As a part time cloth diaperer, I have been curious to try reusable swim diapers to see how they compare to the convenience of my usual disposable swimmies. I have always disliked that waterlogged, saggy bum look with the disposables (as well as the impact on the landfill) but truthfully didn’t give much thought to a reusable cloth swim diaper (despite being very familiar with cloth diapers of the regular variety). When I was offered the chance to review the AppleCheeks Washable Swim Diaper, I jumped at the chance.
When it arrived in the mail I was struck by how light and thin it was. Would this really protect me from being called out as the ‘Mom Of The Kid Who Fouled In The Pool’? It was so stretchy and soft- not bunchy and scratchy like the multilayered design of my previous disposables. I was eager to put this swim solution to the test so I did what any nervous mom would do- I asked my own mom to come with me! She could hold the baby while I took photos, that way, should anything “escape” from that little diaper, she would be the one holding the guilty party, not me!
I love that these diapers are available in two different sizes. My son is about 18 lbs, which is at the higher end of size one and the lowest weight of size two. I went with the size two and hoped he wouldn’t have to “grow into it.” When I tried it on him for the first time, I realized that the swim diaper is just as genius as AppleCheeks‘ popular envelope style cloth diaper- with snaps at both the waist and the legs to obtain the ideal fit. As promised, it was perfect and I began to think that this diaper might really have the containment powers it promised. The other thing I immediately noticed was that there were no rub points on the diaper, which is perfect for my babe’s sensitive skin.
Into the pool we went, armed with a diaper and a silent prayer that we would not be responsible for evacuating parent and tot swim. I am happy to report that we swam about for 40 minutes with no incident. About the only thing that did happen was having three (3!) separate moms come up to ask us where we got the diaper and how we liked it. When we completed our dip we headed to the change room to dry off and not only were we lacking that soggy, waterlogged diaper, the diaper was almost dry to the touch immediately after we got out. I expected it to be heavy with the weight of the fabric and moisture, but it was seemingly absent of anything other than my son’s cute little baby bum. He laid happily kicking his legs while I changed him and marvelled at this crazy swim technology.
All in all, my honest review is that I absolutely loved this swim diaper and will continue to use this line for all of our swimming needs, be it beach, pool, or lake! I am wowed by so much more than I thought I would be, so I had to make a Love List:
- The fit- all those snaps give you the best options for the perfect fit at both the waist and the thighs
- The feel- So soft both when it is dry and wet and absolutely no rub points or velcro.
- Lets water flow through instead of soaking it all up- no waterlogged soggy diapers!
- Adorable colours- I tried the Bondi Blue (bright and bold) but it is also available in three other colours- Sail Away, Suddenly Sunny and Breath of Fresh Air– all equally adorable.
- Convenience- Lighter and smaller than a disposable swim diaper and easy to care for/wash
- Doesn’t end up in a landfill
- CANADIAN MADE! I love supporting Canadian products AND AppleCheeks is owned and founded by two amazing female entrepreneurs, which also makes my heart sing a little.
I would really love to give you a balanced review with an accompanying list of cons but I truly found none. These retail for $19.99, so they are completely affordable (much cheaper in the long run over buying bags of disposables) and to sweeten the deal, they are on sale for 15% off for the entire month of March!! Some styles have sold out so hurry if you would like to get one or two for yourself! I have already ordered a second colour and can’t wait to pair these with matching rash guards for the summer. All in all, the maiden voyage went swimmingly and we will never go back to disposable swim diapers again!
We are kicking off a new series, The Honest Truth, written by a mom, who also happens to work at Snuggle Bugz, but was an “Honest Lover” far before being hired for this job. This series will focus on reviewing products from The Honest Company and answering any questions you may have. All opinions expressed are reflective of real experiences and trials of The Honest Company products and are dedicated to being honest and unbiased.
If I am presumably going to be giving any advice, tips or opinions, allow me to first introduce myself. I’m Katie, I work on the marketing team at Snuggle Bugz managing our Blog and many of our promotions you see featured in our stores and online at Snugglebugz.ca. I tried my first product from The Honest Company out in 2013, shortly after their launch in the USA. My daughter was less than a year old and my husband and I were making conscious decisions about choosing products that were safe for her skin and overall well being. At the time, Honest products were not yet available in Canada but I had seen all of the advertisements, heard the buzz about these “free from harmful everything” products and wanted to give them a shot. Back then our Canadian dollar was much closer to par with the American dollar and so it was no sweat for me to order online and ship to our US postal box.
I started with a few small products, loved each one and eventually progressed to both a monthly Diaper Bundle and an Essentials Bundle, where I could mix and match my products and try out something new each month! Believe me when say that I have tried almost every Honest product, many of which are not yet available in Canada. I will be reviewing some of those products here in the future, discussing what I loved and what didn’t work for me, but today’s focus is on The Honest Company Diapers.
We exclusively cloth diapered our daughter, using a diaper service for the first 18 months of her life. I loved the chemical free diapering option of cloth but needed the convenience and hassle free ease of a diaper service to actually clean those diapers. When I decided to go back to work full time and she began day care, we soon discovered that carrying soiled cloth diapers back from daycare along with all of the rest of her baggage was not for us. I wanted to continue using a natural diapering option and really didn’t feel like the traditional disposable diapers were the right option for our needs (but no judgement here if they worked for you, it is all about what gets you through!)
I had used the Honest diapers occasionally when we were out and about or for a sleepover at Grandma’s but never full time. I was drawn to the cute patterns and plant based construction but given that they were winners in both the cute and safe categories, I wasn’t convinced that they would also be absorbent. Would these work for day and night wear on a full time basis? I decided to give them a go, with the help of a bundle (which saved money over buying them individually and also came with the Honest plant-based wipes). The verdict? I LOVED them.
I had read and heard from others that they had experienced problems with fit and sizing, but I found them to be true to size and had no issue with fit whatsoever. My only experience is diapering a girl, so perhaps fit is different using them with a boy, but I can honestly say that the only time I ever experienced a leak was when it was time to size up. Perhaps with these diapers you are moving to your next size closer to the beginning of the suggested weight range, rather than in the middle when some people switch, but I just never found it to be a problem. These were super absorbent and even passed the night time test. I had overnight diapers on hand in case I was disappointed, but overall she woke up with full but dry to the outside touch diapers. I also didn’t experience that overwhelming pee smell that you sometimes get with unscented disposable diapers.
Other than reporting that the fit was great and they held in what they needed to, what more is there to review? The patterns were adorable and I resisted the urge on several occasions to take her out in public pant-less just to show off the cute prints. I found the Velcro to hold well (though if you open them with too much vigor the strips might rip off in your hand- I may be speaking from some Herculean experience on this one as well). I have read other reviews where people thought the inside material was “scratchy” but I also did not find this at all. In fact, I challenge anyone to do a blindfolded comparison and be able to tell the difference between an Honest diaper and a traditional disposable (maybe this could be the new Pepsi challenge!)
All in all, I was extremely satisfied with my diapering experience with The Honest Company. When I found out that the products would be coming to Snuggle Bugz as one of the selected Canadian retailers I was over the moon excited and could not keep myself from telling everyone (both employees and customers) about how amazing the products are. We recently began selling the Honest Diaper Bundles at Snuggle Bugz to help make full time Honest diapering more affordable, and while they will likely never be the same price as your traditional disposable brands, they are not out of the ball park. (*cue the sounds of calculators computing the per diaper price*) With the crazy exchange rate on the American dollar and the shipping/customs fees added on top, buying from The Honest Company’s US website is just not a reasonable option anymore so having the ability to buy these in Canada is a GAME CHANGER.
The truth is, these diapers suit a particular customer; someone who likes an alternative option to disposable diapering, enjoys a whimsical design, values what their diapers are made with, and is willing to pay more for those choices. Maybe they are right for you and maybe they aren’t. If you were on the fence though and wondering if you should give them a try, I hope you will find these notes on my experience helpful. If you have any other questions or comments about Honest diapers, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.
Please note that this is my experience, all opinions are my own and are not endorsed or biased by The Honest Company. And that’s the Honest Truth.
This season, we discovered that our two year old is a pool pooper. No word of a lie, the minute she starts swimming, she poops! So the hunt for the perfect swim diaper began… because no one wants to be the parent whose kid poops in the pool!
We cloth diaper our daughter with AppleCheeks (they make up our entire stash!), so I figured starting with their swim diapers made the most sense. The AppleCheeks swim diapers are the same size as their cloth diapers, but they are made of different material. The inside of the swim diaper is made of a soft mesh, which allows for the water to pass through while the elastics around the waist and legs work to keep the solids out of the pool.
We were pleasantly surprised when she went for her first swim in the diaper (cue mid-swim poo) and it contained everything! I was a bit concerned at the start because the diaper seemed a bit baggy in the bum area (but fit in the legs and waist) but I figured considering the swim diaper is the same size as the cloth diaper, not stuffing the swim diaper accounts for the extra space. Bagginess aside, the elastics around the legs and waist did their job and contained the mess.
Another plus to AppleCheeks products… they are made in Canada! Not only do the swim diapers fit well and do the job they were created to do, they are 100% Canadian. That is a HUGE plus in my books!
Do you use AppleCheeks or have any advice re: swim diapers to share? Leave me a comment below!
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