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Taking Baby Frank swimming has been one of the most terrifying (but also brilliant) experiences of the last few months. I can't shake the feeling that one day the inevitable will happen and Baby Frank will poo whilst in the pool. Now, I am very lucky that Baby Frank generally only poos once a week (the Health Visitor said this can be normal for breast fed babies) and so the chances of her coordinating this with the less regular event of going swimming is pretty slim. However, each time we accomplish a non-poo swimming trip, I think this must somehow increase the probability of it happening next time we go! I bought a little, bright pink aqua nappy from Amazon for £4.99 as an alternative to wearing a Huggies swim nappy under a normal baby swim suit. An Aquanappy is a reusable swim nappy which is machine washable, so should the worst occur, you simply take it home and wash it ready for next time! It is made out of a soft, lightweight material and has a drawstring for snug, comfortable fit (or so I am told). It does not look like a nappy in the way that the Huggies disposable nappies do, and looks more like swim shorts/pants. Similarly, it dooes not become heavy when weight and dries quickly because it's made from swimsuit-esque material. I bought the 3-6 months (4-8kg) size, but have been disppointed with the fit. Baby Frank is now 5 months old and although the Aqua Nappy can be adjusted to fit her waist, the leg holes are just too big. If the worst was to happen and she pooed in the pool, I'm afraid the current fit of the nappy would do very little to keep poo and pool asunder. I have used the nappy once which was when we got all set to go to the pool and I only realised the sizing issue once we had arrived and got changed. I decided to chance it on that occasion and was lucky on that occasion that the gaping leg holes were not required to hold anything in (note to self: increased chance of a poo next time). Apart from the size being an issue at the moment although Baby Frank is a very average sized 5 month old, and nearly 8kg, I can imagine that it'll be a great little nappy when it actually fits her. I am looking forward to using it as I know it will save money on buying disposable swim nappies, and also help the environment.
I really am not sure as to why I am holding onto a pair of my son's aqua nappies swimming pants. They out grew him about 2-3 years ago lol. When my son was a baby I took him to swimming lessons and let him experience the being pushed along under water without drowning which whilst scary at first was an amazing experience for us both. I started taking him with Huggies swim nappies but once I knew he enjoyed it I purchased two pairs of Floaties Aqua nappies which were about £3-4.00 each on ebay. I choose some plain blue ones and a turquoise pair which had fish on them. So cute they look wearing them when they are babies, Still looks quite now in swim trunks mind. Bet I can't say that in years to come lol. They also come in plain pink, red or girlie type ones too. They are made from 100% polyester fabric which is lined with 100% non-pvc inner lining . Totally washable and safe in the washing machine. The lining has a slight plastic type feel to it. The have elasticated waist bend and around the top of legs but not so tight that it makes them uncomfortable but tight enough to keep any thing in them that you wouldn't want escaping into the pool. Yes I'm meaning the baby poop. They are available in sizes 3-6 month, 6-12 month, 12-18 months, 18-24 month and 24-30 months. My son seemed quite happy and comfortable wearing these and had plenty of freedom for movement. I felt the Huggies swim nappies did absorb some water weighing them down a bit and restricting movement. These are available to buy on Ebay and amazon but not really noticed them in shops, Possibly the likes of sports direct would stock them in store. Gets my 5 star rating as they are value for money and last the time until they are out grown.
1) Huggies Little Swimmers I wanted to start taking my baby swimming at a young age so I started looking around for ‘swim nappies’. These seemed the obvious choice, mostly as they were the only ones I could see in my local Boots. They are disposable and are more like a pull up pant than a nappy making them a little more difficult to put on. They have an absorbent part which absorbs wee very well without a great deal of ‘swelling’. They also have a waterproof outer part so the swimming pool water isn’t absorbed. On the plus side they have rip down side seams for easy removal and you then just throw them away – meaning no transporting of wet pant home, no washing or drying. They also have a high waist so less likelihood of leakage out the top. They have elasticated legs, which seemed to fit well and stop leakage out the leg holes. They are also neat enough to fit underneath my daughter’s swimming costume. However you can use them on there own so you don’t actually need a swimming costume. But she does look soooo cute in her costume!! On the minus side the smallest size they come in fits a 16lb baby. I didn’t notice this until I got them home (duh – I just looked at the small bit and thought they must fit) and my baby was much smaller than this at the time. Because of this I started looking around for other swim pants and started using the floaties aquanappy which I am actually more happy with (see my review of these!) As they are disposable you have to throw them away and this makes them a lot more expensive if you plan to swim regularly. However for a spare pair of swim pant – on the beach etc – you can’t go wrong with them. £4.99 for 12 2)Floaties Aquanappy I brought these when I realised that Huggies Little swimmers didn’t come in small enough sizes for my baby. You can buy them either as trunks or as a bikini for little girls. They are fairly soft on the outside with somekind of PVC lining. The legs and waist are fully elasticated and have a waist tie to adjust the fit. I find they have always fit my baby very well and I have not yet had any embrassing leaks. They also seem to fit well as your baby grows. My baby is almost out of her first pair and they still fit as well now as they ever did. Not only that they still look and feel the same as when I first brought them, but I am quite careful about rinising them as soon as we come out of the pool and washing them when I get home. The smallest size fits a 9lb baby so you can start swimming when your baby is very young. The downside is that you do have to wash them (they are machine washable) but you can’t put them in the tumble dryer. They do take a while to dry on the line though so for holiday time it is best to have more than one pair or invest in some disposables. They can also be a little difficult to get off when wet when they are getting a little small Also I think that they are slightly more expensive than other reuseable swim nappies but much cheaper than disposables in the long run. Price:£9.98 - trunks £13.98 - bikini style On another note a leaflet you might find useful (I did) is from Little Swimmers, Making a Splash, PO BOX 951, Bucks, SL9 9UN. It has advice on taking your baby swimming and where to find baby friendly pools. You need to enclose an A5 SAE but I thought it was worth it.
We as a family find swim nappies are non essential and a huge rip off . 5 pounds for 12 swim nappies is almost laughable . You could get 36 normal nappies for that price . My other half and I were just about to pick some swim nappies off the shelf . The boots assistant ( who we now know quite well after she befriended us in the nappy isle ) walked over she had seen us humming and haaring ( you know what I mean ) whether to buy the swim nappies , she could see we were in obvious distress !!!!) She told us that she never bothered using them for her twins and she said they were a waste of money . This information was useful as we are not the most richest people in the world yet ( mind you we are ever hope full ).She must have been telling the truth after all she is a 'sales' assistant. My mother had also said don't bother with swim nappies , she certainly didn't use them when I was little as they weren't inverted then . She said the worst a baby is going to do is poo , and it will get caught by the costume or trunks anyway . It doesn't matter is babies pee in the pool , I think everyone can remeber peeing in the swimming pool at one time or another , it's a bit like farting in the bath , everyones done it but nobody wants to admit it ( even me, ew I'm blushing again ). The water in swimming pools is highly clorinated , and a bit off pee is going to do nobody amy harm . Our tot goes swimming with no swim nappy and she has never done a poo - yet !!! So go on take the plunge ......
I bought this nappy in a rush from mothercare on my way to the swimming pool. My son is quite chunky so I had to but the next size up (12 - 18 months) and they fitted really well. Maybe I am used to a struggle when changing my son but I found I had no more trouble getting them off again than I do with a normal pair of trousers. I actually wanted to buy the Kooshies swimming nappies but Mothercare were sold out but my son found these very comfortable and they gave him alot of freedom as they are shaped just like pants. They come in four sizes 0-6 months, 6-12months, 12-18 months and 18 months +. They also come in three colours pink, blue and what can only be described as an accident in a paint factory, naturally I went for blue! Aquanappies are very good value for money and I would certaintly recommend them to you.
When I first took my daughter swimming at five months old I was advised by the pool staff to buy swim nappies. Although it was not pool policy to insist on these they prefered babies to wear these for obvious reasons. I bought my little girl a fetching pair of bright pink Aqua Nappies from my local mothercare. If I remember right they came in the usual sizes of 0-6 mths, 6-12 moths, 12-18mths and 24 months plus. They cost me £6.00 and were little pants with elasticated legs and waist, with a waist tie incase they were too big. They are a thick swimming costume material and have a gauze gusset. The idea behind these is that if your child does a pooh it can't escape probably because the legs are so tight. These nappies are also tiny so always go for the larger size and when wet they are difficult to remove without having to tug at your delicate little child. My daughters doll now looks really snazzy in these nappies so they weren't a complete waste of money. Poor dolly has to wear this nappy shopping. Now I use the Kooshies adjustable swim nappies which are a much better buy and even come in a variety of colours including pink and white polka dot...lovely !!!