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How Much Is The Average Cost For A Family To Use Disposables vs Reusable Swim Diapers?

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Me and most moms I know are concerned about the disposable diapers prices. It's quite expensive to buy disposable nappies every week. Because of that, we are always looking for a way to save money. 

What is the average cost for a family to use disposable swim diapers?

Disposable swim diapers cost on average about $0.15 each. If you have a young child and need to change them often (3+ times) throughout an hour-long swim class or water park visit, that can quickly become very expensive. For example; if you have one baby who needs 3 diaper changes in one hour, you are already spending $4.50 on disposable swim diapers!

And should your baby not need a change, after you use the disposable diaper because no accident occurred, you’ll have to throw away the swim diaper. That can feel frustrating and kind of like a waste of your money. Plus, it takes up a lot of space in the trash which can add extra guilt to your frustration. 

What about reusable swim diapers?

Aside from reusable swim diapers being better for the environment, it can also be far more cost-effective than disposable swim diapers. While reusable swim diapers are certainly going to be an initial investment, families end up saving considerably in the long run. It is estimated that reusable swim diapers can cost anywhere from $10 to $50

The reusable part of reusable swim diapers means that they will need to be washed after every use, or at least after every poop, and the price depends on how many you are purchasing at once. You might want to purchase more than one just so multiple children can wear them between washes. 

We always recommend buying two swim diapers. One to wear and one to spare. So, should you child poop in one, you can easily change out the swim diaper, rinse the diaper in the sink, and toss the dirty wet swim diaper in your Beau and Belle Littles wet bag. With a clean swim diaper on and the dirty swim diaper in your wet bag, you’re good to go and resume the fun. Of course, when you get home, toss the rinsed out dirty swim diaper into the washing machine or hand wash as you prefer so it’s ready to go for your next swim!

What are the things to look for in a reusable swim diaper?

A reusable swim diaper should obviously hold poop in without leaking, but you want to make sure it's not too tight either. It needs to be durable enough to go through the wash! Please note that reusable swim diapers should only be worn as swim diapers. These reusable swim diapers are not suitable for everyday use. They do NOT work like regular cloth diapers and should not be used in that manner. 

How are swim diapers not the same as cloth diapers or regular diapers?

They will not contain pee. Swim diapers are specifically designed to contain poop. This way, you are protected against being the cause of a pool evacuation or splash pad disaster when your baby poops and it goes everywhere. 

Why don’t swim diapers contain pee?

Because if you were to purchase a swim diaper that absorbs liquid, and your baby is in a pool, that will get real uncomfortable, real fast. Many do add cloth linings to our swim diapers in between pool and play time. They make for a convenient hybrid solution for those that cloth diaper and those that do not. Swim diapers are waterproof materials that are designed to contain poop and keep the fun going. Cloth diapers will not have a waterproof outer lining or mesh that’s designed for swimming. 

Just like we don’t go swimming in our undies, as adults, we swim in our suits. Babies and toddlers should use a swim diaper when swimming and we recommend ours because they snap up with age. You can save a lot of money by buying one diaper that lasts for three years. It’s comfortable, adjustable, and reusable, just like your swim suits! 


Overall, reusable swim diapers are an effective way for parents to cut down on their monthly diaper expenses while also helping the environment. Reusable swim diapers are available in a wide range of styles, and they can be used with reusable training pants or other reusable underwear to provide more protection.

However, disposable swim diapers are more convenient because you don't have to deal with the mess of removing poop from the disposable swim diaper. You also don't have to wash it after every use since it can be simply thrown away.

I hope that this article has helped you understand disposable swim diapers and reusable swim diapers better! If you are interested in finding out more or purchasing reusable swim diapers for yourself, you can shop Beau & Belle Littles' collection of reusable swim diapers and save money in the long run!

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