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I’ve put this swim nappy http://www.nctshop.co.uk/Ultimate-Swim-Nappy/productinfo/5064/ and we’re going to start swimming lessons soon grin. But the instructor says we have to put a disposable nappy under the washable one…. does anyone have any experience of this? do they leak? Bearing in mind DD is BF and only 3 months old so still at the kind of runny mustard stage! I think having a disposable underneath seems to defeat the object of having a washable swim nappy really so maybe the instructor is just being a bit too cautious?

Needless to say I haven’t tried it yet as I’m a bit daunted by taking her on my own! Thought we’d have the lessons first grin.

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They may just not be aware that you can get reusable/washable ones.
You’ll be fine with that one - no need for a disposable underneath. They will contain any poo, and some (like that one you’ve bought) are absorbent too, other swim nappies allow water to pass through.
Enjoy your swimming grin

I worked as a lifeguard for a few years and never heard this!- you can get swimming pants which are NOT the same as a swim nappy- they are made of swimming costume fabric and just look pretty, these do need a nappy underneath; but the ones you have bought are fine on their own- take them in and show them what they are and hopefully they’ll understand!
Gill
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emilys mum - 22 July 2010 12:22 PM

I worked as a lifeguard for a few years and never heard this!- you can get swimming pants which are NOT the same as a swim nappy- they are made of swimming costume fabric and just look pretty, these do need a nappy underneath; but the ones you have bought are fine on their own- take them in and show them what they are and hopefully they’ll understand!
Gill
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Our local pool has a notice up saying that disposable swim nappies must be worn too - can’t remember the exact wording - it definitely implies disposables, but as Emily’s mum said, that is probably just from lack of awareness of alternatives.  Anyhow, we only ever use washables and no one has ever questioned us.  Take it in to show - and maybe print the page you linked to too, so that the instructor can see the ‘containment’ issue’s been addressed.
Incidentally, dispo swim nappies don’t absorb wee either, just in case the instructor is under that misapprehension.

When we do waterbabies they have to wear a swim nappy and then a neoprene swim thing - looks like a pair of shorts but it’s basically a back up to the swim nappy as the elastic round the legs is a wide panel that’s quite snug..  As for the swim nappy it can be either a disposable or washable!

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That’s great, thanks for your help. Looking forward to going swimming now and trying it out grin

I’m a specialist Baby swimming teacher - probably one of the most experienced in the country, with 19 years under my belt! Any designed swim nappy will be fine. Sadly a certain very well known and exorbitantly expensive swim school chain is probably boosting it’s profits by stating that a single layer isn’t enough, and insisting that neoprene covers (which they sell) are used over a Little Swimmers disposables. I have yet to come across a public pool which insists on this double nappy system! However, if you swim school does insist on this, they will not be able to see whether you have a disposable swim nappy or a washable one underneath the neoprene!

By far the best swim nappy I have come across is the Popolini one - pretty. lightweight, front fastening (for ease of removal in an emergency!!!) and no velcro (velcro and chlorine don’t mix well!!!)

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http://www.littlepants.co.uk - Proven best European nappies at guaranteed best prices!
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That’s great, thanks for the reassurance! We went swimming for the first time the other day and she seemed to love it! The swim nappy seemed to work fine but she didn’t test it really (no poo’s!) so I can’t be sure. Seems to fit snugly though so I expect it’s fine. A popper one sounds a bit easier to get on and off though so I might keep my eyes open for one…..

We like the Popolini swim nappies too, cute and practical smile

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We love the imse vimse swim nappies with the cute tankinis to match from Screaming Green online - the nappies are really easy to put on and take off as have popper fastening.  We bought a slightly bigger tankini top so it lasted for 2 lots of bottoms.  Sooooo cute !

Apparently it is quite rare for babies to poo in pools - something to do with being immersed in water - but I’ve not tested the theory out! smile
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Angiegw - 18 August 2010 10:08 AM

Apparently it is quite rare for babies to poo in pools - something to do with being immersed in water - but I’ve not tested the theory out! smile
Angie

It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen!

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Well, the nappy I brought doesn’t work so well after all…. fourth time swimming today and about halfway through the lesson she pooed and it leaked everywhere!!

Methinks I’ll look into the other ones people have suggested grin

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