WINNER: GOLD BEST BABY SWIMWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest
WHAT: A slim, compact and lightweight buoyancy vest that packs flat and is perfect for travelling . With UPF50+ sun protection and made from quick-dry neoprene that keeps its vibrant colours, even after prolonged use in sun and chlorinated water, it is perfect for taking on holiday to help little ones become more confident in the water. For children 1-6years.
WHY: We loved this super practical vest that really does give kids that extra sense of confidence in the water helping them make that move towards swimming independently without the restriction of armbands. Thoughtful details like a covered zip to avoid chafing and UPF50+ protection makes this a fantastic choice for fledgling swimmers. Apart from all the practical ticks we also loved the gorgeous designs which have a cute retro vibe. Our JDA19 judges had plenty to say about these vests:
Beautiful and so useful - my baby will not wear armbands!
I love that these pack flat and the prints and colours are absolutely wonderful which makes it a safety product that the kids actually want to wear.
WINNER: SILVER BEST BABY SWIMWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: Bambino Mio - swim nappy and swim rash top
WHAT: Mix & match, reusable swim nappies and rash tops made with fabric that gives UPF 50+ protection. The co-ordinating swim nappies are made with a super soft terry cotton lining that’s gentle on skin and feature all important leak proof legs. The perfect eco alternative to disposable swim nappies.
WHY: What’s not to love about swim sets that provide protection from the sun and mean that you don’t end up throwing disposable swim nappies into landfill? Not to mention a far nicer swimming experience for babies and toddlers when they aren’t weighed down by a soggy nappy. Some of our JDA19 judges were already familiar with the brand and some had never seen it before but all of them were extremely impressed.
These reusable nappies changed my life when I first found them. They also meant that my little ones actually wanted to go into the pool. There's nothing worse than a sagging swim nappy and this is so well designed that they don't even notice they're wearing it. I love that it comes with a matching rash vest! The nappies are also great to have in my bag for the impromptu splash park or beach visits we tend to do over the summer.
I love these bright and beautiful designs almost as much as I love the idea of saying goodbye to soggy, eco-unfriendly disposables!
WINNER: BRONZE BEST BABY SWIMWEAR COLLECTION
WHO: Pop-in -Endangered Animal Swim Collection
WHAT: A swimwear collection from Close featuring illustrations of animals that have become critically endangered in their natural habitats. The range includes a new improved swim nappy with a drawstring waist to for a better fit and a new long-sleeved version of their popular rash vest. The collection also includes all in ones, play mats and rash vests all in co-ordinating prints.
WHY: This super cute collection not only removes the the need for disposable nappies but 1% from every sale goes to the Marine Conservation Society. As well as swim nappies and rash vests there is a whole range of well designed UPF of 50+ swimwear items all decorated with images of endangered wildlife and featuring lots of thoughtful details. We particularly liked the Baby Cosy suit and the Toddler Snug, which are fleece lined for extra warmth so kids can spend longer in the water without getting chilly. Our JDA19 judges were very excited about this range.
The quality feels brilliant.
I love the fact that these designs encourage conversation about endangered sea-life and that the Marine Conservation Society benefits from every sale. Extra Junior points right there!
WHERE: Pop-in Endangered Animal Swim Collection is available from Close