Conveniently Green–Reusable Swim Diapers

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Swim season is upon us (or nearly upon us if you aren’t lucky enough to live in a sunny locale), and for moms of babies, that means it’s time to think of swim diapers. Yay.

When I first saw disposable swim diapers, my thought was, “Wait, how does that hold anything in?” Even as a first-time mom I knew that “S/M” size is not going to fit everyone in the range of small to medium. The disposable diapers don’t absorb anything, and are ostensibly just to hold in poop, should that occur. Except have you ever seen a bunch of toddlers walking around in disposable swim diapers? You see more buttcracks than a plumbing convention. And an exposed baby buttcrack is just a ticking time bomb.

When we enrolled Mouse in his first swimming lessons at 4 months, I saw the disposables and saw that you can buy another cute swimsuit to go over the disposable. But I thought, “Surely someone makes a swim diaper that’s reusable.” Guess what? They do! In fact, reusable swim diapers are required in public pools in 27 states (but not California).

Mouse at 4 months in his iPlay swim diaper

What makes them different? Well, the resuable diapers have a soft layer against the baby’s skin, an inner absorbent layer, a waterproof outer layer, and then a cute swimsuit-pattern layer on top of that. But do they work? We bought an iPlay Ultimate Swim Diaper, and let me tell you–they work.

The iPlay diaper is tight-fitting which can make it a little difficult to tug on and off, but once in the water it’s practically bomb-proof. In fact, when we first get Mouse into the water, the air in the suit expands and he’s got a bubble-butt because the suit is so snug, the air can’t escape. And if air can’t escape, you know what else can’t escape? Exactly!

We love our iPlay swim diapers, and my only complaint is that if you leave them in the sun too long, they do fade. But other than that, I give the iPlay diaper 5 stars!

And guess what? Reusable swim diapers are Coveniently Green! Sure, you may end up washing the occasional poop (hasn’t happened to us yet and we swim once a week), but think of all of the disposable swim diapers you’re not buying and not throwing away, and if you wore a swim suit over the disposable in the first place, then you’re already washing.

You can purchase iPlay swim diapers and other brands of swim diapers many places. I recommend My Swim Baby and have had many great transactions there.

The reusable swim diaper–it’s cute, it’s better than the disposables, and it saves the planet. Works for me!

The Scrivener

Works-For-Me Wednesday

Single Friends

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I’m a mom, I think by now that goes without saying.  I am also married to a wonderful man, in fact, we just celebrated 6 years of wedded bliss this past Sunday.  We love to entertain and host parties, which usually consists of our married friends, not all of them have children, but most do have significant others.  I do miss one thing about these parties/get-togethers… my single friends.

Yes, I am 34, married and I have single friends.  Some of them over 10 years younger than me!  Why are my single friends so important to me?  Let me explain.  As a mom, sometimes you get a little relaxed.  You know what I’m talking about, maybe you’ve worn your hair back in a ponytail for over a week, the t-shirt stained with baby spit-up seems to be your daily uniform and your average conversation always seems to come full circle back to your kids.  I live in that reality everyday, and while I love my children and my family, it can get a bit, well… monotonous.

Now, my single friends on the other hand are on the prowl.  They keep their bodies tight,  their clothes oh so fashionable, and they could care less about children.  They don’t truly care whether or not little C is behind in his speech, or if Big E is doing well on his transition between elementary school and Junior High.  And to be honest, I find it very refreshing and humbling to be around people like that.  I so enjoy my nights out with my single friends.  It keeps me on my toes, I make sure I have the trendy outfit so I don’t stick out like a sore thumb and scream that I’m the married mom of the group.  It makes me remember to wax my eyebrows so that it doesn’t look like I have those black fuzzy caterpillars growing above my eyes, to cover the gray hair that started back when I was 25 and to dust off the cute high heels I once used to wear to show off my butt.  In a nutshell, it keep me on my game, which essentially keeps my husband a happy man.

I think every mom needs single friends.  And I’m not talking about the single, stay home and love their cats single girl, I’m talking about the single, hot, friday club going friends that keep you young and in-tune of what is cool.  I am pretty hip to begin with, and maintaining my friendship with my single friends keeps me there.  Just because they’re single doesn’t mean when you go out with them you need to be worried about other guys.  A good friend knows your taken and wont make you feel uncomfortable.  I have the best single friends in the world, and to be honest… I just might be sad when they get snatched up and hitched!

So lets all raise a martini glass and say cheers to those friends that are NOT plus one.

The Photo Addict