1. Learning for life!
    Learning for life!

    As everyone starts this new year afresh, with resolutions made and not yet broken I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind you why those baby swimming lessons are so important and why you could make it a 2018 resolution to get booked in and start Splashing About!

    Splash About is the world’s leading supplier of specialist baby swim wear, with the famous Happy Nappy insisted upon by leading swim schools in order to keep pools free from leaks. We work with some of the best and most respected baby swim professionals all over the world. They all agree baby swimming is an essential part of your baby’s development.

    Water safety

    Drowning is the second biggest cause of accidental death in under 5’s in the developed world. Teaching your child to swim is the greatest life skill you can give them

    . In the UK there are hundreds of specially trained professionals working in specialist swim schools all over the country, check here to find one closest to you.

     

    It's never too early to start

    In the UK, specialist lessons can start from as young as one day old. The NHS guidelines agree that there is no need to wait until your baby has been vaccinated before they go swimming. Although keeping baby warm is essential.

    Bonding Kangaroo style; Skin to Skin

    Swimming provides the perfect way to have that important skin to skin contact with your baby. These early bonding experiences can help to deeply connect with your child, in a meaningful and calming way. Sharing the swimming experience can be particularly important if baby is unsettled and mum/dad is tired.

    Physical and Mental wellbeing

    Physical activity and mental stimulation is good for your baby’s physical development, as an added bonus it increases their appetite and tires them out. The water provides a warm and relaxing environment outside of their normal routine, which helps to promote a more calm and contented mood. Swimming lessons provide a great workout for your baby, helping to strengthen their heart, lungs and muscles. It also stimulates the nerves that formulate the senses in the brain.

    Good habits

    Providing early opportunities for physical activity helps children become habit forming and we know that babies who are more active, tend to be more physical later in life, which can help them to stay fit both physically and mentally into adulthood.

     

     

    Strength

    Physical activity builds muscle strength. Whilst swimming water resistance helps babies use their muscles more efficiently and research has shown that babies who swim regularly, walk earlier than those who haven’t, this more rapid progress if due to better muscle control and core strength.

    Structure and routine

    Babies and toddlers with good daily routines sleep better and are more prepared for learning activities at school. Early swim routines help them get into the habit of being ready at a certain time each week. Routines also provide a bit of structure and social activity for frazzled parents.

     

     

    Co-ordination

    Research including a Norwegian study show that babies who swim regularly have better balance and grasp objects more intuitively than those that don’t swim. Water activities such as kicking, splashing and floating all aid improved co ordination. In Iceland swimming babies as young as 3 months old are showing standing skills normally only attained by babies of 9 or 10 months old.

     

     

     

    Fear of Water

    Many non-swimming children develop a fear of water, meaning they never learn to swim, putting themselves and others in danger. Early water experiences allow a child to understand their buoyancy and develop skills that could one day save their lives.

     

     

    Learning through play

    From your first lesson babies will learn for to respond to repetitive and fun commands. Singing songs, clapping hands, splashing faces and many more water experiences increase your baby’s mental skills and their cognitive levels of understanding. So much so that by the time they reach school age studies have shown children who swam in their baby and toddler years, were up to 15 months ahead of non-swimmers in language, counting and problem solving skills.

     

     

    Citations and references

        • Professor Liselott Diam – Cologne
        • H Sigmundsson & Hopkins - “Baby Swimming and exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities in childcare, health and development.
        • Diem, Undeutsch, Lehr, Olbrich “Early Motor Stimulation and personal development: A study of 4-6 year old German children”
        • Field T, Scafidi F, Scanaberg S, “Message of preterm Newborns to improve Growth and Development” pediatric nursing
        • German Sports collage cologne “ Baby swimming: Advance independence and Development of intelligence”

     

     

     

     

     

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  2. What do you mean it's nearly 2018?
    What do you mean it's nearly 2018?

    I’m not sure where this year went, I think I remember April vaguely, but have no recollection of March or August and now it’s nearly Christmas. Ridiculous!

    This has been a huge year for Splash About; I honestly don’t think we could have fitted anymore in.

    The Splash Lab completed trials of the new Happy Nappy and Splash Jammers that we had started to develop in 2016 and by May we had launched both new products, which are already award winning and loved by swim schools globally.

    I think we’re still traumatized to be honest. We must have measured thousands of chunky baby thighs and milk filled tummies in schools up and down the country, to get the perfect range of measurements for mass production of the new Happy Nappy and Jammers.

    And then we made some videos, with lots more babies and toddlers, but that’s not all; we also launched a brand new set of beautiful designs, had a massive casting to choose perfect new babies for our photography, went on location to the windiest beach in the UK, chose our fantastic Guru’s from hundreds of great entries, designed and launched a new website on a whole new platform, built an in-house photographic studio and then fitted in a quick trip to the USA, to give a talk about poo in pools to hundreds of fantastic swimming teachers. Phew!

    Actually I can’t really remember September either. Oh wait yes I can, I packed off two of my own children to university and my food bill went down. That was quite a good month.

    In addition, our Splash team have fitted in holidays to Australia, Cyprus, Disneyworld, Spain, Italy and Bude.

    And now, it’s the end of December we really couldn’t have fitted anymore in at all, it’s been epic. So here are some thankyous.

    Thank you to our Gurus – you know who you are, you have been wonderful and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your feedback and product testing efforts.

    Thank you to Tuna fish – Your Videos, your patience, the stunned look on your faces when babies swam underwater. we’ll never forget that.

    Thank you Will and Jen at Will Shaddock Photography for all your amazing photography this year. I’ve been promised an on location shoot in hotter climates next year, so get your sun tan cream ready.

    Thank you to our fantastic factories, that worked so hard to meet our launch deadlines and then worked even harder when our sales were far higher than our forecasts. We couldn’t do it without you, you are part of the Splash family.

    Thank you to our partners all over the world, in 34 countries actually, who have sold and promoted our products all year, from Europe to South Korea, from Australia to Hawaii you have all been fantastic and we salute you.

    Thank you to our Splash Teams who have all worked above and beyond all year. Thank you for not even moaning when the experimental “leave work at 3.30 on Fridays” came to an end in September. (don’t worry, we’ll try again next year)

    Thank you to the mums, dads and grandparents of the hundreds of babies and toddlers we have measured, prodded, poo inspected, photographed and filmed.  Our products look good because of you and your small person.

    Finally Thank you to all the wonderful swim schools and swim teachers all over the world who put their faith in our new nappies and in us. You took the best swim nappy product in the world and simply replaced it with our new version because we said it was better. Your faith in us has been validated, as the new nappy rolled out and has proved to be even more reliable against baby poo leaks.

    Now all I have to say is Happy Christmas, have a fantastic family time doing all the things you love, with all the people you care about. See you back here in a couple of weeks. Roll on 2018, we are ready for you!

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  3. Splash-tastic Gingerbread Babies!
    Splash-tastic Gingerbread Babies!

    We’re feeling festive this Christmas and decided to try our hand at baking some Happy Nappy themed gingerbread babies. They make the perfect after swim snack!

    They are super easy to make and are ideal for keeping children occupied during the holidays. If they’re baking cookies they won’t be hunting for presents!

    Here’s how to make them…

    What you’ll need:

    • 350g plain flour (plus extra for rolling out)
    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 125g butter
    • 175g light soft brown sugar
    • 1 free-range egg
    • 4 tbsp golden syrup

    To decorate:

    • Icing sugar
    • Food colouring
    • Cake decorations (optional)

    Tools:

    • Gingerbread men cookie cutter

    READY, SET, BAKE:

    1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a large mixing bowl and stir together using a wooden spoon. Add the butter and blend until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. We found it easier to use our hands rather than a wooden spoon (just make sure any little helping hands are thoroughly cleaned before and after this stage) and then stir in the sugar.
    2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix together until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread baby shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
    5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    Handy Tip: If your gingerbread babies come out of the oven slightly misshapen or have spread, you can always use the gingerbread cutter again on the baked cookies to reshape them (just remove i.e. eat any offcuts). Be careful not to burn yourself, wait until the cookies are warm (not hot) before you touch them.

    1. When cooled decorate with the icing and cake decorations.

    How to decorate a Happy Nappy onto a gingerbread baby:  

    1. Mix the icing sugar powder with a drop of water (instructions should be on the back of the packet) to a smooth yet stiff consistency. Then pipe an outline of the Happy Nappy onto the gingerbread baby (Tip: If you do not have access to a piping bag, use a small freezer bag, moving the icing to one of the corners and make a small hole for the icing to be piped through). Then leave to dry
    2. Mix another batch of icing, this time adding a drop of food colouring (colour optional) once mixed, pipe the coloured icing within the iced outline of the Happy Nappy waist and leg bands.
    3. Follow Step 2 again but this time using a different food colour to decorate the body of the nappy.

    Leave to dry and then they are ready to eat!

     

    Gluten free version:

    What you’ll need:

    • 225g rice flour (plus extra for dusting the work top)
    • 125g gram flour
    • 1 tsp xanthan gum
    • 2 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 100g butter
    • 175g dark soft brown sugar
    • 4 tbsp golden syrup
    • 1 egg

    To decorate:

    • Icing sugar
    • Food colouring
    • Cake decorations (optional)

    Tools:

    • Gingerbread men cookie cutter

    READY, SET, BAKE:

    1. In a mixing bowl combine the flours, xanthan gum, spices and bicarbonate of soda. Mix them thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Add the butter and process again till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix again.
    2. Add the golden syrup and egg and stir until the mixture starts to come together. Tip out onto a (rice) floured surface and form the dough into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread baby shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
    5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

    Handy Tip: If your gingerbread babies come out of the oven slightly misshapen or have spread, you can always use the gingerbread cutter again on the baked cookies to reshape them (just remove i.e. eat any offcuts). Be careful not to burn yourself, wait until the cookies are warm (not hot) before you touch them.

    1. When cooled decorate with the icing and cake decorations.

    How to decorate a Happy Nappy onto a gingerbread baby:

    1. Mix the icing sugar powder with a drop of water (instructions should be on the back of the packet) to a smooth yet stiff consistency. Then pipe an outline of the Happy Nappy onto the gingerbread baby (Tip: If you do not have access to a piping bag, use a small freezer bag, moving the icing to one of the corners and make a small hole for the icing to be piped through). Then leave to dry
    2. Mix another batch of icing, this time adding a drop of food colouring (colour optional) once mixed, pipe the coloured icing with in the iced outline of the Happy Nappy waist and leg bands.
    3. Follow Step 2 again but this time either using a different food colour to decorate the body of the nappy.

    Leave to dry and then they are ready to eat!

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  4. Winter Swimming
    Winter Swimming

    Swimming in the winter? Are you serious?

    Yes really, I know you don’t feel much like battling the rain and wind on the way to the changing rooms from the car, but trust me you and your baby are worth it.

    Although it’s tempting to stay inside and keep warm, studies show that getting out and about even in the fiercest of weather is great for body and soul. Winter can be especially hard on new mums and can isolate them from friends and family leaving them feeling lonely. Baby and toddler swimming lessons are a great way of meeting and mixing with other mums and allows babies the time to socialize with other babies. Plus getting out of the house for a few hours will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and feeling more relaxed. I promise. So if you aren’t enrolled in lessons, have a look for your local baby swim class by using our ‘Find a Swim School’ checker. Start a new hobby this winter!

    There are of course other things to consider with winter swimming, even though pools are lovely and warm, it’s important that babies and toddlers don’t feel too chilly in changing rooms, where the air is cooler this time of year. We recommend wrapping up even when in the pool and have developed a range of specialist baby swimwear for even the coldest of days.

     

    Fleecy wetsuit – This cuddly Warm In One is the perfect way for your baby to keep warm even in cooler pools. This super soft fleece lined wetsuit, is easy to get on and off and will insulate babies body, legs and arms, helping them to regulate their body temperature and enjoy the water for longer.

     

     

    Happy Nappy Wetsuit – This super value wetsuit has a built in Happy Nappy that means it’s perfect for all baby swim classes. Made from super soft neoprene, the Happy Nappy Wetsuit is the choice of swim teachers and thousands of babies agree.

     

     

     

    Baby Wrap – For chunky toddlers and slippery newborns the BabyWrap is the most versatile of wetsuits, designed to keep the core body warm, leaving maximum movement for arms and legs to kick and splash. Perfect for those most energetic little people.

     

     

    Swim Hat – Not only do these hats keep little heads warm but they also serve to protect sensitive skin from chlorine.

     

    Keeping warm after swimming, can be tricky and our range of wetsuits will continue to keep baby warm even in the chilliest of changing room whilst you get dressed. Our waterproof, antibacterial Changing Mat is great for baby to lie on and our range of Apres Splash cuddly toweling all in ones and hooded towels make dressing a much less stressful task.

    Come on, get out there this winter and enjoy the benefits baby swimming brings to both of you.

     

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  5. Tum To Mum
    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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  6. WanderMustFamily
    WanderMustFamily
    Luxury travel blogger WanderMustFamily says your toddler will have the “best swim wardrobe on the beach” check out her toddler travel essentials here
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  7. Christmas 2017 unique gifts for babies and toddlers
    Christmas 2017 unique gifts for babies and toddlers

    Looking for something unique and useful as a gift for a baby or toddler this Christmas? We have some fantastic gift ideas for the baby or toddler that has everything!

    Rather than the usual plastic fantastic gifts, how about being the one that starts them off on a life long passion for swimming or yoga or even singing.

    You are never too young (or too old) to start learning a life skill.

    Check out these goodies:

     

    1. Swimming lessons 

    It is never too early to start introducing your baby to the pool. From birth right up to pre-school, baby and toddler swim classes teach amazing life skills whilst offering plenty of skin to skin contact with your child. The UK leads the world in these specialist baby and toddler swim classes. Try our Find a Swim School search engine to find your nearest baby swim classes.

     

    1. Happy Nappy

    If your baby / toddler is already at swim classes, how about a new Happy Nappy for the New Year and swim term? Check out our beautiful and stylish range. A practical yet perfect Christmas gift.

     

    1. Baby Yoga and mat – Just like baby swimming these specialist lessons promote early cognitive development and are a wonderful way to relax with your child. Our changing mat doubles as a fantastic yoga mat making it a versatile addition to the yoga lessons.
    2. A perfect Teether Toy

    Made from all natural rubber and hand painted with food grade paint, Splash About’s Splash Pals, are perfect for teething babies in and out of the bath or pool.

    1. Baby music lessons

    Choose from so many music themed lessons available all over the country and give them the gift of music that has been proved to aid early cognitive development. Who knows you may be helping to prepare a new Mozart!

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  8. Marvellous Mirrors
    Marvellous Mirrors

    If you are looking for new ways to engage your baby when you take them swimming or your youngster is having “Water wobbles” and suddenly developed a fear of lessons, one of the best distractions is a swim mirror.

    These fantastic water skill toys are sure to stop tears and certain to be chewed. In fact mirrors are incorporated into many baby swim lessons, as teachers have developed programs and songs focused on using the mirror.

    The splash Mirror spent many months in testing and development and lots of prototypes were discarded. Some were far too easily chewed leaving bits of floating foam in the water, some bent and the mirror distorted, scaring the babies when they looked at themselves (this was probably funny, but not at the time of testing) and some shapes were just too hard or too big for little hands to hold.

    Hundreds of babies and toddlers took part in our trials whilst we perfected the Splash Mirror, finally agreeing that the shape had to be interesting and offer plenty of ways to grasp it and hold it. Too round and baby couldn’t manage it, too square and they lost interest, shapes of fish and crabs also didn’t work, because they were not as durable.

    The perfect shape turned out to be our water splash shape, with lots of contoured edges to grip and chew, made from robust yet super soft EVA, which held a sturdy mirror securely in the middle and chew proof.

    We have seen lots of fantastic uses in classes for the mirror but parents have had great use out of them at home as well, using them in the bath and when they visit the pool outside of lessons. Lightweight, anti mold and quick drying its an ideal bath and swim toy.

    Available from Splash About direct or your local swim school. Happy splashing!

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  9. Made for Mums
    Made for Mums

    Made for Mums reviews our Happy Nappy System, and the verdict is “The Splash About Happy Nappy System is an affordable way to relax at swimming pools, knowing leakage will be avoided.

    http://www.madeformums.com/reviews/nappies-wipes-and-changing/swimming-pants-and-nappies/splash-about-happy-nappy-system/1089.html

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  10. Mummies in Waiting August 2017
    Mummies in Waiting August 2017
    Mum blogger Mummies in Waiting loves our new improved Happy Nappy,

    Over all the whole system was so easy, the nappy is so pretty and I would honestly use the Happy Nappy over disposables or other reusable nappies any day”

    https://mummieswaiting.com/2017/08/happy

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