Product Type: Splash About baby clothes
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And that's a (baby)wrap!
Splash About Babywrap
Member Name: rlc2281
Splash About Babywrap
Advantages: Keeps baby warm. Makes it very easy to keep hold of them in the water. Easy to put on
Disadvantages: I found it to be a little on the small side. Unnecessary if swimming in a very warm pool
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.
Summary: A good way to keep your baby warm while swimming
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