Product Type: Huggies baby products
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For little swimmers.
Huggies Little Swimmers
Member Name: Mama-Q
Huggies Little Swimmers
Advantages: contains solids
Disadvantages: expensive, can't be used like a regular nappy.
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.