Mom’s Review: Best Swim Diaper for Summer

First of all, why do you think you need a swim diaper when there's a regular diaper you can purchase for less?

The answer is simple:

Hygiene and convenience.

You see, when you use a regular diaper when swimming, it won't be able to hold in your little one's poop. As a result, the pool will be contaminated, which is not good for you and the other swimmers.

On the convenience side, swim diapers are less absorbent than the regular diapers. This means it won't get too heavy once your baby starts waddling in water. 

So:

What is the best swim diaper for your little swimmer? Here are my top picks.

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​Top 5 Best Baby Swim Diaper

mom with baby in the pool

Before I divulge my list, note that swim diapers come in two options: 

You can either buy a pack of disposable swim diapers, or you can choose a reusable cloth swim diaper.

Obviously, you cannot reuse a disposable swim diaper once it's soiled, but it's more convenient because you won't have to clean and wash afterward.

Reusable swim diapers, on the other hand, are more affordable.

Choosing one over the other mostly depends on the duration of your stay. If it won't take you long, disposable ones are the way to go. Otherwise, get the reusable swim diapers.

Whichever you choose, I'll make sure this list of the best swim diapers has at least one for you.

** Below, you'll find more detailed reviews, but you can click links above to see current prices and read customer's review on Amazon

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Just like with other disposable swim diapers, Huggies Little Swimmer won’t hold up water. Its thinness is also just right; it won’t sag and won’t absorb the pool water. It does what it says: keeping the poop in.

But:

If you really want to be sure that your baby won’t mess up the pool, you can put in him a regular disposable diaper underneath this baby swim diaper.

Public pools have different rules when it comes to baby swim attire. It will be helpful if you can ask this information before you head out for that swimming trip.

Huggies Little Swimmer is also useful at the beach; just make sure that you bring in at least one big pack for contingencies. The convenience of using this diaper is unbeatable although this is not cost-effective.

Pros

Cons

  • Super absorbent material
  • Won’t sag, won’t soak up the pool either
  • Leak guards and stretchy leg cuffs
  • Can tolerate hours of water immersion
  • You’ve got to do trial fitting to find the right size for baby
  • Not ideal for big and chubby legs

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Pampers Splashers is designed just for swimming and not as a regular diaper. I like how this diaper is just thin, akin to the texture of natural fabric. Its designs are cute and presentable. It also provides just the right protection.

The key is finding the right size; it must fit well and be snug all around. If you find the right fit, the stretchable leg cuffs will not create unsightly red lines on baby’s legs. Also, solid poop can also escape from your diaper if the fit is too loose or if the size is too large.

Pampers Splashers makes for a fuss-free swim because it can hold up all that solids from your baby’s poop.

By the way:

Speaking of poop, if your little swimmer has a runny or watery diarrhea, no swim diaper can ever prevent that brownish liquid from flowing into the pool water. 

Baby swim diapers are not designed to keep your baby dry. Don’t expect your Pampers Splasher to hold up pee, it will surely leak just like you haven’t put any diaper on. The best way to use this is to wear this disposable swim diaper right before you dip your baby into the water.

Pros

Cons

  • Convenient one-time use
  • No need to wash and dry diapers
  • Won’t swell like regular diapers
  • Tear-away sides for easier removal
  • Snug stretchy fit
  • Costly if you are swimming regularly
  • Not easy to find your child’s ideal size

Via Amazon.com

Finis Swim Diaper is one of the most trusted baby swimwear online. Moms love how cool and cute it looks.

Since this swim diaper is also reusable, it will be cheaper for you in the long run. I also love how soft the cloth is, it won’t irritate your baby’s skin and won’t cause elastic marks on your little one's legs.

Aside from looking and feeling good for your baby's skin, Finis Swim Diaper can also do what it says.

Your baby can poop while soaking in the pool and people around won’t notice a thing. It can hold up solids too although it can’t contain pee and liquid poop/diarrhea.

But:

Just like with other fitted swimwear, finding the right size for Finis Swim Diaper can be a hit and miss.

If this is your first time to buy swimming attire off the internet, you’ve got to be sure first of the item size.

As with other swimming trunks for adults, sizing is a balancing act. Make the diaper too snug, and it can cut off blood supply. Make it loose and it won’t serve its purpose.

The other downside to using Finis Swim Diaper is its stitching which makes it a little difficult to hand wash. Removing traces of poop is not a one-time event, you’ve got to wash it at least twice. There might be remnants of poop if you are not careful about how you wash your cloth diaper.

Pros

Cons

  • Looks cute and nice like a swimsuit
  • Comfortable wear
  • Fits snuggly
  • Looks compact, on the small side
  • Easy to wash and dry
  • Inner stitching makes it difficult to wash
  • Can get tight around the legs if your baby is on the heavy side

Via Amazon.com

iPlay is a baby swim diaper with an added absorbent layer. This product is durable and sturdy, which makes it a must-have for your next trip to the beach with your little swimmer.

It will not leak solid feces although it is likewise not designed to hold up pee. 

Another good point about this baby swim diaper is its snap locks. It is a pain to remove wet gartered swimwear from a fussy child. The snap lock makes removal and dressing up easier. It is just the right tightness so you won’t have a hard time getting this off your child.

What's more:

I like how this diaper is machine washable, one less cloth diaper for me to hand-wash.

I was also surprised with how it can survive a few rounds into our dryer without losing its form and elasticity. The cloth material seems of good quality.

However:

The sizing of this swim diaper can also get tricky, so I suggest that you take a tape measure and check your baby’s size before you buy. This swim diaper will only do what it is supposed to do if you can fit the perfect size for your child.

Pros

Cons

  • Reusable, washable swim diaper
  • Snap lock
  • Trim design
  • Lightweight and stretchable
  • With wicking liner and inner absorbent layer
  • A bit sheer when wet
  • Once diaper has poop, removal is a mess

Via Amazon.com

Alvababy Swim Diaper is perfect for infants. Its small size is just right to contain all that poop without restricting blood circulation on your baby’s leg.

All its colors are bright and vibrant too.

As if that wasn't enough...

...removing this diaper is easy as 1-2- 3 through the use of side snaps, which are adjustable.

Yeah, you read that right.

Your baby can grow a size bigger and it will still fit.

But then again:

Take note that since this baby swim diaper is designed small, there is a weight limit. If your baby has chubby legs, this swim diaper might restrict his movements and make him uncomfortable.

Pros

Cons

  • Trusted swimwear by moms all over
  • Size “Large” can fit up to 18 kgs.
  • Made of waterproof polyester outer layer
  • Holds up poop and solids well
  • Adjustable snap cover
  • Too thin
  • Not ideal for bigger babies

​Conclusion

Finding the best baby swim diaper is a hit and miss. Not all brands are created equal. Most of them can do the job, meaning they can hold up the poop as they should be.

What every parent should get careful about is choosing the right size of baby swim diaper. Too small and they can impede blood flow. Too large and your baby’s poop can go floating in no time.

So:

With this list and these words of advice, I trust that you will be a wise shopper.

Sarah Morgan
 

Chief editor of WellBeingKid.com and striving mom-extraordinaire.Let me share and inspire you with my daily struggles to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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