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I love swimming, and when my boy came along I was determined that I was going to take him on a regular basis. So much so that I booked him into baby swimming lessons with Waterbabies from when he was 16 weeks old.
- Why did I get the Splash About Baby Wrap?
Well, I actually didn't get a choice in the matter, my mum came round one day very excited as she'd bought her grandson his first wetsuit.
I wasn't overly keen on her choice of colour, she had opted for lime green with blue trimming, but other than that it looked pretty good to me.
She'd bought the small size, which said it would fit a baby from 0-6 months. They also sell it in a medium (6-18 months) and large (18 - 30 months).
The retail price is around £20.
- How does it work?
The suit is made from neoprene and the baby wears it around their body and over their shoulders, leaving their legs free.
The baby wrap is secured around the baby using velcro and it's easy to put on. You lay it out flat, lie your child on it and then literally wrap it round them. The shoulder straps then go over their shoulders from front to back, also securing with velcro.
It's suitable for such a wide age range as the velcro covers a large part of the shoulder straps, making it easily height adjustable for your baby.
Like all wetsuits the neoprene keeps the wearer warm, making it a very useful garment for babies as they get cold very quickly.
When you have been swimming, you just rinse out the baby wrap with cold water and leave to dry. I always found that this was adequate and the baby wrap dried quickly without it smelling of chlorine.
- What I love about the Baby Wrap
The main benefit to me was making it easier to hold my son in the swimming pool. Until I had a baby I had no idea how slippery they are when wet, so it was good that the baby wrap gave me a firm grip on him.
It kept my baby nice and warm and was easy to put on and take off again.
- What I would change about the Baby Wrap
Nothing other than the sizing. My son has always been a fairly average size and I found that this only fit him until he was about 5 months old.
- Would I recommend it to others?
Yes. Especially if you're going to be swimming in a cool pool.
As it turned out, we didn't get all that much use out of it as the Waterbabies lessons in our area are in a hydrotherapy pool, and so it's very warm. We only used it for the first lesson, and I think the poor thing actually got a bit too warm!
We did however use it a few times in cooler pools when we took him swimming outside of lessons, although this was only a handful of times, so had I bought the garment I probably wouldn't feel like I had value for money from it.
If you are going to be doing baby swimming lessons then it's worth trying to find out if they provide these suits for times when the pool is cooler. Our teacher provides them for the lesson if necessary, making it unnecessary to buy one unless we were planning on swimming outside of the lessons on a regular basis.
I started taking my son swimming when he was 5 months old, and the Splash About Babywrap is an absolute essential for us. We go every week to a swimming class in our local pool. Sometimes the water is nice and warm, but more often than not it isn't. The Babywrap is essentially a mini wetsuit, which keeps my little one warm and happily splashing.
The wrap is made from 3mm double lined neoprene. This provides a sun protection factor of 50+ if you are lucky enough to be swimming outside in the sun. The babywrap opens out flat, so it's fairly easy to fit on and take off a wriggly baby. It secures with velcro, so you can adjust the fitting, particularly over the shoulders, as your baby grows.
The Babywrap is available in 3 sizes: Small (0 - 6 months), Medium (6 - 18 months) and Large (18 to 30 months). Prices range between £20 and £25 depending on the size and design. You can buy them directly from Splash About (www.splashabout.com) or find them slightly cheaper elsewhere on line. My son has just grown out of the medium size and I spent £22 on the large. This seems like a lot of money for a mini wetsuit, but I wouldn't take him swimming without it. We will also get a years worth of wear out of it, which makes it reasonably good value.
You can handwash the Babywrap in clean, cold water. I usually leave it to soak after we have been swimming and then spin it in the washing machine. Splash About advise that you should hang it to dry in the shade.
I think this product is fantastic, but there are a few things about it which niggle with me (pay attention if you are reading this Splash About!). It is very easy to catch the velcro fastenings on the wrap (or on my swimming costume) and it pulls the fabric. The Babywrap has a Splash About logo on the chest. My son has only worn his new wrap twice, and the logo is already starting to come off. This also happened to his other wrap. I think this is particularly poor on what is otherwise a well made product.
Despite my niggles, I am giving the Babywrap 5 stars because it is excellent at keeping my son warm whilst we are swimming. I have no doubt that this product has made swimming a much happier experience. It's just a shame they don't make one in my size!
My grandson has this item, my daughter took him to waterbabies, which is a kind of swimming lessons for babies and toddlers and she used this bodysuit to keep him warm as at the time he was only about 4 months old, he is now just over a year old.
It was bought from Mothercare at the time and with it being the winter time when she booked the swimming lessons and was looking for something warm for him she came across it at a bargain price of £10 but the original price was £19.99.
It was on offer with the weather being cold and not many people buying.
It is made of soft and supple neoprene and it has a tough layer of nylon inside, it is very durable and it is not hard on the babies skin.
I went to watch him a couple of times in the swimming lesson and he was fine in this suit, it is like a wetsuit for a baby, it is very easy to put on and it lays flat and you can place the baby onto it and just fold the sides inwards and they are on like a velcro fastening, and they are very light, the baby is not having to push their legs into it and make them uncomfortable and also they do not get frightened while putting it on them when they are in a pool area for the first time as it can be daunting enough without the hassle of putting on a swim suit.
It is worn with a swim nappy underneath, and it can easily be removed when they get out of the pool, and it is not soaking wet when taken off, it can easily be rinsed and it is drip dry in no time, once you get home.
My grandson goes regular to swimming and he wears this suit as it keeps him warm too and keeps off the chills because for a baby it can be very cold in a pool as they do not splash around as much as we do to keep them warm.
It comes in a range of different sizes and I think it is ranged to aged 2 years old, but I am not sure as he is not that old yet and he is still in his up to year old, because he is only small and my daughter likes to get the most out of clothing etc and it is quite stretchy and still fits him.
They come in a range of colours to suit.
A trip to the swimming pool with your baby would be a lot easier with this item if your baby is frightened and it is well worth the money to entice a child into the pool for fun and family days.
They are exellent for the beach too as they protect most of the body from the sun and they also are warm near the sea if a child is paddling as it can be so very cold near the water edge, especially for a young child.
Wished they had these when my children were small, they probably did but I never saw them.
After looking into the Aquababies swimming classes for my son I was advised to purchase the Splash About Happy Nappy and whilst looking for these online I spotted this. It was the greatest purchase I have made for him! I have reviewed the HappyNappy separately and no longer use that preferring to use the babywrap on it's own over a standard swim nappy.
The wrap is made of 3mm neoprene, like wetsuit fabric, and can be chosen in a varying selection of colours and patterns. I chose the plain blue/green one for my son. It is really easy to put on your baby as it fastens with velcro over the shoulders, at the front and between the legs. It really is a case of lying them flat and wrapping them into it. I was a bit dubious at first as it seemed to be very stiff, although after being in the pool for a few minutes this did not bother me at all. I found the suit gave my son extra support holding his body straight in the pool as it did slightly restrict his mad wriggling! However, it was also a lot easier for me to keep hold of him. This was of extra benefit when he developed eczema and i had to smother him in cream everyday as it stopped him slipping while in the pool.
The first time I took him swimming I couldn't work out how to get us both dried and dressed but quickly realised that this kept him lovely and warm even out of the pool. So... I have more than enough time to get dried and dressed myself then concentrate on him. One week I forgot to take it with me and it was then that I really noticed the benefits of this little suit. While not as much as a float suit or armbands, this really does give a little extra floatation for your baby. My little boy happily floats on his back with armbands on when wearing his. The week that i forgot it he kept sinking!
This is a great suit that assists me holding my son in the water, keeps him warm and also adds a little bit of bouyancy giving us both extra confidence while swimming
I found the Splash About service excellent. As my son is 7 months and wearing 12 months clothes, I feel that i'm not really able to comment fairly on the sizing. However, splashabout were fantastic when I needed to return this for a larger size!
The only negative I have found is that I sometimes click my own swimsuit on the velcro if I don't do this up properly, but I would rather have a few clicks on my own bather in the knowledge that my son is cosy and enjoying his swimming.
Keep baby warm in the water and prevent the shock factor of water to changing room chills. Neoprene material.