Swimming with an eczema baby

DS2 is such a water baby, I’ve been desperate to get him into the pool. The only thing that’s been holding me back is his eczema, which coats the whole of his body.

Okay, it’s not the only thing holding me back… getting into the pool myself for such a brief time, just to faff about in the changing rooms after with a shivering cold baby, as well as the horrible smell of chlorine, has put me off.

Splash About Warm-In-One wetsuit

Splash About Warm-In-One wetsuit

As you can tell, I don’t share the same enthusiasm for the water as DS2. But, I was willing to put all my doubts aside when Splash About sent me their Warm-In-One wetsuit to review.

Moisturised head to toe with his eczema cream, we set off to the local pool with DS2 already wearing the wetsuit for ease. At 8.5 months, the wetsuit fits comfortably with his swimming nappy on and there’s still lots of growing room. The website says it’s made from a specialist fabric and fleece lined – perfect for keeping him warm and protecting his skin.

The pool itself was quite warm, but the wetsuit meant we could stay in just that bit longer. The real test was when we got out of the pool (where I was shivering, as anticipated), but amazingly DS2 remained warm in his wetsuit. He didn’t give any indication of being cold (however, he was clearly shattered from all that splashing about).

Luckily the velcro strip gives it a wide opening back. It was a bit of a struggle to get his arms and legs out, but that’s to be expected with a wetsuit. We showered and headed home, with DS2 having a lovely nap as soon as he got hold of his special blanket. All in all, a very successful trip to the swimming pool!

I should mention that the wetsuit also has UPF 50+ sun protection. It came in handy at the seaside in Cornwall, when it was (shockingly) rather hot.

Although it’s a bit pricey (currently at £22.99), the age brackets for 6-12 months and 12-24 months means it’ll last for longer (they also have it in 3-6 months if you’re super keen to get into the pool).

You can purchase a Splash About Warm-In-One wetsuit from their website.

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WANTED: A mummy like me.

Throughout the duration of my pregnancy I had midwives, health visitors and family trying to encourage me to join groups to meet other mums/mums-to-be alike. I was never really keen on the idea; I felt like I would be turning up to these groups empty-handed, listening to mothers discuss how their babies are developing and not be able to contribute. When I was five months gone, I plucked up the courage to join an aquanatal class, full of hopes that not only would the exercise do me good, but I would meet someone in their twenties that I would be able to relate to. Instead I found a small cliquey group of women who were way more experienced at this pregnancy thing than I was; I was politely shunned. Needless to say, I did not return.

Since then, I have had numerous opportunities to join groups run by the local children’s centre, but have found myself making excuses. When DS was born I wanted to join the Breastfeeding Group, but as he did not take to breastfeeding, I felt it would be awkward for me. I then decided to count down the days until he was three months so I could take him to a baby/toddler swimming group at the local pool. I ended up not going as I convinced myself his eczema would get irritated by the chlorine.

Thus far, my search for a mummy friend has been rather unsuccessful. I am willing to actively participate in these groups, but it is hard to get myself there in the first place. Maybe I will befriend one of the mums when DS starts nursery. Alternatively, if all else fails, I will neglect this search and just convince one of my single friends to get knocked up.