Q: Do you have any reusable swim diapers? Also, I am wondering, since the swim diapers are not meant to absorb pee – only keep out number 2 – could I use my Bumgenius 3.0 diapers without the insert as a swim diaper? Would the chlorine in a pool mess these up?
A: At approximately $1 a pop, disposable swim diapers are even more costly than their everyday counterparts. The funny thing is, they do even less. When we learned that swim diapers don’t absorb pee, we started changing baby into a swimmy right at the pool, to avoid accidents on the way! Yes, swim diapers are only for catching baby poo. As you’ve guessed a cloth diaper will work just as well, even better in fact since the elastic is stronger and more dependable at holding messes inside!
If you already own cloth diapers, you may have one or two that you don’t like very much. Maybe they’re a brand that didn’t fit your baby as well, so you keep them at the bottom of the stack. Before I found BumGenius 3.0 (which is my favorite cloth diaper), I had tried another brand that frequently leaked pee. I used a few of those as our swim diapers. They were effective at catching #2 and easy to distinguish from the rest of our cloth diaper stash. Just put them on baby without the inserts, so that there is no absorbancy.
Yes, submitting a cloth diaper to the chlorine in pools will shorten the lifespand of that diaper. Chlorine breaks down the fibers of the fabrics – gradually, but really does a number on your elastic. You don’t want to ruin your favorite cloth diapers, so if all you have is great ones that are used frequently, it’s a good idea to invest in a swim cloth diaper. That diaper will be ideal for using in pools with fast-drying materials that are better suited to withstand chlorine. Purchasing one or two cloth swim diapers will certainly be cheaper than buying disposable swim diapers, not to mention way better for the environment.
We do sell Bummis Swimmi cloth diapers. They are affordable at $14 each and come in some cute prints. Right now we only have size large, which fits babies 22-30 lbs.