Guest Post by Eva Van Strijp
If you’ve perused the baby aisle in any major supermarket over the past 2 decades, you’ve probably noticed packs upon packs upon packs of disposable nappies. Nestled among these – usually between the night undies and the pull-up training pants – you’ll find swim nappies.
Single use swim nappies.
Literally, a product that is designed to be used for one swim and then disposed of.
Considering the length of time most children spend in the water in any one session, this is significantly shorter than the time between normal nappy changes, and as such, a disposable swim nappy has a useable lifespan that rivals the water bottle.
We’re talking about something that is used for approximately half an hour and then disposed of.
Reusable swim nappies, on the other hand, can be used for hundreds of swim sessions. Better yet, if you grab a one-size-fits-most swim nappy – such as Paddle Pants – you won’t need to purchase bigger sizes as baby grows and the same nappy will see you through from bub’s first aqua class all the way to when they’re toilet trained and no longer require swim nappies.
So, is it worth the investment?
Let’s say a one-size-fits-most reusable swim nappy sets you back $25 and you go swimming with your bub once a week at the local swim centre, all year round. That’s 48 cents for each wear during the first 12 months.
Add to that the extra 18 months of weekly lessons you’ll get out of this swim nappy and the cost per wear comes down to 19 cents.
Add to that all the other times you go swimming with bub throughout the summer months and your cost per wear drops even further.
On the other hand, a disposable swim nappy will set you back around 1.37 every time. Over two and half years of weekly lessons, that’s $178.*
The difference between $25 and $178 is a delightful $153.
That’s two tanks of fuel, or a night out with dinner and a movie, or new books, or the next size up in clothing for your little one. It’s a haircut and colour, or the pink slip for your car or a zoo friends membership or a term of swimming lessons.
It’s a lot of great things.
But it’s also the satisfaction of knowing you’ve saved over 130 single use products heading to landfill over the first two and half years of your child’s life.
So if you’ve been tossing up whether or not to use cloth nappies, dive into the journey with a reusable swim nappy. Just #startwithonenappy and see where it takes you.
*Average price of premium brand disposable swim nappies across 3 sizes (small, medium, large).
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.