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I've loved taking my 2 kids swimming since a few months old so am a regular buyer of Huggies Little Swimmers.
These are disposable nappies which can either be pulled up or fastened by the sides. These nappies are designed not to hold water when there submerged in a swimming pool.
These nappies are decorated in Disney characters, the ones I currently have hold a picture of Nemo on them. My little boy hasn't taken much notice of the designs on them as he's always too eager to get into the water and my 5 month old isn't aware.
My little boy has never complained about them being uncomfortable and they seem to fit snuggly around him. The sides are elasticated and the material is soft to aid the comfort.
I always get my nappies with the weekly shop at Tesco where a size 3-4 (7kg - 15kg) cost £3.00 when not on offer. This is for a pack of 12. I only use one nappy per swim so last a while unless your away on holiday and swimming daily.
I unfortunately can't compare them to any other brand as these are the only ones I have ever used but never had an issue with them and think there great value for money.
Definitely a thumbs up for Huggies on this one.
~~~ The Back Story~~
Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I am now in a better position to reflect on which toddler-related items I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
Millie has been attending swimming classes since she was six months old at a location that requests all children four years old and under wear a swim nappy. For the first two and a half years Millie wore a reusable swim nappy under her swimming costume. However as she became older and taller she needed a larger sized reusable swim nappy. We found that these seemed to be constructed from a lot of lightweight fabric that trapped air, completely altering Millie's buoyancy.
We were already familiar with Huggies Little Swimmers as we had received some from a friend whose child had outgrown them.
~~~ This Product ~~~
Huggies Little Swimmers are nappies designed to catch solids when being worn in the pool or sea. They are lightweight and do not seem to swell or increase in size when worn. They come in several sizes. Our 28lb daughter currently wears "large" which is designed for 32lb (14kg) children.
The unisex designs on the large size is appealing to children, being themed as either Finding Nemo or Pooh Bear and Tigger. They are very cute!
~~~ My Experience ~~~
These nappies are easy to put on and to pull down. They seem to be quite durable for what they are, as sometimes we take them off and put them on again in a vigorous and hurried manner in the middle of a swimming lesson. You can pull them down like underpants or rip the sides.
Although these nappies obviously become wet when in contact with water, they have never weighed Millie.
In terms of doing what they are designed to do, I am unable to report just how good these nappies are at containing a faecal explosion or even a small formed stool as our daughter has never had a bowel movement while wearing this nappy.
We are happy enough with these nappies. They give Millie the freedom to concentrate on her swimming and reassure us that we wont be the family causing a class-cancelling code brown.
Yes. A necessary item that's useful to overcome buoyancy-associated reusable nappy issues.
Me and my Husband have been taking Jayden swimming for a while now and he loves it. He was about 6 months old when we decided to take him for the first time, before we went we needed to get some form of swimming nappy that would be suitable for him. We decided to go for Huggies Little Swimmers, to be honest these were the only brand of swim nappy I had heard of and also the only brand that my local supermarket stocked so we decided that we would give them a try. I have tried Huggies nappies before and to be honest was very disappointed with them so I was a little worried about using the Little Swimmers in case they were also of a poor quality, however I thought we would give them a chance and if they were no good would investigate further for a different brand.
The Huggies Little Swimmers come in the same sort of plastic packaging as nappies which is tightly wrapped around the Little Swimmers to keep them in place. The green packaging is very similar both front and back, the name of the product "Huggies Little Swimmers" is written at the top in bold writing with a fish shape next to it containing the size.
The majority of the front and back of the packaging is taken up with a picture of a baby in water wearing the Little Swimmers. There is a small amount of product information on the packaging in the form of writing and logos telling you what to expect of the product, how it works and also how to put them on your baby, there is also a picture showing you the design that is on the Little Swimmers.
Huggies Little Swimmers
When you remove the Huggies Little Swimmers from the packaging they look similar to a regular nappy, but when they are unfolded they remind me of those pants you can buy when you are potty training your child.
The texture and thickness of the Little Swimmers is also similar to that of a regular nappy, however they fasten in a different way, instead of the tabs which pull around your baby's waist, with these you simply pull the sides apart to undo the Little Swimmer, They have blue strips down either side which stick to each other in a similar way to velcro (although this is not velcro) these strips easily pull apart for quick changing both before and after your swim.
The legs of the Little Swimmers are elasticated to help keep them in place and fitting close to your baby's skin, as are the tops of the Little Swimmers, again for a close and secure fit whilst in the water.
Huggies Little Swimmers are basically a swim nappy, unlike a regular nappy they do not swell when put in water making it much more comfortable for you baby when splashing around in the pool, however they still have the same secure fit as a regular nappy without any little accidents whilst in the water.
You get two different designs within a pack, half of the Little Swimmers have Winnie the Pooh on them and the other half have characters from Finding Nemo, the designs on these make them suitable for both boys and girls.
Directions for Use
The directions for use are actually shown using a small logo on the packaging. You can put the Little Swimmers on your baby in a couple of ways, you can put them on in a similar way to a nappy, opening the Little Swimmer up in full and laying your baby down, securing the strips either side around you baby, or you can pull them up like regular pants and then adjust the strips once they are in place to make them either looser or tighter.
Personally we go for the second option and pull them straight on, Jayden hates having to lay down and have his nappy changed as it is he just wants to get going so we find this the quickest and easiest way without having to battle with him, by pulling them straight up it saves so much time and allows us to get in the pool much quicker and he is not upset before hand.
Sizes Huggies Little Swimmers come in a range of sizes including
* Size 2 - 3 to 7kg
* Size 3 to 4 - 7 - 15kg
* Size 5 - 11 to 18kg
* Size 6 - 16+kg
We went for the Size 3 to 4 option, we found to start with these were a little bit on the big side for Jayden, however the smaller size would have been a bit tight and I wanted to be sure that the Little Swimmers did not pull undone when we were in the pool. The range of sizes means that there is something for everyone allowing you to take you baby swimming from an early age.
Price and Availability
The Huggies Little Swimmers can be purchased from most supermarkets as well as stores like Superdrug and Boots. The pack of 12 Little Swimmers that we purchased cost us £5.90. Personally I think that this is an average price for this product, they are a similar price to regular nappies, whilst you only get 12 Little Swimmers per pack, they are not something you are going to use as regularly as nappies. I was happy to pay this price as I wanted to be sure that Jayden had no little accidents whilst he was in the pool.
I was a bit worried about the quality of the Huggies Little Swimmers as I was not impressed with the actual nappies, however after the first use I was very pleased with them.
They fitted snugly around Jayden and did not gape anywhere, I felt happy that he would be secure in the pool without the worry of any accidents. When in the water the Little Swimmers did not swell at all and remained in exactly the same shape as when I put them on him.
The Huggies Little Swimmers come with cute designs on them so there is no reason why you couldn't just put one of these on your baby and take them in the pool wearing that, however, I bought Jayden some swimming trunks to wear over the Little Swimmers, to help keep them in place and also purely because I thought the swimming trunks were very cute and had to get them, I do find that I feel a bit more confident that Jayden cannot catch the side strips and pull them undone when he has trunks over the top, I think I would worry that he would pull at them without and the Little Swimmer would come off.
The Huggies Little Swimmers in my opinion are reasonably priced and are definitely worth the money, I would certainly recommend this product to anyone who wants to take their baby swimming as you can feel confident that there will be no little accidents and your baby can happily have fun in the water.
When we went on our last summer holiday, I had bought my daughter a swimsuit as well as a pack of these Huggies Little Swimmers should be encounter bad weather and decide to go to the swimming pool in the area we were staying in. This never happened, as our weather was very good, so we never actually got to the swimming pool with my daughter, until recently!
Huggies is a brand that I have used and like, so I had no issue in buying these Little Swimmer nappy swim pant, that aim to avoid little accidents in a swimming pool and don't behave as a normal nappy does in that it doesn't expand. The outer layer of this nappy is made of an ultra absorbent layer that makes it different from a regular nappy. These swim pants or nappies come in a variety of sizes but no half sizes. My daughter was, and still is, in a size 4 and a 1/2 nappy, so I had to either buy the 3-4 size or the 5 size. I bought the size 5 swim nappy as I felt it was more comfortable to have a more roomy nappy, that something that would be too tight on my daughter.
These swim nappies are NOT cheap. A pack of these nappies, which contains anything from to 12 nappies (a size 5 pack contains 11) is almost £6, although I had at least two vouchers for £2 off, so this brought the pack down to a more realistic price! In saying that, there really isn't much alternative out there.
Before we went swimming for the first time, I decided to get my daughter dressed in her swimsuit and put her clothes on top, for handiness when we reached the pool. So, as we were going straight there, I put on one of these swim nappies underneath my daughters swimsuit. At first I wasn't quite sure which way round the put the nappy on, however, by the end I think I had it right (!). They actually remind me of a pull up pant, in that the fastening is actually at the side, so it could literally be pulled up or down, or fastened with the velcro in the usual nappy way. I found this to be easy to attach and the nappy seemed to sit very discreetly under my daughter's swimsuit.
Unfortunately on the morning we went to our local pool, it was closed for cleaning. Not wanting to disappoint our daughter, we decided we would return later that afternoon when it reopened. On our way back home, my husband stopped to do a message for about 10 minutes. When we got home the nappy had leaked through my daughters clothes and she was soaking, and it hadn't even been on for a full hour at that point. Now, obviously these nappies are meant only for swimming and that was all that we had planned, but due to the pool closure and stopping the message on our way home, the swim nappy was on longer than planned. I was a little disappointed at my first usage of this. However, we did return to the pool later than day and obviously my daughter was back in a swim nappy again. Now, this time there was no problem as I changed her to a normal nappy when we came out of the pool. In the pool this seemed to keep her dry and there were certainly no accidents and she looked comfortable.
So all in all, for swimming, these nappies are an essential piece of kit. They are expensive, but then unless you are a weekly swimmer, you won't be going through these as quickly as a normal pack of nappy.
We have two children one who is 2 and one who is 9months. Since both were tiny babies we have taken them swimming as we wanted them to be confident in the water.
Obviously for a baby you need a special swim type nappy that will prevent any accidents leaking into the pool, something no one wants to happen. We chose Huggies Little swimmers mainly because these were really the only brand we had seen in the supermarkets and these are the ones that are usually sold in swimming pools and so we thought they must be the best.
Having both a smaller baby and toddler I have found that the nappies change according to the sieze of your baby. For instance for my 9 month baby girl they look like actual nappies, they have the tabs which you stick down to secure it. These stick down well and the nappy fits snuggly once on. It also stays very secure when in the water. However the nappies for my toddler are pull ups instead. These are also secure and have found they also stay up really well when in the water.
They look like nappies although more streamlined and also have the protection frill around the outside of both legs which is almost elasticated in order to keep any wee or poo in the nappy. They also look really cute and bright and colourful as they have pictures from disney on them.
I found that when the nappies are in the water they don't just balloon like a normal nappy would so you feel happy that your baby is comfortable in them.
Once worn these nappies have to be disposed of, if you can swimming regularly then this can make it expensive as they can be between £5-£7 a pack. However I would still recommend them as they really do prevent any accidents and they also look very comfortable on your baby and fit them well and so I think it is worth spending that bit of extra money.
As a new mother with a 4 month old son - and a keen swimmer myself - I decided it was time to introduce my son to the joys of a pool. I simply believed we could turn up wearing our swimming costumes and didn't give a second thought to a 'swimming nappy.'
"What about swimming nappies?" my mum asked in her local supermarket. I checked out the prices of swimming nappies and was horrified at the price they were asking for them (around £7 odd for a pack of 12). As I was visiting my parents at the time I really didn't fancy carrying a pack of swimming nappies back home with me, plus I wasn't sure when we'd go swimming again. Luckily the swimming pool sold them individually so it solved this problem (yes I am cheap, so what!).
I wasn't really sure if my wee one would like swimming so if he did take to it then I would try and take him more often when I got home and buy swimming nappies there, rather than waste a whole pack of them on a one time trip he might not even like. And in all honesty I wasn't sure when I'd make it to the pool again as it meant traipsing there all by myself, getting me and my baby ready seemed a lot of hassle just for a splash around in the pool. At least with my mum there on hand it meant I could go for a proper swim.
It's important to remember that these swimming nappies are designed to keep SOLIDS rather than pee contained. You can't really contain pee and it's no biggie if pee gets into a pool (that's why there is chlorine in there ;) but if poo gets in then I think they need to drain the pool, scrub the place and then re-fill it again. I could be wrong but as far as I knew poo is a bigger public health risk than urine contact.
With those lovely visuals on our mind, let me just point out that you should put the nappy on BEFORE a swim but not leading up to the swim (if that makes sense.) The nappy will leak when it's peed in. Swim nappies aren't designed to catch pee in the same way that disposables catch pee - swim nappies, like I said above, are only designed to contain solids. So when you're changing your little one into their swim gear, change them into their swim nappy as well. You can put a pair of trunks/swimming suit over the swim nappy if you so please but I found the trunks just kept sliding off so kept the trunks by the pool side and just had my son wearing his swim nappy.
The thing I loved about this nappy was that it came with brightly coloured Finding Nemo characters on - printed all over the nappy - so it didn't just look like a baby swimming around in a nappy and should you choose to just wear the nappy I suppose this is a good thing.
Luckily my son didn't need a poo the whole time we were in the pool and wearing this nappy put my mind at ease. I would say these types of nappies are a bit of a waste on a toddler who can usually let you know if they need a poo but up until a year or more I would have them in a swim nappy. These days I just let my son go to the pool in his trunks, but he is over the age of 2.
They also seem like a bit of an unnecessary thing - yes my mind was at ease but by the same token my son technically didn't use this nappy and as it's a single use nappy it was thrown out, even though all it had been used for was swimming around in water for 30 minutes. In future I think I would invest in a pair of trunks or (if I have a girl) a swimming suit with an in-built nappy inside.
My daughter goes to weekly swim lessons and has done since she was 7 weeks old. Personally, I think that learning to swim is a vital part of life and therefore we also take her to our local swimming pool alongside her weekly lesson. I have a major water phobia (large volumes of water such as the sea and a pool terrify me) and I wanted her not to pick up my fear. Due to her swimming in a public place we had to find swim nappies.
Our disposable swim nappy of choice are the Huggies Little Swimmers and although there are other brands on the market I had had rave reviews about the Little Swimmers and that combined with money offer vouchers they were our obvious choice! Fortunately Little Swimmers are widely available in pharmacies, supermarkets and even at leisure centres so they are not hard to get hold of.
Huggies Little Swimmers are basically a nappy which is specifically designed for being used for swimming. It is disposable and can only be worn once. Huggies work in conjunction with Disney so the Little Swimmers are bright and colourful and feature graphics such as Finding Nemo and Winne the Pooh which makes them a bit more fun to look at and my daughter always giggles when I show her Nemo!
Little Swimmers depending on the size have the secure easy to open and close side tabs which are nice and stretchy to allow for any baby. I do know that at over a certain size they had changed the side tabs just to an all round nappy which was just a pull up so I think they have now changed the design for all sizes of the Little Swimmers. The easy to open and close sides stay secure throughout swimming and throughout my daughter's constant kicking and wriggling in the water!
The Little Swimmers also feature the leak guards which as long as you have pulled them out in place against the top of your baby's thigh then those little accidents will be prevented and the pool remains clean and child/adult friendly! The leak guards are exactly the same as the ones on normal nappies and offer the same protection.
When we first took my daughter swimming my concern was apart from ensuring those embarrassing accidents were taken care of was also that the nappy didn't triple in size once in the water. I couldn't have been more wrong. My daughter's swim lesson lasts for around 35 minutes and when I change her out of her swim wear the swim nappy has hardly changed in size from when it is dry. I couldn't quite believe it! Despite staying quite slim in size once taken off it does feel a little heavy but nothing that would cause a baby any discomfort. The reason for the nappies not swelling is that they are made from a unique material which has been created so it doesn't swell.
Overall, I was incredibly impressed with the Little Swimmers as my daughter was kept comfortable and any of her little accidents were kept secure and didn't get into the pool at all. I really do like that the nappies don't balloon in size which leave her to feel comfortable within the water and she can kick as much as she wants without feeling restricted or uncomfortable.
Now my daughter is 10 months old now and I have tried and used the Boots own version of swim nappies but I do always come back to Huggies Little Swimmers as I just find that they fit my daughter a lot better which at the end of the day is what I want in a nappy as well as preventing accidents of course. I can't recommend these highly enough and would urge any parent to try them over any other brand. They definitely work and keep to their promises.
~ Useful Info ~
Sizes: 2 (7-15lbs), 3-4 (15-34lbs), 5 (24-40lbs) and 6 (35lbs +)
Price: £5.99 (Boots)
Pack Size: Between 13 and 10 depending on size
Misc: Unisex nappies
I have used these recently with my grandchildren when I took them swimming. I found that they were quite difficult to use but that once on they were comfortable and enabled us to go swimming with confidence. They do have some flaws though.
These are nappies which babies can wear whilst in the swimming pool. They are waterproof. If you took a baby in a pool in a normal nappy it would break down and dissolve into the pool which is not a good idea! These nappies are designed especially for swimming so that they will not break down.
Unlike normal nappies these swim nappies are stepped into so you have to shuffle them up your little one's legs which can be a bit awkward to do especially if your little one isn't co-operating. This has to be the way they are designed though as if they did just fit on by having sticky bits securing them like a normal nappy then there would be a chance of the stick tab coming undone in the water.
When taking the swim nappy off it's even harder because it's expanded with the water and is also wet so it is hard to wriggle it down your little one's legs. It's even harder if there is something inside there so it can get messy! It is certainly not something which you can do with ease that's for sure!
Whilst the nappy is on though it seems very comfortable, it doesn't stick to their skin or pull tightly around the tummy or legs even when it expands with water which is surprising.
The sizing of these are quite varied- they seem to accommodate a wide age range- put it this way- my two year old granddaughter is still in the same size as she was at 6 months and they still fit fine! It's amazing how they can fit such a wide range of sizes and still be comfortable!
These do contain solids well, we have never had a leak or a problem. The only problem is when it's time to take the nappy off then it is quite awkward to do. I have found though that sometimes wees do leak from this but you don't notice it as baby is usually in the water so you wouldn't notice the leak the only reason why we have noticed is that our granddaughter has taken to weeing every time we lift her out and so suddenly it escapes through the sides of the nappy. If we were in the pool we would not have noticed this so I think actually these nappies are not as good as you think they are!
I am very grateful that they do contain solids and no leaks happen in that department, that is what is most important to me and to other swimmers around I am sure.
They are comfortable and they are cute with pictures of Finding Nemo on them.
It's just a shame that they do not work as well as they should do and that they are so awkward to get on and off. just 3 out of 5 stars for me for these.
These nappies are similar to pull ups in their design, they are like pants you put the babys legs in and pull them up rather than having the tabs. They are really easy to take back off you just rip the sides and the nappy comes off like a regular nappy or alternatively you can just pull them off.
They have disney character designs on them which are suitable for boys and girls. They can be worn on their own in the swimming pool as they look like swimming attire or they easily fit under swimming costumes.
I have used these on my little boy both in a public swimming pool and in his paddling pool and they have worked perfectly everytime. They hug his body very well so nothing can escape and there have never been any accidents. I will continue using these as long as he is in nappies as they are very trustworthy and reliable and he seems very comfortable in them. I would recommend them to anyone.
I started taking my daughter swimming just over a month or so ago. I had a voucher for Huggies little swimmers which offered £2 off a pack. They are normally around £4.50 for a pack of 12. Little Swimmers come in 4 different sizes;
Size 2 - 3-7kg or 7-15lb
Size 3 - 7-15kg or 15-34lb
Size 4 - 11-18kg or 24-40lb
Size 5 - 35+ lb
I bought my daughter size 3 as she is currently around 15lbs.
When you open the packet there are two designs, a light blue with pictures of Winnie the Pooh and a dark blue with pictures of Finding Nemo. Each little swimmer has pictures on the front and back as well as a little graphic of a toggle tied in a knot like real swim shorts. The nappies are more like pants that you pull on over your baby's legs. The sizes of the nappy are made from a stretchy elastic material which can be adjusted to fit your baby using the resealable sticky tabs.
I was suprised at how thin these were they were similar to normal nappies. They were easy to put on my daughter and the legs had stretchy sides for a comfortable fit. I did have to adjust the sides slightly as she is at the smaller end of the weight range but the tabs adjusted and re-stuck easily.
Little Swimmers are designed to protect against accidents and unlike other nappies they don't swell on contact with the water. I was suprised to see that even after half an hour in the water the nappy still looked as slim as when my daughter first went in the pool. This allowed her the freedom to kick and splash around without a bulky nappy preventing her from having full movement.
When we left the pool I simply peeled the tabs each side and removed the nappy. I was really suprised by how dry the outer cover of the nappy felt. I can't comment on how well these nappies contain a poo as I haven't yet encountered that. You then simply roll the nappy up and dispose as normal.
I would definately buy these again. They give you peace of mind that your baby is well protected in the water while also allowing them the freedom to move and enjoy the water. Another great Huggies product!
A few days ago my husband and I took my 9 week old daughter on her very first holiday to the coast. The hotel we'd booked had a pool which welcomed children, but what to wear? We'd seen baby swimming costumes in Boots, and swim nappies, which hold in solids, but as she is breastfed, there's never much solid in her nappy (too much information, but true!) and we didn't want the hassle of dealing with a sobbing baby (she cries her eyes out getting out of the bath) and a dirty swim nappy. We wanted something disposable.
We'd heard of Huggies Little Swimmers, but as the adverts all show older babies we didn't realise that they come in an XS size for babies 8 - 13lbs - we found this out by visiting the Huggies website. I had a look the next time I was in Asda, thinking they would be really hard to get hold of. But they weren't - they were very easy! I purchased a 'my first swim' pack which included 8 Little Swimmers disposable swim nappies, and as an extra bonus, a baby hooded soft towel in white, and an information leaflet on baby swimming essentials, all for the bargain offer price of £4 - I've since seen them in Tesco and Asda for £5.50 and £6 so the price was excellent.
I've had issues with regular Huggies nappies in the past but I'd heard good things about Little Swimmers (and couldn't find a Pampers swim nappy for love nor money anyway).
The nappies look good, you get four in a Winnie the Pooh design, and four in Finding Nemo. They're colourful, clearly swim nappies (so other swimmers don't think your baby is simply swimming in their nappy!) and they are suitable for boys and girls. They're the same size as the Size 2 Pampers my daughter is in, I wouldn't say therefore they'd be a great fit on an 8lb baby (as she is nearer 12lb now) but they could stretch for a baby in Size 3 nappies.
They fit well, and my daughter looked very cute. She didn't appear to find the nappy heavy or cumbersome during her 15 minute 'swim' in the pool, and unlike a regular nappy, the Little Swimmers didn't swell up.
I don't know how they work with a poo, as my daughter didn't do one, but I can vouch for their capturing a wee (well, the pool water was warm, I think it's a natural instinct!) I do think therefore that they are more hygenic for other pool users as opposed to reusable nappies which let pee out.
Once my daughter was out of the pool, the used nappy can simply be binned (the hotel had a special bin for this).
We had a great experience with these Little Swimmers, and though we don't use Huggies nappies every day, we will certainly be sticking to using these disposable swim nappies - and due to the increased confidence we all have thanks to their ease of use, we will be taking her swimming more often too - thanks to these nappies.
Whilst reusable nappies may be more eco friendly, I personally don't find them as hygenic or appealing, and we are unlikely to use more than the remaining 7 nappies in the pack due to my daughter growing fast! We will certainly move up through the Little Swimmers sizes, though, all of which are readily available in all larger supermarkets and Boots (and online).
If you have a small baby and you'd like to go swimming, but are worried about leaks, give these Little Swimmers a try - my little swimmer loved her dip in the pool and we as parents didn't need to worry about anything. Five out of five for a great product at a great price. Well done, Huggies!
I have previously reviewed a few different Huggies products as I'd bought many different ones when I was pregnant, after trying the majority of the Huggies products on my son and being extemely annoyed at their poor quality, I pretty much came to the conclusion that Huggies was a poor brand and I've avoided like the plague since.
But 2 months ago when my son turned 6 months old my partner and I were dying to take him swimming for the first time and so we needed a nappy that my son could wear in the swimming pool. So we headed out to the Supermarket to pick up some swimming nappies and when we were there we found that the Huggies Little Swimmers were the only ones available. My favourite brand which is Pampers didn't seem to do any kind of swimming nappy, so we didn't really have a choice but to buy the Huggies Little Swimmers.
When we got to the swimming baths and I removed one of the nappies from the pack I was pleasantly surprised first of all by the lovely appearance of the nappy. It was bright and colourful with nice pictures of Finding Nemo and other sweet characters which I thought was lovely. But from past experience with Huggies it had always been the case that their nappies would look nice but then lack in quality, so I was still apprehensive about how well these would work.
When I cam to put the nappy on my son, I expected to have 2 sticky tabs at the side of the nappy to do up as with normal nappies, but instead these were more like pants and I just had to pull them up like underpants. To be honest it was a little tricky getting my sons legs into them when he was wriggling around on the changing table, I probably would have preferred some way of doing them up at the sides instead but I suppose then they wouldn't work as well as nappies for swimming if they were done up that way.
I hadn't realised that these nappies could be worn by themselves to go swimming in so I put my sons little swimming trunks on over the top of the nappy before we went in the pool. Very surprisingly, the nappies worked well and did the job that I wanted them to do. My son was able to enjoy himself swimming and the nappy didn't swell on contact with the water.
They didn't even feel too saturated when we got out of the pool and got my son dressed. There were no marks on his legs or bum where the nappy had been, so it must have been comfortable for him. All in all, I was happy with them!
They are available in several sizes, so they pretty much cater for babies of every age. To be more specific the sizes available are;
Size 2: 7-15 lbs
Size 3-4: 15-34 lbs
Size 5: 24-40 lbs
Size 6: 35 lbs+
We decided to take our daughter swimming at about 4 months old. We were using disposable nappies and wanted to find some that we could use whilst swimming. I chose these as I had a free sample which I found to be of a good standard so I continued to buy them!
The Huggies Little Swimmers swim pants are designed to protect your baby (and the pool!) from any little accidents whilst they are swimming. We've been using these nappies for 6 months now and have had no accidents in the pool. Even when our daughter wet herself a lot in the nappies, they didn't get bigger and did not hang down with the amount of water in them.
The nappies themselves have pictures of Nemo on them (the ones I had last did) and are blue in colour. They are designed to be worn like pants rather than a nappy so they are pulled up rather than needing baby to lie down and stick them like normal nappies. I've found this really useful as our daughter is very wriggly and it is easier to pull something on to her. We usually put these on her before we head to the pool as it is easier than doing it in the changing rooms! When we've finished in the pool, these nappies can be ripped at the sides to take them off instead of trying to get them off wet legs. This is a great feature and they tear easily.
These stay up well on my daughter and fit her well round the waist and the tops of the legs. They are a snug fit without being too tight. The sides are stretchy panels and will easily fir the different weight ranges available. They can be bought in XS, S, M, and L from 7lbs up to over 32lbs.
These cost around £4 or £5 for a pack that contain 10-12 nappies. This means that each one is quite costly but they work really well and I am happy to pay this amount for my daughter to be able to go swimming happily.
As a family we go swimming every week, when my youngest (now 3) was younger, these were something I used every week.
At first I didn't bother as he had little nappy trunks but we went on holiday and forgot to pack them, I popped into the shop down the road from the caravan site and saw that they had these Huggies Little Swimmers on sale in single packs at 99p each, perfect!! I bought a few and later that day we went to the indoor pool in the caravan site. I changed him into them, and they looked so cute! The design on these paricular ones was Disneys Finding Nemo, they were adorable on him.
The sides are stretchy and they slip on like pants.
I was slightly worried at first, we all know what a soggy nappy looks like right?? A bit gloopy mess, with the inners popping out everywhere!! Ewww!
I had seen other babies with these on so I don't know why I was worried but there you go.
Anyway they worked just fine, they feel a bit crunchy when you first put them on the baby but as soon as you go into the water they asorb the water and pad out a bit, I think I have been rather lucky as he never had any accidents whilst in the pool, but I really can't see them letting anything escape!
We carried on using these as they are really simple and convenient to use.
We went back on holiday to the same place again when the baby was a little older and in a hurry I changed him into these before going down to the pool.... BIG MISTAKE!!!
He had a wee, and within seconds he was soaked! When they are dry they really don't hold in anything, there's no absorbancy to them whatsoever!! The water in the pool obviously activates something in the swim nappy that makes it expand and then does soak up the wee!! I didn't make this mistake again!!
They can be bought in all good stores, and the varies from around £3 - £5ish. I have also noticed they sell them in the single packs in most pools/leisure centres for £1.
I love swimming, so it was important to me to introduce my children to the joys of the water as soon as I possibly could. One thing that I didn't want though, was the embarrasment of being the one responsible for having the local swimming pool closed down because my baby had taken a poo in the water. So it was of utmost importance that I found a nappy that could be worn in the water which was not only comfortable for baby, but also effective in providing me with peace of mind.
I enquired amongst a few of my friends who were mums and they all agreed that the Huggies little swimmers were the best. I was dubious about this, as I don't particularly rate huggies in the nappy stakes. In my opinion and experience they are not as reliable or effective as pampers. However, as my friends were all very enthusiastic regarding their usefulness I decided to give them a try.
My daughter was six weeks premature. So when she was a baby she was very small. I was pleased to see that these Huggies swimmers came in three different sizes this being small, medium and large. It is easy to understand what size your child will want as it has the weight range on the front of the packet.
When I first started using these Huggies swimmers they came in two colours pink and blue. They were very plain in design although the colour of the swimmers were quite vibrant. I was not very fussy on the design of these swimmers as I thought they were rather plain and cheap looking. I also hated the colour choice as I would have prefered to have a colour that was more suitable for both boys and girls. I have a friend who has twins, one boy and one girl and she used to find it expensive to buy two packs of swimmers. One in pink and one in blue.
The swim nappies themselves seemed quite thin and more paperlike in material than normal nappies. There isn't the bulk of padding that most nappies have on the underneath area. I liked the lightness of these swimmers as they seemed to offer great comfort to my daughter. She was also able to move her legs much more freely when in the water without the restriction of a bulky nappy. I also found the thin nature of these swimmers beneficial, as I experienced that they fitted snugly under a swimming costume.
When in the water, I was very impressed by the absorbancy of the Huggies swimmers. At first I was very nervous as I expected it to fill up like a balloon when we entered the water, but thankfully it didn't. It did not get heavy and certainly didn't effect the enjoyment of the water for my baby. I can honestly say, my baby never did poo in these nappies. So it would be wrong of me to specualte how well these nappies work when dealing with number two's. What I will say is that I always found them to be of a very good quality and excellent in preventing any leaks.
These swimmer nappies are quite difficult to remove after use. I found the easiest way was to tear it rather than try and pull it off. These nappies are not held together by two sticky tabs like most nappies. These are pull on nappies with an elasticated top. (Very similar to pull ups.) What I did find when the nappy was removed is that it left a slight red mark on babies tummy. Nothing major but I think the elastic is slightly too tight.
There are 11 Huggies swimmers in each packet and I do think that the retail price of around £5 is quite steep considering they can only be used once. I think that this price is not really reflected in the quality of the materials or the general look of the nappy. But in all fairness, these swimmers do perform a good job in keeping baby dry whilst in the water.
Once, when camping, I missed the shop and I had run out of nappies. I did however have a couple of huggies swimmers with me. I decided that I would use one of these overnight and get a new pack of nappies in the morning. I have to say, they did not do a good job of keeping baby dry overnight at all. The nappy became saturated and leaked which in turn made baby very cross. So don't use these nappies other than what they are intended for. Short term use in the water.