Back when Vicki was 6 months old, I started taking her to swimming lessons. I prepared weeks in advance by registering her for swimming, buying her a bathing suit, and purchasing a reusable swim diaper. I was good to go.
I’ve been using them ever since. ::blushes::
When I saw this re-use challenge, I ticked off the items I regularly re-use: cloth diapers (check), cloth wipes (check), water bottles (check), grocery bags (check), night time diapering (check), coffee cups (check). Then I noticed swim diapers in the list and knew where I had to make the change. It was time to go back to the good old reusable swim diaper.
With summer coming, I’ll have plenty of opportunities to get my money’s worth. We have already set up the kiddie pool in the backyard on the two fluke hot days we’ve had. Once June rolls around, I expect to be swimming at least 3 times a week. A reusable swim diaper costs roughly the same amount as a package of 18 disposable medium swim diapers ($17.95 vs. $16.99). So in 6 weeks I will have made my money back, and any extra swimming we do will only save me money. I’ll also feel better about not throwing my disposable swim diapers into the landfill to decompose over the next 500 years.
The reusable swim diapers are designed to keep in solids but not to absorb the pool water. When I was using the reusable swim diaper, I had no issues with leaking. However, I did always put the swim diaper on immediately before going into the pool. They’re very easy to wash – as long as there were no solids in the diaper (hasn’t happened to me yet, knock on wood), I would just throw them in the washing machine with the bathing suits and towels and air dry.
So now I’m jumping back in the water (another pun, sorry) and just clicked “purchase” on the right size reusable swim diaper. Re-use challenge, CHECK!
What can you change for Re-Use Challenge Day? Ideas from Real Diaper Week include night time diapering, traveling with diapers, potty training, swim diapers, coffee cups, water bottles, grocery bags, snack bags, feminine products, etc. Pick one and make your pledge to change in the comments!