Not just an adorable accessory for baby tooshies, reusable swim nappies give parents peace of mind during water play – because if poop gets in the pool, hoo boy…
Swim nappies are secure, water-safe pants worn by babies and toddlers who aren’t toilet trained. They are specially designed to hold and contain number twos long enough for you to get out of the swimming pool without leakage, and they come in both disposable and reusable styles.
We’ve listed several designer swimmer nappies available in Australia and answered some basic questions around what features to look for to avert an embarrassing pool-nami.
Types of swim nappies
Disposable swim nappies are single-use nappies designed to be worn by children to contain faecal leakage when swimming.
Reusable swim nappies are made of cloth and designed to catch and prevent faecal leakage when swimming. They can be washed and reused over and over again making them an eco-friendly option.
12 swim nappies for containing little accidents
A reliable set of swimming nappies makes all the difference to family water fun and our handy list will point you towards the brands other mums love.
In no particular order, here are 12 swim nappies for little water babes.
Designed with love in Byron Bay, EcoNaps are eco-friendly, deliciously comfy and easy to use. Engineered to capture number twos while allowing liquid to flow through, they’re fade-resistant and feature an adjustable waist and side snaps for mess-free changes.
With a patented three-layer design, these little life-savers keep embarrassing accidents well contained. Available in a rainbow of colours and patterns, the wicking liner helps prevent nappy rash while the snug outer layer keeps the nappy (and its contents) firmly in place.
Thanks to a combination of Velcro tabs and snap buttons, these multi-award-winners are an absolute cinch to adjust to growing botties. Available in a range of unmissable styles, they fit kiddos right up to 16kg and pair perfectly with matching wet bags.
My little Gumnut
Available in prints that melt the heart, My Little Gumnut swim nappies are the perfect blend of simplicity and effectiveness. Free from absorbing elements that weigh bubs down, they have an inner mesh lining that captures solids but allows urine to flow through.
Bare and Boho
Our hearts skipped a beat over these little stunners – and the fact that they come bundled with a large wet bag makes them even more lovable. Lightweight and with a single gusset feature to contain number twos, they come in two sizes that cover littlies up to 14kg.
Suitable for bubs as young as three months, these machine-washable beauties boast a three-layer design using waterproof materials. Leak-proof, reusable and fully adjustable, they’re swimming companions that will see them right through to toddlerhood.
With a leak-proof outer layer and an active silver inner layer developed with virologists, the Happy Nappy DUO is scientifically proven to kill the bugs that cause upset tummies. Available in four sizes, they make the pool a healthier place for your bub and others.
Created with a flexible, stain-resistant outer layer and an ultra-soft fleece interior, Close Parents eco-friendly Pop-Ins keep little swimmers cosy in the water. Seal-to-skin binding at the waist and legs keeps accidents contained while the drawstring ensures a snug fit.
Junior Tribe Co
Beautifully crafted from premium materials, Junior Tribe Co ensures bubs are comfy and protected whatever the water adventure. They come in a single size to suit bubs from 4-16kg and have adjustable snap buttons and a glorious soft-touch shell.
With a contoured shape, Pea Pods Swimmers offer little ones complete freedom of movement in and around the water. Built-in absorbency helps soak up little accidents while comfy leg elastic keeps leaks well contained. Choose from six super-cute styles.
Coming in hot with five swoon-worthy shades, Ina Swim use a recycled blend of nylon and elastane with UPF50+ protection. They come in a choice of easy-wear pull-up briefs or shorts and offer a snug fit that prevents unwanted leaks.
Making a splash with fun prints and a comfy fit, Bambino Mio swim bottoms come with handy adjustable waistbands and containment-proof legs. Available in four sizes, they come in over 20 playful mix-and-match styles that are impossible to choose from.
Are swim nappies compulsory in public pools?
Children who are not toilet trained are required to wear suitable swimmer nappies at most Australian public swimming pools and water parks. Always check with the pool before you arrive.
Can regular nappies be used for swimming?
No. Everyday disposable nappies absorb and hold liquid, so not only will they be extremely heavy, but they’re also ineffective at containing faecal leakage in water.
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