It’s a blistering hot day and the cool blue pool looks insanely inviting! You quickly hustle the kids into their swimwear because you can’t wait to jump in. Just before you make that plunge though, one thought inevitably flashes across your mind - Is the water COLD? You brace yourself for the shock of cold water, but still, the chill hits you to the brrrr… bone! You let out a mini shriek and start swimming vigorously in an attempt to warm up your body. Sounds familiar? You’re not alone!
*Why does that happen?
Even on warm days, a pool can feel very cold simply because our body temperature is higher than the temperature of the pool water. Your body loses heat to the water upon entry and you start to feel cold.
Now how would that feel for a baby or young child? For a little person with much less body heat than a typical adult, the huge body of cold water constantly draws heat away and makes the pool water feel unbearably cold. Imagine how much worse it is for babies who don’t move about and are much less able to generate more body heat to make up for the lost heat.
*What can we do?
Does that mean we keep the little ones away from the water? Oh never! The benefits of swimming for young children have been researched and written about so much (like here, here, here… well, you get the idea!) that many parents today recognise the extensive benefits it brings to their little ones’ minds and bodies. How then do we as parents make pool time safer and more comfortable for our precious little ones?
The simple solution is the... thermal swimwear! Or wetsuit as we commonly call it. Wait… what? Aren’t wetsuits used only for cold weather or open water swimming? Nope. Wetsuits are especially beneficial in warmer climates too. As long as the temperature of the water is lower than body temperature, heat loss occurs and hypothermia can set in if too much heat is lost from the body.
*How does it work?
Thermal swimwear are made of an insulating material, such as neoprene. When worn snugly so that there is minimal flow of water into and out of the suit, a thin layer of water is trapped between the suit and the skin, allowing that layer of water to warm up to body temperature. This warm layer of water, together with the thickness of the insulating material, works to slow down the rate of heat loss so that the core body temperature is maintained. Now the little ones feel less like passing out from the cold, and are able to stay comfortable and longer in the water!
That’s not all the thermal swimwear does! Here’s a list of the benefits the humble wetsuit brings:
*Where can I get a thermal swimwear for my little one?
At Baby Beachbums, we carry two types of thermal swimwear - neoprene wetsuits and fleece-lined wetsuits. We can go on and on about the awesome features of these two types, but we’ll save that for another post! In the meantime, if you are burning to know more, check out our FAQs to understand the difference between these two types!
-- Till next time, Stay Sun Safe!! --
The lovely ones at mypreciouzkids.com tried out our hugely popular Warm Kinetic* by home-grown brand, Beluga Kids!
Click here to see what they have to say. ;)
* The Warm Kinetic by Beluga Kids is a high-quality UPF50+ light neoprene thermal wear made of 2mm neoprene and Lycra sleeves. It effectively combines core body warmth with wetsuit flexibility to keep little ones comfortably warm without restricting movement. The fun designs and colours also make this range a must-have for the little ones' wardrobe!
***Happiness*** is seeing our lovingly curated products being featured in the media! This time, in Young Parents magazine, no less!
On feature is one of our favourite pieces by Beluga Kids, the Warm Kinetic - Shark Reef Blue. A high-quality UPF50+ light wetsuit designed with active children in mind, the Warm Kinetic is made of a durable 2mm neoprene core body panel and light stretchy Lycra sleeves and side panels. Core body warmth is maintained without the stiffness or heaviness of typical all-body neoprene suits, thereby allowing more freedom of movement. Its mid-length sleeves and legs also provide optimum protection from the sun without unduly restricting movement.
We are so proud and happy to have been awarded the Retailer of the Year for Swimwear at the 2016 little Awards!!
A big big Thank You to all our customers and partners for your constant support since the start of our journey almost 3 years ago. This is what keeps us going!
A huge Thank You too to the panel at little magazine for the recognition! This means sooo much to us.
We are sooo loving the way these 2 little ones rock their new sun protection gear! Sun safety is such an important yet frequently overlooked aspect of children's health. With such cool-looking gear, your little ones will be more than happy to put them on! ;)
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