Splish Splash About
As regular readers will know, my girls are big fans of splashing about in the water. When we take the girls swimming, they wear fantastic swimsuits from Splash About. Emily has an all-in-one Nappy Costume and Freyja has a UV FloatSuit. Months on, I am still impressed with the quality of both. I was really happy to hear that Splash About have just launched a new range of outdoor clothing consisting of a collection of raincoats, stomp suit and rain capes for ages 12 months to 8 years in a pinky-purple Russian Doll print, a green-blue Dinosaur design or classic Mulberry and Navy with a Wellington Boot motif. My girls love splashing around in puddles even more than they do in a swimming pool, and at this time of year I don’t want the weather to stop them from having fun outdoors.
Freyja is only aged four, but she is very tall for her age and tends to wear age 6 clothes, and with the possibility of having quite a few layers underneath any outdoor clothing I ordered aged 6-7, however, the raincoat was actually quite generous in size and so a little big for Freyja. With the sleeves rolled up slightly, it didn’t bother her at all, and there was no way she was going to let me take it away from her to exchange it. I love the colour of this coat – a deep purple splashproof outer with yellow towelling lining and details. The chunky zip meant Freyja was able to do this up easily by herself. One of the features that I particularly love is the longer lip at the back which means that I won’t mind her going on the swings at the park after a rain shower as she won’t be getting a wet bum from sitting on them.
I was really impressed with the quality of both items, but particularly Emily’s stomp suit. The all-in-one type suits that the girls have worn in the past have been single layers of waterproof material which I have always worried about them getting too cold in, and usually end up having to put layers on them underneath (which can restrict how easy it is for them to move around in) or a coat on time, which then makes the splash suit seem a bit pointless. The Splash About Stomp Suit is completely different. It is fully lined with a soft, lightweight towelling material so I know that wearing this Emily will stay warm as well as dry. I also love the fact that it also has foot stirrups to help keep the suit in place and stop the legs riding up.
It is easy to see how good the raincoat and stomp suit look on the girls as they mess around in the garden, but we decided to put them through their paces at WWT Slimbridge to test just how good they were at keeping the girls warm and dry. Showers in the night meant that it was wet underfoot, with plenty of puddles for jumping around in in between feeding the ducks.
The play area was damp and muddy, but the girls stayed warm and dry as they played, swinging from ropes, climbing and even sat in in the slightly damp sand pit.
Just as it was designed for, the lip at the back of Freyja’s raincoat stopped her bottom from getting wet as she sat down on a damp wall for a rest.
Satisfied that the Splash About clothing did their job in normal, everyday wet conditions, we put them to the ultimate test – WellyBoot Land. This time the girls did get wet, but it was hardly surprising when they decided that they were going to sit (and even lie) in the water. In fact, I don’t think there is a product that could keep the pair of them dry in here. What did surprise me that when I came to strip the girls off and get them changed into some dry clothes, is that they weren’t completely wet – the raincoat had kept Freyja’s top dry except for a couple of inches at the end of the sleeves, and even Emily’s vest was dry.
When we got back, all the clothes went in the wash, and both items washed well at 30 degrees. Like other similar outdoor clothing, they are unable to be tumble dried, and the trade off for them being lined, is that they take longer to dry, however, this is the only downside to them.
The Raincoat normally costs £32 but is currently on sale at £25.60, and the Stomp Suit is on sale at £36, reduced from £45. Considering how they compare to other similar products in terms of their quality, they are good value for money and I would definitely get the girls raincoats from Splash About (Stomp Suits only go up to aged 3) in the future.
Disclaimer: We were sent both items for review purposes, but as always all thoughts are my own – I was really impressed with both products and would definitely recommend them