One dad just figured out the most genius hack for avoiding the post-swim class struggle of getting you and your child dressed to go outside: bathrobes! The dad, who goes by papatonepictures on Reddit, shared the beyond simple hack, admitting that he can't believe it took him four years of swim classes to think of it, but now would never go back.
"Get good bathrobes for you, and for the kid. When swim class is done, whip those bathrobes on, and head right on out the door, into the car," he wrote. "Once home: quick bath, kid dressed, ravioli in the microwave. Done. To over-explain: with my first kid, I would pack a bag and clothes and a new diaper and wipes and towels. When class was done, I would take him into the men's locker room to get him dried off and dressed. It would, honestly, take half an hour. If I was lucky. The whole thing was a clothes-based war of attrition."
Aside from the hack itself, the funny dad shared the hilarious back story as to why he felt he needed to figure out a better solution for getting dressed after swim lessons in the first place.
Listen: I'm a dude, but I hate men's locker rooms. Struggling with the kid, sweating in the humidity while I try get him to sit still long enough to put any article of clothing on. The humidity (which perfectly holds the scent of athlete's foot, jock itch, and Dial soap in the air) does not do wonders for my temper. Then there's the aged doctor who just finished his swim, sitting with his bare butt and old nuts pressed directly against the bench where my kid just threw half of his Nutrigrain bar.
While I'm trying to pressgang the kid into his shoes without getting his socks soaked, the guy wants to find out how old my kid is and what his interests are. My friend, put on pants, and then we'll address your questions and concerns. There's also the eternal battle of having to finally set my kid down so I can dry off and get dressed, while the entire time telling my son not to touch anybody else's stuff, not even if it's a cool color, or has candy in the outside netting pocket.
The dad ends his hysterical post with a summary of his hack and answers a likely FAQ in the process: "Yes, your car seats might get a little damp. Go ahead. Indulge yourself. Put down an extra towel if you're worried about that. Otherwise, robe on and roll home. And the best part? No more old balls. Phew. Life is grand."