Q&A: Are Your Kids Still in Diapers? What Do They Swim In?


The options for reusable swimming diapers are numerous: Bummis Swimmis, Imse Vimse Swim Diaper, iPlay Swim Diapers and Kushies Reusable Swim Diaper are recommended by Western MA parents.

Are your kids still in diapers? What do they swim in?

  • Carrie Snyder writes, “We use the Bummis Swimmis reusable diaper!”
  • Diane Hinze Kanzler writes, “We used Imse Vimse Swim Diaper. Awesome.”
  • Nancyjo Craig Rongner writes, “Yes, but 60% potty learned. I love the iPlay Swim Diapers. They hold up really well and are adorable. Also, there are suits out there with built in swim diapers. We have also used a bum genius diaper when we were in a pinch! I think Cradle, Whole Foods, and A Child’s Garden all have reusable options.”
  • Sara Barry writes, “Bathing suit with a built in swim diaper or a cloth swim diaper from One Step Ahead (got it last year on clearance).”
  • Heather Richardson writes, “Reusable swim diaper.”
  • Natasha Anderson writes, “iPlay Swim Diaper… in a fun Hawaiian print!”
  • Lauren Koblara Kostantin writes,Imse Vimse Swim Diaper!”
  • Dawn Klein writes,Little Swimmers.”
  • Jennifer Shiao Page writes, “At home: nothing at all! Out and about: Kushies Reusable Swim Diaper under a one-piece suit.”
  • Karen Jaiclin writes, “Usually disposable swim diapers, but we just got them some swimsuits from One Step Ahead with built-in swim diapers. I like the idea of creating less waste, but I’m kind of afraid of what would happen if they actually pooped in one at the beach, though. Also not sure if others would give me the stink eye at a public pool for ‘not having them in swim diapers.'”
  • Jessica Montalino writes, “My 18 month old son uses Mother-Ease Swim Diapers. I love that they have snaps on both sides for easy on and off, and they’ve held in the poop really well on many occasions, but don’t fill up with water like other kinds I’ve used.”

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25 Western MA Cloth Diapers Add to World Record!

25 Cloth Diapers vs. 20,000,000,000 Disposal Diapers

This past Saturday, the day after Earth Day, was the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011, a global event advocating for the use of cloth diapers.  Spearheaded by California mother, Judy Aagard, the event was organized by cloth diaper enthusiasts who wanted to show that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families.

With an estimate of 20 billion disposal diapers added to our consumer waste tally every year, cloth diapers are a tangible way families can reduce their carbon footprint, and this event was a great way to start community dialog about use of cloth diapers and for sharing local resources.

Western MA mothers Jessica Montagna, Myssie Casinghino and Angie Gregory joined this global event by organized a change at the Florence Civic Center:

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Organizer Angie Gregory of Northampton, MA writes:

Thank you to all who braved the weather and avoided seasonal ailments to make it to the Great Cloth Diaper Change this past Saturday!  We celebrated Earth Day by creating a world record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time. We had so much fun! It was a successful event and our 25 changes will count towards a larger World Record! We hope to put cloth diapers back on the map. Feel free to check out the Real Diaper Association website for a final tally in the coming week for how many simultaneous changes happened at the same moment around the globe (kinda cool to think about, or maybe a slight bit icky, but still cool.)

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and local businesses who supported this event, including: Motherwear, Bread Euphoria, Cradle, Mother Herb Diaper Service, Second Chances, Lovey Bums, Cup & Top Cafe, and Warm Welcome Birth Services.

(All photo credits: Erin Newman-Long of Birdie Bunny Photography)

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