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Good for little kids, not as good for big kids
on February 21, 2013
We have two kids and two of these swim diapers. Our daughter is almost 3, weighs 37.5 pounds, and is 40" tall. Our son is almost 6 months, weighs about 23 pounds, and is 30" tall. We have the XL for our daughter and the M for our son.
For our son, this diaper is great. The double connector (both velcro and ties) means that it is really solid. We've had no poop leaks. And the interior is lined in terrycloth, which is excellent. Overall, the quality of the construction is wonderful. It is as good or better than any other baby-sized swim diaper we've had. And if anything, I think that we'll be able to use it beyond the stated upper weight limit of 25 pounds.
For our daughter, it is a different story. Both of our kids are very tall, and of average build for their height, if not a bit skinny. But the velcro on the XL diaper barely attaches around our daughter's middle. The strings tie easily, but she is always complaining that the velcro is too tight. It's a problem, because if you fasten the velcro too far out, then the scratchy half touches the skin. If your kid is very tall and skinny, then the XL might fit them at 40 pounds. But most kids that tall/heavy are older and don't need swim diapers any more.
As a secondary concern, the double attachment mechanism, which is great for a baby, is terrible for an older child. The difference being that the baby gets changed into the swim diaper laying down, and the 3 year old often gets changed into the diaper standing up. I've found the attachment mechanism to be way too fiddly to do on a standing child--especially given that I'm trying to eek as much width as possible out of the velcro.
So overall: A great quality , durable diaper, with a wide range of fun patterns. We've had no problems with leaks for either child. But the sizing seems off near the top end of the range, and you might prefer a simpler attachment mechanism (velcro-only, elastic) for an older child.