Thursday, March 24, 2011

Can pocket diapers be used as swim diapers?

Have you heard or ever wondered if you can just use your pocket diaper shell as a swim diaper?
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.
We suggest that should you choose to give pocket diapers or covers a try as a swim diaper that you attempt to use the same ones each time.  This will reduce the overall wear and tear on your diaper stash and if pilling, fading or other wear should occur then you'll have used the same diapers and prevented too many diapers from unnecessary damage.

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!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have wondered about this! Good to know thanks! I had a brand new fuzzibun that they mustn't have correctly attached the pul to and I wasn't sure what to do with it. Didn't want to toss it cause it was new but looks like this will work for it! Yay!

Allison said...

I use mine all the time! Everyone notices the baby in the cute "swim suit". I use pockets that i sewed with cotton or poly/cotton outers with hidden PUL. They don't work that great as diapers due to wicking but are wicked cute as swim diapers!

Sarah Schulz said...

Allison, I'm so going to do that! I have a homemade t-shirt pocket with hidden PUL that wicks like crazy but it should work great as a swim dipe! Thanks!

A Gluten Free Mommy said...

I used 1 pocket diaper as a swim diaper and it was perfect. Yeah, the elastic had to be replaced...but what's 10 minutes on a sewing machine to say a fortune on disposable swimmers?

Jill said...

Some companies say 'absolutely not', but if you're willing to possibly part with a cover in order to get a swim diaper, and thus 'double' the use of the diaper, then go for it. I did use one a couple of times that was a little worn around the velcro and wasn't very pretty. You could also get a 'very used' diaper that you didn't mind if it was stained -- bargain basement price. I happened to win a swim diaper, so I used it last summer for my daughter--she only went into a 'real pool' once! The rest of the time it was an inflatable pool at home and our sandy/rocky creek. So I'm not sure it would matter too much to us, anyway.

E said...

I have some v.1 Sunbaby diapers that were terrible (new versions are way better) There are 20 of them so I use them for swim diapers. They get washed together to not ruin my other diapers and they work perfect. I keep trying to pawn some off on people but no-one will take one! LOL

De in D.C. said...

I used Grobaby covers as swim diapers last summer and it worked great. Since the inserts snap in, there's no pocket and it can't hold any liquid, but they have a mesh lining so the PUL isn't right against baby's skin.

Debbie and Mark said...

What are the best pocket diaper brands to use as swim diapers? And, is a microfiber insert necessary or should I use hemp?

LHobbs said...

We will probably only make it to a pool once or twice this summer. Will that do enough damage to replace the elastic?

Joyful said...

I forgot our cloth swim diaper on our last vacation so I resorted to using a GroVia cover. The pool was saline so I didn't have to worry about harsh chemicals. I was so glad that I could use that instead of a sposie swim diaper. But next time I hope I remember our swim diaper!

Eco Craftiness said...

This is GREAT to know! I was just looking for a swim diaper for our trip to FL next week. I'll have to try one of his pocket diapers instead!!

Careen said...

This is great info. Also, did you know you can reuse the disposable swim diapers? They are made to withstand wetness (obviously) so you can just rinse them really well, squeeze out, and let dry on the bathroom counter. Definitely doesn't work if dipe is soiled, but pee rinses right out and you can use the dipe 3-4 times before it falls apart.

 
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