Swim diapers, they're cute and serve a very specific purpose - they keep the poop contained. If you're on the fence about cloth diapering you should look into a reusable swim diaper. I have many non-cloth diapering friends that use swim diapers. There is a difference in some of the swim diapers that we carry. Some, like our iPlay products, are able to hold some pee into a padded lining sewn within the diaper while others, like our Imse Vimse, simply allow the pee to just flow easily off of the diaper and onto the unsuspecting parent holding the baby. (Yes, that parent was me about three weeks ago.
Eh, what's a little pee, right?) How do you care for you swim diaper though?
It depends on the diaper that you have; like I said, some merely prevent accidents from happening, I mean escaping, while others can contain both solids and liquids in the diaper. The great thing about all of the swim diapers that we carry is that they all have snug fitting legs that are certain to contain most messes. Remember, though, don't allow your baby to sit in a mess for any extended period of time.
The majority of our swim diapers are the kind that contain solids so the wash and care instructions are easy: Simply wash the diaper in cold or warm water and tumble dry on low or air dry. To prolong the life of your swim diaper please rinse it out with non-chlorinated water!
The iPlay swimwear and swim diapers are different from the other swim diapers in our store. To wash the iPlay diaper or any of their swimwear you'll want to machine wash in warm or cold water. Here's the difference between the iPlay and other swim diapers:
iPlay specifically asks that you do not put the diaper or any of their swimwear into the dryer. Doing this may cause the diaper to melt. Air dry only, please!
It's really not difficult to care for your swim diaper and any iPlay swimwear. You won't wash it the same way you do your cloth diapers, although you probably could throw them in with the dirty diapers. In fact...I have! It's not the recommended way to wash though, so be careful if you do this you may void the warranty. Happy swimming!
Kara Quihuis Date 7/19/2013
Just purchased our first Iplay swim diaper and we love it! I hope to get a lot of use out of it this summer! We usually just put it outside to dry so its ready for the next pool day :)
Melissa C. Date 7/19/2013
True confession time. We swim in a saline pool (chemical chlorine only as a back-up system). We usually just hang everything to dry without even rinsing. I wash them with clothes once every month or so. We have been rotating our M swimmi and 12mo i play trunks weekly for a year now. The swimmi is a little faded and the binding is a little pulled from velcro snags; the i play looks brand new still except for a little sunscreen stain. Both awesome, durable products!
Kimberly Rimrodt Date 7/19/2013
I find the Motherease swim diapers fit my baby better than the iPlay or Charlie Banana ones, as my little one's a chunky-thighed baby. Unfortunately, when I pull on the Charlie Banana, the baby gets "plumber's butt" because the thigh opening isn't big enough! Also, having side snaps makes it MUCH easier to take off & put on a 8 month old, than the pull-up versions.
Kathryn Date 7/20/2013
We use Monkey Doodles & love the fit
JenC Date 7/21/2013
I honestly had to google the purpose of a swim diaper - and I wasn't pleased with the results (apparently all moms know these things...). I bought a Charlie Banana swim diaper (I know, it's like a million bucks...but I was in a bind and supposed to be swimming at someone else's house, I wanted them to feel reassured knowing she was in a swim diaper). I only did so because it said it could be used as training pants.
We are happy with it, but rarely use it. I could've easily used a cover and
Jessica Date 7/21/2013
I can't wait for NEXT summer when my now-infant is pool and water ready. I've been eyeballing an Applecheeks swim diaper for quite some time. :D
Stacy S. Date 7/21/2013
I love the swim diaper we have now and it fits his legs perfectly. We plan to buy a bigger size before the end of the season for when he starts swim lessons this winter/spring!
Kelley Date 7/21/2013
I still need to get a swim diaper!! My lo is so ready for the beach and pool and i am running out of time!
expecting mommy Date 7/21/2013
I'm a bit concern about how to deal with the poop and rinse it when you use it to swim in a Natural Spring or other public natural places.
Kim Hendricks Date 7/22/2013
We have a Bummis swim diaper & love it! Haven't had to test it for poo yet, which I am ok with! I have washed it with his diapers, but usually it just gets washed with the other swim suits. So easy! Also I love we are money ahead already over having to buy packages of disposable swim dipers!
Robyn Hendrickson Date 7/22/2013
Excited to try these out when our daughter is old enough to swim! It will save us lots over disposable swim diapers!
Rachel N Date 7/22/2013
I have used applecheeks and monkey doodlez swim diapers. I like them both.
sasha perry Date 7/28/2013
im new to cloth diapering but have had swim diapers for my first 2 in the past and loved them!!!