One of my dreams for Precious Sparkle was to get him swimming, days after he was born. However, as new-mum-haze descended on me, days very quickly turned to weeks … then months … and a year and more; and still no swimming lessons.
I remember hesitating due to vaccination concerns but the NHS states that babies can swim in public pools whatever their age or vaccination status. I also got myself tied up in knots about the swimming gear he needed.
So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I came across HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® campaign to encourage mums to take their little ones swimming. After dilly-dallying for about 16 months, I finally had enough motivation to inject another fun and bonding activity into our weeks.
I was pleased to receive a pack of size 3 – 4 HUGGIES® swim pants in the post last month.
We’re now in the third week of our HUGGIES Little Swimmers review, and I can’t wait for our next lesson. It might sound silly, but these swim nappies have helped to ease my hesitation about taking Precious Sparkle swimming.
Below are the top 5 things I really like about HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® disposable swim pants:
1. Fun and Attractive Design
Each swim nappy has bright and engaging Disney™ underwater graphics and a character on it. I appreciate the colourful design of the nappies. It is appealing to the eyes, and definitely a potential toddler teaching tool. Showing Precious Sparkle the nappy as part of our swim time trigger is helpful for our routine. It’s also another opportunity to reinforce and develop Precious Sparkle’s identification of animals and things like, ‘fish’, ‘tortoise’, ‘bubbles’, ‘water’ etc. It sure adds to the fun of getting ready to go swimming.
2. Tear Away Sides
I like the velcro strip on the side panels; they enable you to put them on like a normal nappy when they’re opened, or to pull it up like a pants when they’re closed. At the moment, I find it easier to open the strip when I put them on Precious Sparkle. Perhaps in the future after potty training, I’ll pull them up like pants.
Unlike a normal nappy, there is no fiddling around to look for the closing and opening tabs when you need to take them off. I just peel back the top panels from the bottom ones. This is very handy with Precious Sparkle; he isn’t always happy to lie down for his nappy to be removed, you see. Faffing around trying to keep him on the change table to remove his nappy is not something I want to be doing in a public changing room.
Furthermore, the tear away design of the panels makes it very easy to adjust the fit of the nappy. I just change the position of the top panels on the velcro strip of the bottom panels as needed.
I was initially concerned about the strength of the velcro to keep the nappy on during swimming lessons. However, our time in the pool has assured me that they are strong enough; the nappy stays on in water until it’s removed.
3. Good Absorbency
All users of normal nappies know how they swell as they soak in liquid; thankfully, this doesn’t happen with HUGGIES® Little Swimmers®. So, though it gets wet as you would expect from exposure to such large amounts of water, it doesn’t expand like normal nappies.
I am very pleased about this; I wouldn’t want Precious Sparkle to wear anything that weighs him down in water.
4. Stretchy in the Right Places
I like the stretchy waist band that helps to give the swim nappy a snug and comfortable feel.
I like the stretchy tear away side panels; they keep the nappy on whilst giving room to move during swimming.
I like the stretchy inside layer around the thighs; good guards against undesirable leaks. Precious Sparkle has not needed the leak guards yet, but it’s helpful to know they’re there … just in case.
At the moment, we only take Precious Sparkle swimming when he has swimming lessons, and that happens once a week. There are 12 nappies in the pack we are using; so, he needs at least 4 packs a year. Each pack costs around a £5 / £6 depending on where you buy it from. However, they are currently on sale in many stores; the cheapest being £2.60 at Tesco, and at Ocado on a buy 1 get the cheapest free deal. So, the current minimum yearly cost of Precious Sparkle’s swim nappies is £10.40. Now, that’s a bargain … don’t you think!
HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® come in 3 sizes:
- Size 2 – 3 (3-7 kg / 7-15 lbs)
- Size 3 – 4 (7-15 kg / 15-34 lbs)
- Size 5 – 6 (12-18 kg / 26-40 lbs)
It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to buy any other swimming specific gear for your toddler apart from swim pants, especially in a closed public swimming pool like the one we use.
As is the tradition on my blog, I like to source related giveaways for my readers when I receive products to review. HUGGIES® is kindly offering one of my readers a year’s supply of HUGGIES® Little Swimmers®. See the giveaway post (to be published shortly) to find out more.
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