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Brand: Mothercare / Type: Swimwear / Gender: Boys

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      10.07.2012 14:33
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      Recommended.

      I bought one of the Mothercare Swim Nappies for my son when he was about 9 months old because we were going swimming twice a week and I didn't really like the disposable ones. The Mothercare Swim Nappy is reusable and so they are better financially, not to mention environmentally. There are several versions to choose from, but my son has the Mothercare Submarine Swim Nappy - which has quite a "boy" design on it, with little red and green submarines on it, and little fishes swimming around. There are also a range of sizes available, from small to extra large. The Mothercare Submarine Swim Nappy cost me £5.99, which I feel was an okay price - and like I said previously, with regular swimming days, it is going to pay for itself in no time.

      The nappy looks like one of those old-fashioned waterproof pants that went over towelling nappies back in the days before most of us opted for disposable nappies. The outside of the nappy is made from nylon and elastane and so it is plasticky and waterproof. On the inside of the nappy it is fairly thin white towelling - and because it's thin, it doesn't make the nappy feel particularly bulky and so it seems comfortable. Because the outside of the nappy is waterproof, there is peace of mind that the contents will not leak out despite the thin towelling. The legs and the body holes are elasticated and this is adjustable and so you can tighten or loosen the elastic to have it appropriately secure.

      My son will wear this nappy without any protesting - and so it must feel okay next to his skin. We have had any unfortunate accidents in the swimming pool and so I have confidence that this nappy does contain any contents effectively. Also, because it is not too thick with towelling, the nappy tends not to get waterlogged and so it's not halfway around his ankles within 10 minutes of wearing it!

      Washing the nappy is simple - and it can just go on a medium wash and it comes up very nicely. We have needed to go up in size, but other than that, I haven't felt the need to replace the nappy because of wear and tear.

      I would recommend the Mothercare Submarine Swim Nappy and think it is a good buy that you will not regret.

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        11.11.2010 20:51
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        Comfortable to wear and look cute

        I bought my son a swim nappy when he was 8 months old for our holiday.

        I got the nappy on offer and paid about £5 for it. It is very good value for money as it is reuseable again and again. These nappies come in lots of different colours and designs for both girls and boys and we had a blue one with fish on which looks really cute. My son could move very easily in them and there is no bulk to them so he was able to kick his legs freely in it. It is also good because unlike the disposable swim nappies it doesn't retain water so doesn't make the nappy heavy and uncomfortable.

        The nappy is waterproof and has soft terry material on the inside which looks and feels very comfortable. The outside is a waterproof plastic. They are simple to put on as they are just like a pair of pants but they are quite tight around the legs. They are elasticated and they need to be tight to keep any accidents in.

        The only problem with these nappies is that they let urine out and do not even attempt to contain it. My son never had a number 2 whilst wearing these so I cannot comment on how well they held it in but I would think it would have to be pretty solid otherwise it would probably leak out of the sides of it.

        It is a nice cute nappy to wear in the pool but don't think it would be very good for a young baby in case they did a runny poo. I think these are probably better for older babies and toddlers. I think the disposable swim nappies would probably be better for younger babies.

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        12.09.2010 00:04
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        disapointing that there is no pull string

        Jessie has really enjoyed going in the water right from when she was first born, a lot of babies don't like water to start with but she loved it so we started taking her swimming from a very early age.

        When I was pregnant with jess I received a few disposable swim nappies as free samples in my bounty packs so used these the first few times we went swimming but I didn't like the fact that they sagged a lot in the water as soon as she got in, not as much as a standard nappy would but more than I wanted them too so I decided to go and buy a non disposable pair of swim pants.

        Mothercare do a lovely range of these swim pants not only the one pictured above, they are available with fishes on in pink or blue, bright multi coloured spots on in pink or blue, the above design which is whales for a boy or pink flowers for a girl, I went with the pink flowered ones for Jessie as these were the cutest in my opinion, they come in different sizes but I got the small which were a lot too big for Jessie back then but fitted her by the time she was 3 months old and have just become tight on her at 11 months old so I got a lot of use out of them for just short of £9

        They have elasticated legs to avoid leaks and an elasticated waiste band, they are really well padded but don't absorb too much water that they become heavy or sag like the disposables did and they give Jessie a lot more freedom to move around.

        I used these with my other two daughters 6 years ago and then they had a pull string in the waist to make them tighter when they were really small but these don't have this any more which I think is a real shame.

        As these are not throw away you do have to take them home to wash them but mine fits easily into a nappy bag so there is no mess and they wash really well as I have found with all of mothercares clothing.

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        10.09.2010 19:20
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        My review

        I bought this in mothercare when I bought my daughters first swim suit. I thought the disposable swimming nappies were a bit pricey so I was looking for a cheap alternative and discovered this.


        It is designed to be worn in replace of nappies while the baby is swimming. Its like underwear with a padded bottom that acts like a sponge soaking up any liquids that may appear while underwater!


        They come in a range of colours, designs and sizes. I choose the ones for my daughter in pink with light pink frills and they looked really cute. They could be worn on their own too as they are not unattractive unlike those disposable swim nappies. The sizes range from 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months.


        They have an elastic band which is really easy to pull up on babies and its tight enough to stop any accidents from leaking out too!


        When they are saturated by your baby they dont become heavy and weigh down like the disposable ones. Them seem to gather the liquid better. A soiled disposable can be like an anchor in my opinion.


        They only cost 4 euro in Mothercare. I would highly recommend these to all parents who want to give their kids a dip in the water because the expense of nuisance of disposable swim nappies.


        When they are saturated by your baby they dont become heavy and weigh down like the disposable ones. Them seem to gather the liquid better. A soiled disposable can be like an anchor in my opinion. They can then be just thrown in the wash with the rest of your swimming gear and dry really quick too.


        They only cost 4 euro in Mothercare. I would highly recommend these to all parents who want to give their kids a dip in the water because the expense of nuisance of disposable swim nappies.

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        14.07.2010 12:22
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        A good buy.

        My children both used these swim nappies when they were younger and I always found them to be a good buy.

        The swim nappies are designed to replace the babies usual nappy when going swimming. There is no need to put on a waterproof nappy as this is what the swim pants are for. It has a built in nappy which doesn't allow the water to get in therefore preventing the nappy from getting heavy and bulky. The swim pants have a soft terry lining on the inside which is great as it prevents rubbing and chafing which I found when using normal waterproof nappies.

        It is leak proof as it is has elasticated legs and waist. These stop anything coming in and anything going out! I did find that my kids legs were slightly red where the elasticated leg holes were but it didn't seem to be uncomfortable and I think it was just where they fit so snugly. There was nothing on the waist.

        The swim pants are fully washable and come in sizes 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24 months.

        There were a few different designs, the boys ones all had sharks, boats, octopuses as themes and the girls ones were very cute, little frills on the legs and proper girly things.

        I never had any problems with these swim pants, they looked much better in the pool than a normal swim nappy and did the job just as well.

        Fortunately my children never had any number twos when wearing the swim pants. I'm not sure how well that would have cleaned up and i'm afraid to say that I would probably have just chucked the pants away and bought a new pair instead of having to face the mess! They are cheap enough to do that!

        These are a great product, they are easy to put on and take off, are comforatable when wearing and are a good price. I found these a godsend when going on holiday, it was such a relief to only pack the swim pants instead of a whole pack of waterproof disposables.

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        08.07.2010 22:38
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        Copes with those nautical mishaps!

        As my youngest son is not quite fully toilet trained as yet, I packed his trusty old reusable swim nappy from Mothercare for our recent family break at Butlins. This particular swim nappy was a hand-me-down from his older brother but is still going strong after several years of occasional use, so it has certainly provided value for money.

        Mothercare sell a limited range of their own brand basic reusable swim nappies instore, generally speaking in fairly traditional 'boy' or 'girl' colours. Our swim nappy is a fairly neutral aquamarine shade, featuring suitable nautical themed images of boats and fish. The nappies come in a range of sizes, costing between £5 - £8 each, so are certainly a much more economical option in the long-term than using disposable swim nappies, as well as obviously being more environmentally friendly.

        The outside of this swim nappy is a waterproof crinkly plastic fabric (made from a mix of nylon and elastane.) Inside, it features quite a thick terry towelling lining which seems to be perfectly comfortable for my little one and hasn't caused any itching or irritation. For reassurance and a secure fit, there is a drawstring although this doesn't actually pull the material particularly tight so I wouldn't recommend buying a larger size with the intention of making the nappy a tighter fit using the string. As it is, a smaller size does cover a much wider age and size range than the Mothercare sizing guide might suggest. Both the waistband and leg gussets are elasticated and stretch considerably, which are obviously important to provide flexibility in the water. In fact, this particular nappy has comfortably fit my son for well over a year without causing any rubbing or redness, even around the legs.

        My son is able to swim with comfort and ease wearing his swim nappy. I've always been confident that this nappy is able to contain any accidents in the water, thanks to its towelling lining and elasticated sides. Fortunately, over the years this has never been put to the test. Until, that is, our recent holiday when a combination of a lack of bowel movements for a few days and a vigourous splashing session in a warm pool resulted in a hasty evacuation from the poolside! Fortunately, my confidence in the performance of this swim nappy proved to be well-founded and we were able to leave the swimming baths without leaving any unwanted gifts for any other swimmers!

        Many swimming baths do insist on a 'belt and braces' approach to taking babies and toddlers swimming and require them to wear both a disposable swim nappy (such as Huggies Little Swimmers) with a reusable swim nappy over the top, as a precautionary measure. With hindsight, that might have made things easier on this particular occasion, as it was not too pleasant trying to pull down a wet poo-filled swim nappy without making any mess and then having to take it back to the apartment to clean out! A disposable swim nappy can, as you'd imagine, just be disposed of which would have been a bonus on that occasion. Never mind - at least the nappy has been put through its paces and lived up to the challenge!

        As far as washing the reusable swim nappy goes, ours has been washed at 40 degrees on numerous occasions without any sign of the outside layer fading and the lining is as soft as ever.

        I would be confident about recommending this particular type of swim nappy to parents as I can confirm its performance under pressure! A reusable swim nappy is much more economical and better for the environment than relying on disposable swim nappies and far outweighs the minor inconvenience of taking home the occasional soiled swim nappy.

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