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Millennial Mother Product Review
I have a confession to make. I can’t swim. I hate the water. I am petrified of not being in control. My mum took me to swimming lessons, I did swimming in school, my siblings are all good swimmers but me … I don’t even like going above my belly button in a swimming pool. You can imagine this makes it difficult to teach Nancy to swim. But, I am determined that she will love water.
It seems the done thing to do when you have a newborn is to attend baby swimming lessons. I personally didn’t attend baby swimming lessons partly because I hated my body and the thought of getting in a swimming pool in my swimming costume made me want to curl in a ball and partly because I was worried about the water with a little one. We tried to take her swimming once in a while during the first year of her life but she cried and I was so nervous. It didn’t really work. Everyone told me she had to start swimming for birth because otherwise she would never swim, she would hate the water and the whole world of swimming would collapse.
When Nancy was two we thought that maybe we needed to try swimming lessons to help us both feel confident in the water. At this point she didn’t even like baths and washing her hair left us both distressed. We signed up to one and we lasted maybe 4 weeks. Nancy cried and cried and clung to me in the water so tightly. I nearly exposed more than I wanted to as she clung to my swimming costume straps! We decided that her screaming for 30 minutes was a waste of time and money so we stopped swimming lessons. Plus when she cried I became nervous and I honestly think she picked up on my nerves. We tried to take her swimming a couple of times a month for the next 9 months. Although neither myself or my husband knew how to teach her to swim but we did help her develop confidence in the water. When we went on holiday this year she really fell in love with swimming.
Last month we decided to give swimming lessons another try. We spent a lot of time researching and found a lovely small business called Dolphin Swimming Academy run by Rich and his wife, Charlotte. He invited us to attend a free trial to see how Nancy got on and it really worked. Her instructor was so lovely and really took his time to make Nancy feel comfortable. He also has a magic watering can which is totally awesome.
We then made it fun by giving Nancy some fancy new swimming items from Splash About. She received a lovely swimming costume matched with a warm poncho to wrap around her when she got out the water. The idea of having something special for her swimming classes really made her feel excited about going. The costume itself is a beautiful design and Nancy definitely approved. I also find it so durable and we have used it a number of times and washes it with no problems. The poncho is an ideal purchase for putting on when Nancy gets out the pool, with a hood which keeps her head warm. The best part is that it washes and dries easily, so I imagine on holiday this would be a dream.
We then took her to a swimming class and from day 1 she went in the water on her own with the swimming teacher. This wasn’t too difficult because Nancy attends nursery so she is pretty confident without me. I honestly think going in the water on her own with a fabulous teacher is the dream combination. She now practices back stroke, bubbles in the water and even jumping off the water. For a girl who cried a year ago I couldn’t be more proud.
As I mentioned before, I’m nervous in the water. To try and help me with this and to increase my confidence I used Splash About’s floatsuit with Nancy. It’s different to armbands, because the floats are centred around Nancy’s chest and back so she can move her arms and now has more freedom in the water, it also puts her in a natural learn to swim position in the pool – watch this short video of the floatsuit in action here
I really hope the swimming lessons help Nancy grow into a strong confident swimmer who is able to enjoy the water safely. And in light of my title ‘what happens if you didn’t do water babies?’ Absolutely nothing. Nancy is learning to swim with children her own age. She grows more confident every week.
Splash About have a variety of products. I have previously purchased their happy nappies and they are ideal for youngsters as nothing is escaping those trunks. Here are my top picks
- Baby wrap to keep your newborn warm. Personally I love the Nina’s Ark print
- Happy Nappy Dragonfly costume. No number 2’s will escape those beauties.
- If I had a boy I would definitely be purchasing the Board surf shorts because they are so cool!
- Goggles are a great purchase. Nancy loves wearing them in the water and only lets the swimming teacher adjust them.
Thank you for reading everyone.
Mumii VIP Jonathan's Review of Go Splash Swim Vest
Mumii VIP Jonathan
Mumii VIP Jonathan, his wife Louise and their 2-year-old daughter had lots of fun while testing the Go Splash Swim Vest from Splash About!
A really lovely design and great fit. Our daughter is quite petite for her age so we selected the 1-2 year old size. It fitted perfectly and was really easy to put on.
My daughter loved the vest. She would even try it on and wear it around the house, as you can see!
The fit was great and it had a really easy-to-use big zip, which was great with wet fingers. There was plenty of space between the top of the vest and my daughters chin, which was good – given its buoyancy, I was worried in case it kept rising up in the water, but it didn’t. It floated really well, though, and was definitely helpful. My daughter is still learning to swim and she was able to practise (and enjoy herself!) far more effectively in the Go Splash vest than when using standard armbands.
The design is also really pretty and I think this helped as there was never any fuss about putting it on; my daughter loved wearing it.
It’s also easy to get off whilst in the water. Some swim items are really fiddly and when it’s just one adult in the water it can make them almost impossible to use. This vest, however, was super straightforward.
The material is soft and dries really quickly.
I would definitely use this product again and would recommend it for use.
There were some lovely design choices, but I’d like to see more and have personalisation available too if possible. I think they would make a great gift if you could.
- Really soft
- Easy to fit
- Useful cover to prevent the child easily unzipping the vest
- I think the sizes are quite wide-ranging so having one for ages 2-4 could be very large for a 2-year-old; maybe half sizes would be better
I would recommend this product to other parents!
Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum review Hooded Poncho Towels
Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum.
It's no secret that my children are water babies. I mean, if there's water around, it's safe to say one, if not all, of my children will be paddling. We have the pool out most of the school holidays and they love the rain. We also go swimming once a week to help them build confidence around water.
Have you ever tried keep a wet child warm, and drying them off, after a play session in the water though... hard isn't it? Towels just don't hang around well and children either end up all wrapped up and unable to move or freezing when the towel keeps falling off.
Splash About has introduced a brand new range of ponchos and hooded towels in two beautiful designs, to ensure babies and children are warm and cosy after coming out of the water - whether it’s swimming in the pool or the sea.
Soft, super absorbent and made from luxurious natural cotton, the towels start from £16.99 in price and are available in two designs - the powder blue Noah’s Ark with a bold orange lion, and Nina’s Ark with a striking zebra on a baby pink backdrop.
Designed to complement Splash About’s range of Happy Nappy swim nappies and baby wetsuits, the Hooded Towels are one size but suitable from birth to two years and retail at £16.99, whereas the Splash About Ponchos are longer length to fit children 2-6 years and are priced at £19.99.
They fold flat so are the perfect beach cover ups and are easily packed into suitcases or swim bags. J much prefers having a poncho to wear after being in the water because the hood dries his hair and stops it dripping onto him.
Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum.
Ester Formenko Review of Happy Nappy Costume and Floatsuit
Happy Friday! Finally we are getting some sun in SoCal. Aria is starting swimming lessons next week and I’ve been researching the best swimwear for her. One of my friends told me about Splash About and I decided to check them out. They have a huge verity of swimwear and swimming aids for babies, toddlers and kids.
I got Aria a Floatsuit to start getting her comfortable in the water. It’s has sun protection and contains 16 piece adjustable system which helps your child correctly learn how to swim.
Now that Aria is starting swimming lessons, they require reusable swimming diapers for preventing unwanted leaks into the pool. Happy Nappyprovides excellent leak prevention and made from soft nylon – lycra top.
Also, New Happy Nappy is the most reliable swim nappy in the world, sold in over 30 countries worldwide and insisted by many swim schools. The improved Happy Nappy has been technically constructed to move as your baby moves ensuring the safest most leak free fit.
If you are wanting to start swimming lessons for your child, I would definitely recommend Splash About products.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Slick Mummy Review Hooded Towels
Parenting website Slick Mummy posts “I’m delighted to see Splash About’s new range of hooded towels, with cute Noah and Nina’s ark designs as ponchos for bigger kids and hooded towels for little ones.”
Mudpie Fridays Rash Top Review
Blogger mum Mudpie Fridays says of our rash tops and board shorts, “I wanted the kid’s swimwear to be Splash About. Since all the items we have tried out to date have been super practical and hard wearing.”
Becky's Boudoir Happy Nappy Wetsuit Review
Blogger mum Becky’s Boudoir says “Splash About has cool functional swimwear specially made for little swimmers” http://beckysboudoir.com/splash-about/
Becky's Boudoir Product Review Hooded Towels and Sunsuits
So far this year we’ve had an amazing summer of sun. Unlike our typical British summer, which usually sees us blighted by many a wet spell, we’ve had much sunshine and heat. Whether you like or loathe the high temperatures, you can’t dispute it’s nothing a day at the seaside can’t fix.
As Reuben hadn’t experienced the beach before I was determined this summer would be full of sea and sand adventures! So with the coast less an hour away we’ve exploited every opportunity to head down and make the most of the gorgeous weather.
Last week we returned to pretty Yorkshire seaside town, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, where instead of sticking close to the more populated pier and amusements we headed further up the beach nearer the cliffs in search of a quieter spot. Unfortunately this led us into the dog zone which wasn’t the most pleasant environment at times (dog poop in the sand, anyone?), but it was good to get much of the beach to ourselves. Although it was pretty much overcast, it was still humid and the sea still beckoned, so out came the bikini for me and swim shorts for the lads.
Well actually, this time Reuben had some new beach wear to kit himself out in. Wanting to ensure Reuben was adequately protected by the sun (which kept make appearances) and warm enough (since the sea water is still a little cold, no matter how hot the air is) I dressed him in an ultra violet protecting all-in-one swim suit.
The UV All-In-One Sun Suit by children’s swim lifestyle brand Splash About is the perfect beach wear for babies and toddlers, 6 months to four years old, wanting to enjoy all that the seaside offers while playing sun-safe.
Reuben received the ‘Turtle Mania’ Sun Suit (Size 1-2YRS / £19.99), a cute, modern design featuring a playful turtle print in cool blue tones. It’s a gorgeous little suit with a vibrancy that doesn’t look out of place down the beach or local swimming pool.
In a soft, light fabric that boasts UPF50+ sun filtering properties, the UV All In One ensures delicate skin is comfortably cool and protected from the damaging sun. With a high neck and long sleeves, the suit offers a high level of body coverage, while the cropped 3/4 length legs allow little ones to feel sand and sea against the skin.
The All-In-One is easy to put on, even on a wriggling toddler too keen to explore beach life! Once you’ve secured a swim nappy (disposable pull up swim pants or a non-disposable like Splash About’s Nappy Wrap), the suit simply slips on over arms and legs and fastens with a chunky zip.
Reuben’s coming up 18 months and he fits into the 1-2 year old size suit well; it’s snug and close fitting but there’s visibly plenty growing room in it. The sleeves are nice and long, finishing right on the wrist so they don’t ride up short but equally aren’t over long to get in the way. The leg cuts off just below the knee which, although would be quite good if they finished mid-way on the calf or were even ankle length, is a practical style for Reuben’s level of activity.
Reuben wasn’t phased by being dressed in the sunsuit, in fact he appeared to actually quite enjoy wearing it. This, I believe, is totally down to the comfortable fit that does’t make him feel restricted or cooped in, allowing him the freedom to play.
When beach play came to a close it was time to get changed again. This is usually fun and games in itself, when drying off becomes a towel wrestle, and one of us manages to wriggle free and run off butt naked down the beach (hint: it ain’t me.) So I found using a poncho worked a charm at a time such as this.
Splash About’s new Hooded Towel Poncho (one size / £19.99) comes in a choice of two colourways – blue or pink – in the Noah’s Ark design. The blue poncho is a funky, vibrant style featuring a bold orange lion and Ark print.
Made in a light handle but densely thick 300mg towelling cotton, the poncho has a deeper loop pile than others we own, making it a more superior, more generously cut poncho. As it’s 100% cotton it wicks super quickly, but unlike a regular towel it doesn’t become cumbersome when wet. Its ample size, spanning a fraction off 60cm squared, covers Reuben literally from head to toe and arm to arm too, with the deep hood and broad cut swathing Reuben’s whole body so he’s nicely covered and cosy.
The All in One suit and poncho have been a fab little combo to take out with us because they’re so light to carry and don’t take up a lot of space in the beach bag. And then they’re both super quick to dry, which means you’re not lugging around heavy wet clothes or towels (no, just Mum and Dad’s heavy-ass towel!)
15th August 2018
Tum To Mum
Parent blogger from Tum to Mum recommends our Splash Jammers to avoid any ‘code brown’ incidents in the pool when potty training toddlers. Read why she loves them here
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