If you are thinking about taking your little one swimming in a pool or the ocean, you need a way to prevent water from reaching his or her diapers. This is where a swim diaper comes in.
A swim diaper, also known as a swim pant, is a type of diaper that is designed specifically to be used by your little ones when in the pool or the ocean. This diaper helps keep your little one’s bum contained and covered, and will also prevent fecal contamination in public pools.
Swim diapers are recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way of preventing contamination in public pools. Many facilities have also put rules that require all infants to wear swim diapers when in the water. While this may be effective, it is important to note that while these diapers prevent solids from passing through they are not entirely leakproof. Ensure that you keep your kid out of the water is he or she is sick with diarrhea.
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How Important is Swim Diapers
Unlike normal diapers, swim diapers have a wide range of benefits when used in public swimming facilities. These benefits include:
- They prevent leaking of fecal matter from the baby’s diaper and into the pool and prevent fecal bacteria contamination in the pool
- They prevent the spread of bacteria like E. coli which exists in fecal matter and can be dangerous to other individuals in the pool.
There is a common misconception that swim diapers can hold urine. Nothing can be further from the truth. Swim diapers are only designed to contain solid waste, and you should only put them on your child before entering the pool. Any sooner than that and your kid may end up peeing everywhere.
Are swim diapers safe for your baby?
As a mother, it is important to ensure that everything your baby wears is safe. Swim diapers are generally made from nylon, although there are others that are designed entirely from cloth. The only thing you should note when purchasing a swim diaper for your baby is to make sure to get one that isn’t too tight.
Why your baby needs swim diapers and not normal diapers?
Unlike normal diapers, swim diapers have been designed to be used specifically when swimming. A lot of focus has gone into preventing solid waste from coming out while also preventing water from filling up inside. Normal diapers, on the other hand, are only designed with comfort in mind and will end up absorbing water and swelling when used while swimming. A few minutes in the water and a normal diaper will lose the ability to perform its primary function.
Swim diapers are easy to use and do not absorb water or swell up as normal diapers do. You don’t have to worry about these diapers absorbing water and adding weight while your child is in the pool or ocean. You can put on and take them off while wet easily which is convenient while on the beach. Additionally, these diapers come in varying sizes and are easy to find. Not only do swim diapers keep your child safe, but they also keep other people sharing a swimming pool safe and healthy.
Types of swim diapers
There are two major types of swim diapers: reusable and disposable swim diapers. Both diapers are good alternatives when swimming, but public pools only allow one type. It is important to check with the public pool facility before you take your kid to the pool.
Both reusable and disposable swim diapers have their advantages and disadvantages:
Disposable swim diapers
These diapers are usually cheaper and convenient but are not efficient when it comes to containing solids. Many parents choose disposable diapers since they are cheap and there is little or no cleaning after purchase. However, most of these diapers can absorb water, albeit in small quantities at a time, and will end up causing your baby to feel heavy while in the pool. These diapers also have stretchable sides that make it easy to put on and take off while adding comfort to your baby. They should only be used once for sanitary purposes.
Reusable swim diapers
Reusable swim diapers, on the other hand, are comfortable, eco-friendly, and easy to clean. They are made from cloth or polyester and lined with a soft mesh that is designed to hold in solid waste. The leg area has elastic rims that prevent any leakage. Many of them come in pull-on/pull-off styles, but you can find others that require clips or snaps to stay in shape. These diapers can be hand washed or machine washed and reused as many times as possible before permanent disposal.
How to choose the best swim diaper
There are some things you should consider when selecting a swim diaper. They include:
Type: Do you intend to purchase disposable or reusable diapers? There are various advantages and disadvantages of each type, and your decision should base on where you intend to use the diaper. Check with the places you intend to take your baby swimming to find out which types of diapers they allow.
Size: It goes without saying that you need your kid in the right size of swim diaper before entering the pool or else poo will leak into the water. Sizing isn’t as simple as it seems though. A little tighter and your kid will be uncomfortable and have red marks on the thighs and waist. On the flip side, a swim diaper that is too big won’t serve its primary purpose.
Material: while some diapers have polyester as the main material and that makes them a bit comfortable. Others come in nylon which can be coarse and scratchy. If your kid has sensitive skin, don’t go for nylon swim diapers or you will end up battling rashes immediately after pool time.
How it is secured: Do you need a diaper that is secured with Snaps, Velcro, or Pull Up? Velcro is easy to use and is available in most disposable swim pants. Reusable swim diapers, on the other hand, come with Velcro or snaps. If you go for Velcro, then make sure it is properly secured. Any exposed parts may rub on your baby’s skin and cause rashes.
Swimming can be an exciting event for you and your baby only if you select the right swim pants. Aim for pants that not only contain baby poo but also keep your baby comfortable. You should also go for bright colors in comfortable and absorbent materials.