The answer...is yes! Many families have used their pocket diaper shells as swim diapers with great success.
What's the catch? The functionality depends a lot on the style of pocket diaper, closure method and fit. Many use pocket diapers with no complaint while others do seem to hold water. It's up to you if this is bothersome or makes baby uncomfortable.
While pocket diaper shells will contain any messes that may occur, depending on the location you're using the diapers; bathtub, beach, pool, outdoor waterplay area, etc. You can expect different types of wear and tear to occur that would not normally.
- Using a pocket diaper or cover as a swim diaper at the beach or a sandy area can cause snags and an eventual wearing down of the pul outer.
- Using them at a pool or other heavily chlorinated area can reduce the lifespan of your elastic and can also cause fading.
So if you're on a budget or need a swim diaper in a pinch then we suggest you grab a pocket diaper or cover and go for it!
*Have you used a pocket diaper or cover as a swim or water diaper? We'd love to hear from you!