When Carly was a baby, I took her to swimming lessons with a local franchise of Turtle Tots. It was brilliant and I was confident enough, even after leaving the classes, to continue helping her to swim and even go under water (something I still can’t master myself at the grand old age of 28!).
With Benjamin I had high hopes of doing the same, but with a wedding to pay for, and having only one income since I went on maternity leave, it just wasn’t feasible to take him to lessons.
Despite this, we are eager for him to gain confidence in the water, especially as he loves bath time so much. Whenever we can we’ve been taking him to our local pool with his big brother and sister.
One of my biggest fears, when taking the kids swimming as babies is of them somehow leaking through their swim nappy and the pool having to be evacuated. I’ve actually had nightmares about this happening!
When we were on holiday in Spain at the end of May I relied on disposable swimming nappies, but they didn’t seem to provide very much protection and I was constantly on edge wondering if they might leak.
In preparation for our holiday in Santorini in a couple of weeks I had been looking into reusable swimming nappies when I was contacted by the lovely team at Splash About, asking if we would like to review their new and improved Happy Nappy, a specially designed reusable swim nappy. The email came at the perfect time!
The Happy Nappy is available in a range of bright and beautiful designs including the absolutely adorable Vintage Moby pattern we went for. I’ve had a thing for whales since buying Benjamin a sleepsuit saying whaley cute on it so this was the obvious choice for us.
The nappies come in different sizes from birth upwards and the handy leg and waist measurements make choosing the correct size for your baby simple.
Putting the Happy Nappy on Benjamin for the first time I worried we’d got him too small a size, but they have actually been designed to be snug around the legs and waist to avoid any leaks and, although tight, Benjamin was completely comfortable wearing the nappy.
The design ensures that, no matter how your baby moves in the water, the nappy doesn’t gape. Benjamin definitely put this to the test, kicking his little legs and squirming to try and join in with his brother and sister in the pool.
The Happy Nappy comes with a nappy wrap as well as a pack of disposable liners and, although a little fiddly the first time, I quickly picked up how to put it all together.
We’ve taken the kids swimming a couple of times now with Benjamin in the Happy Nappy and I feel so much more confident in the water with him now. Unfortunately we aren’t allowed to take photos at our local swimming pool but at the weekend we headed down to our local Splash pool and took some there instead.
I’ll definitely be packing our Happy Nappy for Santorini. Benjamin is going to look adorable wearing it and, as the nappies are made with neoprene and provide UPF50+ sun protection, it will be perfect for when he’s in and out of the hotel pool.
Fully tested and approved by swimming schools in the UK and priced at a reasonable £10.99, the Happy Nappy is available from Splash About’s website.
We were sent a Happy Nappy for the purpose of the review, however all opinions and photos are my own.