Eliza, like her brothers and sister, has always been a water baby. If she is upset and crying, a bath always soothes her. So from an early age, we have made an effort to take her swimming as much as possible – sometimes I have taken her alone when the older children are at school or nursery, and sometimes we have all gone as a family – which is slightly more chaotic but heaps of fun.
A couple of months ago, Konfidence asked me if we would like to try out some of their baby swimwear range. It is always difficult to know what to dress little ones in at the swimming pool, so we were keen to take a look at the Konfidence products to see if they would suit Eliza.
The first items we tried were the Babywarma baby wetsuit and the Roll & Go baby changer. Anyone who has been in a changing room with a baby will know how hard it can be to find a clean and dry place to change your little one. The Roll & Go baby changer solves that problem. It rolls up nice and small so you can easily pop it in your swim bag, then simply undo the velcro and unroll for a dry, padded place to lay your tot for change time. Simple.
The Babywarma is a really clever piece of kit too. Many parents worry about how to keep really small children warm in the swimming pool. The Babywarma is made from a flexible 2mm-thick soft neoprene which allows them to stay warmer than they would if they were just wearing a swim nappy or costume. The material also allows you to get a much better grip on your slippery babe when you are carrying them around near the poolside. On top of that, it is also perfect for summer (if we have one) as it is 100% UV protective
For ease of use and quick changes, the Babywarma has velcro openings at the sides and the bottom which allows it to be opened out flat for nappy changes and towel drying. This velcro also means it is incredibly adjustable – it isn’t quite one size fits all but it is certainly the closest thing you will get!
Of course, underneath the Babywarma, your little one will need some sort of swim nappy. Rather than spending a fortune on disposables, we have been using the Konfidence Aqua Nappy. This is made with a reassuring triple layer system, comprising of a soft polyester outer layer (ours has strawberries on – too much cute), a recycled PVC middle barrier layer and a soft mesh inner layer to sit against the skin. It fastens with both a velcro belt and poppers, which also allow you to adjust it to fit most babies from 3-30 months of age. I love this idea – just one swim nappy to last from first dips through to potty training. We have tried this nappy out on many swims, and I am pleased to say that we have not had a single leak.
As well as offering a great range of swimwear and sunwear for babies and older kids, Konfidence also sell all sorts of accessories and toys. We love the Blinkies – they float in the water, and start flashing once they hit the surface. Ideal for bath time and swim time, these have been great for encouraging Eliza to splash and reach.
I wanted to share some pictures of Eliza swimming, but sadly we are not allowed to take photos at our pool, so you will have to take my word for it when I say that Eliza loves to swim. We will continue to take her as often as we can, and hope to start swimming lessons with her soon. I will let you know how we get on!