Are swim diapers a waste of money? Should you just let them swim with a regular diaper at the pool?

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Sharon - posted on 02/03/2010

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Um about 99% of the replies here say USE THE SWIM DIAPER and I usually don't reply to these sorts of threads because the general consensus is so strong..



but because I get so gnarled out at seeing a baby, who could not possibly be potty trained, in the pool water just urinating and possibly defecating away, I HAD to reply.



USE THE SWIM DIAPERS. I don't care if they're disposable or cloth - but omg don't put your baby in a public pool without one.



THANK GOD my pool will jerk you and the baby out ASAP if its noticed the infant is NOT wearing a diaper.



I even put a swimdiaper on my potty trained toddler the first few times because I was worried she would be overcome with excitement and forget to tell me she needed to potty.

Laura - posted on 02/03/2010

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Here's a little trick with the swim diapers. After use, don't discard (unless baby poops). Take the wet diaper off the baby carefully, then put it in a delicates bag and wash with your normal laundry. Air dry and reuse. You can get 4-6 uses out of each diaper before they get too stretchy to use again! I did this through my first two sons swimming experiences (now ages 6 & soon to be 8) and plan to do this with my 3rd son, age 1.

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2010

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Last summer i used swimmer diapers and what i did to save money and from having to buy them a couple times out threw the summer. If you know you kid didn't pee or poop in them. I took them off rung them out and turned then inside out and hung them to dry. It saved tons of money epecially since we had swim lessons 2x's a week.

Samantha - posted on 02/03/2010

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well really in truly they don't HOLD water so basically the pee is coming out in the pool, but atleast that keeps poo in :) I personally have used them because I was afraid of that happening so they are good, and they are bad at the same time and pretty pricey diapers are horrible with water because they hold water then can burst lol- your choice

Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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swiming diapers are just a wasted of money to me i just let them go in some swim tunks or bathing suit with out a diaper

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Gwendolyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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Swim diapers please! Consider reusing them if not soiled. Also share the cost of a box with another mom if you know that you do not need the whole box. The regular diapers just do not work for the pool. Also make sure you take your little one to the potty frequently at the pool. The swim diapers do not hold allot pee in my experience.

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I'd buy the swimming ones because the regular ones have the filling fall out of it. I had to deal with it the hard way lol

Emily - posted on 02/03/2010

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they are not a waste...if you child has a accident you will be GLAD they have a swim diaper on! My son had a huge accident and the little swimmer kept it in..regular diapers expand and fall apart as they hit the water.

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They are totally worth it! They are super snug and don't let any of the pee out. The only bad thing that I've found with them is that once our child poops in it then the diaper's pretty much done for and you have to change it (I guess the poop makes the diaper sag too much or something, but if you leave it in there the poop starts to leak out... it's gross...).



Plus, I know my local pool does not allow babies into the pool without a swim diaper. If they have a regualr diaper, the lifeguard will come and make you take your baby out of the pool.

Catherine - posted on 02/03/2010

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def the swim ones are better. Normal ones are heavy and uncomfy for the wee ones.

Lisa - posted on 02/03/2010

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just get one cloth diaper, wash re-use my guy swims alot so it was a good idea for use! plus its more enviro friendly!

Jen - posted on 02/03/2010

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The swim one are well worth the money!! The regular ones fill up with water and then weigh a ton. And if they get too wet, they break and all the "gel" inside goes EVERYWHERE!!!

Jamielyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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Use them! they're sooo worth it! I put my baby girl in the pool with a regular nappy and when we were finished, her nappy looked like she was carrying a bowling bowl of water in there! heheh

Leza - posted on 02/03/2010

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Yes, use little swimmers! Regular diapers swell and eventually tear allowing the crystals in the diaper to leak but be sure to change the swimmer after awhile because since it's not that absorbent it won't hold much urine. Good question!

Dana - posted on 02/03/2010

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I live on Lake Erie (US) and I bring my son to swim lessons so, I use the swim diapers often, it's not that costly. It's not as if you go through them quickly either.

Rachel - posted on 02/03/2010

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I say go with the little swimmers....Regular diapers are horrible in water. My mother in law thought that leaving my daughter in a regular diaper would have been just fine until she was fishing poop and diaper bits out of the pool.

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Are you talking about a public swimming pool? I've never seen a public swimming pool that allowed regular diapers. Every one I've been to requires an unpotty trained child to be in a swim diaper.... There's a reason for that. :)

Charlene - posted on 02/03/2010

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Where I live, a lot of the public pools will not let you in the pool with a regular diaper on your child.

I'd say make the investment, whether disposable or reusable.

Krista - posted on 02/03/2010

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It depends on how often you plan on taking your baby swimming. If it'll only be once in awhile, then yes, it's worth investing in the disposable swim diapers. They are quite pricey, though, so if you plan on bringing your baby swimming often, then you might want to look into Jocelyn's suggestion of a cloth swim diaper.

Angie - posted on 02/03/2010

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Swim diapers are way better in the water than regular ones. The regular ones blow up and get realy heavy.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/03/2010

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Well in my opinion they are worth getting. The regular diapers blow up like a balloon (filled with water lol) and my daughter use to freak out because she said it was "to heavy". :)

Mari - posted on 02/03/2010

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I stopped using swimming daipers, cause 'I feel thay are a waste of money'.

I just bought my baby a swimsuit.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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Disposable swim diapers are a waste. Buy a cloth swim diaper. You can even get swimsuits/trunks with the diaper part built in.

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My 'baby' is 25, but back when he was little, they didn't have swim diapers. Babies walked around at the beach with these HUGE ballooned up diapers, it looked ridiculous! Turned the 'toddle' to a 'waddle' lol. They all looked like they were packing heads of lettuce in their britches! And they fell down sometimes, too (the diapers, not the kids). If I didn't watch out, my son would take the huge diaper off and run away naked! Disposable diapers are made to absorb as much liquid as possible, and they hold quite a lot more than you'd think! When I first saw an ad for swim diapers, the first thing I thought was 'I wish they'd have been around in the 80's!!' I would say they are probably worth the $ if you are going swimming very frequently.

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2010

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Don't use regular ones - they absorb so much water your baby can hardly move!!! (Quite amazing to see how absorbant they are really!) The swim nappies are good for the pool, but don't put them on til you get there, coz they are not very absorbant at all (tried one for the 3 min drive to swimming lessons one morning - carseat was wet by the time we got there!)



For cost effectiveness I like the swimming pants for babies. They are basically cossie pants, but they have a thicker kind of plastic liner. They contain any poo accidents, and do nexrt to nothing for wee, which means they function the same as a swim nappy but you get to wash and re-use them. I have three kids and have used these and swim nappies from time to time, and of all 3 kids I have only ever had 2 accidents happen, and the swim pants did their job. I got them on special too, so they didn't even cost much. Definitely the way to go in my opinion.

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2010

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Definitely not a waste. If you let them swim with a regular diaper they will balloon up on the baby & they are not leak proof, so anything that goes in the diaper will end up in the pool. Also, they start to leak the chemical stuff from in the diaper into the pool too. Really not pleasant. If you want to save money you could buy the washable swim diapers instead of the disposible ones, those work even better than the disposible ones.

Crystal - posted on 02/03/2010

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durning the summer i wondered the same but bought them just in case. good thing i did becuase my son did i nice big poop inside the pool. and if the swim diapers where not there then yes poop would have been everywhere. even brought him to the beach in them and comes in handy.

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i dont think that they are a waste of money. if you have them wear regular diapers at the pool they get HUGE the swim ones dont... and i believe that the swim ones have tighter elastic around the legs to prevent any poop from escaping... swim diapers do not make very good regular diapers though... just fyi - one time we messed up and put one on our son before we got to the pool and when he peed it was just like him peeing in underwear.

i cant wait for summer now!!!

Karen - posted on 02/03/2010

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i have used swim diapers and regular ones - i can tell you the swim ones are worth it! the regular diaper absorbed so much water in seconds that after a couple minutes it started to fall apart. the swim diaper didn't absorb any water at all.

Karen - posted on 02/03/2010

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i have used swim diapers and regular ones - i can tell you the swim ones are worth it! the regular diaper absorbed so much water in seconds that after a couple minutes it started to fall apart. the swim diaper didn't absorb any water at all.

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