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Swim Diapers 101


Headed to the pool or beach this summer with your little one? Not sure if you should rush out and buy a swim diaper? Swim diapers or as they are also called, swim pants, are specifically designed for use in water and allow your baby to stay comfortable while enjoying the pool or ocean. But, swim diapers aren’t designed just for comfort; they also help to protect others and our environment from contaminants.

Why Does My Baby Need a Swim Diaper?
Why does my baby need a swim diaper? Although swim diapers may seem like an inconvenience at first, it will likely save you time and hassle in the end. Swim diapers don’t swell up like regular diapers and are much easier to take on and off. They can be worn for hours and won’t start to fall apart like a regular diaper would when immersed in water for extended periods of time.

Swim diapers also help keep our waters clean and safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swim diapers significantly reduce the spread of bacteria like E.coli. Infection-causing bacteria can pose a risk to those using a pool facility, particularly young children.

Swim Diaper versus a Regular Disposable Diaper
What’s the difference between a swim diaper and a regular disposable diaper? The biggest difference between a swim diaper and a regular diaper is absorption ability. Swim diapers are designed to absorb minimal water and will retain their ability to keep No.2s contained even while wet. Swim diapers won’t become uncomfortably heavy like a regular diaper and will stay on for hours.

Regular diapers do not limit water absorption. If you’ve ever tried putting a regular diaper in water, you’ll quickly discover it swells up like a balloon and becomes uncomfortably heavy. Once soaked with water, a regular disposable diaper will also lose its ability to contain messes.

How to Use a Swim Diaper
When it’s time to take a dip in the ocean, pool or lake follow these steps to ensure your little one and everyone around them is kept clean and safe:

·      Remove disposable or cloth diaper and put swim diaper on. If desired, a swim cover can be put over the swim diaper.
·      Every 30 – 60 minutes, check swim diaper for messes or take your child to the bathroom.
·      If swim diaper is soiled, remove and put clean swim diaper on in the bathroom or away from the pool or ocean.
·      Properly dispose of soiled swim diaper or clean reusable swim diaper and store for proper cleaning at home.

Be Prepared
Before heading to a public pool, the team at My Organic Formula recommends checking with the facility to learn what their requirements are. If you’re heading to the beach, be prepared to temporarily dispose of a swim diaper until you can dispose of it properly. If you’ve got questions about swim diapers, send us an email and a friendly member of our team will get back to you promptly.

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