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It is important to understand that there is a huge difference between the way in which reusable swim diapers and standard diapers work. Cloth diapers are made to absorb wetness and prevent leakage. On the other hand, a swim diaper is designed to only contain and hold solid poop so that it does not pollute the water. Just as with normal diapers, there are several different options available for swim diapers that are both disposable and reusable.

Swimming with Nursing Infants

If your baby is nursed with breast milk, then this can become difficult, because the excrement of breast milk fed babies dissolves in water and there is no “solid” to their poop. For these infants, using swim diapers is really only a formality of the pool or waterway where your baby is swimming.

Options for Reusable Swim Diapers

Of course, there are the commercial disposable swim diapers which can only be used once and provide minimally adequate protect. Disposables often fit poorly and do not work very well for containing poop. The elastic around the legs is usually very weak, as these diapers are designed for singular use only. Most parents find that using disposables satisfies the requirement for using a swim nappy and nothing more. There are several different options swim diapers that can be reused. Some parents prefer to use pocket cloth diapers with the soaker pads removed. Rumparooz are a great example of a pocket diaper that can be converted for use as a swimming diaper by removing the inserts. Others parents have found that using diaper covers also works very well. Diaper covers are great because they are made to contain excrement and do not have all the padding that is associated with many diapers. There are also some companies that specifically manufacture swim nappies. These are all excellent solutions for reusable swim diapers. But, sometimes there can be problems depending on where you are swimming. If the water is chlorinated, such as in a swimming pool, the harsh chemicals can damage liners and void warranties for some diaper companies. Therefore, you should carefully read your warranty before using any diaper or cover for any off-branded purpose.

When Water Play Time is Over…

After your baby is finished swimming and playing in the water, it is good to have a few baby wipes on hand. You will want to use baby wipes to make sure that your baby’s bum is clean and dry before you put on a new diaper. Kanga Care sells a wet bag that is perfect for swim days because you can conveniently store your soiled diapers and reusable swim diapers together so that they can be taken home and washed.
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