Huggies Swimpants are NOT Diapers

Have you ever bought a baby product product just because everyone you know likes that product? And because you trust their judgment as being, well, good and like your own? Hmm. Well, the Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants were that product for me.

In case you’re unfamiliar with this product, the Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (try saying that really fast) are designed to be used by babies and toddlers in the water. These swimpants are “special in that they can be used in place of a traditional diaper in the water.  They feature an easy to use design that goes on like underwear. They boast a colorful design that could work for either a boy or girl child.

I bought the Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants for around $19 last summer, when my first daughter was around 16 months.

In the beginning of our relationship, I loved these swimpants. But then things kind of went sour due to my own high expectations for what a swimpant posing as a diaper could and should do. *sigh. But, before I get into that, let me first say what I, in the beginning, really, really liked about these swimpants.

I liked that they seemed to do something magical with pool/sea water. Seriously. I would allow my daughter to play in the water for hours, and, in getting out, she’d never have the dreaded “buggy butt” that plagues swimming babies and toddlers.

I also liked that they were cute and easy to put on and take off. As mentioned previously, these swimpants go on like underwear. They come off, kind of like a Huggies Pull-Up diaper (side, adhesive openings).

While I  loved these diapers at first, with time, our relationship began sour, again, mainly on account of my expectations. You see, when I bought these swimpants, I assumed that they could also be used as a diaper. I read from Huggies that these swimpants have some type of absorption material, so I assumed, “Great! These will make doubly awesome diapers.”

But, and as I learned from my first pee-soaked car seat after one of my daughter’s swims, these swimpants are not diapers at all. They are swimpants. They don’t hold in liquids, and that’s their magic. And when I say they don’t hold in liquids, I mean ALL liquids, including runny poop! Oh, they do hold in really solid poop, if that’s any consolidation.

So, what does this mean? Well, two things. 1) It can possibly explain why children’s pools are always warmer and ickier feeling than adult pools ,and 2) this explains why these swimpants do their stated job so great.

 So would I recommend these diapers to other parents? Well, yes. In the pool, these swimpants are awesome. They do their job. They keep out pool and sea water and do prevent “buggy butts.” But, and I can not stress this enough, they are NOT diapers. When your kid gets out of the pool, put them in a real diaper. Please!