Splash About Kids Wetsuit: During May half term we travelled down to an hour north of Bordeaux for our Eurocamp holiday. Being on the Atlantic coast and the unpredictability of the weather in Europe I didn’t want the boys to get cold so I was very happy when Splash About got in contact and said that they would send us a couple of their kid wetsuits for the boys. I was hoping that by having the wetsuits we would be able to spend longer on the beach and not be impacted by the weather so much. As it turns out the weather was glorious but it was still cold paddling in the sea and cooler in the early mornings and evenings. Because of this the boys wore them a lot while we were away.
Monkey had the Kids Shortie Westsuit Surf in Turquoise we opted for age 4-6. He’s above average height for his age but there was lots of room in it and not too short in the body. Monkey was quite taken with he fact that it looked like a mini version of the many French surfers we came across on our travels. He did not kick up a fuss once when we put it on, and it was so easy to slip on and do up, and thankfully just as easy to get off once it was wet.
Its made from 2mm thick Neoprene and has a heavy weight zip on the back. All the seams are double sewn which adds to the quality. Not only is the wetsuit wind proof it is also protects agains UV rays with an SPF of 50+. Monkey was most impressed by the fact this reduced the time it took to put on sun tan lotion, which I think must be the thing he hates the most about going out in the sun.
What I had not counted on was that its actually classed as ‘sand proof’, in other words the sand does not stick to it. Now I am not a fan of the stuff so this was great news for me as it means we don’t take half the beach home with us every time we visit. I was also very impressed by how quickly the suit dried out. Now I actually put Monkey’s through the washing machine when I got home from our holiday and it was fine although the washing instructions are to hand wash. I am a little disappointed with myself for not buying one of these before for Monkey, when I think of all the times we could have used it in the UK. The Shortie Wetsuit retails at £28.99 and is available in sizes, 1-2 years, 2-4 years and 4-6 years. I would definitely recommend one of these without doubt.
Kipper being that much younger we chose one of the baby wetsuits for him – the Warm Onein Geko. There are lots of different colour ways avalaible so you are bound to find one which you love, and at £24.99 they are great value. The sizes start at 0-3 months and go all the way up to 12-24 months. If you are a regular reader of Mudpie Fridays then you will know that Kipper is on the larger side. So I did wonder if the 12-24 month suit would be big enough, but there is plenty of room across the chest and shoulders which is where he needs it.
Once again I am totally annoyed with myself for not finding this before now. This is the best baby item I have ever come across. Monkey suffered terrible eczema from the age of six weeks old. This suit has a fleece lining which is designed to keep your baby nice and warm. But it also has the added benefit of keeping whatever barrier cream you use on their skin. Taking Monkey swimming use to be a real headache when he was little, I was always worried about the cream coming off in the water, the effect of chlorine and he was impossible to hold. I would not need to have worried with this suit.
Kipper doesn’t have the skin problems, but the fleece lining kept him really warm while we were away. Especially since he really liked sitting and crawling in the sea and lake, splashing around as much as he could. Unlike other suits of this nature it has a great deep back which means its easy to get on and off even when wet. The fact its secured with velcro makes it really easy when Kipper was not wanting to play ball at changing time. Its the same great quality as Monkey’s suit with double stitching and secure cuffs and ankles to avoid the suit riding up as he wears it. Its also really easy for Kipper to move around in and he loved to crawl towards the sea…
I would recommend both of these wet suits. It means now whatever the weather we can enjoy the beach and paddling pool as a family, thank you Splash About for making our holiday a lot more comfortable.
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This is a collaborative post, we were given the boys wetsuits for the purpose of this review, all words and opinions are my own.