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Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest Review

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At a glance:

Our panel of mum testers loved how comfortable the swim vest was, without restricting their baby’s movement in the water. With a number of cute prints and designs, these vests are durable and lightweight, whilst giving your tot independence in the pool (under close supervision of course).

What they say:

“Splash About's NEW Go Splash Swim Vest, made from high quality neoprene and puncture proof non-removable foam. This lightweight, durable, yet compact buoyancy aid for children is ideal for travelling and perfect for a day at the beach or pool. Perfect to take on holiday, for a day on the beach or by the pool. Specifically designed to be slim, compact, and hard wearing, without compromising on safety to provide a safe and fun learn to swim experience for your child.”

Tested by mum Hayley Donnelly for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

This product was amazing, we recently went away on holiday and, when surrounded by water, it was very reassuring that the children had their vests on. It created a sense of water independence for the children and the design was just perfect. I have found that in the past, water safety jackets can be big and bulky, making movement uncomfortable for the little ones, but with this one my kids seemed happy and comfortable!

How did this product make your life easier?

It was a great product to have with us on holiday, as it provided me with peace of mind knowing that the children were safe in the water. In turn, it allowed their freedom to build and developed their water confidence. My little three-year-old girl was able to play with her friends in the water and it served its purpose.

Would you choose this product to win?

Yes I would. Over the course of the holiday, I had three women ask me where I had purchased the splash jacket. They all said they would be buying their own as soon as they got back to the UK! I believe this jacket should win a Mother & Baby award as it has been fantastic and none others I have tried have been this well designed or comfortable.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing I would recommend would be for the jacket to be available in more sizes and also in a wider variety of colours. Other than that, I don’t feel there is anything further that could be done to make the jacket better quality. 

Tested by mum Jennifer Taylor for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

This product is slim and lightweight, it is very easy to pack away to take on holiday or on a trip to the swimming pool. It is comfortable for children to wear and offers the buoyancy required to enable them to learn to swim safely and confidently. The design makes it look great, the print is very attractive and the quality is excellent.

How did this product make your life easier?

This product gives me confidence that my child is safer in the water as he learns to swim. I’m not the most confident person in the water, so it is important to me that my son learns to swim well himself, and this product helps him to do that whilst feeling safe. It helps that he is keen to wear it due to the lovely design!

Would you choose this product to win?

Our only previous experience of a swim vest was with a generic one provided by a swimming pool, and this one definitely seems to be better quality and is undoubtedly more visually appealing. It has all the features you would look for in an item like this, such as a high sun protection factor, durability, quick drying, lightweight, so it is definitely a great choice.

What changes would you make to this product?

I can honestly say there isn’t anything that comes to mind that I would like to change about the product. It performs, it looks great, it is comfortable, and the quality is great. As a mum I am very happy with the product and my son was also very enthusiastic with it – and as the user, his opinion is the most important!

Tested by mum Megan White for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Yes – I liked the fact that the vest could fold down flat, as when packing for a swimming trip or holiday, space is crucial. The swim vest is also very lightweight, so should you need to carry it separately, it is not a bother, even when wet it was still light. Also, the zip was larger than on other vests and was very smooth to use, making it quicker and easier to put the vest on and take it off again.

How did this product make your life easier?

My child is not usually very confident in the water, but he could keep upright unaided in this vest. It was comfortable, which was great as it meant he was happy to keep the vest on, unlike other swimming vests or floatation devices that he struggled in. It also offers sun protection which would be great for outdoor swimming and holidays.

Would you choose this product to win?

I would choose this vest above others, as my child was so much more confident in the water with this product over others. He could stay upright in deeper water and when in shallower water he could get up easily if he fell, meaning it did not restrict his movement. I also love the design of the product and a few people did comment on how nice the design was!

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing I would change about this product is to make it machine washable, however washing it by hand was not too much of a chore. Also, maybe a few more design options would be good? Overall I love this product!

Tested by mum Carina Truman for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this product as it is lightweight and good quality. I found it was a little bulky to pack away but the most important thing was that my little boy loved wearing it. He found it comfortable and didn’t moan once! I loved the cute little design on the vest and it's good they have different choices.

How did this product make your life easier?

I wouldn't say that this product makes my life easier as mum, as this product is for swimming you have to give your child 100% of your attention at all times. But it really helps to know that, in this vest, he won't sink to the bottom of the pool if he walks that bit too far in!

Would you choose this product to win?

I wouldn’t choose it over all other products as it isn't easily transportable in my opinion. I also find that my little boy finds it hard to keep his balance in the water when wearing it. But, with practice he will learn and I’m not sure whether this is an issue with the product itself.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would make it more foldable so that it can be stored compactly. But it is certainly a good sturdy product!

Tested by mum Kylie Worn for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this product to other mums but I think it’s probably more suitable for children over two. My son could float on his back but on his front he didn't quite have the strength to hold himself up as the jacket tipped him forward. However, it was easy to put on and we loved the whale pattern.

How did this product make your life easier?

As a mum of a toddler, having a floatation device that gives you peace of mind around water is priceless. He is at the stage where he wants to be independent and climb into the pool himself but so without the swim vest it just wouldn't be safe. He climbed in and was able to float about himself which saved a lot of tantrums.

Would you choose this product to win?

Yes I would choose this above other products, such as arm bands, as my son was able to stay afloat with very close supervision and I imagine, in six months’ time, he will be able to fully float with very little assistance. I also loved the design and the quality is really high. It’s light to pack in a suitcase, so ideal for holidays abroad. It was really easy to put on too which is essential with young excited children near the water.

What changes would you make to this product?

It would be great if you could wring out the material after use to speed up drying time. At the moment the vest can only drip dry which takes longer. It wouldn't put me off purchasing this though as I believe it is a very good product.

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