Friday, 10 August 2018

Splash About Review: Go Splash Swim Vest


[Logan wearing Go Splash Swim Vest Vintage Moby in size 4 to 6 years, aged 5 years]

The Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest is an excellent swim aid when your child is learning to swim and needs that extra bit of confidence in the water. Logan has swam in lessons since he was 8 weeks old but when I was about to pop with Evie we took a break from lessons as he was dealing with some separation anxiety and his next lot of lessons required him going into the pool by himself. After this he was very reluctant to try and practice his swimming and nearly lost all confidence he had in the pool, even with armbands on he felt like he was going to sink. 

When we received the swim vest he was unsure at first at wearing a vest around him while swimming. However he soon realised how incredibly comfy it was to wear and easy enough to put on and zip up himself. 


We took it away with us on holiday to Butlins for the week and it is compact enough for travel and can fit rolled in his swim bag or flat in a suitcase as it is nice and flexible. 

After reassuring him that he was ok to swim with it in the pool he took the leap and left my arms and swam over to the side. Excited that he didn't sink and he felt more freedom than he did with armbands, there was then no stopping him! He was off and swimming away, it was such a lovely sight to see after we had struggled for so long at getting him to try. 


To quote Logan 'It's awesome! Good and great!' and got a thumbs up when we got out the pool. He couldn't wait to go swimming again. 


There are some gorgeous bright designs on the Splash About Website. They are a great alternative to armbands - easy to hook over your arm when heading to the changing rooms and no prep required before you head into the pool. We also found due to the high quality neoprene it was so fast drying and perfect for Holiday when kids are in and out of the pool. We've used it quite a few times now and it has washed up lovely and we have experienced no fading to the product. 


Lots of people have asked me about it when we've been in the pool and always comment on the great design. Logan would have one in every colour if he could. We will be packing it in our suitcase when we head to America later in the year! 


It is especially good that it gives that extra layer of sun protection when around the pool and at the beach without making them too hot. 


I can't wait to see how Logan's swimming develops with his confidence at having the vest on. It allows us to relax a bit more while swimming knowing he isn't in a panic about being on the surface. It is a swim aid but he has never gone under the water while wearing it and quite happy to swim out into water where he can't reach the bottom of the pool. It has made all the difference to our family swimming experience and we highly recommend it. They come in ages 1-2yr, 2-4yr and 4-6yr and I can't wait to try one out on Evie too to allow her more freedom in the pool, I don't think we'll ever go back to armbands now! 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Splash About Review: Happy Nappy Costume


[Evie wearing Garden Birds Design in the Happy Nappy Costume in Extra large]

Both of my babies have been in swimming lessons since around 8 weeks old. As a requirement of most baby swimming lessons is the double nappy system - a swim nappy and then a happy nappy over the top to contain leaks - we have had a variety of Happy Nappy designs and brands over the last 5 years. As any second child will know, being given hand me downs comes part and parcel from your sibling, so when I had my Evie girl, she simply wore a Happy Nappy underneath a normal swimming costume for her swimming lesson or sometimes just the Happy Nappy on it's own. I had seen a couple of baby girls in the Navy Splash About Happy Nappy costumes and just couldn't wait to try one out. We picked the Garden Birds design as I loved the blue for girls with the bright yellow for the summer. 


There are certainly many pretty designs to choose from, you can see all of them in more detail on the Splash About Website

The first thing I noticed about the Happy Nappy costume was how much easier it was to get on over Evie's chubby thighs and pull straight up and on her. My first born, Logan, was a skinny little baby and I never had any trouble with a Happy Nappy over his thighs but miss Evie has always had chunky legs and the battle to squish them in and up over her bum was a tough one. The costume makes it easy to pull up using the top of the costume over their arms and then you can adjust around their legs as required. The bottom stretches with them and I've never had any problems with the fit around her chubby thighs.



The bottom of the costume is soft neoprene and lovely against their skin, while the top part of the costume is super soft nylon-lycra and doesn't irritate or blotch the skin and loose enough for them to be comfy and not mark the skin. We have washed our costume many times since March and it still maintains its beautiful colour and shape and always dries quickly. 



We use our costume for our weekly Waterbabies swimming lessons and I find the material easy to hold in the water and not too slippery at all. It's great to know that any nappy incidents are contained and after a certain paddling pool incident at home, we use our costume for garden playing too! 



We recently took a trip to our rather stoney local beach and I loved that the bottom of the happy nappy was that bit of extra padding to with stand Evie's flop downs on her bottom while she mastered her walking and it helped keep sand out of all the wrong places too. We've had lots of compliments on the design of her swimming costume and I can't wait to add more to our collection. 



Every Happy Nappy I've had in the past has always lasted us many weekly swimming lessons, I've only replaced them because my babies have grown out of them! No fading or wearing away like traditional swimming costumes and when Evie sees her bright coloured costume she knows its time for another Swim Day! We highly recommend the Happy Nappy Swimming Costume for both its practicality and its beautiful designs.