We all know swim diapers are a necessity when taking the kids to the beach or pool. Why spend $1 each on disposable swim diapers when you already have a stash of cloth diapers that would do the job perfectly.
In case you don't already know. Swim diapers aren't made to catch urine. Yes that may sound gross but urine is sterile so it doesn't pose a threat to others in the water. All swim diapers are meant to do is contain poo. As we all know cloth diapers do a much better job at this, which is why they are a great choice as use as a swim diaper. In fact, each year more and more public pools (including cruise ships) are starting to allow only cloth swim diapers because they contain messes better.
Cloth at the PoolNow there are some things you should know before packing your cloth diapers for the pool. Most public and personal use pools contain chlorine or bromine in a diluted form to help keep the water clean. This is much less harsh than if you were to add bleach to your washer when cleaning your diapers (which is not recommended). However with repeat use in a chlorinated pool over time (just like your swimsuit) it will cause fading and break down the materials & elastic. So if you have plans to visit a chlorinated pool all summer long choose a diaper that isn't your favorite and accept that the elements will shorten the life of that diaper. Remember there is no need to use a pod when using your SoftBums as a swim diaper, and you may need to adjust the legs to accommodate the lack of pod. Also be sure to rinse the diaper with cold water as soon as you get home to reduce the time the diaper is exposed to the chlorine.
Cloth at the BeachUsing your SoftBums is a great choice as a swim diaper at the beach. Not only is it adorable and easy to coordinate with swimsuit garments, but you don't have to worry about chemicals breaking down your diaper in the water. If your worried about dirt or sand getting on your babies diaper, its just dirt it will come out in the wash. Nothing a little soap and hot water can't fix. If it's grass stains your worried about, just remember to clean the diaper as soon as you can. Start with placing the diaper in a warm water basin with a squirt of blue dawn and use a tooth brush on the stain, rinse, you can then hand wash and line dry or toss it in the washer and clean as usual with extra rinses. Vinegar is a great way to rid clothes of grass stains but it can cause damage to your pul & elastic on your diapers.
- Remember to bring enough swim diapers for multiple changes in case your baby decides to *use* it right when you get to the beach or pool..
- Bring a large wetbag to store the used diapers and swim suits once your done swimming. Wash everything together when you get home.
- If you have a diaper ditcher, consider using swimsuit bottoms over their diaper.
- If your baby is in just a diaper, popsicle stains are inevitable.
- Sunscreen, contains ingredient's you don't really want on the inside lining of your diaper. So consider slathering it on after the diaper is on.
- If you get to the pool and forget to take the pod out of the diaper, it's not a big deal but its going to weigh a ton in a few short minutes if submerged in water, which could weigh the baby down making it hard for them to move.
- If your child had diarrhea within the last 24 hours might want to skip the pool until you know they are feeling better, just to be sure.
Echo or Omni?This depends on how old your child is and what you have available in your stash.
If you have both, you can try one of each to see what you like better under their suit.
- As you know the ECHO has a very trim bikini style cut to begin with and once you size it to fit without the pod it would be great under any swim suit.
- The Omni would be great too and offers more coverage on the booty for big messes if that is something you are worried about.
Getting a Good Fit without a PodWe suggest to shorten the leg elastics in between 1/2 - 3/4 inch on each side. Line up the back of the shell with top of babies belly button. Pull the front of the shell up and secure with tabs. (you may be able to get them one snap tighter if using snaps)
It doesn't have to be any tighter than you usually have with a pod. You just want to create a nice snug fit to contain any solid messes from escaping.
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