When my first born was a baby and the cold winter days were being replaced by warm spring ones, I dutifully went out and purchased a package of Huggies swim diapers. I clearly remember taking Kieran to the beach, pulling on the swim diaper, and quickly realizing that disposable swim diapers. . . suck. They really do–no nice way about it. First of all, I couldn’t tell which side was the front. Secondly, he instantly peed and it went all over me. Next, I tried to get it off, and I tugged and tugged and it barely budged. (This was before I learned the trick of just ripping the sides.) I didn’t even finish the package of diapers that summer. I detested swim diapers, and my son either wore a regular diaper (which would be an interesting science experiment–just how much water can those diapers hold??) or he went naked.
When he was 2 1/2, I signed him up for swim lessons at Waterbabies Swim School. Waterbabies employs a “no disposable” swim diaper policy, and though Kieran was potty training, [Read more…] about Why They’re Better: Non-Disposable Swim Diapers