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My 5 month old son has recently started swimming lessons and he is required to wear both a disposable swim nappy plus a Splash About Happy Nappy on top. Even before my son was born I was always quite dubious about disposable swim nappies as they always seemed quite flimsy and loose and didn't provide me with much confidence over containing any accidents. The Splash About Happy Nappy takes these fears away due to its robust material which appears to repel water rather than just soak it all up like a normal disposable swim nappy. The nappy also fits snugly around baby's tummy and legs to ensure that any accidents are contained within the nappy. As the nappy doesn't soak in water it reduces the weight on your baby and allows them to swim around more freely. I originally ordered the suggested size for my son's weight which was a medium but he is quite a big boy and so we ended up needing the bigger size. I'm not sure whether they are made quite small but because they are a snug fit it may be best to order a size up. The nappy says hand wash only so I have not washed it in the machine, but as he wears a disposable swim nappy underneath it only needs a quick wash.
My daughter has started going to swimming lessons at the tender age of 3 months and one thing the centre insist on is that your child wears a swim nappy and they advise you that the Splash About Happy Nappy is required. Fortunately I had been looking at different types of swim nappy and I was aware of the Happy Nappy. Because I signed her up to her lessons I advance I was able to purchase a Happy Nappy rather than borrow one at the centre.
The Happy Nappy is made by a company called Splash About who manufacture all types of swimwear for little ones ranging from the Happy Nappy, a warm water wrap to towels. The company have been inventing and developing products for 20 years. They consult parents and swim teachers to ensure they get their products just right by basically listening to what the consumers need. They want their products to be safe, functional, strong but best of all they want children to be comfortable in them.
The Happy Nappy is basically a swim nappy which helps keep in those accidents although they can be worn over a disposable swim nappy such as Little Swimmers by Huggies or worn on its own. However, my swim school insists that it is worn with a disposable nappy underneath as an extra precaution. The Happy Nappy is made from 1mm stretchy neoprene which has silky soft bands of fabric with a high rubber content which go around the waist and legs and it is these which help keep those little accidents inside. Splash About do make liners which you are advised to used for ease of cleaning.
My daughter is only just 8lbs at 3 months and is incredibly petite so I had to opt for the extra small size which isn't available everywhere so if you do have a petite child or newborn then you just have to bear this in mind. The Happy Nappy is meant to be relatively tight/close around the child especially around their legs and waist. On my daughter the soft waistbands around the legs and waist fit her quite snugly but they are not particularly tight which was a concern when she first wore it but the instructor advised that it would be fine. I found it incredibly easy to put on her as the neoprene is incredibly supple and flexible, ideal for a wriggling baby! Once it was on her it was a bit baggy around her little derriere but there was enough room for her to move around in it without feeling restricted.
Once in the water the neoprene is still supple and lightweight and it doesn't retain any water so it hopefully doesn't feel heavy on her or cause her any difficulties in moving around. She was more than happy wearing it in the water and she was able to move freely especially her legs. The Happy Nappy didn't restrict her movement in anyway which was great as I did think because it was still slightly big on her and the soft fabric bands around her legs which just below her knees I did worry that she would be able to bend her knees as much as normal but this wasn't an issue as once in the water the soft fabric almost moulded itself to her leg.
Once it was time to change her it couldn't of been easier to come off as you simply peel it off the child! It comes off quickly and it isn't awkward trying to get their legs out as because it is wet it just slides off the skin. Because the neoprene doesn't retain water the Happy Nappy doesn't get heavy so is just as light to pull off as it is to put on. The Happy Nappy can be used almost straight way if you wring it out well but it can also be put in the washing machine on a cool wash and left to dry naturally. It doesn't take long for it to dry either just ensure you lie it flat so it can keep its shape.
The Happy Nappy is suitable for both girls and boys and comes in a wide range of bright colours and prints. They have contrasting bands of fabric too. I opted for the pink and hot mango but there are colours such as lime and royal blue, pastel pink and gingham bib, fantasy fish and navy and red and white stripe are available and that was only a few of the current options!
The Happy Nappy comes in the following sizes:-
XS waist 32cm, legs 16cms
S waist 34cm, legs 18cms
M waist 36cms, legs 21cms
L waist 38cms, legs 24cms
XL waist 40 cms, legs 25 cms
XXL waist 42 cms, legs 28 cms
The Happy Nappy can be purchased at various online stores such as the Splash About website (www.splashabout.net) but it can be easily googled. It can be purchased at around £8.99 -£9.99 which I think is a great price so something which manages to keep the pool clean and the child comfortable.
I have been teaching Hannah and Jess my terrible twosome to swim since the summer holidays stated, we have the swim aids and everything was fine. We have been using little swimmers disposable nappies but Jess ripped the side before we even got into the pool last week and i found myself forking out a whooping £15.00 for a little splash swim nappy from the pool.
I decided as these splash about swim nappies can be used over and over again i should buy Hannah one as well but i got hers online and could not believe the price differents.
A splash about swim nappy only costs £7.99 from a shop called kiddicare.com. They come in different sizes and designs.
I choose Hannah the pink one in a size xxl that is around 24-36 months.
Her splash about nappy is bright pink with orange trim and on the orange trip is loads of little crabs.
The splash around swim nappies are made from neoprene material and feel nice soft and stretchy. They are slightly padded with tightish bands around the waist and legs it is like that so nothing can escape from the nappy (not happened for me yet).
It is very light and easy to get on when dry, however trying to get it off after being in the pool is a bit tricky clings to the skin.
They go through the wash and can be tumble dried ready for the next use.
I think they are a great idea wish i had known about them from the start.
Hannah and Jess like wearing them as they feel like pants not nappies.
I highly recommend the splash nappy.
I purchased one of these Splash About swim nappies for my daughter when she was a baby. We used to live in Bournemouth and we were 5 minutes away from the beach and my daughter used to love running about on the beach and splashing in the sea with her Daddy but her nappy was always an issue as it would ultimate get wet and things wouldn't stay where they should.
My daughter did used to wear the Huggies swim pants but I didn't overly like them much especially when you could see it poking out of the sides of her swim suit. My main reason was I wanted some sort of extra assurance for her so she didn't have any embarrassments when she was playing in the sea with Daddy. I know she was only 14 months old at the time and probably didn't have any concept of embarrassment but I still didn't think it nice for her to find something she had done floating in the sea if she when she did something.
I came across the Splash About Happy nappies after being recommended them by a friend of mine who used them when she was taking her son swimming. I found them on the Kiddiecare website and thought it was reasonable in price at only £8.49.
The Splash About Happy Nappy comes in a variety of colours but my daughter ended up with the pink one. You can also get them in all sizes from newborn to toddler. The whole idea of the Splash About Happy Nappy is so that all the contents of your babies nappy stay firmly inside and do not make unexpected appearances when swimming.
I was very pleased with the quality of the nappy when it arrived. The nappy was made of 1mm limber and stretchy neoprene and finished with soft, close fitting fabric bands with rubber to keep all the bodily functions contained.
It is recommended that you still use a normal swim nappy as a sort of liner when using the Happy nappy to make it easier to clean after use. When my daughter was wearing it I was very happy to see that the nappy moved with her rather than against her. It was very easy to get on her and she seemed to like the silky swimsuit feel the nappy had.
I did find on a couple of occassions the nappy I used as a liner before anything could touch the Happy Nappy did let things slip out but the Happy Nappy kept it all contained. It is very easy to clean too. I tended to give it a good scrub first and then put it in the washing machine.
Splash About Happy nappies are also recommended by Baby Swim schools as you cannot take a baby swimming without them wearing one of these now.
I highly recommend the Splash About nappies as they do really work and make swimming and sea playtime with your child much more relaxing.
The Splash About Swim Nappy is something I've found to be very useful of late - my own kids are old enough to not have 'accidents' when swimming at the swimming baths, but I've found these to be a great product when I'm looking after my nephew and all go swimming together.
Basically, the Splash About Swim Nappy functions like an extra safe, extra secure, watertight neoprene nappy, with elasticated rubber around the legs and waist areas. The rubber ensures that if the baby goes to the toilet, whatever he produces is kept inside the nappy and doesn't leak out into the pool. My nephew usually wears his with a normal nappy underneath, just because it makes cleaning a bit easier, and the under layer still stays dry anyway.
Although I've found them to be a bit of a struggle to get on my nephew at times, once they are on, they are great. They do a very good job of keeping everything inside and come in a cute aquatic design which he likes.
The nappy is available in two sizes, which go by age and weight, although weight is the easiest thing to judge by - my nephew wears the ones designed for kids weighing 10-15kg which I believe is a large. My sister paid just over £9 for hers on the Splash About website. Although this does seem a lot for a swim nappy, I think in the long run it works out at being quite good value. We've certainly never had any leaks whilst he's been using one of these! There's also the added bonus of keeping his bottom warmer in the water (would be good when not in an indoor heated pool) as the Neoprene is a good insulator too. If my two were younger, I'd definitely buy one of these for them each, as they do save on embarrassing accidents.
I have been keen to get my little one used to swimming pools and splashing about in water from an early age and the Splash About Happy Nappy was recommended by a friend after she had enrolled her baby in for swim lessons and was told that they were compulsory because they are so effective.
I use it with a conventional swim nappy as well as a liner, it is a bit of overkill I guess but I cannot stand the thought of leakages and if the swim nappy does fail then the liner makes it a lot easier to clean the happy nappy. It is basically a neoprene nappy that allows it to stretch and move a little as your baby swims however the fabric bands which contain a lot of rubber make sure that anything not very pleasant does not leak out into the water.
There are a wide range of colours to choose from as well as a wide range of sizes based upon age and weight, I opted for the hot pink and mango colour which is rather funky and also suitable for a baby girl and the turquoise one as well for if we were away for a couple of days by the beach however the weather has prevented that happening.
I have found this to be an excellent product, it is very easy to get on and take off and there have absolutely been no leakages and basically little madam seems to take great delight in filling her nappy whenever we are in the water, a couple of times the inner swim nappy has failed me but the Happy Nappy has held firm and as such we have had no issues and with the liner it is a lot easier to keep clean afterwards.
They cost £8.95 each online and they are a product I would certainly recommend.
My son has always been a big fan of the water, whether it was giving him a bath from an early age or taking him down to the local swimming pool in the baby pool. We also recently got back from a trip to Malta where the pool was huge at the villa and he loved that. I'm sure like we were, we were always a little worried though about him having an accident while in the pool as you can never guarantee they won't. He is not potty trained yet either so there is always a chance he might.
From the moment he started going when he was only a few months old we bought him a splash about swim nappy to wear and we haven't looked back. The only thing I will say is that they are a bit expensive at nearly £10. What they are good at is stopping accidents or rather preventing accidents from getting in the swimming pool.
The swim nappy itself is elasticated so not matter what size your babies waist and legs it will fit snugly as you require around them. It is made from something called Neoprene which aids warmth while they are in the pool as we have discovered the pool is not always incredibly warm. The great thing I found too and perhaps one of the most important factors is the ease of use and how easy it is fit and take off. This is due to the fact that there are no fasteners on the nappy. Basically you just pull the nappy up and make sure that it fits tightly, but not too tightly around the waist and will not let water in and anything else out.
They might be a little bit more expensive than others but could be worth if for that ease of use and peace of mind while in the swimming pool to know that your child is protected as is the welfare of others.
When we enrolled in water baby swimming lessons a swim nappy (Splash about call them Happy nappy) was a requirement to wear over a normal disposable swim nappy, which we use huggies little swimmers. If you go to your local swimming pool a disposal swim nappy is enough. However water babies lessons take place in a special hydra therapy pool at a higher water temperature than normal pools and not the chemicals so suitable for babies as young as 6 weeks ago.
The happy nappy is very strong and durable being made of 1mm stretchy neoprene material with deep bands around each leg and the top of the nappy to keep any leaks seeping out from the disposable nappy and going into the pool. Our instructor said they get fined if the water is contaminated and it takes along time to get the water up to standard again. Our lessons take place in a specialist school on Sundays and water babies hire the pool from them so these regulations might come from the school not just the water babies company.
The nappy is fitted just by pulling on like a normal pair of shorts. There is nothing to adjust or fasten so they need to be a reasonably snug fit. The sizes are as follows;
XS waist 32cm legs 16cm
S waist 34cm legs 18cm
M waist 36cm legs 21cm
L waist 38 cm legs 24cm
XL waist 40cm legs 25cm
XXL waist 42cm legs 28cm
They come in several different colours and patterns including navy, turquoise, green, pink, fish pattern, gingham check and balloon pattern to name a few. Direct from the website splashabout.net they are priced at £8.35 to £9.35 with postage and packaging £2.50 for one item £1 each additional item 2nd class post, this is their cheapest post charges. It is a good idea to shop around first, Ebay start from 99p for second hand and Amazon can be cheaper than Splash about if there is no extra postage to pay. Don't be put off buying second hand as babies grow out of each size quickly, our first pair still look like new as only worn once a week. Also splash about don't always have all the sizes and colour options in stock.
I started taking my son to a Waterbabies class when he was 5 months old. With Waterbabies it is compulsory for all babies to wear a Splash About Swim Nappy (also known as a Happy Nappy). This is because they are designed to keep any little accidents in the nappy, rather than in the swimming pool!
The Swim Nappy is made from 1mm Neoprene with elasticated ribbing around the waist and legs. The Neoprene gives the added benefit of keeping baby warmer in the water. The Swim Nappy is fairly easy to fit and take off, as there are no fastenings. You simply pull the nappy up, and check that it is securely fitting around the waist and legs. The Swim Nappy is designed to be used on its own, but my son also wears a pair of Huggies Little Swimmers underneath. I take no chance against little accidents in the pool, and thankfully we have never had one.
I have the same niggle with the Swim Nappy, as with Splash About's Babywrap (which I've also reviewed). The Splash About logo is not securely fixed to the Swim Nappy and easily starts to peel away after a couple of wears. I think this is really poor, for what is otherwise a well made product.
The Swim Nappy costs either £8.35 or £9.35 on the Splash About website (www.splashabout.com) depending on size and design. You can find cheaper swim nappies, but I think it is worth paying the extra for the peace of mind that you get with Splash About.
I find the sizing of the Swim Nappy a little confusing as the age range and weight given do not seem to go together. For instance, my 18 month old son weighs 12.5 kg, which is fairly average for his age. He wears a Spalsh About Swim Nappy in large. However, the large size is advertised for 6 - 14 months, despite the weight range being 10 - 15 kg. I now tend to ignore the age ranges and just buy according to my son's weight.
We no longer go to Waterbabies, however, I have continued to use Splash About Swim Nappies. Whilst, you pay more for them, I think the peace of mind that comes with them is well worth it.
Splash About Swim Nappy is also known as the Splash About Happy Nappy. These nappies are essential if you want to sign up to a waterbabies class or something similar due to their effectiveness at preventing leaks. I would also recommend the swim nappy for use at your local pool, on holiday, at the beach, etc just to avoid any embarrassments.
The swim nappy is made from stretchy neoprene and is finished with very snug, deep bands of fabric around the tummy and around each leg. Splash About advise that the swim nappy can be used on it's own; however, due to the requirement of our baby swim class we never tried this and always used the nappy with a huggies little swimmer for double protection.
The swim nappy is available in a variety of colours and prints, something for everyone - we always opted for bright pink for our little girl. To ensure there are no leaks, the swim nappy is designed to be a snug fit and the splashabout website gives an indication of size. The nappy is available in xsmall, small, medium and so on. However, from experience it is best to rely upon the weight guidance splashabout provide for each of the available sizes. Although the swim nappy is designed to be snug, we found that it never went up to the expected weight and we had to put our daughter in the next size up before she was within the expected weight range for that size, this situation was repeated within our swim class. I'm not sure what I expected from the swim nappy apart from preventing leaks; however, I found that it also kept our little girl warm around her tummy. My only criticism would have to be that the nappy clicks easily, a long finger nail or velcro from the matching baby wrap would be sufficient to cause markings to the nappy.
The nappy is expensive but very effective. If well cared for, the nappy also generates a good re-sell price on ebay or could be handed on to another baby for use.
I bought my little boy one of these from splashabout.com as I was advised that I would need to put one over a disposeable swim nappy for my son to take part in the waterbabies sessions. However, I ended up taking him to lessons at the local pool instead of the waterbabies session and stopped using the nappy quite quickly, as I used the splash about babywrap over his disposable swim nappy and found this was perfectly adequate. i think that this would be great for using in a warm pool to simply protect from leaks but unfortunately my local pool is freezing so he needed the extra warmth of the baby wrap.The pants are made of stretchy neoprene fabric and have deep waist and leg bands that are quite tight although they are still fairly easy to get on over a nappy. It can be used without a swim nappy underneath but i didn't fancy cleaning it out if there was any mess inside so always used both!
As i've said, I no longer use mine but I would definately recommend other products from the same company and have done separate reviews for these. The swim nappy or happy nappy is a great product to keep your baby clean and to make sure there are no nasty accidents while in the pool, although I do think that there are better products from this company if the pool that you visit is on the colder side. (saying this, it was maybe me just worrying that he was going to get cold!)
One bonus of this is the service that I received from the splashabout website, it was absolutely fantastic. My son is quite big for his age and I had to reorder a larger size for him, they processed this with no hassle and got the right size out for me within a couple of days. Given that my son is big for his age, I don't feel able to comment on the sizing of the products as i've always just had to take a guess and usually buy him things about 6 months bigger! ...but the company will be able to advise you on the sizing
I cannot rate these highly enough. I had no choice but to buy one, as they are essential to allow you to participate in Waterbabies classes, however I am so glad I came across them. They cost £8.99 plus £2 P&P from www.splashabout.net, and Waterbabies also sell them.
They fit snugly over a disposable swim nappy (although they can be worn without one) and are tight (but comfortably so) around the tummy and legs providing a fantastic seal stopping any nasties from escaping. Despite the snug fit, they are surprisingly easy to get on and come in a range of bright colours and designs for boys and girls. We have had the fish design, the stripy and the plain ones in all sizes as baby has grown.
After using a Happy Nappy I would not feel happy taking him in without one as I have yet to find anything else that seems as though it would do the job as well. Far better than baggy shorts on a little baby in my opinion, the nappies are good quality and one of my best baby purchases. I recommend them to everyone!
I bought some surf-style swim shorts for going swimming outside his lessons with a built in nappy and they were never worn. I much prefer this nappy to any other swimming nappy. They can also be worn comfortably under a wetsuit in cooler pools, which is what we do when we go to the local leisure centre.