Great swimming nappies for the great outdoors (no more awkward accidents!)

When my son was a toddler, I thought it would be cool and carefree if he frolicked by the resort pool without his swimming nappy on. I was swiftly taught the lesson that even when you think timing will be fine and there won’t be any “accidents”, it sometimes doesn’t work out that way. From that awkward incident of clean-ups and apologies, my toddler was always covered in a Huggies Little Swimmers nappy.

They were the only dependable water-friendly nappy on the market, and I haven’t since come across anything else that floats my boat! The great thing about Huggies Little Swimmers is that the leak guards will stop any accident from wandering into the water, and they have been made to not swell like other regular ones do in the water.

With its open diaper variant for smaller babies, and velcro sides on medium and large sizes, Huggies Little Swimmers are easy to open and close for convenient changing. It is made from a unique material that does not swell when wet and is designed with an improved fit to prevent leakage.

They also have a stretchy fit waist and stretchy sides for a comfortable fit on your little one. The cute Disney graphics of Nemo and friends from Finding Nemo make them an adorable swimming must-have. They’re available in Size 2-3 (3-8kg), Size 3-4 (7-15kg) and Size 5-6 (12-18kg)

Another must for the beach and holiday travel is Huggies Baby Wipes (I still use them to remove eye makeup and clean my hands after I’ve been in public places). The reason I prefer Huggies Baby Wipes is because they’re made from unique materials, different from any other wipes. The wipes are thick, soft, absorbent and offer a clean that gently locks away the mess, quickly refreshing and cleansing your baby’s skin.

Available in a choice of three variants; Huggies Newborn – suitable for newborn delicate skin and baby’s with a more sensitive skin; Huggies Natural Care with Aloe & vitamin E, to help protect baby’s skin naturally and Huggies Simply Clean with Cucumber fragrance for everyday cleaning and freshness.


My “swimsuit model”, at a Mauritius holiday a few years ago


Water happiness tip #1 – use Huggies Little Swimmers

There are pretty much only two options when swimming with a baby or toddler – you leave them naked and risk the consequences (and be selfish to others in resort pools and the sea) or you wear a water-friendly nappy. I’ve experienced the former (awkward!), so when my toddler swims, he does so with a swim-friendly nappy.


Enter Huggies Little Swimmers which don’t swell up hugely in the water, and surprisingly offer great protection. And I hate to focus on the aesthetics of a nappy, but these are really cool, featuring Nemo and Pooh characters.

Huggies Little Swimmers are the only of their kind on the market here, and they have stretchy sides for comfort and tearaway sides for easy changing. They’re available in three sizes and range from R79.99 to R99.99.


Nervous about swimming with your babe? Here are some reasons why you should take to the water with your little one (tips via

  • Baby swimming is a fun and rewarding experience that helps build the bond between you and your baby as it centres on trust.
  • The first year of a baby’s life is crucial in terms of their development, as it is in this period that their brain grows most rapidly. Regular exercise plays a vital role in this, with every movement they make helping to strengthen their brain for new learning.
  • Baby swimming is completely natural; having spent months surrounded by fluid in the womb, babies have a real affinity for water.
  • Making bath times fun is a great way of getting your baby used to water and building his confidence for baby swimming. Gently splash water over his body or lay him on his back and move him gently through the water, with lots of eye contact and smiles.
  • It is a common myth that your baby has to be a certain age before they can go swimming. They can go at any age (as long as they are safe and monitored)

Note: This post was brought to you by Huggies. All words are my own