Sunday, July 11, 2010
Welcome to our pOOL: Yes, there's a little pee
So this may be kinda gross, but every time I enter a pool with children in it - especially babies - I pretty much resign myself to the fact I'm swimming in at least 5% urine. I mean, how can I not be? Think about it - the "swim diapers" are pretty weak excuses for urine containment. In fact, I sometimes wonder if they contain ANYTHING! And I'm pretty sure other mamas realize this too, but that it's one of those things we all know but never discuss publicly.
When I was in Nashville and brought Paige to the pool for the first time, I ripped open the package of Dora the Explorer swim diapers and immediately thought, "Hmmm... these are pretty skimpy." But on they went anyway.. maybe the absorption is hidden somewhere? We weren't even swimming for 5 minutes when I felt it... a warm stream of liquid against my leg, coming straight from the swim diaper. It was like she wasn't wearing anything at all! And that's when I realized that unless Paige has an unusually powerful urine stream, this happens to all moms everyday at pools around the world. Ew!
I know. Now you're asking: "So what do you do when you go to the pool?" Well - the answer is simple. I put the Dora swim diapers on her : ) BUT... I also put her regular diaper underneath. I would just use her regular diaper and call it a day, but I fear the wrath of the Pool Police if they don't see the pink edges of the Dora swim diaper sticking out from her bathing suit. So I do both. Do I honestly think it's containing anything? A little. At least a little more than the might-as-well-be-naked swim diapers.
So next time you see a child in the pool with just a swim diaper... remember to take a shower afterward! Quickly!