January 15, 2011

Plan ahead for Spring Break and Summer Vacation

I know, I know.  It's only January and most of the country is socked in with snow and not even close to thinking about summer vacation.  But maybe that makes this the perfect time to plan ahead for warmer weather and swimming pools!

It seems that swim diaper sales always pick up in February.  I think a lot of families take a spring break vacation or start travelling again to hotels with pools. 

In fact, just the other day I got a phone call from a mom wanting to know...do cloth swim diapers really work? 

The happy truth is YES!  When our daughter was little, we had two swim diapers.  One was merely a pocket diaper that was too small to use with an insert but perfet as an insert-less swim diaper.  The other was a "real" swim diaper.  It was handy having two because if she pooped in one, we could change to the other and not spoil a swim outing. 

One day, we were at the public swimming pool and she was about 2 years old.  She'd eaten a lot of fruit the day before and you know how warm pool water tends to make things move... sure enough after about 10 minutes in the pool, she pooped.  Swim diaper held it all in, whew!  Off we go to the changing room and out we come in swim diaper #2.  About half an hour later, she goes again.  This time, it's the fruit poopy...a bit soft if you know what I mean.  And again, big relief, the swim diaper held it all in.  Those were the only times we ever did a real-life test of a swim diaper, but both times the diapers passed. 

Fast forward to present day and we have our son.  He wears Imse Vimse swim diapers.  They are so cute and well-designed.  They fit quite well and have wide weight ranges so you can get the perfect fit but you know it'll last all summer.  He hasn't pooped in a swim diaper yet, but I'm confident that if he does, the Imse Vimse swim diapers will hold it in just fine.

And for girls, Imse Vimse also has adorable matching tankini tops so you can have a full swim suit.

One of our favorite stores, Puddle's Place, just got their first shipment of Imse Vimse diapers for the season.  They will continue to get shipments throughout the next 6-8 weeks until they are fully stocked with all sizes and colors, ready for spring break and summer time! 

Some bonus tips...take two for vacation, but be prepared to handwash.  Pretty much any soap can be used since these don't need to be waterproof.  They will dry in a couple of hours. 

Swim diapers, even the disposable kind, aren't intended to hold liquid, so dress your baby at the pool, not prior to leaving for the pool. 

Many pools require cloth swim diapers.  Turns out the disposable kind can split open and shed contents into the pool, which can clog filters.  Our own local public pool banned disposable swim diapers a few years ago.