How to Use Reusabale Swim Diapers

How to Use Reusabale Swim Diapers

Oceans, pools, ponds—you name it and my kids and I have probably swam in it. Our family loves swimming! But we haven’t always loved all of our swim diaper options. So, designing one for The Honest Company has been a somewhat selfish pursuit to create an option I want for my own kids. But, you know what? Honestly, I think you’re really going to like what we’ve developed.

Like our other diapers, it comes in modern designs. Unlike our other diapers, it’s not disposable. That might come as a surprise to some, but here’s why a reusable swim diaper is really the best option. (And, of course, what sets ours apart from the rest!)

baby in reusable swim diaper

1. It’s eco-friendly. Our regular disposable diapers are plant-based and use non-toxic, sustainable materials which satisfies my high personal standards for environmental attributes, but I couldn’t find similar materials for making an effective, disposable swim diaper. This alone made reusable the only option for meeting The Honest Company Health & Sustainability Standards. Yes, it’s made from plastic, but ours is made from one of the safest plastics (polyester) and it’s reusable. Much better than a plastic disposable swim diaper—especially considering how many you go through during a day at the beach with a toddler who wants to be in the water one minute and out the next and then back in and out and in and out again! Reusables can handle the back and forth while disposables need more frequent changing. Which brings us to reason number two...

2. It’s economical. Swim diapers are expensive and public pools require them, so there’s no getting around this investment. You get the most bang for your buck choosing the option that can be worn over and over, passed on to siblings, and even shared with friends in the end.

3. It’s safer for your baby’s skin. Many disposable swim diapers quickly stretch out of shape in the water and can end up rubbing and chafing your baby’s skin. They can also contain questionable chemicals that can further irritate your little mermaid. Honest reusable Swim Diapers fit comfortably (even after repeated washings) and are made with the aforementioned safer plastic. No harsh, toxic chemicals!

4. It’s safer for other swimmers. No one wants to deal with a “Code Brown” in the pool. Beyond the gross factor, ingestion of pathogens found in feces can have serious health risks. After a crypto outbreak in Utah a few years back, a local news channel decided to do an informal test to see which swim diapers were most effective. They actually put oatmeal in babies’ diapers and then had them sit in fish tanks. It’s quite comical until you see how quickly the water quality gets cloudy (and then chunky). The most effective option was using a swim diaper in conjunction with a plastic cover. Reusable swim diapers are essentially the same thing and that extra protection is why an increasing number of public pools are now requiring reusable swim diapers.

How well do they hold in number 1? Truth be told, that’s not what they’re made for. Technically, it’s pretty difficult to make something (wearable and comfortable) that goes in a liquid while simultaneously keeping out another liquid.

5. It’s multi-functional. Adding to the eco-friendly and economical benefits, our reusable swim diapers are also great for potty training! They’re comfortable and easy to get on and off—exactly what your child needs during the transition to “big kid.”

~ Christopher Gavigan

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