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Thursday, May 10, 2012

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The Other Crap In Diapers

I’m not one to use the word “crap” but when you look at what is in disposable diapers…well…that’s the only way I can think to describe it. And I’m not talking about excrement. I’m talking about the nasty gel stuff. And do you know where it is the nastiest? In the pool!

Summer is coming friends, and we need to be prepared for water activities! Our family invested in a pass to a local pool last summer. Not only was it great exercise for my kiddos (not to mention making them dead tired for bedtime) but it was so nice for pregnant mommy to be able to soak her feet and relax too. We loved many things about the pool, including the fenced in kiddie pool area where everyone could splash around under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. At the time I had a newly turned one year old, so my eyes could be on her while my three and four year old played and I knew they couldn’t “escape”.

But it was not all splashing and giggles at the pool. Not by a long shot. Even though there was a posted sign that said “un-toilet trained children must have appropriate swim diapers on” people insisted on bringing their tots into the pool in, you guessed it, disposables. GROSS. And when those babies (referring to the dipes) explode, all I can do is describe it as “crap”.

On the market these days are pricey disposable swim diapers. They are basically paper. They keep “crap” in (without letting gel “crap” out) and that’s it. Urine goes right on through as anyone can testify who has put one on and then their lap gets wet. Do you know what a better option is? Cloth swim diapers!!! Not only do they do the same exact thing (BM stays in, urine does not) but they save you money. You don’t have to keep buying those expensive disposable ones.

Cloth swim diapers are also a great way to spread cloth love. ANYONE can use them as they don’t require any special laundry, so even non-cloth families can benefit. They are a great first birthday gift or baby shower gift. If you aren’t in chemically treated water, I would recommend just putting a fitted on your baby/toddler. They get a little heavier, but work just about the same. Get shopping as there are several cute prints available at Kelly’s Closet…and keep the “crap” out of the pools!

Jenney is a stay-at-home mom who also runs a home daycare. She blogs about cloth diaper love and her family at

1 comment:

Katie L. said...

I have used just a waterproof cover before to keep the poop in. Less weight than a fitted.