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Splash About UV FloatSuit Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2019 Silver Best Safety Product

At a glance:

The Splash About UV sun protection UPF 50+ FloatSuit has an adjustable buoyancy system. This swimming and flotation aid gives children the confidence and skills to swim without letting them become dependent on the buoyancy! It can be adjusted to suit any child, with two floats per pocket so that buoyancy can be individually tailored. The Nylon Lycra fabric gives added windproof and sand proof protection and a brand new zip ensures it is easy to take on and off.

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Michelle: I would recommend this product to a friend for the safety features. It is always a scary thought when your child is going to be near water and the inbuilt floats in the suit will help to keep children safe at the pool home or away. The designs are bright and fun making it attractive to children to want to put it on. The material is reasonably stretchy so should fit the size of the child it is recommended for.

Kira: I would recommend this to another mum. Not just for the float but for the UV protection. This is important to me as I believe children should be well covered whilst out in the sun. Whilst I would recommend it, I would also make a point that the floatation foams make it more awkward to put on.

Caroline: The float suit gives you peace of mind and more confidence when your little one is in the pool. When my son was trying to kick his leg to swim it gave him more stability, buoyancy and manoeuvrability. The UV protection also means that you know they are protected when in the sun.

How did this product make your life easier?

Bethany: This product makes my life so much easier as it’s a one piece suit and slips onto my little girl very easily. It fits absolutely perfectly. It doesn’t take up too much room when you are carrying it around plus it is very lightweight. My daughter can help me pull it up which is a big help as she’s a bit of a wriggler.

Lisa: My son already had a flotation jacket so I didn't think it would be much different. I was so wrong! This jacket is amazing. The floats are located around the waist so it doesn't tip the child forward like a flotation jacket. It's really given him confidence in the water and although you wouldn't leave their side you can rely on this product to keep them safe.

Laura: This product makes my life easier as I have an independent child who likes to splash about without being constantly held. This product puts my mind at rest knowing it helps him stay afloat. It is easy to put on and my son feels and looks comfortable while wearing it. It makes our outings easier and happier.

Would you choose this product to win?

Amalia: I would definitely choose this product. It’s easy to wear, sometimes it is a nightmare to dress a one-year-old baby but the design is very helpful. You can easily use it on the beach or pool. I love the material. A very nice design with lovely colours. It is great value for money so I definitely would choose this to win.

Rebecca: The design gives parents peace of mind. They still need to be accompanied but this definitely delivers a higher level of safety than just wearing a swimsuit. It is a good quality innovative design and should definitely win the award. The floats cannot be taken out by my child unlike with armbands. I can easily get it on and off and as my child gets older and more proficient I hope to be able to take more and more of the floats out. It is exciting to see my child splash about unaided.

Michelle: I would choose this product simply because I have not seen any others that are similar to this on the market. I had not had my child near a pool until I received the float suit. It has given me the confidence and reassurance that my child will be safe at the pool. It has the added safety feature of the UV filter which is especially useful on holiday. It really is a fantastic product that I would highly recommend.

What changes would you make to this product?

Kira: I would prefer the floatation part to be easier to remove and reattach. Having a very active toddler meant it was sometimes hard to put the suit on with them in. I also could not make him wait around if I put the suit on first then added the floatation foams. Possibly a separate add-on float that could be attached to the suit would make this easier.

Caroline: Overall I thought the float suit was very good. I would add the option of a long sleeve and long leg version. This would mean that when you're out in the sun and they are in and out of the pool you know your child is fully protected from the sun. This means you don’t have the hassle of having to put sun lotion on all the time.

Bethany: The one thing that I would change about this product is the price. I feel that parents who are of a lower income and don’t have much spare money will be missing out on such an amazing product. Other floatation devices for toddlers can come at a lower price and have similar results. However, I still think this is the best one around.

Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

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