“ Boots / Disposable Swimming Pants. „
My daughter went in the pool for the first time on our holidays and although some of her swimming costumes supposedly had built in swim nappies, I didn't trust them and thought a mess would be made! I purchased some Boots swim pants before we went and took them with us. They cost £3.95 in one of their stores - that was for the size 5 pack that contained 10 nappies. The number of nappies received in the pack depends on the size purchased - the bigger the size, the smaller the number. The pack I got was bright blue but again the colour of the pack is dependent on the size purchased. As a guide, size 5 ones are for babies weighing 26lbs and above; my daughter was around 13 months old when we were away.
These are pants rather than nappies so slide onto baby rather than have tabs at the side to fasten. Putting the swim pants on is a bit of a pain when you have a wriggling baby trying to get themselves up to walk and it's made more difficult by the pants being quite tight - presumably so that they don't leak anything out when in use. Even though putting them on is a pain, it didn't take much longer than it does normally to fasten a nappy, but we found it best having two of us - one of us to hold her still while the other put the swim pants on! They have a large banding of elastic around the top so that they can expand slightly to fit around baby properly and this retracts back in so it sits firmly on and in place. The nappy is covered in a yellow and blue pattern of a cartoon fish swimming and they also indicate the back of the nappy in writing - that's ideal because it's actually very tricky to tell!
We were in and out of the pool because I was worried about her being in the Sun - we spent 10 minutes in the pool, then I'd get out with her for some shade and take her in a bit later and so on. Because of this, I didn't think it was necessary to keep changing her nappy over and over so I kept the same nappy on for around 3 hours, just as I would with a normal nappy so it was used in and out of the pool. The swim pants worked perfectly - we saw no leaks or any signs of leaks, everything stayed in the nappy as it should until changing time. They also didn't cause any sort of rash. The only issue was getting her dry inbetween swim times - her costume would dry quickly but the nappy had a tendency to hold a lot of the pool water and was impossible to dry out when she got out. Having said that, I did also buy some Huggies swim nappies when we were there (I underestimated her love for the pool!) and they were exactly the same in terms of drying afterwards so that's not something specific to these Boots ones. The best thing about them is that we found the packaging's claim of the nappy not swelling is true - the nappies didn't bulge whatsoever when she got into the water so it meant she was comfy. It sat in place as a normal nappy would when not in the water.
When it came to taking the swim pants off, they come with a seam on both sides of the pants that can be ripped down to pull it off rather than having to pull the swim pants downwards. I wondered at first whether I could just rip the sides because it's not really made clear - the seams didn't look as though they were meant to be ripped really as they looked tightly fastened together but once I started to rip the seam, it did come apart fairly easily. The main bulk of the nappy stays fully in tact even with this.
The nappy worked fantastically, we used these most days on holiday and we didn't see any leaks at all. They did a great job even when my daughter decided to do, shall we say, fuller nappies! I would definitely recommend these, I'd have no hesitation in purchasing them again when we go on holiday or to the swimming baths. I feel they are also quite reasonably priced. The only downside I feel is that ideally I would have preferred to pop them on as you would a normal nappy with tabs, rather than having to pull them up - I suppose I mean I'd rather Boots have made them as swim nappies and not as swim pants. They're not the best design when baby is starting to walk because they're quite fiddly to pull up when all they want to do is get up and about. Especially when they're not at the stage to understand how to pull them up themselves. I've rated them four stars overall as I think that's about right.
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For our recent holiday a friend asked if I wanted a packet of swim nappies as her son was no longer using them. To be honest I did not know that Boots made Swim Pants - I normally use Huggies Little Swimmers but as I'm not one to say no to a freebie I thought I would take these as well.
The Swim pants are bright yellow and decorated with fish and bubbles - My husband wasn't too keen on the loud design but as we always put a wetsuit over the top I'm not bothered, and Little Man really liked the design. They have a large elasticated waist which has a lot of give, with some elastication around the legs. They also have back printed on the back which is really handy as they are pretty much the same shape front and back. They fit really well when on and are not really bulky underneath Little Man's wetsuit, even when wet. I was quite concerned about the lack of elastication in the leg area but this did not seem to cause an issue.
As the same suggests, swim nappies are designed to be worn in the water and to be honest they are pretty useless as a normal nappy as the absorbency when dry is terrible - although I have found this to be the case with all swim nappies. Their main function is to avoid code brown situations in the swimming pool, and this it does brilliantly. I was a bit concerned that the lack of absorbency would cause nappy rash but this never happened, although he was never left in a wet swim nappy for too long.
One of the big advantages of the Boots product is the price. The Boots swim pants are £3.95 for a size 5 pack of 10 vs £5.99 for a pack of 11 Huggies. The only disadvantage I could find over the branded version were the Huggies have velco type sides that make them really easy to whip off, whereas you have to tear the sides on the Boots swim pants. However this is not difficult, and not enough to justify the price difference between the two. I have been converted to the Boots swim pants, and have gone on to buy a packet to keep in for when we go swimming at home. I have given these 4 stars as I would like to see them look at the absorbancy issues. I don't expect them to be as good as a nappy as otherwise they would be a lot bulkier, but a bit more protection while a child is sitting in the dry nappy would make them outstanding.
Available in sizes 3, 4 & 5 from Boots stores and Boots.com
I have always used Boots swimming nappies for all of my 3 children. I have tried a couple of other brands but definitely think the Boots brand are the best and the most reasonably priced.
I think that the nappies are great, they are really easy to put on and take off and they have never let out any little 'accidents' in the pool which I was always a bit worried about!
Swimming nappies are basically nappies that you can use in the swimming pool, unlike normal nappies they don't hold water and get heavy. All 3 of my children have never had a problem with them they seem very comfortable they have never rubbed their skin or anything as I wondered.
You can get the nappies in different sizes so they do fit your baby really well. I usually pay around £3 for a pack of 10 which is great because sometimes (especially when your baby is very young) you find you only stay in the pool about 20 minutes so it seems a waste of money to pay more.
The swim nappies have elastic at the top and around the legs so they won't fall off and nothing can come out. They are very easy to put on you simply pull them on as you would shorts it tells you on them which is the front and back so you cant get them the wrong way around.
I have seen some babies in the pool in just the nappy but I always put them under my child's swimming costume or trunks.
My experience of using them has always been good. My daughter has once done a poo in them and nothing came out.
When you want to remove them you can just tear the side section so it just comes off.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone they are brilliant and definitely as good if not better than the expensive brands.
We recently took our son swimming for the first time. He is only two months old so we were on the lookout for a smaller swim nappy. The biggest brand in this category is the huggies little swimmers but the size 3s were way too big for him and the smaller size wasn't very good value. That's when we came across boots swim pants.
Swim pants are specially designed to ensure no swelling of the nappy when the baby is in water and protects from accidents while in the water. These swim pants come in 3 different sizes. The size 3 are suitable for babies from 4-9 kg and come in a pack of 12. The size 4 are for babies 7-13 kg and come in packs of 11 and the size 5s are 12+ kgs and packs of 10.
The size 3 we purchased were green with an attractive underwater scene printed all over. The nappies are pull up type and have an elasticated waist. The back of each nappy is printed with back on the inside making it easy to know which way to put on. To remove the nappy all you have to do is tear down the sides and dispose.
These nappies are bought at boots obviously and retail for just under £4.
These nappies were excellent when we went swimming. The design is eyecatching and attractive and these nappies could be used just on their own as swim pants. We put them under a pair of trunks and they were very good. There was no bulging and they fitted snugly against our baby's skin hopefully keeping any accidents in. We have never experienced any so far so cannot tell whether they'll protect but I'm very confident they will.
When in the water, the nappy doesn't expand which means our son had full mobility and could kick away to his contentment. Afterwards, the nappy was really easy to remove with the tear down sides, saving precious minutes which with a cold, wet baby is a godsend!
These were really good value for money and stand up well against the brand names. I definitely would recommend them and will be purchasing them myself again for all our swimming trips.
I take my little boy swimming every week, and have tried various swim nappies. I have found that the boots ones are the cheapest and easiest to use.
They have an attractive design, with little pictures of fish and other water related things. The elasticated waist also indicates which way round the nappy goes as it is printed with the word 'back' all the way across. This is very helpful, and more obvious than other swim nappy designs I have used.
The Boots swim nappy is also more elasticated than others, meaning that they fit a wider range of sizes and are more snug once they are on. They don't seem to stick out too far above or below my little boys trunks either.
They do not expand or absorb the pool water, and remain the same, slim size that they are when unused. Once you are out of the pool, they can be torn easily down the side to allow for quick and easy removal.
Having had no disasters in the swimming pool, I can't advise whether they retain solids, but as the leg holes and waist seem snug and secure, I imagine that they would do a good job.
I've tried quite a few different brands of swim nappies for my little girl and recently I bought a pack of Boots Swim Nappies as I wanted to boost my Boots Advantage Card Points.
We do quite a lot of swimming, we've virtually been going ever since my little girl was born and so nappies are essential for this. As anyone who takes a baby swimming will know it's very important to get the right nappy for them whilst they are swimming as you don't want any little accidents floating past you in the pool, how embarrassing would that be!!!
One reason why I wanted these Boots nappies in particular was that they have a tear away side seam which I think is invaluable after you have been swimming. If you have ever tried to take a wet nappy off a baby when they are crying and getting colder by the minute after getting out the pool you will know how difficult it is to pull down a nappy as it really sticks around the hips and gets all bogged down with water. The tear away side strip is really easy to pull apart and then the nappy virtually pulls apart and comes off easily.
Obviously with this tear away strip it's pretty obvious that these nappies are disposable nappies so you can only use them one which is fine by me. What I firstly really like about these nappies is that they are pull up nappies and go on like pants so you don't have to worry about any tabs or flaps coming open or unstuck in the water especially if your baby is wriggling and splashing about in the water. Boots say that these nappies have an absorbant core which protects from small accidents before getting into the water, but does not swell up like a normal nappy once in water. This is definitely true, the nappy does not swell as all and fits really nice under my little girls swimming costume. It stays up well and is a really good fit by the looks of it. At the top of the nappy there is an elasticated band so they fit very snugly around the waist too.
What I also like about these nappies is that at the top of the on one side the word BACK is written and repeated all the way across the back of the nappy. This is so helpful as sometimes it's really hard to tell which is the back and which is the front of the swim nappy and you don't want to get it wrong and have it not fit properly.
The nappies have a cute animal print on them and are a blue colour with lots of other colours and so look good even if you just wear them on your own and not with a swimming costume.
The Boots nappies come in different sizes but I bought the Size 4 maxi pack which is for sizes 7-13kg (15-28lbs). A pack of 11 nappies cost £3.69 which I think is very reasonable and these are a good nappy that I recommend.
Swimming nappies differ from disposable nappies in that they are solely for use when babies/toddlers are swimming or playing in water, as swim pants don't swell up like disposable nappies when wet. I purchased Boots Swim Pants as they are cheaper than Huggies Little Swimmers (I have noticed that these are the most commonly used in pools) and I'm not particularly loyal to brand names, so don't care which ones I use as long as they are effective and do the job.
Boots Swim Pants cost £3.49 for a pack of 10 swimming nappies, making them 14p a swim nappy cheaper than Huggies. They are available in nappy sizes 3, 4 and 5. The swim pants are bright Yellow with pictures of fish and sharks on them. I use size 5 for my Son, which is for toddlers weighing 28lbs. The swim pants are a good fit, look comfortable and don't irritate my Son's skin as he has eczema. The top of the swim pants are elasticated and there's no chance that they will fall down.
At first glance at the swim pants you wonder which way round they are worn, but when you pull the elasticated top of the pants the word 'Back' is written four times along the top, so there's no mistaken the front for the back.
The nappies can be worn on their own; however I have found that most people tend to put them on underneath a swimming costume. Isn't it crazy when there seems to be competition between some parents about who's child is wearing the grooviest swimming costume!
I did try to be clever once and changed my Son into his swimming pants before we went to the pool, thinking that I would save some time, especially if there weren't any family changing rooms available. The journey was only 20 minutes to the pool but when I took him out of the Car Seat he had soaked through his trousers. Therefore, they are not good at absorbing wee, only poo.
My Son has had a few accidents in his swim pants which we have only noticed when we took him out of the pool to change him. The nappies are very good at holding in poo as the elastic clings in all the right places, whether it is solid or runny, you have peace of mind that poo is not going to leak into the pool. Removing the nappies are very easy, as the sides tear in the same way that pull up pants do. This makes it a lot easier to deal with if your child has had a poo in their swim pants as there's no need to pull the swim pants down and cover your child's legs in poo.
I would rate Boots Swim Pants 4 stars. They are reasonably priced, easy to use and take off, good at absorbing poo and have a nice design. I have not given them 5 stars as they are not too good at holding in wee, however I do highly recommend them.
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