When you get in the pool with your toddler do you put a pullup on them or not?

@snoopy04 (718)
United States
May 23, 2007 9:16pm CST
I was at a pool party last weekend with my family and some friends of ours made a big deal about a mom who got in the pool with her two year old daughter but she had her in a swimsuit with out a pullup on or a little swimmer pullup. The host of the party didnt care but our friends said that was gross and they wouldnt get in the pool with her. My husband got in the pool and so did some other moms and their kids. Everyone ignored them and enjoyed the party, but it did make me wonder if everybody else had a problem with letting a toddler in a swimming pool without protection under their swimming trunks.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
24 May 07
I wouldn't make a big issue out of it if I saw a mom doing that but I might offer her a little swimmer pullup if I had an extra. Those things are expensive, especially considering they don't get worn for long. Maybe the mom you mentioned just can't buy little swimmers AND diapers. I know this summer it's going to be hard on us to get enough little swimmers to go around with 3 boys in diapers/pull ups as it is. If they were just getting in their own wading pool I wouldn't bother with a little swimmer but if they were going to be someone else's pool, especially at a pool party, I would put one on them. It's only "gross" depending on where the child is at with potty training. If she hasn't gotten the concept at all yet then there's a good chance she could have "contaminated" the water at any time. But some 2 years olds understand well enough to be trained at that age so the mother might not have had anything to worry about in the first place.
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
24 May 07
I agreewith this comment. It shouldn't be thiougt about too much. Or enough to ruin someones day. If there were so many complainers, maybe one of them could have offered an extra. How do any of us know when we swim in pools with anyone other than ourselves, if and adult is comanitating the pool just the same as a child would?
• United States
25 May 07
I always put a swim diaper on my kids but I didn't hold it against someone if they didn't. Chances are the chlorine to "pee" ratio took care of it :-). I wonder why people make such a big deal out of things like that. . .
• United States
24 May 07
Well at that age it proably is a good idea for kids to have one on just in case of an accident.It makes for easier cleanup.
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@KrauseHome (36750)
• United States
24 May 07
I guess it would depend on the situation. Because I know a lot of times at Public pools you need to check out their rules, and go from there. But I would think it would be best for them to have a Swim pullup on their child to protect them and everyone else from accidents. At least if it was me that is what I would have done.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
24 May 07
I just put my son in a cloth diaper without any stuffing in it (he's in cloth diapers full time). I refuse to buy pull-ups, they only are there to catch the poop if the child poops while in the pool. Pee can pass through them too, I'm sure some parents have made the mistake of putting them in one when they run out of diapers lol. I hate it when I see a kid in a regular disposable diaper in the pool, they have gel in them that absorb liquids, so the diaper gets to weigh 10 pounds and sags off their butts!
@snoopy04 (718)
• United States
24 May 07
I know what you mean, its so gross when a regular diaper or pullup gets wet. Then you have the stuffing everywhere, and that stuff is so nasty when its wet.
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
4 Jun 07
Unless your child is potty trained you are not allowed to take them into a public pool unless they have a little swimmer on. It is only decent , if a child has a bowel movement in the pool it will have to be drained and sanitized, and that is a lot of work and money. so spend the $2 and save the pool for every ones enjoyment.
@magnet (2087)
• United States
29 May 07
I don't usually use the pullups. I use the swimmer underwear underneath her swimming suit. You can purchase those at Target for a little under $5 and you can wash it and use it again and again.
• United States
27 May 07
Well at first i was ewwwww..thats nasty especially if that child went in the pool..but she was potty trained like alllll the other children theer so what is the big deal? Just because she syounger doesnt mean the worst would happen and you said her mom took her out to use the restroom..so i just dont understand what the issue was? Me personally i dont care..when u go to the beach and swim..hellooo do u have any idea how much urine and fecies is in that water?!! lol..and thats not just people and kids..u have a whole new habitat goin on like the fish! hahahah!!
• Canada
24 May 07
I do normally put a little swimmer on my little one if I take her out to the pool but I don't think I would have given it much thought if someone else had a little one there that wasn't wearing one as I would assume the child was potty trained . Children train at different ages and just because there was a child in the pool wouldn't make me assume that the child wasn't potty trained even though my little wasn't .
@jen_jen (76)
• United States
24 May 07
I don't see a problem with it since the little girl was potty trained. I think the other guests were being rude. I'm sure this mom spent lots of time getting her daughter trained and now other people want to gawk just because she's little? Maybe the host should have asked them to put one on! lol I don't think I'd let my child get in the water without a swim diaper if they weren't though, be it my house or someone else's. Who wants to clean up the mess?
@wendee (359)
• Canada
24 May 07
I would buy a swim diaper. THey are great! If I saw someone with a regualr diaper or no diaper at all I think I would just offer them one of my swim diapers since I always bring extra.
• United States
24 May 07
I don't think I'd be grossed out; in fact, I'd probably expect it when there's toddlers around. But I've never taken my son swimming without a Little Swimmer on, also because I just don't want to deal with the mess. But that's my preference.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
24 May 07
I wouldn't put my own son in the water without his little swimmers, but I wouldn't really make it a big deal if someone else did. As long as the kid didn't poop, it wouldn't bother me too much. A lot of potty trained kids pee in pools, ya know? It's gross, but that's the way it is. Personally I put my son in a swim diaper, even if he is just playing in his own pool. Just because I don't want to clean it up if he makes a mess!
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
24 May 07
I wouldn't let something like that bother me!! If I had an extra pull-up I would ask the mom if she wanted it. If the kid pooped I would jump out of the pool, but otherwise I would relax and have a good time swimming with my kids!! I wouldn't put my son in someone else's pool without a pull-up on, but everyone is different!! It wouldn't bother me =)