Frugal Baby: Little Swimmer Alternatives, Cloth Swim Diapers!

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A reader recently requested my bargain-hunting services for reusuable swim diapers. My 9-month old also just started taking “swimming lessons” with dad, and let me tell you, Huggies Little Swimmers and Pampers Splashers are expensive! For around $10, you only get 11 disposable swim diapers.

 That’s ok for now, since baby’s only taking six lessons over the next few weeks. But summer is coming, and lots of families want to have babies and toddlers running around through the sprinkler and kiddie pool all day. I’m sure you’re planning on changing that diaper, and the costs will add up in a hurry!

After doing some research on alternatives to Little Swimmers, I found that several cloth diaper brands also make cloth swim pants. The best part: they’re considered to be far superior to Little Swimmers and Splashers! I also found that there are actually some public and private pools don’t even allow disposable swim pants. I guess that says a lot about their performance!

With reusable cloth swim diapers, you do lose some of the convenience of disposables, but the cost savings could far exceed the extra work. Like regular cloth diapers, you’ll also pay a little more up front for a small supply, but you’ll also be completely stocked and won’t have to spend another cent on swimming diapers after that initial payment!

I highly recommend reading Amazon’s customer reviews to learn about other consumers’ experiences with the swim diapers listed below. It’s a great way to feel out products before you commit to buying them!

Here are some links to reusable swim diapers:

Real Nappies Splash Wrap Swimming Diaper  ::  These are priced at $12 per swim diaper.

iPlay Swim Diaper  ::  These no-frills swim diapers are priced from $10 to $11 each.

FINIS Swim Diapers  ::  start at just $6.99 with free shipping when you spend $25.

FINIS Girl’s Swim Diapers  ::  These swim diapers for girls start at $8.99 each.

Kushies Reusable Swim Diaper ::  These are arguably the swim diapers with the cutest selection! The prices are a bit high, especially compared to the others listed. You can buy Kushies swim diapers for $10.99 each, but shipping is $3.57.

Bummis Swimmi Cloth Diapers are all priced at $12.75 each and are eligible for free shipping!

There’s a quick summary to start off your searches. Unless otherwise noted, all of these ship free when you spend $25 or more.

Your turn: Have you found any other affordable alternatives to disposable swim pants? If you have, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Thanks so much for all this research for me! I am looking forward to picking a few up.

  2. Thanks so much for all this research for me! I am looking forward to picking a few up.

  3. marybeth at says:

    Great! I apologize for not putting your name in the body of the post–I completely forgot! I’m glad you read this 🙂

  4. Did you see the Thirsties?

    $11 with free ship on $25.

    They got great reviews too. I haven’t tried them, so I can’t vouch for it.

  5. marybeth at says:

    I don’t know anything about the Thirsties, but those look like cloth diaper covers, not swim pants. I could be wrong, or maybe they could be used for both? Any thoughts on these?

  6. News Around The Blogs says:

    I am having a Swimmi Cloth Swim diaper giveaway also!!

  7. frugalmomma says:

    Thanks for this post! We’re starting swim lessons soon and disposables are crazy expensive, I’m going to check out the Finis 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Kind of a silly question–I am new at being a mom–would you put these on under a swimsuit, or does the baby just wear this?

  9. Good point about the Thirsties… It doesn’t look like a swim diaper. Thanks for checking before I placed an order!

  10. marybeth at says:

    Anonymous: I’ve seen both. I think if you use a reusable swim diaper it’s acceptable to have baby wear it alone. If it’s a disposable, I’d cover it up with something. Readers, any thoughts on that?
    By the way, swim suits and swim trunks can usually be found VERY cheap second hand. I see them at yard sales all the time!

  11. Anonymous says:

    If you live near a Buy Buy Baby they have the iPlay Ultimate swim diapers for $7.99 – I picked one up with a 20% off coupon they mailed me.

  12. christy says:

    I know this is an old post but if you live near a Tuseday Morning they usually sell swim diapers. Last year I spend about $10 on 2. The down side was they were a little girly, but nothing a pair of swim trunks with the lining cut out of them couldn’t fix. I also ordered one from Franklin goose and spent a lot of money on it and it was only OK.

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