There's nothing like a good swim. If your baby loves the water, you want to make sure that they are safe and protected when in the water. Parents who use pocket diapers worry that their kid's diapers won't hold up in the water and instead choose traditional swim diapers that are bad for the environment and bad for baby's skin. However, few parents realize that there is a more natural solution to this problem – cloth swimming diapers!
Why Swimming Pocket Diapers?
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When taking baby for a swim, some parents may put them in a pocket diaper without the insert. While this may work in the short term, diapers worn this way will be scratched on hard surfaces or be damaged by any number of harsh chemicals. Unlike regular pocket diapers, cloth swimming ones do not need a traditional cover. And are designed specifically to protect public pools and from unwanted accidents. Their outside shell is waterproof while the inside is lined with a very thin liner. Note that swimming type are not exactly like regular pocket type. Although they protect the outside environment from contamination their purpose is to keep messes in, not to absorb messes. This means that parents should remove them carefully once baby is out of the water.
Pocket Swimming Diapers are Fun
Pocket swimming diapers are one of the best kept secrets for families looking for a safe and alternative way for their child to enjoy the water. They come in a variety of fun and colorful patterns, are waterproof, and still provide the same amount of comfort and protection of a traditional pocket type. They can be matched with an outfit, hat, or other accessory, in fact many pocket swimming diapers come with matching hats and accessories from manufacturers. They can be comfortably worn underneath a bathing suit or swimming trunks, or they can be worn as standalone swimming attire.
Pocket Swimming Diapers are Economical
These cloth diapers are also a more economical choice for families. The average cost of disposable swim diapers is $9 to $15. While the average cost of one pocket diaper for swimming is only about $16. Although the cost of the pocket is initially higher, parents will only have to invest in purchasing a few for the entire time that their child is in diapers. That's a great long term savings!
Alternatives to Cloth Swimming Diapers
If you cannot or do not want to acquire swim diapers, or do not go to the beach or pool enough to justify purchasing them, you can use traditional ones for swimming purposes. As previously mentioned, some parents remove the inserts and use the covers for swimming purposes. This is perfect because the cloth covers generally have vinyl on the inside. If there is a mess, simply wipe it away. If this is your preferred method, make sure to designate a few of your cloth diapers for swimming only. Avoid interchanging them for daily wear as the chemicals from pool and beach areas can compromise their integrity. The chlorine commonly found in pools will begin to break down the waterproof barrier, which means it will lose its ability to absorb urine and other messes during daily wear.
Ensure that the covers are the kind that come with leg gussets. This feature is designed to keep in messes, but not all covers are designed this way. Also choose ones with the snap closures, as opposed to aplix (Velcro). Overtime the water will weaken the Velcro and will not allow it to stick. Once cloth diapers have been used for swimming, they can be washed in the laundry with the other swimsuits, and should not require the same care that cloth diapers not used for swimming do. No matter which method you use, your family can still enjoy the water.