• Sarah from Cloth Tots

How to use a swim nappy

Updated: Feb 21

Sun's out, Swim nappies on!


Summer is here, the weather is warm, I've pulled my short-shorts out, slapped some fake tan on my pale limbs and ready for the beach and pool!

But what about baby?


Well, have you heard of a swim nappy?

If you're new to the parent world and never been swimming with your tot, let me introduce you to the humble swim nappy. Its role - catch anyway runaway poop. That's right, just the number twos. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, a saturated nappy of any kind is not going to be able to hold any extra liquid (wee). So yes, shudder, the pee does go through. But, thats why chlorine is used, and the ocean is so big.

So, if we think about its role, we start to understand why a well-fitted swim nappy is crucial. The nappy needs to be well fitted around your Tot's legs and waist, to prevent any leakages. And in some cases, such as swim classes, you might be required to wear a swim short over the top.


Well, if you're new to the reusable nappy world, then you've possibly been using a disposable swim nappy to do this job. Which can be an expensive outlay if you're planning on swimming 2-3 times a week over summer, not to mention, disposable (aka additional landfill).

A reusable swim nappy does everything a swim nappy must. Just like any reusable nappy, it’s snaps and rises make for an extremely snug fit on your tot. Additionally, some swim nappies include a double gusset, everything you need to keep leakages at bay. The nappy itself is just a shell, with no absorbency inserts. It's light, easy to dry, and easy to wash. Just throw it into the pre and main wash cycle with your other nappies, or if it isn s