In a nutshell

Huggies Little Swimmers save your blushes at the swimming pool and kids like wearing them too.

What we tested

  • Absorbency
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Effectiveness
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Quality
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.


  • Quick and easy, no washing required


  • Quite expensive, less reliable for breastfeeding mums

Huggies Little Swimmers are a quick, easy, disposable solution for taking your baby for a dip before he's been potty trained. While they need to be changed more frequently than a regular nappy, they give you and your baby the freedom to enjoy the water.


Huggies Little Swimmers are a special swim pant made with material that, unlike regular nappies, doesn’t swell up when it comes into contact with water. Whereas splashing around on the beach in a normal nappy can quickly become uncomfortable for your little one as the nappy gets bulky and heavy, Little Swimmers maintain their streamlined shape while protecting from little accidents.

The S, M, and L swim pants come in easy pull on/pull off design with cool pictures of Winnie the Pooh or Nemo. Now in new XS size too, your baby can hit the water fully protected weighing just 7lbs/3kg. The XS pants are made with regular nappy tags so you can fit them to your baby easily.

What we love

Blame the baby brain, but I always manage to forget something when I’m scooting my son Finn off to swimming class. Little Swimmers have been a godsend: small enough to keep in you change bag all the time, you always have one even if you forget to pack one.

They’re easy to pull on, and the ability to tear them off means there’s no fumbling around trying to pull down wet cossies when your little one’s shivering for the towel.

What to watch out for

Do they leak is the big question and for me the answer through nearly three years of testing, is ‘No’. But I have to admit to being lucky – Finn’s never done a poo in a swimming nappy. One of his friends did have an embarrassing situation leading to the evacuation of a resort swimming pool while on holiday abroad. And looking at reviews online it seems there are the odd cases of leakage – particularly when babies are still doing breastfeeding explosions. My advice, which was also that of our first swimming teacher, is to dress your baby in a swim nappy underneath a costume/trunks for extra protection.

They are also pretty expensive (from £4.99 for 10). While they’d be great to keep on all day at the beach, I found I couldn’t justify the expense, particularly because due to the limited absorbency that prevents them ballooning in water, you have to change them a lot.

Who are Huggies Little Swimmers best for?

Busy mums who are horrified at the thought of their baby having an accident in the water.


MadeForMums verdict

A brilliant, if rather expensive, solution to swimming with a baby. Easy to get on and off, and despite the price we wouldn’t hit the pool without them.

Product Specifications

ModelLittle Swimmers
Available sizesXS-L
Suitable for
Child age (approx)Birth to 3 years
  • Designed not to swell up in the water like regular nappies