Baby Swim Nappies: Disposable or Reusable?

Many swim lessons for babies insist that your child wears a swim nappy for the lesson.  And, let's be honest, it's a more pleasant thought that something will catch those unexpected, erm, deliveries if they make an appearance while you're swimming.  And the holiday swimming pool is no exception.

There are two options when it comes to swim nappies; disposable or reusable.  Disposable nappies are available in the UK and in some supermarkets abroad (though not in all of them).  You can buy them here in the UK in most supermarkets, Boots, or even online at Amazon (click on image left).  The advantage of them over the reusable nappy is of course that you don't have to wash them if they are required to catch any poop!

Environmentally, of course the reusable nappy wins every time.  And, it does for value for money too.  They tend to be snugger than a disposable nappy and therefore more effective. 

The safest non-leak option is a combination of the two.  That is, a neoprene tight legged nappy like the Splash About Happy Nappy, used with a disposable nappy underneath.  Sadly, this doesn't tick our environmental or good value box, but Splash About customer reviews suggest it's the best option. 

Splash About nappies are made of neoprene and finished with soft, snug fitting, deep bands of fabric with a high rubber content to make them as leak proof as possible.  They are recommended to be used with a liner, but customers suggested that the liners are difficult to keep in place, and advise the use of a disposable nappy instead.  See the range of Splash About Happy Nappies on Amazon.