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Splashabout Review

While we were away we really enjoyed the opportunity to play on the beach with Toby. He enjoyed it too – splashing in the sea with daddy and eating the sand while George was trying to build sand castles! We had been lucky enough to be sent two products from Splashabout to test out and review while we were away.

A pair of Safe in Sun Classic Close Fit UV protective shorts and an Apres Splash hooded towel.

Hooded towel

Shorts £27.50 for a Long sleeve top and knee length shorts.

The shorts were made of a very soft stretchy fabric which was easy to get onto Toby despite his wriggling. Although they are close fit I was surprised at how small the shorts were – they fitted Toby nicely and he is only 9months old (we were sent the size 1-2 years) I hope that they are so stretchy that they will still fit him next year! They were good quality shorts and I would happily pay £27.50 for the top and shorts combo as they were a lovely quality fabric.

The claims:

Our sun protection is the only thing to wear for the beach or pool.
The fabric has a lovely cool smooth feel and actually does keep you cool- wicking away perspiration from the skin. It is SPF 50+ as all the Splash About fabrics are, so blocking 98% of the suns harmful rays. Easy care and very quick drying. This design is specially cut as a close fit making it ideal for swimming. Team with our matching accessories for the ultimate cool dude look. Ideal rash suit for your body boarding.

Hooded towel  £19.99

The towel was lovely and soft and I was really pleased at how big it was. Given that Toby got rather cold after playing in the sea it was big enough to completely wrap him up and cuddle him to warm him up. The towel washed really well and we now regularly use it as our swimming towel as it is really absorbent. I would definitely buy another of these as it is bigger and better than the other hooded towels we have.

The claims:

An ideal new baby gift.
Soft, thick Cotton Bamboo charcoal towelling.
Naturally anti-bacterial, anti-mildew and super absorbent.
Draws moisture away from the body leaving your little one dry, warm and cosy after a dip in the pool or bath.
Extra large so that it lasts longer than the first few months and you can really wrap them up !
Gorgeous embroidered fish detail on the hood matches the piped edges.
Smartly presented in reusable packaging, idea to take swimwear to and from the pool.

Higher Nature – Aloe Gold Ear Drops – Review

Toby and I are now what you could call frequent swimmers. I have never particularly been a lover of swimming but Toby enjoys it so much that I try to make sure we go at least once a week.

There are a number of reasons I am not a great swimming fan. Firstly, I have the thickest most crazy hair you could imagine, it takes absolutely ages to dry and chlorine seems to make it even more crazy than normal. Secondly, swimming really aggregates my eczema leaving me with sore, dry skin. Thirdly swimming pool water always makes my ears sore and itchy – I don’t get ear infections or anything as dreadful as that but I think what happens is the skin inside my ears gets irritated, I then itch them and they end up being really sore.

I was given the opportunity to try some ear drops from higher nature (http://www.highernature.co.uk) that are supposed to be good for gently cleansing ears and are recommended for swimmers so I thought i’d give them a go. I’m not a great fan of putting things in my ears – it actually makes me heave when people go too near to my ears – my husband thinks it is hilarious to put his fingers in my ears – so trying these ear drops was quite a big deal for me!

Aloe Gold Ear Drops - AGE030

The claims:

Aloe Gold Ear Drops

Aloe vera is kind to the ears and suitable for use in the ear canal. Keep Ear Drops on hand for those with colds and allergies. Safe for any age. Especially suitable for wearers of hearing aids and those who swim frequently, particularly children. Made from 100% organically-grown whole leaf Aloe.

RRP: £11.85 (30 ml).

Available at http://www.highernature.co.uk or freephone 0800 458 4747

I have been using the drops quite regularly now and have found my ears are calmer – they are less itchy day to day and they don’t seem to get as irritated after swimming so they seem to be doing what they claimed.

The drops are made from natural products so I would recommend them to anyone looking for something to soothe their ears. Although these are suitable for children, they are not something I would want to try without reason on Toby. Ears are self cleaning and doctors will tell you not to mess around with them at all.

Vosene Afterswim Hair and Body Wash Review and Giveaway (closed)

Toby and I have been swimming regularly now for many months. I still haven’t quite mastered it (particularly the getting changed after swimming bit) but we are getting better. One of the things that still worries me is the effect the chemicals in the pool, in particular the chlorine, have on Toby’s skin. The chlorine really affects my skin making it very dry and making my eczema flare up so I worry about the effects on Toby’s more sensitive baby skin.

It always bothered me that even after washing him in the shower (which by the way he does not enjoy much!) he would still smell of chlorine when I got him home. I was really pleased to be offered a sample of the new Vosene Kids Afterswim  Hair and Body Wash (http://www.vosenekids.co.uk/product-range) to try out. The tube went straight into our swimming bag and has stayed there ever since. The wash has a lovely watermelon smell and is really effective at getting rid of the chlorine smell, it leaves his skin soft and his hair clean and shiny. I haven’t really managed to use it one myself as washing while holding a wriggly baby is almost impossible!

The Claims:

Vosene Kids plunges into new waters with its NEW Afterswim Hair & Body Wash.

For many families swimming is a key part of family life, whether it’s a fun activity for holidays and weekends or helping your children gain water confidence. But how can you keep your children’s hair and skin healthy when swimming comes with the unwanted effect of chlorine from pools or salt from the sea?

Now you can take care of your children’s healthy hair and skin with the new Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash (RRP £2.54, 200ml). The well-loved children’s hair care range has carefully developed an advanced formulation to respect and care for children’s delicate skin and hair, working against the drying effect that impurities such as chlorine can have on hair and potential skin irritation on skin, especially for frequent swimmers.

It gently yet effectively cleans and conditions while active ingredients remove chlorine, salt and other impurities from the hair and body after swimming. With its gentle melon fragrance,Vosene Kids Afterswim’s scent also contains unique Aromaguard™technology, which works with the other ingredients to actively neutralise the smell of chlorine and replace it with the gently fruity scent, leaving children smelling fresh with clean and conditioned hair and skin. Designed for children’s delicate skin, Vosene Kids Afterswim is suitable for adults too.

Vosene’s new Afterswim Hair and BodyWash is also free from soap, SLS, SLES and parabens as well as being tear free,dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved.

Pack Vosene Kids Afterswim into your swimbag and be rest assured that it will care for your children’s hair andskin while you take care of having lots of fun.

Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash is available from selected Boots. For further information visit http://www.vosenekids.co.uk.

What we liked:

  • lovely smell
  • good size bottle to keep in swimming bag
  • don’t need to use loads – making it really good value for money
  • really effectively gets rid of chlorine
  • gentle on Toby’s skin

There was nothing we didn’t like about the Vosene Afterswim!

Since we loved it so much, the wonderful people at Vosene have agreed to giveaway 10 yes 10 bottles to our regular readers! All you need to do to enter is leave us a comment to say you want to be in it to win it!

For additional entries:(leave a separate comment for each entry)

UK entries only please. Competition closes August 31st 2011. Comments submitted after this date will not be included.

Konfidence Aqua Nappy – Review and Giveaway (closed)

I received 2 aqua nappies, 1 for Toby to try and the other for Ellie to try. I have been using a different brand of reusable swim nappy for a while and was really happy to try the Konfidence Aqua Nappy.

The Konfidence Aqua Nappy is a great swim nappy. There are a variety of patterns and colours and they are one size nappies which means they go from birth to potty training.

Aquanappies small

On first appearance I wasn’t sure whether the nappy would be any use as it was really thin and there wasn’t much padding but when I put it on Ellie it seemed really secure and if the worst happened it would hold it in.

The claims:

Made of stretchy Lycra, a reusable and eco-friendly swim nappy. Doubly secure with an adjustable velcro sash and poppers. Ideal replacement for disposable nappies and swim pants!.Now mandatory in many swimming pools and public places for the under 3′s. Perfect for preventing little accidents from spoiling swimming days.
Match with the NEW SWIM NAPPICOVA to give that extra double protection mandatory in many public swimming pools and swimming classes!
A perfect addition to the Konfidence Swim Jackets!!
One size fits approx 3 to 30 months.

I teamed Ellie’s Aqua Nappy with Konfidence Babywarma (review coming soon)

What we liked:

  • Light weight so not restricting when swimming
  • Able to use till your baby is potty trained
  • Available in lots of designs
  • I like the way it has poopers and velcro

What could be better:

  • Not so baggy on little bums!

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We have 2 Aqua Swim Nappies to giveaway ( 1 plain pink and 1 plain blue )

All you need to do is comment below to let me know what colour Aqua Nappy you would like

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This giveaway closes July 31st and is open to UK residents only

Koeka Swimwear Review

As a parent I have become acutely aware of the fact that a lot of baby and toddler clothing is very generic – you can buy the same thing in about ten colours but there is not always a great choice in terms of style.  Toby has some lovely pieces of clothing but is getting to the age where he is starting now to look more like a little boy and less like a baby.

Continuing our swimming theme from last week (National Baby Swim week) we were very lucky to be given the opportunity to try out some of the retro inspired pieces of swimwear from Koeka (a gorgeous European brand) who are just launching their new beachwear range for the first time in the UK.

In order to fully try out the range we were extremely lucky to receive a piece for George, Caitlyn,Ellie and Toby!

The claims:

LITTLE ONES CAN SAY HELLO TO SUMMER IN STYLE WITH KOEKA’S BRAND NEW
‘SUMMER IN FRANCE’ BEACHWEAR COLLECTION

Brand new to the UK for 2011, the exclusive new Dutch designed Koeka brand, introduces its first beachwear range this April – the ‘Summer in France’ collection.

The stunning, high end collection embodies easy going French beach chic with a selection of cool board and terry towelling shorts for boys and sweet all in one baby doll bathing suits, retro inspired swimsuits, halter tops and dresses for girls.

Instantly identifiable thanks to its simple vintage inspired cuts, stunning jewel bright colours and gorgeously soft short terry towelling and tricot cotton finishes the collection is available in select independent boutiques and nursery retailers and at www.angelliving.co.uk.  The range is available in sizes from newborn to nine years.

All clothes in the range are not only stunning to look at but designed to be practical enough to have proper fun in too – with each item being machine washable at 30 degrees.

The girls:

We were sent a pair of Calvi Swimpants for Ellie to try

Calvi Swimpant, £24.00 The cutest baby bathers ever see with adorable ruffle detailing on the back.  We defy you to stop taking pictures!  Available in white or hot pink and in ages 0-6 months and 6-9 months’

These were really cute – Ellie looked gorgeous.

A St Tropez swimsuit for Caitlyn to try

St Tropez swimsuit, £30.00: This vintage inspired swimsuit will be a true one off on the beach!  With its retro sweet heart top and low shortie leg cut it’s a real scene stealer.  Available in dark pink, dark aubergine, cobalt blue and grey the swimsuit comes in ages 1 year, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-7’

This was a lovely suit – Sian wasn’t entirely sure about the sweetheart crossover top on a toddler but on the whole liked the suit

And coordinating St Tropez shorts for Toby and George

St Tropez Trunks, £25.00: These funky, retro inspired, short fitted trunks are so much more distinctive and cool than the average swim short!  If your little boy is a water baby they’ll also love the streamlined cut which leaves them with no ‘drag’ in the water – just like all the Olympians.   Available in Baby blue, dark grey and cobalt blue and ages 2-6 months, 6-9 months, 1 year, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 5-6 years, 6-7 years and 8-9 years.’

These were lovely – unfortunately I managed to shrink Toby’s after tumble drying them – my own stupid fault for not reading the label I guess!

What we liked:

  • Lovely designs
  • Lovely fabrics
  • Good choice of colours and styles for both boys and girls

Would be even better if:

  • They could be machine washed and tumble dried – us busy mums don’t have time to be faffing around with the washing!
  • The St Tropez shorts said hand wash only – although we were told they could be washed at 30oC
  • The sizes come up a little small – order the next size if your child is on the bigger end of the size range – just in case!
  • They are quite expensive compared to other baby / toddler swimwear pieces

 

 

 

 

 

Huggies Little Swimmers – Review and Giveaway by Sara and Toby ( closed )

 

When I first decided I would like to take Toby swimming I hadn’t really thought much about what he would wear. I was more worried about things like whether he would scream and hate it and how I would get us both dried and changed safely.

It then occurred to me that he would need something to stop him pooping in the pool! Both my sisters had used disposable swim pants with their children and so it was a natural choice for me – I actually didn’t realise there were other alternatives at the time.

I have been using Huggies Little Swimmers every time Toby has been swimming. He has not yet done a poop while we have been at swimming but I am fairly confident the Huggies would cope.

Toby is hilarious when we go swimming. He loves to sing and splash in the pool. He always looks accusingly at me when he gets water in his face as if I splashed him. We were very fortunate to be invited along to the Little Swimmers photo/video shoot and had fun in the pool with the other babies.

The Little Swimmers are a ‘pull up’ style nappy which are reasonably easy to get onto a wriggly excited baby – they have an attractive cartoon design which Toby isn’t bothered about (he is still too young) but which older babies would be interested in.

The sides tear easily for quick removal and the pants do not retain loads of water and so don’t completely soak a towel as soon as you get baby out of the pool.

I would recommend Little Swimmers to all parents taking their babies swimming.

We are lucky enough to have a pack of Little Swimmers to giveaway in the size of your choice. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us why you enjoy swimming with your little ones.

 

For additional entries: 1 entry per action. Please leave a separate comment for each action you complete.

Giveaway closes at midnight on the 10th July 2011. UK entries only.

 

Swimwear from Mini Wardrobe Review and Discount Code

Swimming with babies and toddlers can take many forms;  splashing about at the local pool, playing in the garden with a paddling pool, swimming in an outdoor pool on holiday or playing in the sea to name a few.

It is always difficult to decide what to put on your child for swimming but when they are swimming outside there is the additional worry about how best to protect their delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

I was very lucky to receive a long sleeved UV top from Mini Wardrobe (http://www.miniwardrobe.com) to try out with Toby. Since we have not been anywhere exotic, we have tried out the top while playing in the garden with the paddling pool in the glorious sunshine we have had (in between the rain!) recently.

About Mini Wardrobe:

Mini Wardrobe sells a wide range of children’s clothes from many designers. The website is easy to navigate and has some great up to date fashion ideas for kiddies. Swimwear is just a tiny section of the clothing offered. The site offers free delivery and returns for UK orders, has a gift finder options and an area just for kids.

What we liked about the UV top:

  • Good quality material
  • Washes well
  • Great UV protection (SPF 50+)
  • Easy to get off when wet

Would be even better if:

  • It came in smaller sizes for babies
  • It wasn’t quite so expensive

The UV top retails at £29.95 and is available from http://www.miniwardrobe.com

I would definitely recommend the site to people looking for something a little different to what is on offer on the high street.

Mini Wardrobe are very kindly offering our readers a 20% discount on all items ordered from the site during national baby Swim Week.

In order to take advantage of this discount, Scrummy Mummy readers need to enter the code SCRUMMY20 in the promotional code box on checkout and click “Submit Code” and the 20% discount will be applied to their basket contents.

Happy shopping!

 

Swimming with Poundland

Although it is baby swim week this week many parents of babies also have a toddler in tow. Being that bit older it can sometimes be more difficult to get a toddler into the water feeling confident and being safe.

Arm bands and rubber rings are widely used by parents but many toddlers don’t like the feel of them on their arms or round their middle but we seem to have found the answer!

We were kindly sent some character armbands and rubber rings from Poundland. Caitlyn liked the Barbie ones and George the Ben10 ones.

Even though we weren’t swimming they both wanted them blown up straight away so they could use them – it did make me chuckle when they were used in the bath and the paddling pool.

Katy commented that normally George refuses to wear arm bands but was over the moon with the Ben10 ones and now routinely wears them in the bath.

The arm bands and rings are made of a good quality plastic and are fun and attractive.

What we liked:

  • Characters appeal to toddlers
  • Good quality plastic
  • Very good value for money

Would be even better if:

We can’t think of anything to improve these. They do what you expect, at a price you just can’t go wrong with.

 

Reasons To Take Your Baby Swimming – Baby Swim Week from 20th June

Do you know the benefits of teaching your baby to swim?

Leading swimming expert Laura Molloy explains why
every baby should learn this vital skill

Swimbabes is one of the leading providers of baby swim classes in the UK. Founder and qualified Swim Instructor Laura Molloy has been teaching babies and toddlers to swim for the last eight years and believes every baby should learn so they are equipped with vital survival skills that will stay with them for life. Here, Laura explains the benefits of getting your child in to the water at an early age.

Introducing babies to water helps avoid the traumatic experience that older children sometimes suffer around water. Little ones who learn key life saving skills have a greater regard for water and are safer around it – with many able to swim by as young as two years old.

 

It’s natural for parents to feel anxious the first time they let their baby go in the water, but don’t worry; babies have a natural affinity with water as it is a free environment for them. Our inborn ‘gag reflex’ is generally strongest up to six months old and it’s this gag reflex that enables babies to hold their breath underwater naturally, providing a gentle introduction to submersion. Young babies also have primitive swimming stroke actions and can propel themselves through the water easily. Baby swim classes will build upon these natural reflexes and enable your baby to be completely happy moving in and through the water.

 

The ability to swim from a young age is certainly a gift for life which opens the door for your little one to enjoy other water-based activities, from waterskiing to sailing to diving. Introducing babies to swimming improves their physical, emotional and social development plus enhances their intellect and language skills.

 

Physical strength is built through muscle development; early swimming allows use of muscles that baby cannot yet use on dry land, which can aid early walking. Co-ordination and associated motor skills are also improved through regular exercise, not to mention it being a good workout that will strengthen the heart and lungs.

 

Emotional contact is pivotal to water confidence. When children are introduced to water from a young age they feel safe and secure within it. It familiarises babies with deep water and gives them the confidence to swim below the water level. Weekly swimming is also special one-to-one time for a baby and parent where they can have fun with no interruptions.

 

Social skills abound at baby swim sessions. Little swimmers are constantly interacting with adults, other babies and children and it allows parents to socialise with each other too. These unique swimming sessions can develop special relationships, which are looked forward to each week.

 

Interacting with other babies and children will also help little ones develop their language skills. Baby swim classes are structured and use building blocks based around your baby’s own development – this constant stimulation helps to improve your baby’s intelligence too.

 

The journey to good swimming takes a lot of practice and patience. Every child will achieve the goals in their own time and should not be rushed or forced into activities they are not ready for. Children should be encouraged to find swimming fun, with creative activities that help to develop early motor skills and promote water confidence.

 

Swimbabes teach more than 1600 babies to swim each week, across the north of England. They take babies from as young as four weeks old and each course lasts for 10 weeks, with a structured programme consisting of a wide range of skills including swim to hold on, safe jumps, underwater turns and being able to paddle across the pool independently while taking regular breaths. For more information, to visit the Swimbabes shop or to book on to a course visit http://www.swimbabes.co.uk.