April 18, 2011 (12:52 pm)

Baby Swim Time – Kamea Loves The Water In Her Swim Diaper & Swim Raft

by Kristen Suzanne

When staying at my mom’s house, we’re lucky that her neighbor across the street allows us unrestricted access to their salt water swimming pool. My experience with Kamea since she was born is that she is fascinated with water whether it’s coming out of a faucet, garden hose, sitting in a dog bowl, or if she’s taking a bath. As you can imagine, I’ve been dying to see how she is in a pool. The verdict? I think the picture speaks volumes. She’s totally Hollywood and chillin’ like life couldn’t be better. In fact, she is teething right now and yesterday was a rough day (in spite of the amber necklace I blogged about here, although I hate to think of how it would be without it?). I took her to the pool and all was better! Yay! Looks like a lot of pool time in our future.

In anticipation of Kamea’s first time in a pool, we bought her a baby swim diaper, baby raft, and Nana bought her some groovy shades.

The raft I chose has nice reviews on Amazon, comes with a sun shade, and should last us a long time. It’s a little big for her still, so we put a couple of swim noodles under it. I don’t think it’s entirely necessary, but it looks more comfortable for her. And, she does look comfy wouldn’t you say?!

Kamea’s baby swim diaper we bought at Giggle (we have a store near us, but here is a link to their online store). I like that it’s free of PVC and super absorbent gels and that no other diaper is necessary. Apparently there are some states that require the use of approved swim diapers in public pools. Arizona requires the use of them. However, I doubt we’ll be in any public pools in the near future because I’m not crazy about chlorine pools. So far we’re opting to just have her wear the diaper instead of a full swimsuit. It seems easier to take on and off than a full swimsuit, and also seems like it would be really comfortable for her this way.

The shades are so stinkin’ adorable. My mom’s favorite print is animal print so naturally that is what she bought for Kamea. Cute! She bought them at a health food store, but they’re also available on Amazon (although my mom paid less than what Amazon is charging right now). According to Frubi’s website, “Not only do the Ultraguard® lenses on Frubi Shades block 100% of UVA and UVB, they also block all of the harmful blue light. Research shows that blue light may contribute to macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in elder Americans).” That’s extra important for us in Arizona where the sun shines almost daily. More info on their website here.

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  • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

    She's got the finger in her mouth so you can she is teething (poor babe) but she looks stylin!

  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    So stinkin cute! Audriana looooves water too! Her first bath she had a smile the whole time. We have it on video, it's so funny! I know she will love the pool! I'll have to look into the diaper and raft. My mother in law has a salt water pool, so cool! Enjoy your time at your moms!

  • http://www.rawmomhotdogkids.blogspot.com Katherine (Raw Mom)

    You are so fortunate to be able to swim right now- we are in chilly New York and I am majorly jealous! If you have a moment, check out my blog http://www.rawmomhotdogkids.blogspot.com. I have a diet business, am a mother of two and a writer. I also write for Chloe Jo and such and would love it if you could put me on your blog roll. I adore your site!

  • Shamima

    Love Kamea in the water…it's like she is thinking…this is the life!!! So cute!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hehe. Exactly. :)

  • Lindz

    Wow! A salt pool. I didn't know you could do that. That is amazing. I wish my pool growing up was salt. I was so sensitive to the chlorine. It hurt my lungs after a half hour of swimming. Kristen, you are such an amazing mom! I have learned so much from you so far. I am a nanny here in Boston and I just love learning new things from you. I just recently discovered both of your blogs about a month ago. I am working on going vegan and getting rid of the junky beauty products I have. I also have a few health issues I am working on, including thyroid issues and mold poisoning. I love how you list products you like. It makes it so much easier for us newbies. Thanks so much for all that you do.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Good for you! I loved reading your comment. Best of luck and let me

    know if you have any questions along your journey.

  • Lorina

    I wanted to comment telling you about my favorite cloth swim diaper.. it's by Kushies. I don't know if their PVC free but it has no gels. I never used another diaper with them and they do what their supposed to do. (keep solids out of the pool) We have had no issues.

    They are way awesome, mainly because they are put on just like a regular diaper!! If they have a mess you simply open the sides (velco and ties) and clean up. No pulling the diaper down and getting a mess everywhere.

    They also have little lady swim suit diapers. I have never used them because I have boys (one girl but we didn't swim when she was little)

    FYI: I am NOT a salesman! LOL.. I just wanted to let you know if you haven't seen them before. All my friends were amazed I was using these and asked me where I got them.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Good point about the pulling up and down. Haven't had a poop in it yet, but it wouldn't be very fun I imagine.

  • http://bittsblog.blogspot.com bitt

    such a cute picture. i would love a little swim raft like that for myself!

  • elainie

    I liked Boiron teething ampules- there's no dairy/sugar in it and it kept teething discomfort at bay. Another thing- I've never had a baby poop in the water, either in a pool or in a bath. I wonder if that's fairly common? Maybe there's some reflex mechanism- think about being an adult pooping in water- just doesn't happen. I can't stand the rules they make for public places but then again I was always paranoid about taking kids/babies to public swimming pools because of other kids vaccines (polio) and such if a baby did poop in the pool. Salt water pools are fantastic though.

  • Jlhoucek

    What brand of sunscreen do you use on Kamea? Im looking for one for my little girl and I know you use only the best!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I don't use any because I haven't found one I'm happy with. Rather, her exposure is limited, although enough to get vitamin D. I keep her in a sun hat, sun glasses, and clothing… Plus an umbrella to shade her when we are out for extended periods (I carry it or we use a Kiddopotamos shade on her stroller).

  • http://www.spilledingredients.com Niki

    Wow, a saltwater pool – that is the coolest concept, one totally new to me. I love it! We're a big swimming family, I'll keep this in mind for future pools or *family's* pools. :)

  • Janine

    Ohh so cute!

  • Melissa

    She is so adorable! I swear babies have the best life. Seeing your picture is making me want to move to AZ or TX instead of Colorado when we relocate. Ahhhh to have a pool year round sounds so nice! Have you tried Loving Naturals sunscreen? http://www.lovingnaturals.com/ It states that it's 100% natural, non-greasy, gluten-free and vegan. It also rates a 1 on the cosmetic database. I'm also on the search for a good reusable swim diaper for my little one…do sposies for this mama. :-)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I checked out the sunscreen… although the overall rating on amazon is 4 stars, the 1 stars are pretty brutal.

  • Melissa

    I agree—I checked that out before I bought it last year. I used it during my pregnancy and didn't have any issues; this included a trip to Miami where I was out in the sun for a bit and a trips to the beach and pool. I never burned and as for the smell…there was a slight odor but not anything that I couldn't stand. As with most things, people are so used to the taste and smell of the chemical products that they don't accept the smell of the all natural stuff. It did leave a white film if I didn't rub it in and never had any problems with it rubbing all over my clothes. My husband used it as well and he never burned…and he burns easily. Maybe it's a hit or miss with people. I can personally get over the fact it may leave a little white film and smell a little funny knowing that I'm not using a chemical-ridden sunscreen. :-)

    *Oh and that was supposed to say no sposies…not do sposies. Ooops!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I hear ya. I like morocco method hair care line (the earthy smell etc) but some people can't get past the no lather aspect.

    I was concerned about people saying they burned. I wonder if they didn't rub it in well enough or something.

    In the scheme of things, I keep her covered or shaded but for rare instances of needing sunblock, I don't mind using a natural one. It's not like she's wearing it daily.

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