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The (un)Scientific Experiment: Finis vs Swimways vs Charlie Banana
on July 29, 2013
I tend to do a lot of research before buying, and though it soon became apparent to me that reusuable swim diapers were probably going to be better for my girls than disposable, I couldn't really find a frontrunner for the best kind, the biggest complaint across the board seeming to be that they don't hold in urine. So when I ended up with three different kinds, I decided to put them to the test, pour water in them, and see what happens.
Obviously, if these diapers don't fit snugly on the legs and waist, they will leak out the sides, but I wanted to see how much water they would hold before they leaked through the diaper. So I turned these bum-down and poured water in them, making a big watery puddle in the bum of the diaper until the water got so high it leaked out the sides. I was using a few different sizes, so I didn't bother measuring, but here are my results.
Charlie Banana: This was the smallest size I had, and it was tough getting water in there. A lot of it leaked out the legs because I wasn't holding it level. but none of it leaked through the diaper, even when I dumped it, wrung it out, and poured more in. These impressed me the most because they also felt the softest, so that gave them an edge on the competition.
Finis: These were the largest ones that I had, so I got quite a big puddle of water in the diaper before it started overflowing out the sides. These didn't leak, but I got these as a precaution for my three year-old, who is potty trained but will still occasionally have an accident if she's having too much fun to go potty (plus I'm pretty sure she thinks it's fun to pee in the pool). So I was slightly disappointed that these have somewhat of a plastic-y feel to them. We're planning on telling her that they're "special swim panties," and I even got a tankini top that matches them, so I can use them instead of bottoms. However, I am a little nervous that she's going to see these as a diaper and regress, so the thought that they feel a little more diaper-y isn't the most impressive thing for me.
Swimways: these are the ones that disappointed me. They held water at first, but when I poured it to overflowing, the water very noticeably leaked right through the diaper and dripped until all I had was a wet diaper and a tiny puddle. It's even more sad for me because these are the ones that match perfectly with my baby's adorable rashguard.
Since this is just an experiment and you really have to try these products to see how they're going to work, I still plan to take them with me on our vacation. Obviously, there's more things than just the "water test" to consider, but I thought this might be helpful for people who are shopping. We're going on vacation soon and plan to use these as we swim all day, every day; if I feel like I've found anything more to contribute after using them so heavily, I will update this review.