Best baby swim diapers for that well deserved pool fun

Should we use reusable or disposable baby swim diapers for swims

By Sylvia Epie
Best baby swim diapers for that well deserved pool fun

Do we really need to use Swimming Diapers in pool?

Baby swiming in diapers

Do you plan on taking your baby for a dip one of these days? Well, you should know that public pools often have rules about children in diapers, the main concern is the spread of nastiness, germs, and disease through poop. So YES - you do need diapers in a public pool, and No - regular diapers won’t do the trick. Regular diapers are absorbent and will get soaked when submerged in water. While swimming diapers do not contain water crystals (sodium polyacrylate) the stuff that makes diapers absorbent, so they do not get soaked in water. Swim diapers are designed to contain solids and withstand water. 

There are two kinds of swim diapers, disposable and reusable swim diapers. They both have their advantages and inconveniences. Disposable diapers are cheaper and easy to use, all you have to do is to throw them away when you’re done. On the flip side, they can become saggy and slip out. Reusable diapers, on the other hand, are usually tight fitting, more expensive and require more attention after using them. It’s up to you to choose the version that suits you best. Let’s take a closer look at the available options of swim diapers out there.

The list of reusable baby swim diapers

1.Nageuret Beau & Belle Reusable Swim Diaper

Nageuret Reusable Swim Diaper

This diaper is eco-friendly and adjustable enough to last your baby through size changes. It has snaps around the waist and legs with 3 different size adjustments, the outer layer is made from breathable waterproof material and the inner fabric is soft and comfortable. It has unique bright color prints that your baby will love. Nageuret diapers are made by a small family company in Colorado who are known for their personal touch of quality and attention to detail in all their products.

2. Bummis Swimmi Cloth Diapers

Bummis Swimmi Cloth Diapers

Bummis Swimmi Diapers

Made in Montreal, Canada Bummis is eco-friendly, known to be lead and phthalate free. They are tight fitting enough to leave no room for any contents to escape but loose enough not to squeeze your baby’s waist and thighs. Bummis is available in 5 bright color prints, the fabric is soft and quality is guaranteed. It is easy to wash and affordable. 

3. Kushies Swim Diaper

Kushies Swim Diaper

Kushies Swim Diaper

Kushies swim diapers are easy to put on, with a Velcro and a tie feature to keep it in place. It has elastic around the legs so it fits just right without being uncomfortable. Kushies are recommended by many parents as one of the best reusable swim diapers in the market at the moment.

4. Charlie Banana Reusable Easy Snaps Swim Diaper


Charlie Banana Reusable Swim Diaper

The Charlie Banana reusable swim diaper is made of two layers, one waterproof layer, and an ultra soft absorbent layer. It features sizing snaps on both sides and gathers on the legs for extra protection. The waist has adjustable ties to customize fitting and prevent slips, it is easy to wash and soft enough to wear as an underwear. They are the proud sponsor of the US Swim School Association and are approved by most public swimming facilities in the US.

5. I Play Ruffle Snap Reusable Absorbent Swimsuit Diaper

I Play Ruffle Snap Reusable Absorbent Swimsuit Diaper

I Play Ruffle Reusable Swimsuit Diaper

The I play ruffle snap reusable swim diaper fits snugly around the waist and legs without causing discomfort. It is easy to take off when wet and won’t spill its content, the sides have snaps for comfort and a perfect fit.

6. AppleCheeks Washable Swim Diaper


AppleCheeks Swim Diaper

Very flexible and adjustable the quality is top notch, AppleCheeks has two rows of snaps on both sides, the waist is adjustable so your baby can grow in them. It has two layers of polyester Canadian mesh that allow smooth movements in the water. Super soft, washable and long last fit, AppleCheeks is the most flexible and adjustable of all diapers out there.

The list of disposable baby swim diapers

7. Babyganics Color Changing Disposable Swim Diapers


Babyganics Disposable Swim Diapers

Babyganics is natural and organic made from sustainable materials, it doesn’t swell in water and the cover is water resistant while the core is soft and flexible. It provides sunscreen of up to UPF 50+ protection for covered areas and it has a unique color changing technology. Available in a packet of twelve pieces, easy to dispose of after use since it is all natural.

8. Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swim Diapers

Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swim Diapers

Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swim Diapers

Designed for water use, these diapers won’t swell in water. Adjustable to fit, it is easy to open on the sides, available in bright colors with Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo designs, it also comes with bonus wipes.

9. Pampers Splashers Swim Diapers

Pampers Splashers Swim Diapers

Very affordable diapers, they have a tear-off feature on the sides for removal that makes the whole process hassle-free. They can be a little tricky to put on because they are sticky. These diapers do not swell in water and are a comfortable fit when wet or dry. Each diaper has a 360-degree stretchy waistband that provides a perfect fit, and dual leak prevention barriers to contain every mess.

10. Naty by Nature Babycare Eco-Friendly Premium Disposable Diapers


Naty by Nature Babycare

An eco-friendly and all natural product, made with biodegradable materials that are renewable, these diapers are certified by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. Designed for hyper sensitive skin, it minimizes the risk of diaper rash and allergies. It available in all sizes, from newborns to toddlers.

 How to gauge the size of swim diapers

Baby relaxing in a pool

To get the desired results, you must get diapers that fit, that are not too tight nor too loose. If it’s too large, the elastics around the legs will be too weak and it will become weak and lose its content. If it’s too small, it will be too tight causing your baby discomfort. With the correct size, the diaper will fit snuggly, sizes are available from Newborn to toddlers depending on their weight.

Even though sizes are usually mentioned on swim diapers, the only way to be certain is to measure your baby’s waist and thighs and compare them with what is on the diapers. Some babies might be chubbier around the waist and the legs than their weight suggest or are taller and slender. So always be sure of the measurements before purchasing diapers, especially reusable versions as you will be using them for a while.

How do baby swim diapers work

Baby swim diapers are unique in that they do not contain water crystals, (sodium polyacrylate) like regular diapers. While normal diapers are made to absorb and contain liquid, swim diapers are special, they do not absorb liquids, their sole purpose is to contain solids, that’s why swim diapers won’t prevent pee from leaking out. Swim diapers have no absorbing layer, it has elastics on the thighs and snaps at the sides to provide extra protection. It is recommended for babies that are not yet potty trained.

How to use a baby swim diaper

Happy swimming baby

Using swim diapers is not very different from using normal diapers, it takes a few attempts to get a hang of it but once you have it becomes easy. Here are a few tips to take note of when using swim diapers. 

  • When you wear your baby swim diapers, make sure you check every 30 minutes to 1 hour to see if it is soiled. 
  • When it is soiled, if you are using disposables, you should just take it off and toss in the trash. But in case you are going for reusable diapers, you have to empty the diaper in the toilet, rinse it to get rid of its content, chlorine, sea salt and sand if you are at the beach, then put it in a washing machine.
  • If you opt for disposable diapers, make sure you carry a few extras, just in case you need to change your little one more than once.


Baby swimming in a pool

Swim diapers are a must if you plan on taking your baby swimming in a public pool, but the choice of either disposable or reusable diapers is entirely up to you.  If you intend on going swimming regularly, you should opt for reusable diapers but if your baby is a once in a blue moon kind of swimmer then you’re better off with disposables. Another option is to use disposable diapers underneath and reusables on top for double protection.