The sun is shining. Diapers are fluttering on the line. Birds are sweetly chirping in the rustling leaves of the trees. You get the picture….summer is here! Ahhh…summer…my favorite time of year. Give me 100 degree weather, some sunglasses, Episencial sunscreen and a pool to play in.
And what does EVERY baby (and toddler) need in the pool? Why, a swim diaper, of course…something to catch those little accidents that are bound to happen with your little one. Just for fun, I looked at Target.com to check out the price of “Little Swimmers”. They are $8.99 for 12 if you are lucky enough to need a small and $8.99 for 10 if you need a large. That’s almost a dollar a diaper! They can’t be reused, and if your kids are anything like mine, you will have at least two diaper changes when you are at the pool. We swim frequently, so 8-10 swim diaper changes in a week is not unreasonable. To be conservative, I’ll say we’ll go through 5 a week over a 12 week period (not counting swimming lessons in the fall and spring). I would spend almost $50 this summer on swim diapers.
I am often asked, “How do reusable swim diapers work?” The short answer is, “They work just like disposable swim diapers.” They are not absorbent. They are just made to catch accidents. Reusable swim diapers are specifically made to withstand repeated exposure to chlorine, and because they are not absorbent, they will not weigh your baby down in the water.
I like to have two reusable swim diapers so there is a backup just in case we need a diaper change at the pool. Luckily, I have my Bonfire Red AppleCheeks swim diaper that my daughter used last year. My son can wear it this year. I spared him her Pink Flowers Imse Vimse swim diaper and bought him a “manly” Black Lizard Imse Vimse this year.
By using reusable swim diapers, I will save $30 for 12 weeks of summer. (And in reality, I’m probably saving closer to $80 since we swim so often.) Yay, me! I will also save more than 60 one-time-use swim diapers from entering the landfills. And you can save, too. If you have a little one in diapers, consider making the switch to a reusable swim diaper. Happy swimming!
Do you use cloth swim diapers? If not, would you try them? Share your thoughts in the comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.
Elizabeth Pilgrim is a local cloth diaper advocate, the mother of three, co-owner of The Changing Table, founder of Cloth Diaper Oklahoma, and Board Member of the Real Diaper Association. Elizabeth’s store, The Changing Table, offers cloth diaper trials and rental programs and offers free classes which help you choose the best cloth diapers for your little one.
Photo Credits: Diaper- Elizabeth Pilgrim, Baby- chimothy27