Kids Decor that you MUST see!

Is it just me, or is there nothing quite as fun after having a baby as decorating their bedroom? (Just me? Okay I thought so!).
Before Starfish was born, I spent way more time than I should have daydreaming about what his room would look like – what theme would we choose, what colours would go inside, etc.

I’ll admit that initially I wanted a car/truck or nautical theme for Starfish’s bedroom – not a dinosaur theme! But when you have a daddy who is in love with Jurassic Park, it’s a bit hard to go any other way!

So off I went in search of dinosaur-themed things to populate our baby’s bedroom. Did you know it’s surprisingly difficult to find dinosaur cot sheets? We instead settled on dinosaur decals along the walls, and a gorgeous crochet dinosaur rug, but I always felt like something was missing. Until we got the best kids decor item for Starfish’s bedroom!      

Kids Deco

I have a gorgeous friend named Natalie who is a professional artist by trade. I first had the privilege of seeing her tremendous talent when she and her husband created a stunning toy box for their daughter. Natalie covered the toy box in Disney characters that looked like printed decals – that’s how realistic her paintings were!

Natalie offered to paint something for Starfish for his bedroom – and to say I was excited is an understatement! She asked what I was looking for, so we decided to choose a picture of Arlo from the Good Dinosaur to match Starfish’s dinosaur theme. Natalie sent through a few images for me to choose from and then went away to work her magic.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Natalie works in a range of mediums and offers anything from paper artworks to canvases, and even directly onto furniture or walls. We decided to go with a canvas as I love the ‘art’ feel of a canvas, and it allowed for movement if Starfish ever needed to change bedrooms.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
As you can see, the result is nothing short of a masterpiece! My husband and I can’t get over the amazing detail and remarkable likeness to the original picture. We have been going around showing all our friends and family how great an artist Natalie is!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

And the best thing is Natalie offers her services to everyone! If you’re looking for that extra piece to brighten up your child’s bedroom, why not contact Natalie through her Facebook page and see if she can bring it to life!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

(I received this artwork in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own).

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

About the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit – Best Winter Swimsuit

Disclosure: I was provided with the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cost: $54.95

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: Zipper along the back of the wetsuit

Material: 1mm neoprene body combined with smooth nylon/elastane

Washability: Hand rinse

Available Designs: Navy, Garden Birds, Gecko, Pink Blossom, Surfs Up

Other Features:

  • Regulates core temperature
  • Mix of high quality neoprene and nylon lycra panels for high quality protection and flexibility to get on and off
  • Short sleeves

Where you can get it from: Little Toggs Online Store and limited stockists

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Our Review of the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit:

Size: 1-2 Years (Small, chest 52cm and body 40cm)

Design: Gecko

Design:

The Gecko UV Combie/Wetsuit from Little Toggs has a vibrant blue torso and child-like Gecko panelling. It is designed from a neoprene material to protect the core of the child, while the nylon and elastane panels allow for flexibility in getting the wetsuit off and on. This swimsuit also has a high neckline/collar to protect bub’s neck from the sun. This UV Combie/Wetsuit has a UPF rating of 50+, and apparently the neoprene is a complete sun block (I didn’t know that beforehand!)

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Practicality:

We loved that the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit gave Starfish thorough sun protection, particularly with the sun-blocking neoprene material. We also found that the slightly thicker fabric (1mm) would be perfect for the cooler days and months, as it would keep his core warm in the water. For us, this is the perfect winter swimsuit!

The hardest thing about the UV Combie/Wetsuit we found was that due to its thickness, it was a bit harder to put on Starfish. As he’s only just started learning to walk, he isn’t steady enough on his feet to help us with the dressing process by standing while we change him (we are still lying him down) – and it was a bit of an effort to wiggle it up his body! We are looking forward to using it more in a couple of months time when he can be (slightly??) more helpful in the dressing up process.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Value:

If you’re a family that loves getting into the water most months of the year (particularly if you have a backyard pool), or you’re wanting to get your kids really familiar with the water, this wetsuit is definitely for you. Designed for older babies and toddlers, it is great for keeping them warm as they explore the water. For a similar price that many regular baby swimsuits are priced at, I think this is great value for money.

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ Protection
  • Neoprene (1mm thick) to keep the core warm and as a sun block
  • Nylon/Elastane panels for flexibility in getting the wetsuit on (plus a cute gecko design on the panels!)
  • Great value for money, especially for families constantly around water

Considerations:

  • Can be a bit tricky dressing younger toddlers and babies, as the thick fabric is hard to get on their bodies.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!

Disclosure: I was provided with the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit and attachable hat in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit – Best Protection Swimsuit

Cost: $69.99 for the swimsuit and attachable hat combo

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 000 – 3 Years (plus they offer 3-6 years as well).

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: There is a zipper that goes halfway down the torso, as well as buttons that go all the way up the inner legs.

Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex

Washability: Delicate wash in cold water

Available Designs: Rashoodz offers a range of swimwear options, including short and long sleeve swimsuits, rashies, board shorts, swim nappies and hats.

Boys: Widdle Waves (blue), Sea Elements (Limited Edition), Nautical Mischief, Triangle Traffic, Summer Sailor, Circus Circus, Navy and Green, Jurrasic Jibe, Chevvy Green

Girls: Polly in Pink, Rosey Posy, Ballerina Blooms

Boy and Girl Designs: Pineapple Party

Other Features:

  • Chlorine resistant
  • Attachable hat with clips
  • Easy nappy change clips
  • Long sleeves for extra protection
  • Chemical Free Community Member

Where you can get it from: Rashoodz online store, David Jones, Chemist Warehouse and various stockists

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!

Our Review of the Rashoodz Full Length Swimsuit & Matching Hat:

Size: 1 (Fits 11-12kg, 74-80cm height, 12-24 months)

Design: Widdle Waves full length swim suit

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!

Design:

The first thing that stood out to me about the Widdle Waves Full length baby swimsuit was the gorgeous vibrant blue colour. With a pattern to accent the side panels of the outfit as well as the matching hat, we found this baby swimsuit to be a combination of both childlike and stylish design.

The full length Rashoodz swimsuit has a zipper that runs from the top of the outfit to the middle of the torso, and has backing fabric to protect bub’s chest. The inner legs of the swimsuit are lined with buttons to allow for easy nappy changes, and also has buttons at the back of the neck of the swimsuit to keep the included hat attached (if you have a bub like Starfish who insists on pulling it off!). This swim outfit is made from polyester and spandex, allowing it to stretch easily around very active toddlers!

The fabric also has a UPF50+ rating, which is the most ideal for bubs’ skin in protecting them from the sun (especially with their extra sensitive skin). This added with the full length sleeves/legs put our minds at ease about having our (very pasty) boy in the sun!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!

Practicality:

We found the Rashoodz Full Length Baby Swimsuit extremely easy to put on and take off, as the buttons on the legs could be undone to create a bigger space for Starfish’s (big!) head to fit through. This was great as he’s in the middle of a wiggly stage, and his increased movement has made dressing difficult. The spandex component of the swimsuit was amazing as it allowed for the material to easily move and stretch around Starfish, not only while we dressed him, but as he moved around and played as well.

Although we haven’t trialled it in the full extent of Summer or the beach (yet!), we think it may get a bit warm with the full-length sleeves during the summer months. I absolutely love the long sleeves for sun protection, and definitely see its potential for warmth in the cooler months as well.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!

Value:

We absolutely love Rashoodz Swimsuit, and have found that the features of this outfit are everything that we look for in protection for our boy in the sun and water. We did find that it is quite a pricey swimsuit compared to some of the other options. Overall, you could find some swimsuits that would have almost all the same features for a cheaper price, but if you’re looked for guaranteed high-quality, all-inclusive protection, Rashoodz offer a great baby swimsuit.

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ rating and chlorine resistant
  • Clips for easy nappy changes and for the attachable
  • Long sleeves for extra sun protection
  • Cute and trendy design

Considerations:

  • Price is quite expensive compared to some of the other swimwear options.

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Rashoodz Baby Swimsuit!      

My Water Bubs Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

Disclosure: I was provided with the My Water Bubs Baby Swimsuit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the My Water Bubs Baby Swimsuit – Best Learning To Swim Suit

Cost: $49.95

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: Medium (10-14kg) and Large (14-18kg). Suitable for ages 1 to 3.

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: N/A

Material: Nylon and Spandex

Washability: Rinse under cold water

Available Designs: Nautical, Hearts, Pretty in Pink, Polka-Dot, Racing, Shark, Surfing, Zebra.

Other Features:

  • Foam inserts to help give freedom and confidence to children in water*
  • Lightweight and quick drying
  • Easily removable foam inserts
  • Protects delicate skin

Note: Does not replace adult supervision – constant supervision is a must for children. Not for use in boating.

Where you can get it from: My Water Bubs online store

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Our Review of the My Water Bubs Flotation Baby Swimsuit:

Size: Medium (10-14kg)

Design: Nautical Float Suit

Design:

The obvious standout for the My Water Bubs baby swimsuit is the foam inserts that help make it a float suit. They are positioned around the torso of the outfit to create buoyancy for children as they enter the water. These foam inserts can be easily removed for swimming and washing purposes.

The float suits come in a range of colours and designs to suit your child’s personality, and are designed with a low neckline (like a tank top) and boy-leg shorts. The size of the My Water Bubs swimsuits is determined by the weight of your child – between a medium (10-14kg) and large (14-18kg).

Practicality:

The float suit from My Water Bubs has been designed to help give children freedom and increasing confidence in the water. The position of the foam inserts around the torso helps keep children buoyant and allows for them to learn strokes and kicking without any restrictions. While Starfish is too young to start learning the proper strokes and kicking style, this swimsuit has helped him become freer in the water. As a water bub himself, he is able to explore his love of water and become more confident while he’s swimming.

While I absolutely love this swimsuit, I’ve found it more practical for the pool than for the beach, largely due to his age. At the beach, he is more keen to walk on the sand or sit and watch the water rather than getting in and playing around. The float suit is a bit large due to the foam inserts, and as a new walker/mover, Starfish found it a bit hard to manoeuvre himself around the beach (occasionally losing his balance, despite the light weight of the inserts). The My Water Bubs float suit suited our family trips to the pool as Starfish could play around in the water with increasing independence.

Value:

As I mentioned before, I absolutely love the My Water Bubs float suit. I love that it is unique, and can help Starfish build increasing confidence and independence in the water, which is something he enjoys. I was surprised that the suit cost less than some of the other baby swimsuits in this review, so I definitely think it is worth the money for pool play times and developing bubs’ confidence around water.

Stand out Features:

  • Foam inserts for buoyancy, which can be removed as your child becomes more confident in the water.
  • Lightweight and quick drying spandex and Nylon material.
  • Reasonable price considering what this baby swimsuit has to offer.
  • Multiple gorgeous designs to suit your child’s personality and interests.

Considerations:

Cat and I Rashie and Hat Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

About the Cat & I Rashie + Hat – Best Toddler Swimwear

Disclosure: I was provided with the Cat & I Rashie and Hat in exchange for my honest review. We discussed and acknowledged that the rashie was a size larger than we needed. All opinions are my own.

Cost: $49.95 (rashie) + $19.95 (matching hat)

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 2-12

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: Zipper from top of the rashie to the middle of the chest

Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex

Washability: Cold hand wash (less than 30 degrees)

Available Designs: Boys: Vista Blue Jeans Texture, Navy Blue Denim Texture; Girls: Vintage Aqua, Black and White Summer Floral, Pink and White Polka Dot, Impatiens Pink

Other Features:

  • 100% chlorine proof
  • Premium 4 way stretch material
  • Quick drying
  • Comfortable neck with zip

Where you can get it from: Cat & I online store

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Our Review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat:

Size: 2

Design: Vista Blue Jeans texture

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Design:

The Cat & I Rashie and Hat in vista blue has a gorgeous understated cross hatch pattern (or ‘jeans texture’ as it is called) with blue contrast stitching, making it a trendy beach item for toddlers and children. The rashie has a quarter zip that gives it a relaxed fit and is comfortable for children to wear. With the spandex and polyester blend, it is smooth and stretchy for ease of dressing.

The matching vista blue brimmed hat has a short brim and a strap under the chin to help keep the hat in place on active toddlers.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Practicality:

The Cat & I rashie was easy to put on Starfish due to the quarter neck zipper, and could fit easily over his big head. Despite being a size 2 (a size bigger than Starfish is currently), we found that the rashie fit him quite well except for slightly long sleeves. This made it slightly harder for him to pick up objects while playing (for example his dinosaurs in the backyard pool), however it didn’t bother him in the slightest and he enjoyed roaming around the pool with his dinosaurs!Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Value:

The biggest concern for this rashie is that it is quite pricey for just a rashie (considering you would also need to get boardshorts or a swim nappy to complete the outfit). However in saying that, the Cat & I rashies are a high quality option that will give you a longer lasting duration. As the sizes start from toddlers (size 2) onwards, you won’t need to be updating their swimwear as frequently as the babies (as they grow through sizes so quickly). The Cat & I rashie and brimmed hat combo is a great investment for older children that will last them a long time with great protection and on-style trend.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ Protection and 4 way stretch material (polyester and spandex blend)
  • Trendy style for older children with matching brimmed hat
  • Quarter zipped neck for relaxed fit and comfort (and ease of dressing)
  • Long sleeves for sun protection
  • 100% chlorine proof and quick-drying

Considerations:

  • Could be quite pricey considering it is just a rashie (not a full outfit), however for older children who will need less-frequent outfit upgrades, it is a great investment in a high-quality rashie.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Cat & I Rashie and Hat!    

Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

As the weather is heating up, I’ve found that living near the beach has come a VERY good thing. Starfish is at the age of needing constant entertainment, and nothing screams FUN more than a trip to the beach – although saying that, our Starfish is quite precious and has a love/hate relationship with the sand and water. But with many growth spurts over the past year, it was time for us to upgrade his baby swimsuit wardrobe and find a new outfit for our beach outings. It was with this in mind that I decided to put together for Summer a Baby Swimsuit Review. If you haven’t already chosen a swimsuit for baby this year, I hope this review will help you!

Below is an overview of the baby swimsuits I have currently reviewed. At the time of publishing this review, I still have a couple more swimsuits to add (particularly a cheaper option from Big W and a popular option from Bonds). I appreciate your patience with me adding these – two part time jobs including Teaching and reporting season is a bit stressful! However I hope the baby swimsuits currently in this review will be insightful in itself before I add the others (which I will make sure to update you about!).

What I love most about this review is that I’ve had the opportunity to try a variety of different swimwear options for babies and toddlers, not just the same style of swimsuit. I hope this is helpful for you as well, and always I’d like to take this opportunity to note that my reviews are obviously based on our personal experiences and preferences – all families are different in their preference of style, cut, size, etc.

Another important note for this Baby Swimsuit Review – due to the timing of receiving these items, and mangaing the weather (so much rain!), we haven’t had a chance to test all swimsuits at the beach yet. Note has been made of those not trialled at the beach, and when these will be updated after a beach outing!

BrandCostUPF RatingAvailable SizesMaterialZippers/ButtonsWashableOther FeaturesLink to Review
Best and LessTBATBATBATBATBATBATBATBA
BondsTBATBATBATBATBATBATBATBA
Cat & I$49.95 (rashie)
$19.95 (hat)
50+2-1285% Polyester
15% Spandex
Quarter zipper on chestYES• 100% chlorine proof
• Stretch material
• Quick drying
Full Review Here
Little Toggs
Happy Nappy Wetsuit
TBATBATBATBATBATBATBATBA
Little Toggs
Happy Swim Nappy + Rashy
$29.95 EACH50+0 months - 3 years (Happy Swim Nappy); 6 months - 3 years (Rashy)NeopreneN/AHand wash• Best protection against faecal leaks
• Design for best fit, comfort and flexibility
https://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/11/happy-nappy-baby-swimsuit-review/
Little Toggs
UV Combie/Wetsuit
$54.9550+1-6 yearsNeoprene with Nylon and Elastane panelsAlong the backRinse under water• Regulates core temperature
• Mix of fabrics for protection and flexibility
• Short sleeves
https://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/11/little-toggs-uv-combie-wetsuit-review/
My Water Bubs$49.95UnknownMedium (10-14kg)
Large (14-18kg)
Nylon and SpandexN/ARinse under water• Easily removable foam inserts
• Lightweight and quick drying
• Protects delicate skin
https://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/11/my-water-bubs-baby-swimsuit-review/
Platypus Australia$56.95
(matching hat, $29.95)
50+0-8High-quality Matt Nylon Lycra ® XTRA LITE™Zipper halfway down torso, buttons in between legs (nappy changes)YES• Ultra-chlorine resistant
• No labels sewn in
• Breathable and quick drying
https://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/11/platypus-australia-baby-swimsuit-review
Rashoodz$69.9950+000-3
(Also offer 3-6)
85% Polyester, 15% SpandexZipper halfway down torso, buttons in between legs (nappy changes)YES• Chlorine resistant
• Attachable hat with clips
• Nappy change clips
• Long sleeves for extra protection
https://www.mummamorrison.com/2017/11/rashoodz-baby-swimsuit-review/

* One thing I found interesting in researching for this review was the difference between UPF and SPF (for any others who didn’t know!). SPF is ‘sun protection factor’, which we know from sunscreens and the like. UPF is ‘ultraviolet protection factor’, and measure the UV protection of fabrics (similar to SPF, but with fabrics). A swimsuit with a UPF rating of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV rays falling onto the fabric to pass through it.

Mumma Morrison’s Choice for the Baby Swimsuit Review:

We loved trialling the different assortment of swimwear available for babies this summer. There was such a variety in design and their benefits that it is so hard to narrow down our choice of swimsuit to just one option. As such, we’ve chosen a couple of different swimsuits which we will be using on a regular basis, although I know we will be using all the swimsuits in the future!

  • Our general swimsuit for Starfish will be the Platypus Australia Swimsuit.
  • We will be using the My Water Bubs Float Suit for pool use, particularly as Starfish gets older and is wanting to learn to swim.
  • We will be using the Rashoodz Swimsuit in the cooler months (such as for swimming lessons), with the longer sleeves and legs.

Check out all the reviews and swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

 

Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit!

Disclosure: I was provided with the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit and matching hat in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

About the Platypus Australia Swimsuit – The Best Summer Swimsuit

Cost: $56.95 (plus extra hat, $29.95)

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 0-8

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: There is a zipper that goes halfway down the torso and buttons on the inside of the legs.

Material: Made from high-quality Matt Nylon Lycra ® XTRA LITE™which is ultra chlorine resistant, breathable and quick-drying.

Washability: Delicate wash in cold water

Available Designs: Platypus Australia offers a range of swimwear options, including short and long sleeve swimsuits, rashies, board shorts, swim nappies and hats.

Boys: Maritime (Sizes 0-8), Crab Crawl (Sizes 0-8), Ahoy (Sizes 4-14), Surf Abstracts (Sizes 8-14)

Girls: Vintage Floral (Sizes 0-8), Flamingo Dance (Sizes 0-8), Beach Scene (Sizes 4-14), Tribal (Sizes 4-14), Sunset Pal (Sizes 8-14)

Note: Each of the above mentioned designs have several different designs and swimwear options.

Other Features:

  • Ultra-chlorine resistant
  • No labels sewn in to increase comfort for child
  • Fabric is breathable and quick drying
  • Buttons inside the legs for easy nappy changes!

Where you can get it from: Platypus Australia online store, Triple Bull in Cronulla, and various online stores.

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit!

Our Review of the Platypus Australia Short-Sleeve Swimsuit & Hat:

Size: 1

Design: Maritime Short-Sleeve Swimsuit + Hat

Design:

I couldn’t go past the gorgeous Maritime pattern on the Platypus Baby Swimsuit! There’s something about the Maritime theme and a boy that I think is really gorgeous. The light blue, navy, white and red combo works really well in creating a bold, child-friendly print that screams “fun beach day with the family!”. There is a combination of maritime symbols on the front and a striped pattern on the back to create a unique trend for beach outings.

The short-sleeve swimsuit has a zipper that comes halfway down the torso, with a material backing behind it to protect bubs’ chest. It also has buttons on the inside of the legs to allow for ease of changing (including nappy changes!). This outfit is made from a special lycra material that is ultra-chlorine resistant (protecting it from chemicals), breathable and fast drying (what you need at the beach with a crazy toddler), plus it has a UPF rating of 50+ (the best you can get!).

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit!

Practicality:

The zipper and buttons on the inside of the legs made putting the swimsuit on extremely easy, which is exactly what you want for an active toddler. The lycra material and short sleeves also helped this process as it was easy to manoeuvre the material around the gangly arms and legs!

The material and UPF50+ rating of the Platypus Australia baby swimsuit is by far its best feature. It is lightweight and quick drying, meaning that we didn’t get endless sand all over the swimsuit as Starfish slowly walked back up the beach (I absolutely HATE sand!!). The quick dry was also very handy for getting Starfish changed at the beach (back into normal clothes) and back into the pram and car. However if I wasn’t worried about the nappy – because I forgot to put a swim nappy on him – I could have left him in the swimsuit to go back into the car because he dried so quickly. The short sleeves for this baby swimsuit also make it a great option for summer, although sun-conscious parents (guilty!) just need to work a little harder on the sunscreen application.

Value:

We absolutely loved everything about the Platypus swimsuit – the gorgeous patterns and colours, the lightweight and quick drying Lycra material, and the ease of access for changing Starfish. It was by far one of the best swimsuits I’ve come across – again the only sticking point is having the money for such a purchase. If you can afford this price, it is definitely the way to go!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit!

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ rating and ultra-chlorine resistant
  • Lycra material which is lightweight and quick drying
  • Clips for easy nappy changes
  • Short sleeves for extra sun protection
  • Gorgeous pattern and design

Considerations:

  • Price is expensive compared to some of the other swimwear options.

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Platypus Australia Baby Swimsuit!

Little Toggs Happy Nappy + Rashy Baby Swimsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

About the Little Toggs Happy Nappy and Rashy Top – Most Cost Effective

Disclosure: I was provided with the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cost: $29.95 (Happy Nappy) + $29.95 (Rashy Top)

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: Happy Nappy: Small (0-3 months) to XXL (2-3 years); Rashy Tops: 6 months to 3 years

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: N/A

Material: Happy Nappy: Neoprene bottom and gusset; Nylon and Elastane (Rashy)

Washability: Hand wash in cool water and dry away from direct heat/sunlight

Available Designs: Happy Nappy: Gecko, Dragonfly, Pink Blossom, Pink Geranium, Garden Birds, Nina’s Ark, Noah’s Ark, Vintage Moby, Navy White Dots, Shark Orange, Gecko, Blue Cobalt, Big Blue Dots, Lilac Coloured Dots, Hot Pink, Australian Flag, Candy Stripe, Surfs Up, Set Sail, Apple Daisy, Navy White Red, Navy Blue Lagoon, Lilac Star, Turqouise Blue Lagoon, Pink Frilly, Blue Star

Rashy tops: Navy, Pink, Pink Blossom

Other Features:

  • Unique patented design for the best protection against faecal leaks
  • Technologically advanced for the best fit and comfort
  • Ergonomic panel design moves as your child moves
  • UPF50+ for that extra sun protection

Where you can get it from: Little Toggs Online Store and various stores (as Little Toggs is a stockist of the Splash About Happy Nappy)

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

Our Review of the Little Toggs Happy Nappy and Rashy Top:

Size: 12-24 months (Happy Nappy) and 1-2 Years (Rashy)

Design: Vintage Moby (Happy Nappy) and Navy (Rashy)

Design:

The Happy Nappy is designed to be used in place of a disposable swim nappy, and has maximum protection again faecal leaks. It is anti bacterial and mould resistant, meaning that it is long lasting and reusable (particularly for those who do not want to spend lots of money on disposable nappies). The Happy Nappy uses contoured neoprene material to help the nappy stay in place while baby crawls and wriggles around.

The Happy Nappy comes with a scooped back panel to fit over your baby’s spine and prevent gaping (e.g. plumber’s crack!!), minimising any possible leakages. There are also deep ribs at the legs and waist to help the nappy maintain its position and form a snug seal.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

Practicality:

We have had one very unpleasant experience with a reusable swim nappy (which we had to throw away), so we are a bit anxious about using a swim nappy by itself. I must admit that when we were trying the swim nappy, it was after we did a costume change for another swimsuit in the review, so I forgot to take off the disposable nappy he was wearing (hence the awkward look of the happy nappy in the photos). I will endeavour to review the swim nappy by itself sometime in the coming weeks when we visit the beach again, and I will write a review on how well it holds everything in!

In the meantime, despite holding a nappy inside, the Happy Nappy sat quite snuggly to Starfish’s legs and back. He was able to stand, squat and crawl around the beach, giving him great mobility during this active stage of his development. It paired really well with the rashy to give him excellent sun protection as well.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

Value:

If you’re the type to go for a reusable swim nappy instead of disposables, while I haven’t fully tried this (YET), I would definitely be choosing this as my first option to have a try with. Firstly, it is a great price ($29.95) for great quality. The Happy Nappy is recommended by swim teachers, swim schools and health care professionals, giving it a solid reputation. This is definitely the best value for money over the long term if want swimwear that gives great sun protection and will catch those leakages!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ Protection
  • Neoprene (1mm thick) to keep the swim nappy in place – fits snugly and allows for lots of movement
  • Extremely affordable and cost effective (as a reusable nappy!)

Considerations:

  • Still awaiting a full ‘trial’ of the happy nappy without a disposable underneath.

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

      Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Happy Nappy Baby Swimsuit!

The Latest and Greatest Baby Monitor Review 2017

I’ve started to build up a bit of a repertoire of writing up BIG reviews – starting with the successful Winter Sleeping Bag review, and then followed by the Nappy Bag Review and The Great Australian Nappy Review. I have thoroughly enjoyed trialling a range of brands to help you find the best for you and your family, and so I’ve continued this trend by completing a Baby Monitor Review – 5 of the latest and greatest brands bringing families technology for the safety and wellbeing of their babies.

I wrote this review for the Baby Hints and Tips website, so click on the links below to check out my reviews and overview (including my pick!):

What baby monitor do you use and why do you love it?

 xx

Infant Massage: A Beginner’s Guide

Tonight on the blog I’m joined by the lovely Alisha, who has a heart-warming story to share about her gorgeous daughter, which led her down the path of Infant Massage. If you’re wondering why you should look into infant massage with your own baby (it isn’t hard to start!), check out Alisha’s amazing story and her quick tips to get you started. Thanks for sharing with us Alisha! xx

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.

Aria’s Story

Hi, my name is Alisha Harris and I just wanted to introduce myself and talk about why I love infant massage so much. The photo below is my beautiful daughter Aria. She is one year old now and such a happy girl. She absolutely loves to be massaged, and although it’s relaxing, she sometimes finds it a funny experience.

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.

Aria was born with an illness called Pierre Robin Sequence and has had to have many surgeries, but one surgery, in particular, found she had a hole in her heart which caused her to have a stroke. It was such a scary time, as I was told so many things, such as, “she may not be able to walk”, “she may have speech issues” and even, “she may have cerebral palsy”. As with any mother, I was doing a lot of research to find ways to help Aria and was continuously drawn to Infant Massage and all its benefits.

Every night I would massage Aria, focusing on her left side (the stroke was on the right but affected her left). At the very least it was a consistent avenue for us to strengthen our bond through comforting touch, and verbal reassurance.

She really responded positively to these sessions, using her left hand to pick up toys and kicking her legs- both legs!

After one year of working with Aria and massaging her I have been advised by her medical team that the stroke has not affected her at all. I believe that the Massage and positive calming effect it had on her has helped Aria significantly.

Heart-warmed and motivated by the positive experience we’d had, I was passionate to share what we had learned with others, and went on to formally study Infant Massage and Baby Yoga. I am now a qualified instructor, teaching the relaxing techniques and lymphatic exercises that helped us so much, and am excited to help other parents who are in a similar situation, or who perhaps have babies that are suffering colic or reflux, or who might just be looking for a calming, bonding activity.

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.

Benefits of Infant Massage

Infant massage can have many benefits such as:
* Enhances coordination
* Improves sleep and regulates sleep patterns
* Improves wind, colic, reflux and constipation
* Reduces the stress hormone in children and their parents
* Reduces crying time
* Relieves sinus and chest congestion
* Enhances emotion and improves mood
* Helps with the bond between parents and baby
* Great for preterm infants

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.

Simple Techniques for Infant Massage

It is important to note that there are significant differences between massage for adults and massage for infants. It is vital to understand the correct strokes, ideal timing and length of massage to avoid over-stimulation.Here are some simple steps to Massaging your baby to get you started

Here are some simple steps to Massaging your baby to get you started1. Find a quiet space each day to preform baby massage

1. Find a quiet space each day to perform baby massage.

2. Before beginning massage, baby should be making eye contact showing you that they are ready to receive a massage.

3. To perform your infant massage, you should use cold pressed oils, free from soap, fragrance or common irritants.

4. Baby Massage should begin with the legs and move to the buttocks, abdomen, chest, arms, face, head and then the back.

5. Massage the abdomen in a clockwise motion from left to right, as this will help with colic, wind and constipation. 

6. Begin chest massage by placing both hands on the chest to see if baby’s arms remain open, signalling that they’re happy to begin. The permission sequence is a very big part of infant massage.

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.

To find out more, please visit Alisha’s Facebook page, or contact her directly via email.

Check this post for a beginner's guide to Infant Massage, including health benefits to your baby and simple techniques to get you started.