Ask any pediatrician and they will tell you that babies and swimming are a great combination. In fact Researchers have documented that the stimulating effect infant/toddler swimming lessons has the potential to increase intelligence, concentration and alertness.
It is also a great way for parents to bond with their babies, with the added benefit for new moms that swimming is a great way to burn of those last few pounds of after baby fat that seem to be refusing to leave.
Babies can, when well supervise, be introduced to the swimming pool as young as four months old but that does present one rather messy problem. Four month olds are nowhere near potty training age and a bloated wet diaper is a nasty thing for them to have to deal with. Let them swim without a diaper and the pool is going to end up a mess as well. That’s where reusable swim diapers come in very handy.
Finding the Best Reusable Swim Diapers
Reusable swim diapers won’t keep baby waste contained for hours at a time like regular diapers will but they are effective enough to keep everyone mess free for the thirty minutes or so an infant is likely to be in the pool. There are a lot of different choices out there these days, but even the most expensive are under $15 so if you are signing up for a baby swim class or just splashing around in the backyard pool they are worth the investment.
Reusable swim diapers are made of cloth and can be laundered like the rest of baby’s clothes. They can be hard to find in the stores though and even stores that do carry them tend to have a limited choice available. The internet is a much better place to find reusable swim diapers as hundreds of online companies offer them in all different shapes, sizes colors and materials.
Reusable Swim Diapers versus Disposable Swim Diapers
Capitalizing on the fact that more parents are taking baby out to the pool these days the majority of the companies who make everyday disposable diapers have introduced a line of disposable swim diapers. They are relatively effective as well but where reusable swim diapers win over disposable ones is the price as well as the issue of eco friendliness.
A hardy Kushies brand reusable swim diaper, one of the most popular brands costs about ten dollars. They have a 100% nylon shell and can be rewashed so many times that your baby will grow out of them long before they fall apart. A pack of ten Little Swimmers disposable toddler swim diapers is about the same price. If you have signed up for a weekly swim class that pack is going to last you two months or less.
Then there is the green issue. Many people concerned about the effect of disposable diapers clogging up landfills (they really don’t degrade) have been encouraging parents to return to cloth diapers for years now. That is a prospect that many busy parents have a hard time dealing with (disposable diapers were created for a reason) but if you opt for reusable swim diapers instead of disposable ones you will be doing the environment a little favor, and as with everything else, very little counts.