‘Cause No One Wants To Swim With Your Kid’s Poop (even if your kid is really, really cute)


P5212691 Getting out of the house with a baby and a three-year-old is a total gong show.  Getting out of the house armed to the teeth with suits, sunscreen, floats, buckets, sun hats, umbrellas and towels?


But I love the pool.  And R loves the pool.  And Pax loves the pool.  We are water babies, all of us.  So it drives me INSANE when we arrive at the pool, all ready to go….and it's closed.  Because someone pooped in the pool.

Please don't do the doo-doo.  Not in the pool.  Not after it took me 47 deep cleansing breaths and 4 trips to the car and 2 bathroom breaks and 3 diaper changes and a few meltdowns to get there. 

I know no one wants to be that parent, the one who let their kid poop in the pool.  But c'mon.  If you are using disposable swim diapers…you're tempting fate. 

I swear by iPlay's swim diapers.  They are a pain to get on (especially over Mr. Thunder Thigh's thunder thighs) but they work.  Even a serious poop-plosion isn't a match for these swim diapers.  (As long as they fit properly.  Do pay attention to the weight range.  It matters. Here's a copy of iPlay's swim diaper size chart.)

You can get them in white (boring, but my personal fav) or various prints.  Pax is wearing one of the printed ones…see it peeking out from under Pax's chunk?  Yup…see…riiiiiight there…under the belly? There it is!  And yes – the leg holes are tight.  But he looks happy, right?  The trick is to pull the leg holes all the way up to the top of the thigh crease.  It takes a little work.  But it's better than the alternative. 

Sorta potty trained?  Either layer the diaper speedo-like under board shorts, or for girls, try their all-in-one swimsuits.    Their girls tank suits are adorable (I'm liking the melons or the lollies )…but I'm really digging their version of a little girl bikini:  swim diaper bottom and rash guard.  So cute, and so not little-girl-in-a-skimpy-bikini creepy.  I'm dying over the tie-dye.

And in case you aren't yet convinced….remember that pools will close for roughly one hour if they find an intact poop log, but will close for at least eight hours if they are dealing with a diarrhea situation.

Totally grossed out?  Good.  Me too.  Go getcha an iPlay swim diaper.



ps.  M and I have been playing around with an Amazon affliate storefront as a way of better communicating our fav picks.  I'm not totally sold on it, but did create one with my favorite iPlay swim gear.  Check it out here.


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  1. Love these too, S! Actually just had my first encounter with poop and swimming last weekend and thankfully A had on his iPlay swim trunks with diaper. No leakage out, they are tight even on my skinny mans legs. Great post. Thanks!
    xo, ss

  2. You might possibly have the cutest babies ever.
    We had a swim diaper fiasco earlier this week-I bought an OP brand swim diaper at Wal-Mart and dressed my son, then myself in our swim gear. I turned around once I was in my suit to discover a trail of pee all down his leg…not what I want in a swim diaper!! Luckily I had a Huggies swim diaper left but uh yeah all brands of swim diapers are NOT created equal!

  3. Where are you going to swim? The pool looks great. We’ve had good luck with diaperaps reusable swim diapers. They look like little speedos and fit my (skinny) kids legs fairly snugly. I agree that the Huggies swim diapers do leave a bit to be desired.

  4. So I saw that you said the disposable swim diapers don’t work. Do they leak? I had a pair of Gymboree swim trunks and was going to put on the Huggies Disposable Swim Diaper on my little boy, but I think I might need to rethink that. Uggghhh. Perhaps we’ll try you suggestion. Wonder if Buy Buy Baby carries them. Thanks for the tip!

  5. We totally love Iplay swim diapers. We’ve had good luck finding extras at consignment stores, and since I layer them under suits I don’t much care what pattern they come in. Two year old boy in a pink and green mermaid pair? Under the board shorts no one will ever know….
    And we completely HATE arriving at the pool to find it closed due to poop. SO, so true! Great post.
    As the mama of two super skinny boys, I want to come squeeze your chubby baby all day long. Love the baby pics!

  6. Disposable swim diapers aren’t supposed to hold in pee, just poop. I think Babycheapskate did an article on it last year…
    We just a cloth swim diaper- I forget who makes it- Bum Genius? It’s a better investments and not so soggy.

  7. I like the iPlay brand, too. This year we’ve also had great luck with Imse Vimse brand.
    I agree with the prior poster who pointed out that swim diapers aren’t really intended to hold in pee — just poop. (That’s why people can’t just wear a regular diaper in the pool – it would soak up so much water and weigh 1,000 lbs!)
    Also – you don’t have to be a full time cloth diaper-er by any means to use these cloth/re-usable swim diapers. My sister uses all disposable diapers on her kids, except that she uses cloth swim diapers. They’re great!

  8. Thanks for clarifying, gang. Yup, swim diapers hold the poop only. I did try using one in a pinch for a real diaper…don’t know what I was thinking…
    Em – we miss you. 🙁

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