The most dependable swimming nappies

 

This post was written in partnership with Huggies

There are pretty much only three options when swimming with a baby or toddler – you leave them naked and risk the consequences (and be selfish to others in resort or public pools and the sea), you put them in an ordinary nappy but face the swelling and all the nappy material seaping out, or you put them in a water-friendly nappy.

I've experienced the former (the word awkward doesn't sufficiently describe the awkwardness), and from then on, I was never without a swim-friendly nappy for my son again, plus I've already stocked up on some for my baby daughter for next month's holiday.

Back when my son was in nappies, Huggies Little Swimmers were the only dependable water-friendly nappy on the market, and I haven't since come across anything else that floats my boat like they do. The great thing about Huggies Little Swimmers is that the leak guards will stop any accident from wandering into the water, plus they've been made not to swell when wet like normal nappies do. 

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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. They come in Finding Dory and Finding Nemo designs, and in three sizes: size 2-3 (3-8kg), size 3-4 (7-15kg) and size 5-6 (12-18kg).  They're available from large baby stores and Takealot, starting at R104.99.

Look out too as Huggies have also introduced a special edition of Disney Finding Dory Huggies wipes. These contain aloe and vitamin E, to help protect baby's skin naturally. 

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

  • 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)

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.

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