Tara’s favorite swim diaper had been the Charlie Banana Swim Diaper/Training Pants because the very thin layer of absorbency in the diaper kept any pre-pool trickles off the living room floor. Her one issue with the diaper, though, was that it didn’t have side snaps (because no matter what kind of diaper you are dealing with, if there isn’t a way to unfasten it when your baby has pooped, you’re going to have a mess on your hands). When we learned that there was a swim diaper with light padding that ALSO had side snaps, we knew that we had to try it out. Since my family was headed for a week at the beach, lucky Emily was the one who got to give the Blueberry Freestyle swim diaper a run for it’s money!
The Blueberry Freestyle is a swim diaper, which means that it is designed to contain any bowel movements your baby might have while in the water, but otherwise should not be expected to function as a diaper. This is why most swim diapers do not have any absorbent component in them at all—water needs to be able to flow freely through the diaper instead of being soaked up and weighing the baby down.
The Blueberry Freestyle is one of the few swim diapers that does have a thin layer of absorbency in the center of the diaper. It is not meant to contain a full pee, but can help catch any small accidents that might occur between the time you put the diaper on your baby and get them in the water. The absorbent layer is 80% polyester, 20% nylon.
Emily did pee while I was holding her on the way to the pool, and I did get wet. However, I felt like the padding helped slow and diffuse the pee out over a wider area so that I ended up with a large moist area on my side instead of a stream of pee that trickled down my swimsuit and onto the floor (which is what I imagine would have happened if she had been naked). Since my hope for the absorbent layer was to avoid a loud and embarrassing incident, the fact that I was peed on and nobody noticed was a win in my book!
Note From Kebbie’s Diaper Bag: “We have also used the swim diaper as a potty training pant, we just add a cotton insert, like Thirsties fab doublers, to help catch a full pee.”
As previously mentioned, the Blueberry Freestyle has side snaps on both sides of the diaper. Side snaps make putting a damp diaper on a wriggly baby much easier than it would be with a pull-on style diaper, and make any poop cleanup vastly easier than if the diaper had to be pulled down the baby’s legs.
I’m a huge fan of the side snaps, but I’d be an even HUGER fan of the diaper if the sizing at the waist could be adjusted with the snaps. Emily is a string bean of a toddler and I probably should have sized down when choosing her swim diaper, so it would have been nice to be able to fasten it a bit more snugly around the waist until she grows some more.
While the side snaps are a great feature, the Blueberry Freestyle also has a generous amount of elastic around the waist, which makes it easy to pull the diaper on and off in situations where that would be more convenient (e.g., children who are learning to use the potty or like to get dressed/undressed independently).
The waist elastic is really tall, which I think looks nice (it reminds me of the waist elastic on Ragababe diapers) and I feel like it makes EXTRA sure that no poop will escape out the back of the diaper! That might not be the case, but it still makes me feel confident anyhow.
The outside of the diaper feels like the outer fabric of many AIO or pocket diapers, and the inner fabric looks like an athletic jersey, which seems to be the standard inner material for swim diapers.
The Blueberry Freestyle is available in five solid colors (raspberry, aqua, kiwi, amber, and white) and a dinosaur themed print.
I was sent the aqua color to review, and I love that all of the colors for this diaper are vibrant and summer-y! It would be fun if it came in a greater variety of prints, but at least the colors it does come in are pretty!
This is a sized diaper that is available in small, medium, and large.
|Weight||10-20 lbs||18-28 lbs||26-40 lbs|
Emily was right on the cusp of the small and medium sizes (both in measurements and in weight) and so we went with the medium and hoped she’d grow into it. In hindsight, we should have gone with the small. The diaper technically fits at the legs and waist, but it is baggy in the front and back of the diaper (which makes me worry about what might happen if she did poop in the diaper). There is enough stretch in the elastic that she could probably have used the small with room still to grow into it.
Note From Kebbie’s Diaper Bag: “It’s so hard to tell what would fit baby best without seeing them in person. When customers come into the store we will do a fitting to make sure they get the right size.”
Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Swim Diapers survey based on how it worked on my child.
Each score is out of a possible 5 points
Ability To Trap In Poop: N/A
Perceived Comfort: 5
Would Recommend To A Friend: 4
Ease Of Taking Off: 5
Notes on my responses:
- We used this diaper extensively but Emily never pooped in it, so I cannot attest to it’s ability to trap in poop. The elastic SEEMS snug, but I’d be interested to hear how it worked from people whose kids have pooped while wearing it!
- Score for “trim” and “fit” reflect the size medium diaper on my 20 pound toddler. Scores would likely be better with a size small diaper (as I believe the medium was too large for Emily).
- While the diaper received a “2” for “trim”, I wanted to clarify that the diaper fabric itself is quite trim. When worn alone the diaper looked poofy and/or saggy, but it easily fit under a variety of swimsuits because it wasn’t at all bulky.
20 months / approximately 20 pounds
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