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I cannot rate this wetsuit highly enough!
We were going away (Only to center parcs) But we were ever so worried that not only would our little princess get cold in the water, but as she was still tiny, the effects of the chlorine on her skin, so we started looking for something with more to offer than a swimming costume.
We stumbled across this in the Jojo Mamam Bebe store in Salisbury (It comes in pink or blue and both have a whale on the front) and were "ummming and Ahhhing" about it, at £18.00 we thought it was a bit steep for a wetsuit, but it was the thickest one we could find, and it looked like the most comfortable, so we bit the bullet and bought it.
We got home and immediatly tried it on as we didn't want to get to centerparcs and then realise it didn't fit, and it was brilliant! Due to the velcro straps it was very easy to get on and off and fitted quite well... remember when you try it on to allow room for a bulky swim nappy too!
We have got so much use out of this little beauty! We use it all the time now, its nice not having to worry about taking her swimming without worrying about her catching a chill etc. Also after rather a lot of use its still looking like new!
So if you don't mind Splashing out a bit (haha!) I would 100% go for this baby Wetsuit.
I wanted to make sure that my baby would have a good reliable suit that would help keep her warm when she started going into a swimming pool, along with a secure nappy system, buoyancy and warmth were the other two priorities, JoJo Maman Bebe Baby Wetsuits had been recommended by a couple of friends who had used them, I bought mine direct from the website and paid £18 for it, there are three baby sizes going up in six month blocks and then there are child sizes as well.
The suit is made from 1.5mm thick neoprene and is a bright fuchsia colour with a whale on the front. The suit allows water into it just like a normal wetsuit and then the body can heat the water that gets trapped and thus it helps to keep your babies body temperature from falling too much while in the water.
What I have found so great about this wetsuit is how easy it is to get onto my baby, it has tthree velcro fastenings, one around the crotch area, one on the side and the other across the right shoulder, these also allow you to adjust the fit of the suit so that it is secure and it is also easy to get off quickly. To get it on you simply open the suit out and lay your baby in it, there is only one arm to thread through and then the suit fits together using the velcro fastenings. This ease of getting it on means it can be done in less than a minute which is great.
The suit does provide a little bit of bouancy but not much however it does help keep my daughters body warm, one thing you do need to be aware of is that it does not provide any UV protection if it is used outside unlike other suits.
It is easy to clean with soap and water and it is best to keep it stored on a hanger rather than folded. It is a robust strong design and so far it has held its shape really well and I do not see any problems over the next three months of use that it should give.
A great suit and highly recommended by me.
I purchased one of these baby wetsuits off of eBay. It was brand new and I thought it would be good for my daughter when she was using the paddling pool when it was warm but with that slightly cold breeze that blows over. It was before I visited the JoJo Maman Bebe website still believing it was an overly exepnsive place. I paid £8.99 plus postage for this little wetsuit.
The wetsuit I purchased was baby pink and for a baby aged 6-12m. It had a lovely little whale design on it too which was very cute. When it first arrived, I have to say I didn't think it looked like much. I was expecting a skin tight sort of thing which would be a struggle to get my daughter into but this wasn't. It was made of a neoprane material which fitted snugly on to my daughter but left her plenty of room to move around and be comfortable. The neoprane is used so that it keeps your baby's body temperature and doesn't allow them to get cold whilst in the water. It is a type of insultation material and I found it let my daughter stay in her little paddling pool much longer.
The one thing which surprised me was how easy this was to get on my daughter. It was just simply a case of undoing the velcro shoulder and the velco bit from underneath and it opened up like a book. I laid my daughter down on it (even though she was wriggling) and put on her water proof nappy and then done the velcro back up and she was all set! It was that simple. No pulling her about, no struggling, just nice and easy.
I believe the velcro is waterproof as it never came undone whilst she was using it in the water and it never lost is velcroness (if that is a word!). My daughter did grow out of it very quickly and only got a few uses out of it. Having had a look on the JoJo Maman Bebe website, this wetsuit retails at £18 and it comes in blue as well as pink so price wise I do recommend having a look around. I do recommend it as my daughter never seemed to be cold when she wore it nor did I ever see her shivering so I do believe it worked - she was always as warm as toast when she got out of paddling pool.
We bought this baby wetsuit for our son when he was about 3 months old as we wanted to be able to take him swimming and we worried about the effects of being in a cold swimming pool may have on him due to babies being unable to regulate their temperature properly. After looking on various websites and in shops we selected this one because it seemed to be the best value price wise being several pounds cheaper than versions available in Mothercare
What is it?
This is a baby wetsuit made of neoprene, which is the classic wetsuit material the neoprene is 1.5 mm thick. They are designed to keep body heat in and offer great insulation, which means babies can stay in the water for longer. The wet suit is designed so it opens up almost completely for easy dressing you then wrap the wetsuit around your baby's body and depending upon the size of your child adjust the Velcro fastenings under the bottom and over one shoulder and at the side.
The wetsuit is available in the following sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months. There are two colours available blue and a pretty pink. These are both edges in a slightly darker colour. This is a wetsuit for children not a sun suit/swimming costume. As such this wetsuit doesn't according the product information on the wetsuit and on the company website offer any UV sun protection for your child. This wasn't an issue for us as we were mainly planning on using this in an indoor swimming pool.
We have been very impressed with these wet suits. Reason I say these is following having such great success with the 0-6 month old wetsuit we bought the 6-12 month wet suit then the Childs wetsuit for 1-2 year olds from the same store.
There are several reasons that I am such a huge fan of these wetsuits.
Initially when he was 3 months old and we first used the wet suit I was surprised how easy it was to use. I would lay the wetsuit on the mat and the lay my son on the wet suit. I would then put one arm through the one arm hole in the wet suit. I then would wrap this around him adjusting the Velcro to fit him under his bottom, top of the other arm and the side. It was so simple to use and seemed to be very comfortable on him. There never seemed to be a mark left on him from any part of the wetsuit being too tight.
Initially the Velcro noise as it was pulled apart shocked him as it seemed a strange and echoy noise for him in the changing room but he soon adapted to that and after the first few occasions wouldn't give a cry out.
The ease of use is great especially as my son got more and more wriggly as he got older. The getting him dressed was always a trial as he never wanted to stay still once he could move and would want to roll crawl off. Because this wet suit is so simple to use it came into its own at this point as putting him into it would take a matter of about 30 seconds or so put on. Often in fact pulling the swimming nappy up and down took longer than the wetsuit. All this made for a happier mummy and baby in the changing room.
The wetsuit kept him lovely and cosy warm in the swimming pool especially as initially the amount of effort he was able to exert in the pool was minimal and he would be either sat in his baby seat or being held and passed backwards and forwards between who ever we were swimming with. The difference this made to how long he was able to cope with being in the swimming pool was highlighted every time I went with a friend who own little boy was only 3 days younger than my son. My friend's child would be getting cold and wanting to get out of the pool after about 15 minutes whereas my son would be happy slashing around and taking it all in for at least 30-40 minutes in the pool. My friends child was just in a standard baby swim suit not one made from neoprene. Leaving the pool early was ok when we went with my friend swimming but on the days of the week we go as a family its not just about swimming with my son but also me giving hubby some time to play with my son whilst I have some rest and get the chance to either swim some lengths or go and sit in the sauna. So the extra time the wet suit would buy us in the pool meant I got some free mummy time to do something for myself. When we took the wetsuit off my son to get him dried and dressed you can always feel that the main part of his body is still lovely and toasty warm and there never has been any problems with his teeth chattering due to being cold.
From the cleaning point of view all we have done is washed it in warm water and soap and have found this to be very effective. Drying it after swimming is also simple we either hang it on the washing line the Velcro strap holds it on the line, or we have laid it over the airier and it has dried this way. Again very simple
We used this wet suit at least once a week and during this time with both wet suits we have never had any problems with the material fraying coming apart or the colour fading due to the chlorine in the swimming pool. The Velcro has also remained as sticky and effective as the first day we used it.
During the summer months we also used it during the few brief sunny days for my son to play in the paddling pool in the shady part of the garden. This allowed him to stay at a comfortable temperature.
As mentioned we have since bought the 1-2 year old child swimming wet suit. This is like a normal cropped wet suit with arms and legs. He steps into this and then puts his arms through the arm holes and we zip him up into it. There is a zip guard at the top of the wetsuit and there is a zip guard all the way up so you can't catch the zip on your Childs stomach. Now probably because he is so used to wearing a wet suit now he happily lets us put this on him before swimming and even though he is now a lot more active in the pool I will continue to keep using one till he is at least 3 years old as I think it allows him stay warm and enjoy the water more.
A very simple to use effective baby wet suit that will allow your child to stay in the swimming pool longer and be able to enjoy it.
Available from either the JoJo Mama Bebe shops or their website www.jojomamabebe.co.uk for £16 for sizes 0-6 months 6-12 months and 12-18 months. The child ones are £18 and range from size 1-2 years all the way up to4-5 years old
I bought one of these from JoJo Maman Bebe online for taking my son on holiday but also used it whenever I took him to the local leisure centre as the water tends to be quite chilly there. We have it in the blue colour.
It is so easy to get baby in to, there is a velcro flab between the legs and velcro shoulder straps. I had no problems getting him into it by myself. I used to just open it out, lie it on the changing table and then lie him on top. I would strip his clothes off, put his double nappy system on (Huggies Little Swimmers with a Splashabout Happy Nappy on top) and then fasten this around him.
It is made of wetsuit neoprene material which fitted snugly but also seemed comfortable. I ordered it online and while I can't remember how much it cost I recall it was delivered quickly and was well packaged. It is a lovely vibrant blue colour and the velcro fastenings are extremely secure. It has never come undone in the pool yet it is so easy to get on and off. My son cries whenever he gets dressed or undressed yet he did not mind being put in this at all, I guess because I didn't have to pull him around at all. I have seen the similar designs in Mothercare too.
I decided to take Rhys swimming when he was roughly 8 weeks old, I purchased a little swimsuit for him and my friend lent me what can only be described as a baby wetsuit from Jo Jo Maman Bebe. This is used to keep the baby warm when in the water.
It is made from Neoprene, which I believe is the same kind of material that adult surf suits are made from. It has Velcro fastening at the front and on the shoulders, you can undo the whole of the suit so it lays out flat, simply lay your baby on and wrap it around them and stick the Velcro together. The suit then fits them snugly but it only covers their torso, so that their legs and feet are free to move around. As the straps are fastened by Velcro, they are adjustable, therefore you can loosen the straps as your child gets bigger
A good thing about the suit is that it protects against UV so that when your'e on holiday it protects them from the suns rays, of course you still need to put suntan lotion on anywhere that is exposed to the sun.
I found that as the suit is so thick it keeps the baby warmer than they would be if they were just in the water in their swimsuit alone, this means that for small babies you can stay in the water for longer than I could if Rhys wasn't wearing one of these suits. I also found that the material of the suit helped me to keep a better grip on Rhys, as we all know how slippy babies can get when they are wet, so this was a great help.
Rhys is quite a big baby and has now grown out of the 0-6 month sized wetsuit that we were lent, so I have recently purchased one to take on our holidays in 6 weeks. I bought it brand new from Ebay for the bargain price of £12!!
Ideal for babies who love the water.