I’ve never been very happy about using disposable diapers. Most of you that have come to know me, know I pride myself on being pretty green and using natural, non-toxic products whenever possible. I did give cloth diapers a fair chance when Tristan was born. I stocked up on one brand and started using the pocket all-in-one diapers when he was around three months old. We had major leakage problems AND I just couldn’t deal with all the extra laundry and care as a first time, very overwhelmed mom. I had spent so much money on the one brand that I couldn’t see trying any other brands or styles of cloth diapers. That’s where I went wrong. In retrospect, I should have bought a smaller variety of different brands, figured out which worked best for my child, then sold or traded any diapers, which didn’t work for us. Obviously, not all cloth diapers will fit all babies – the same rings true for disposable even. Instead I regretfully purchased disposables for both my children and for years contributed to the landfills with one of the world’s most non-biodegradable products. I cringe at the thought.
Swim Diaper Functionality: 101
Thankfully, my second (almost two) is just about out of diapers. She’s down to naps and nights only. Yippee! However, we still use a diaper at the pool in fear of an unwanted accident. At the store recently, about to restock on some disposable swim diapers, I had an epiphany. I started to ask myself what swim diapers really do. The disposable variety is so thin that there is no way when immersed in water a child’s urine will absorb into the diaper. Now poo is a whole other matter – at least the swim diaper would hold that in, preventing any unwelcomed floaters (ick!). So, after really thinking about what the swim diaper is good for, I started wondering what the point of a disposable swim diaper really was. Wouldn’t a cloth swim diaper be just as efficient? Only one way to find out…..
Cloth and the Swimming Challenge
I eagerly received a sample cloth diaper from FuzziBunz, their Perfect Size Cloth Diaper, to try out on my little one at the pool. I was just in love with the color, crushed berries, just gorgeous. To use this cloth diaper at the pool I was told not to use an insert, just the cover, so that’s what I did. Wow, my little lady’s butt looked just bootylicious in the diaper. I would have been happy just to let her swim in the diaper and nothing else – why cover up such a beautiful cloth diaper and sweet little tush? But, alas, I wanted to see how the diaper fit under a bathing suit, so on it went. I was really surprised that the diaper was really trim and not at all bulky under her bathing suit. What a pleasant surprise!
What did I tell you? Absolutely baby bootylicious!
You can’t see the diaper at all!
No diaper lines…
Now for the swim test. The diaper didn’t absorb really any water, so no extra bulk. Great! We didn’t get a chance to test for poo containment, but the diaper fit so well that I cannot imagine we’d have any diaper escapees. The diapers come in four sizes and with many buttons to ensure a perfect fit.
I was sold – bye bye disposable swim diapers. Hello FuzziBunz!
Eczema and Cloth Diapers
Another reason to try cloth – Many moms report that daily use of cloth diapers helped clear up their children’s eczema in the genital area. This is most likely due to allergies to one or more chemicals in the disposable diapers. In fact, FuzziBunz was started because the owner’s child had eczema and she didn’t want to further irritate her child’s skin with the nasty disposable’s chemicals. Definitely give cloth a try if your child suffers from itchy, irritated skin in the diaper region. Just be extra careful of the detergent you use to clean the diapers as many detergents can be too harsh for eczema skin.