Best Swim Diapers of 2017

Best Swim Diapers of 2017

Last Updated: August 31, 2016
Don’t let having a little one in diapers hold you back from the water.Best Swim Diapers of 2017

Glistening lakes, the seashore, and cool pools beckon to kids and their parents on these hot summer days. Don’t let having a little one in diapers hold you back from the water.

Do you need swim diapers?

If your child isn’t potty trained and he wants to dip toes and more into a public body of water, you need swim diapers. Regular diapers won’t work. The material that makes diapers so absorbent also turns them into a waterlogged anchor around your child’s waist once they are submerged in water. Not only is their absorbing action rendered useless once they soak up water, but their weight makes them super saggy to the point of falling off. And they definitely can’t hold anything inside once they’re stretched out. It’s pretty ugly.

Swim diapers are designed to withstand water and contain solids. They aren’t meant to absorb. Yep, that means pee will pass through to the water. But swim diapers should keep number twos inside eliminating what public pools fear most: fecal contamination. (Everyone out of the pool, closed for days or weeks as it’s drained and refilled, etc.).

You may be thinking, “What about when my child is out of the water?” Because there is no absorbency, you’ll have to change your wee one into a regular diaper right after swimming. For some reusables you can purchase absorbent inserts for the diaper while they toddle around on land.

Note: Swim diapers aren’t designed for newborns whose stools tend to be liquidy (until they start eating solid food). Lacking absorption power, they just can’t contain newborn poops. The same goes for children with diarrhea. They should not be allowed to swim in a public body of water.

If you want to introduce your baby to water before two months of age, try filling up the tub at home or using a kiddie pool rather than heading to the community pool.

What type of swim diaper is best?

Remember that swim diapers need to have a snug fit to contain poop, so they will probably be tighter than your everyday diapers.

Swim diapers come in disposable or reusable versions, each with their own advantages. Disposables are cheap and offer convenience, but they tend to sag and are more prone to letting something slip out.

Reusable swim diapers that have velcro or snaps at the side usually offer a better fit, but are more expensive and high maintenance. After changing your child out of a reusable, you have to flush the diaper contents down the toilet, package the dirty reusable to take home, and then rinse it and run it through the wash. Also since babies grow pretty quickly, they might grow into a larger reusable size before the summer is over. Consider how quickly your little one is growing before investing in a reusable swim diaper.

How does this work at the pool?

If public pools allow diapered children to enter at all, their rules may differ. Many require kids to have two layers. A disposable diaper along with a reusable or a swim short on top can work, or some allow a reuseable underneath with a swim short on top. Many parents find that disposable on bottom and reusable on top is the best defense against spillage anyway.

Babylist Best Picks


Pampers Splashers

$8.99 for a Size 3/4 pack of 24


At just 42 cents a diaper and featuring tear-off sides for removal, these disposables are a great, no-hassle option.


Getting these disposable swim diapers on isn’t as easy as getting them off. The pull-up style can be frustrating as it sticks to sweaty, sandy kids.

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Burn Protection

Babyganics Swim Diapers

$9.99 for a size Small pack of 12


These disposables are major multi-taskers with UPF 50 protection and color-changing technology. After 30 minutes of sunlight, the frog turns brown indicating it’s time to reapply sunscreen and check your baby’s diaper for poop.


Like other disposables, Babyganics has a pull-up style that can make putting a fresh one on a wet, wriggling baby or toddler a pain.

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Personalized Fit

Bummis Swimmi Cloth Diapers

$15.50 for one in size Small

##### WHY WE LOVE IT Two words: adjustable sides. These reusable swim diapers have velcro closures to tighten or loosen the fit. Made with polyester mesh and nylon, parents report these rinse off nicely. Plus, Bummis also have natural UPF 50 protection via the special weave in the fabric.


Bummis run big, so purchase accordingly, especially since they don’t have strong elastic bands around the leg and waist openings like other brands do. Also, the velcro tends to collect fuzzies and cause snags if you wash them with your pool towels.

Cuteness Factor

iplay Snap Reusable Absorbent Swim Diaper

$10 and up for one with snaps


These reusable swim diapers come in a bunch of cute patterns and have a light absorbency (i.e. will catch a tiny bit of urine outside the pool). The bonus? They are less expensive than other reusables.


Be sure to buy the version that has snaps at the side. If you accidentally purchase the pull-up style, you’ll be sorry. Dragging a poopy diaper down your baby’s legs and feet makes a huge mess. Also, this brand runs really small, so size up.

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Long-lasting Fit

AppleCheeks Washable Swim Diaper

$19.50 for one in Size 1


The mother of adjustable swim diapers, AppleCheeks have two rows of snaps on each side. The top row helps you get the perfect fit around your child’s waist. The second row hones in on the fit around the thighs. (Nothing is getting out of these puppies!) And because of their adjustability, they can grow with your baby.


AppleCheeks don’t come in patterns and color choice is limited.

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Choosing what’s right for you

Since many families use both disposable and reusable swim diapers together, you might want to purchase both and see how it goes. You may find the twofer system works great or that one or the other causes chafing or slides right off your baby’s bum. Finding the perfect one for your little one will be worth it for all the splashing, smiling fun this summer. ***

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