi went with us. It felt so nice to just throw it in with the wash and know I wasn’t adding to the trash pile (or buying more diapers) with each outing. Cloth diapering was …

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