AppleCheeks Swim Diaper Review
July 22, 2013 10:12:31 AM EDT
I don’t know about you, but my kids and I have really been enjoying our summer vacation! We have been swimming every chance we get, in any body of water we can find! We’ve swam in our pool, a public pool, a pond, and Lake Michigan!
When we are at our house, we don’t worry about what we’re wearing when we go swimming….the older kids usually go in their skivvies and a lot of times, the baby just in his bare bottom. But when we go somewhere where our bits and pieces are expected to be covered, we need proper pool attire. The older kids are easy, a swimsuit and trunks are all they need! But when you have a baby in diapers you have to think about how you are going to hold in any potential messes. I decided to give the AppleCheeks washable swim diaper a try to see if it can do the job.
When I first started looking at the AppleCheeks swim diaper, I was pretty bummed that there isn’t a big selection of colors to choose from, and they don’t sell any prints. They have three colors available: Pickled Pink, Totally Twilight, and Mojito, which is a light green. I purchased Totally Twilight since my baby is a dirt magnet and I worried about lighter colors should sit down at a pond. I honestly don’t think the pictures you see of these colors online do them justice! From the picture, I was expecting Totally Twilight to be more of a patriotic blue, if that makes sense. When I opened my fluff mail, I was pleasantly surprised! I loved it! The color is more of a deep blue with subtle hints of purple in certain lights.
AppleCheeks diapers are known for their signature ruffles around the legs of the diapers. I was a little turned off by that since I have a boy. That’s just me. I see ruffles, I think girl. But when I put the diaper on my son, it didn’t bother me one bit! I thought the fit was cute and it didn’t look like he was wearing a girly diaper at all!
The AppleCheeks Swim Diaper is available in two sizes. Size 1 fits babies from 6-23 lbs, and Size 2 fits from 20-35 lbs and up. I was concerned that since my son was at the low end of the weight range for size 2 that it would be too big on him. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by AppleCheeks. The diaper fits him very well! There was a little bagginess in his bottom, but that didn’t affect the function of the diaper or the cuteness factor for me. The reason this swim diaper can fit such a large weight range is because it has two rows of three snaps on each side. To get a better idea of what I am talking about, here’s a pic:
The upper row snap helps to get the right fit around the waist, while the lower snaps are used to get a snug fit around the thighs. If your baby has chunky thighs, you can adjust the bottom row of snaps to loosen the fit. The two snaps do not have to be in the same column.
I didn’t expect it to be as soft as it is! The AppleCheeks swim diaper is made of two layers of polyester mesh. That makes the fabric not only very comfy and breathable but also allows water to pass through, so the diaper does not hold water. While the leg elastic is snug, it didn’t leave any red marks on my son after playing for hours on the beach!
The polyester mesh makes clean-up a breeze. You could easily wash it by hand in the sink, or spray it out with the hose and hang it up to dry. Since it is not meant to work as a waterproof cloth diaper, there is no need to wait for diaper laundry day! You can wash it with towels or any load you wish, with like colors! The instructions say to: Wash cold and hang to dry. I hung the AppleCheeks Swim Diaper out to dry when my son was done swimming, and it dried completely in about four hours in low humidity, 80 degree weather.
The Ultimate Test
The purpose of all swim diapers, reusable and disposable, is only to hold in solid stool. They are not intended to absorb or hold in pee or water from the pool. If your baby is exclusively breastfeeding (EBF) or mostly breastfeeding, his or her poop is more water soluble, meaning it easily dissolves in water. Since swim diapers are only meant to hold in solids, from my experience, you may experience some leakage with EFB poop since this diaper does not have a waterproof layer.
Keep in mind though, that every baby is different. If your baby is also eating solids or takes formula and has solid to semi-solid stools, then it may work great for you! I personally LOVE this diaper because it does not hold water and it is comfortable for my baby. I use it at home in our pool, in the baby pool, or at the lake because I can watch for signs that he is going to have a bowel movement and take him out of the water.
If you are looking for a diaper for a public pool, you would not be able to use this diaper by itself. Most public pools require a swim diaper (reusable or disposable) with a separate waterproof cover. That being said, I think this diaper would work wonderfully paired with a Bummis Swimmi! The Swimmi has a coated nylon layer inside the diaper, making it a great swim diaper for public pools! If you put your baby in the AppleCheeks swim diaper and then put the Swimmi over top of it, you not only have double the protection, you are also following most community pool rules, which is important.
We love our AppleCheeks! When the kids are ready to play in the water, this is the first swim diaper I reach for. I would definitely buy it again, but I most likely won’t have to…Since it fits such a large weight range, looks like it should still fit him next summer too! It’s cute, comfortable, functional, and easy on the wallet. That’s why the AppleCheeks Washable swim diaper is our favorite swim diaper.
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this review. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is the mother of a dinosaur expert, a set of twins somehow born 13 months apart, and a wild baby boy. After losing her job as a doctor’s nurse (while on maternity leave) and for standing up for her rights to pump at work, she went back to her previous job as a Labor and Delivery nurse. While she was so happy to be back in a job she loved, the newest member of her family could not tolerate being separated from her. He refused to take a bottle no matter what she and her husband tried, and screamed the entire time she was away. She realized as much as her family needed that extra money, her baby needed her more. Now Stephanie is learning to adjust to being a one income household and blogs about her adventures in attachment parenting at apronstringsattached.com. She is very excited to be blogging for The Green Nursery!