Do swim diapers contain pee?
The short answer is no. Swim diapers aren't designed to contain urine. There are some on the market that might hold some if your Little goes while their swim diaper is dry, but once they get into the pool that absorbing layer is soaked with water and won't contain any urine (or any other liquids for that matter).
Why doesn't the Nageuret have an absorbing layer?
We thought about adding a removable absorbing insert, but it was too difficult to remove before going swimming. Having that extra layer holds more water next to your baby's skin, which can make them 1. Colder when you get them out. 2. Possibly cause diaper rash because, let's be honest wet fabric is kind of scratchy.
So we recommend changing your Little once you get to the pool and don't be embarrassed/surprised if they pee before getting in, Beau did all the time prior to potty-training.
Will the Nageuret Leak?
Swim diapers are only a temporary barrier for poop while swimming. Eventually the water will dissolve the poop and it will start leaking. The only way to prevent leaking would be to create a completely impermeable water barrier around your child's waist and legs, like duct taping or something... Now that doesn't sound very nice, so we suggest:
- Making sure it is on tight around the legs and waist, but not too tight. It should cause slight red marks from the tightness of the fit.
- Don't go swimming if your child has had diarrhea within 24 hours, but longer is better.
- If you exclusively breastfeed your baby (that's awesome keep up the good work) or if you use formula don't write this one off either (don't worry I used formula with Beau, so no judgement here. A fed baby is a happy baby).
- Explosive poops! They aren't containable by a normal diaper, so don't expect your Nageuret to contain it. It contains A LOT! but we all know the power of an explosive poop.
- Check the diaper often for poop! Change them as soon as you can and put a clean diaper on. (We recommend having at least 2 swim diapers with you at all times for this very reason!)
How do you wash the Nageuret?
Since most of the time you'll go swimming and not have a poopy swim diaper (which is super nice) wash in a regular load with cold water. Use regular soap. Avoid products like bleach or oxiclean.
If your Little does poop: Knock all the solids in the toilet. Rinse it as well as possible before washing. Adding a little bit of detergent to the swim diaper before washing helps with stains and smell. If you have a HE Front Loading washer, washing with a larger load helps agitate the stain out. Wash in warm water.
You can air dry the swim diaper or throw it in the dryer.
If you have lingering stains you can try hanging it out in the sun, which will naturally bleach the fabric.