The Latest Baby Swim Gear

Bummis baby swim gear

Heading to the beach? Every year, we comb through the latest baby swim gear to choose the best environmental and social choices for hip swimming babies.

Because babies need more sun protection than older children and adults, and because most babies still need diapers, we need to treat them a bit differently than the rest of the family. Babies need sun hats and swim diapers. For extended periods in the sun, some parents find it easier to use swim shirts and sun suits for complete coverage.

Baby Sun Hats

Sun hats offer better coverage than sunscreen for the skin that is most often in the sun when you go to the beach with baby. This year we have four different sun hats in stock.

Solid Color Adjustable Sun Hats

Adjustable sun protection hats

  • Wide brim
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Adjustable elastic around head
  • Solid colors
  • Nylon
  • SFP 50+
  • Made in Canada

Swim Baby Reversible Hats

Reversible baby sun hat

 

  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Reversible
  • Ties for windy days
  • Solid one side, print other side
  • Lightweight nylon
  • UPF 30+

Reversible Sun Protection Hat

Sun protection hats for baby

  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Reversible
  • Adjustable with hook & loop
  • Prints or solid
  • Lightweight polyester
  • SPF 50+

Bummis Swimmi Sun Caps

Bummis sun cap for baby

  • Wide brim in Floppy (one-piece) or Flap (baseball cap) styles
  • Long back to protect the neck
  • Lightweight and crushable
  • Prints match Swimmi Swim Diapers
  • SPF 50+
  • Materials sourced in North America
  • Made in Canada

Reusable Baby Swim Diapers

Swim diapers aren’t a substitute for an absorbent diaper, but they are designed to keep a baby’s mess out of the pool if an accident happens. Many swim diapers come with matching sun gear, like the sun hats above and the sun shirts below.

Mother-ease Swim Diaper

Mother-ease Swim Diaper

  • Stretchy swimsuit material
  • Adjustable snaps
  • Mesh inner layer catches poop
  • Wear alone or under swimsuit
  • Solid color or print
  • Made in Canada

AppleCheeks Swim Diaper

Apple Cheeks swim diaper

  • Fine knit outside
  • Adjustable snaps
  • Polyester mesh layer inside
  • Solid colors
  • Made in Canada

Bummis Swimmi Swim Diaper

Bummis Swimmi swim diaper

  • Our favorite! Perfection in a swim diaper
  • Cotton laminate layer outside
  • Mesh layer inside
  • Adjustable hook & loop
  • Prints
  • Matching sun hats and co-ordinated swim shirts
  • Made in Canada

Sun Shirts & Sun Suits

When you want more coverage without slathering on the sunscreen, a swim shirt, tankini, or a whole body sun suit will give your baby consistent protection that doesn’t wash or wear off while they play in the sun.

Bummis Swimmi Tankini Swim Suit Top

Bummis Swimmi Tankini

  • Pictured on baby at top of post
  • Made with durable, swimsuit-quality Supplex
  • Adjustable halter top
  • Coordinates with Swimmi sun hats & swim diapers
  • Made in Canada

Bummis Swimmi UV-Tee Swim Shirt

Bummis Swimmi UVT Swim Shirt

  • Made with durable, swimsuit-quality Supplex
  • Coordinates with Swimmi sun hats & swim diapers
  • UPF 30
  • Made in Canada

NoZone Sun Protection Suit

Baby Sun Suit

  • Protection of body, upper arms, and upper legs
  • 100% polyester quick-drying material
  • Flat seams for comfort
  • UPF 50+
  • Made in Canada

Drop by our store to talk to us about your needs, and we will help you choose the best sun solution for your baby or child.

Next week, we’ll do our annual review of the best children’s sunscreens for this year. Check back before you buy!

Baby Needs a Swim Diaper

Mother-ease Swim Diapers Poolside

Uh-oh. Baby in the pool! Do you worry that your baby will leave a mess in the pool? The answer is easy: use a swim diaper. The idea of a reusable swim diaper is very simple: catch poop and let the pee flow through.

A soggy, leaking mess of a plastic or paper diaper leaks everything, not just urine. That is what gives swim diapers a bad name. Avoid those.

A swim diaper is not designed to hold in urine. If it were absorbent, it would weigh the baby down, which would make swimming a much less pleasant activity for a child. Babies need swim diapers just to hold in solids and prevent those getting into the pool. A great reusable swim diaper also has mesh to hang on to what needs to stay and to let flow what needs to go.

Reusable Swim Diapers – How novel!

Anything but a reusable swimsuit, even for a child, confuses me. After adults and older children swim, they don’t toss their suits in the garbage. We rinse, dry, and repeat.

It’s very easy to do the same for your baby. Your baby deserves a soft, comfortable swim diaper that won’t weigh her down or get in the way of her doing what we should be doing in the pool— having a great time and learning how to swim.

We’ve noticed at byNature.ca that even parents who use disposable diapers otherwise will often buy a reusable swim diaper for the pool because it just makes sense. Granted, some of them are completely wowed by how cute reusable swim diapers are.

Really, Use a Swim Diaper

Cloth diapering parents ask us if they can just use a diaper cover for swimming. Yes and no.

If you use a diaper cover as a swim diaper, you risk chlorine destroying the laminate that makes the cover waterproof. More chlorine means greater chance of leaky cover. Leaks don’t matter with a swim diaper, since they are designed to let urine and pool water flow through.

If you do use a diaper cover as a swim diaper then as a diaper cover again, you may find that you have leaks. If your child has grown out of the cover or it isn’t holding in leaks well enough to pass it on to another child, you can use a polyester or laminated cotton diaper cover as a swim diaper. (Don’t try this with wool! Wool absorbs and stretches, so you will have a baggy, soggy mess.)

Baby Swim Diapers Made in Canada

A note from Nature Mom:

“I realized when talking with a customer in the store the other day that all of the swim diapers we carry are made in Canada. That wasn’t done intentionally, but I certainly wouldn’t change it!”

Swimmis from Bummis is a version of their original diaper cover with fun cotton prints on the outside and a cool mesh lining inside. Lycra bindings are stretchy and comfortable for babies. Made in Canada.

Swimmis Bummis baby swim diaper

Mother-ease swim diapers are made of soft, stretchy, bathing suit material. If you have ever caught hook-and-loop closures from you baby’s swim diaper on your swimsuit, you will understand why some parents prefer snaps. Netting on the inside of the swim diaper catches messes. Made in Canada.

Mother-ease baby swim diapers

 

AMP swim diapers have two layers of micro mesh to catch messes. We like that snaps will last a long time, but wiggly babies and anxious toddlers might not stick around long enough for snaps. Made in Canada.

AMP swim diapers

Apple Cheeks swim diapers have one layer of knit and one layer of mesh to let the water flow through easily. This two-size system adjusts with a snap at the waist and another at the thigh. Made in Canada.

Apple Cheeks swim diaper

When you get home, either toss the swim diaper in the diaper pail if soiled or rinse the swim diaper and wet bag with the rest of the swimsuits if it’s just wet.

Have a great swim!

5-star Sale

BabyHawk Baby Carrier Cammo

As I’ve been checking out the byNature.ca sale on baby products today, I see that there are some great bargains on some of the most loved products in the store. I love the review system, and I admit to skipping straight to the highest-rated products because I figure I need to check them out before everyone has the same thought that I do and they are all gone.


Baby Carriers

BabyHawk mei tai (above) is a versatile, reversible baby carrier that makes babywearing easy for mothers and fathers alike.

Couldn’t live without it!
Price – 4 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

Our babyhawk is our workhorse carrier. It is SO comfortable. I’ve carried both kids in it at different ages, including my 2 year old daughter on my back while I was 36 weeks pregnant! Its easy to use, comes in great fabrics, is durable and just all around fabulous. Big thumbs up! (Posted by Kalista on 6/7/10)


Off Season

When you are looking for a bargain, it helps to think ahead. If you can manage to look past the snow to next summer, think of your baby swimming. Bummis Swimmi swim diapers are the best swim diaper around, and Badger Non-toxic Sunscreen is a best seller every year.

Bummis swim diapers

My search for the best reusable swim diaper is over!!
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

I’ve tried a few different reusable swim diapers and this is the only one that has held in the really loose newborn poop, which saves me from a lot of embarrassment!! We go swimming often and it’s nice to know that my kids are keeping the water clean. (Posted by Nicole on 7/2/10)

Badger non-toxic sunscreen

The best natural sunscreen!
Quality – 5 stars
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars

Since discovering my daughter is allergic to the active ingredient in most chemical sunscreens, I started investigating natural options. I have tried a number of different zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based sunblocks and Badger is far and away our favourite. It rubs in easily and doesn’t leave large white streaks like many zinc-based products. This sunscreen does have an oily texture so I would not recommend it for adults with oily skin, but for children and adults with normal skin, it is just fabulous! (Posted by Lorraine on 6/30/10)


Cloth Diapering

Cloth diapers and diaper accessories have no season. The constant need for diapers is one of those realities of parenting. So, when the sales come around on your favorite products or products you’ve been considering trying, it’s time to act. Berry Plush minky diaper covers and two styles of FuzziBunz, Classic one-size and Perfect size, are on sale. We also have vinyl-free changing pads.

Berry Plush cloth diapers

LOVE this one, so soft, really absorbent, very much worth the price
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 5 stars

I love this diaper. I don’t think I could say enough about it. It is a little expensive, but so worth it. The mink is soooooo soft – I have a hard time resisting touching it when I take it off the line. It is so absorbent and the outside is so soft to the touch and so cute that I love letting my son run around without pants when he’s wearing it. I love that it can used as a wrap, and that the inside unfolds to dry easy and fast. (Posted by Miranda on 6/12/10)

FuzziBunz perfect sized cloth diapers

Great Diaper
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars
Quality – 4 stars

I’ve tried a bunch of different diapers and this is my favorite. It fits great for new babies and is very adjustable as they grow. . . . For those that think cloth diapering is leaky… every morning, my little one completes her morning routine…smile, eat, poop,blowout. Since we switched to cloth, everything has stayed IN the diaper. (Posted by mom2three on 12/3/10)

FuzziBunz classic one-size diaper

Love these!
Price – 5 stars
Value – 4 stars
Quality – 5 stars

These are our #1 choice for going out in. They have never leaked on my 5 week old and we were able to start using them when he outgrew the newborn disposables at 1 week (he was 9lbs 11 oz at birth). I just wish the price was lower but they are worth it and come with 2 inserts. (Posted by NinaN on 11/9/10)

Diaper changing pads

Great and Simple
Quality – 5 stars
Price – 5 stars
Value – 5 stars

I bought one and ended up buying a few more. It’s a simple product, but so effective and practical. The fleece truly is super soft and of good quality (stays clean and nice after many washes and things don’t stick to it like some fleeces). Even the vinyl-free material is nice to the touch. The material is much like the pocket diapers but in a changing pad format. I ended up putting two under the cribs fitted sheet. They fold very small and, the best part, no vinyl! (Posted by Michelle on 7/1/10)

You can get some great bargains with the other bynature.ca sale products. These are only some of the items that have already been reviewed. Help other parents make the best choices, and help us know what you like best, by leaving reviews for products you like as well as for products you don’t like. It’s fast and easy. Your honest reviews help everyone.

Happy bargain hunting!

Baby Swim Diaper in a Public Pool

Baby Swim Diaper


Free Swimmis swim diaper

As the holiday weekend is upon us, a lot of parents are looking for the best swim diapers. Be sure to check our Facebook page for a free Swimmis swim diaper. We only have 3 to give away, and details will be up on Friday.

Can Swimmi swim diapers be used in a public pool setting?

Yes! If your public pool won’t allow a reusable swim diaper, we would love the opportunity to challenge their thinking. Many public pools are under the assumption that a disposable swim diaper is more absorbent or hygienic than a reusable swim diaper because the absorbency is “built-in.” Many are unaware, however, of how the absorbency of a disposable diaper actually works.

A disposable swim diaper instantly absorbs liquid, which means the moment your baby or child goes in the pool, the diaper will quickly reach its maximum absorbency level. Have you ever seen a toddler with a disposable swim diaper come out of the pool and walk around? The diaper almost always looks soggy, droopy and hanging lower than when the diaper was put on dry. As soon as a disposable swim diaper is wet it becomes LESS effective at containing waste!

If your public pool is under the assumption that a disposable product is better for their environment, ask them where they think the waste and urine will go as soon as a baby or child is put in the pool. Chances are, they haven’t actually considered this. A simple experiment using a disposable swim diaper immersed in water will show how quickly it “fills” with water and becomes ineffective.

We won’t even mention the chemical gels that are used inside disposable swim diapers, causing the massive absorption rates. We’re actually surprised public pools don’t insist on reusable swim diapers. Who wants to be swimming around with that?!?