I decided we had two choices -- let them go bare bottom, which seemed reasonable enough given that they are 2 1/2 and dabbling in potty training OR put them in pull-ups given that they are just dabbling in potty training and it would be poor form to provide a pool-clearing "floater" or two (or three!) on opening day. Our choices sparked an interesting conversation between me and Des, a real introspective of the type you might expect to see on 60 Minutes or 20/20.
"What's the difference between a Pull Up and a Swimmie?" "Is it just the packaging and clever marketing?" "Are those CPG giants P&G and Kimberly-Clarke out to get us yet again? Convincing us that we need day diapers and night diapers and pull ups AND swimmies?!" "Yep. It's a conspiracy. They are just preying on the vulnerability of parenthood and have tricked us into thinking we need all this stuff." "Well, not us! Screw it! This summer we're not buying those Swimmies! At $10 a pack, we'll be bankrupt by Labor Day anyway. Little guys, go for it... put on your pull ups and hit the pool!" And so they did. And this is what happened:
|Close up of exploding post-swim swimmie|
|"It's not funny. Could you just buy me some Swimmies?!"|