Cloth or Disposable Swim Diapers?
You know what I forgot to pack for our extended trip? Swim diapers! How is that possible – I thought I remembered everything! We have a great swimsuit with a diaper built right in and I cannot find it anywhere in our bags. Oh well, off to the store to buy swim diapers.
Which reminds me – do you think it’s better to wear disposables or cloth swim diapers? I’m having a hard time deciding, myself.
1) Disposable diapers sure are easy but they are expensive. For a little dip in the pool I’m OK with throwing a swim diaper on my youngest, but for an all day adventure it gets a little ridiculous. And how often does one change a wet disposable swim diaper? Do you just go by time, guessing when the wee one wees or do you wait for poop? Hard to tell. Cloth, on the other hand, is rinse-able. Or at least if you have 2 you can take one off, rinse it then let it dry in the sun while the bebe wears the other one, then switch back when necessary. Until poopage, that is.
2) Cloth diapers take a super, super long time to dry for next day use when NOT dried in the sun. And who wants to travel to and fro with a wet, urine soaked diaper when you can just chuck a disposable? Sorry mother Earth, but convenience does has it benefits.
3) Absorbency. Being swim diapers neither type – disposable or reusable – soaks up that much. But I think that the reusable ones balloon up more and hold on to both urine and water. Disposables merely rely on the elastic and a tad of absorbing power. For the car ride to the beach or pool, that’s not good! But for at the beach or pool, that is better in my opinion.
I read Alpha Mom‘s piece on which way she leans and it’s quite informative.
My decision is relatively easy because I don’t have our built in swim diaper suit so I’m stuck with buying disposables. Unless, of course, I want to buy a whole new bathing suit now…Urgh. Which one takes up less space, do you think? OH MY GOD, why did I think traveling around with children would be a good thing??? Do you know who much stuff we are hauling around?
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