Friday, November 14, 2014

Kids Swim & Beach Style | Baby BeachBums + {GIVEAWAY}

Lil Pumpkin has been attending swim classes regularly for slightly more than one month now. She goes to our club once a week on Saturday mornings, and has an extra practice session with me on one weekday evening. Usually on Mondays.

It's been fun having that extra bonding time with her in the pool, and it's very rewarding to see her progressing well from someone who couldn't even float without her arm buoys, to someone who can kick and glide by herself for about 6m in such a short time :) Recently, her swimming class co-ordinator also told me that the coaches think she's ready to advance to the next swimming level.. even without taking the test at the end of the term. Woohoo!! Well done my dear, your hard work has certainly paid off.

But the best part of all these swimming is that, she really, really enjoys it a lot. You can literally see her face light up whenever she knows she's going to the swimming pool and Lil Pumpkin feels very pleased by herself when she manages a new swimming skill too. One of the new things I taught her, outside of class, is to retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool. This is to get her to swim confidently underwater, and to be able to hold her breath longer. She managed it on the first day and each time we swim together now, she'll ask excitedly if we can play that "game" again.

Since we've been going to the swimming pool more often, we definitely need more swimwear and gear!! We found that Baby Beachbums online shop offers pretty affordable UV-protective swimwear and gear that are stylish and comfortable.

As her Saturday swim lessons are in the morning, one thing that worries me is that her tender eyes and skin are overexposed to the harsh morning sun. So for goggles on really sunny days, I wanted to get those with dark lenses, like the Aqua Sphere Seal Kid with Dark Lens goggles. Its dark lens offer 100% UVA and UVB protection as well as a scratch-resistant coating. Would have loved to get it in pink for her but they didn't have any, so the next best choice was to get it in green, the boy's fave colour haha.

Made in Italy, it has a flexible frame that sits outside the eye area for comfort and the soft silicone material is pliable and durable, allowing it to retain its flexibility and shape over time. However, I think because her nose bridge is too small, it does not fit her very well and there's a gap so water can seep through. I'd suggest to get this for older kids and I'd keep this for her until she gets bigger.

Or maybe I'd use it since it fits me quite well :P Still have to get used to this expanded, 180-degree field of vision but you can definitely see more underwater with it!

Lil Pumpkin really likes her Aqua Sphere Moby Kid with Blue Lens goggles though. This one we managed to get in pink! :P Like the green Seal Kid goggles, it has a flexible goggle frame and soft gasket to cushion her delicate skin around the eye and keep water from going in. The lens is also covered in a scratch-resistant coating and offers children 100% UVA and UVB protection.

The blue lens is ideal for bright conditions reducing glare and reflections, but also since it's not too dark, is great for indoor use or when there's low light like in the evenings.

Lil Pumpkin gets pretty frustrated when her goggles fog up so she's very happy with the anti-fog coating {that works!} and can easily adjust her goggle straps during lesson time by herself with the easy-adjust buckles. No more toddling up to me to ask me for help!

This pair of goggles is smaller and fits her face better. It was designed specifically for junior swimmers, with Aqua Sphere's easy-to-adjust buckle system that even the littlest of hands will find easy to use. It is a perfect starter pair for budding swimmers as it will help keep them comfortable and relaxed in the water so that they can better focus on the task at hand.

For swimwear, I prefer Lil Pumpkin to wear 2-piece swim suits as it's easier to get in and out off, especially when she needs to go to the toilet fast! The UPF 50+ {meaning about 99% of UV radiation is blocked} UV protective Sunset Beach rashguard has long sleeves to protect her arms right up to her wrist, and I like the pink & orange zipper neck embroidery details. Very fashionable and pretty.

The microfiber boy-style shorts is easy to put on too with the zipper/snap closure with bold pinks of orange, pink and purple. Lil Pumpkin doesn't like to swim with shorts but it's still handy to wear around at the pool or beach since it is water-resistant. 

The Sassy Surfer swimwear caught my eye because of the pink polka dots and ruffles! So adorable! It is also sun-protective with a UPF50+ rating, a full zipper down front which makes it so easy to put-on and take-off and a no-pinch zipper flap at the top.

This is definitely one of her fave now :)

Another swimming costume that caught my eye for Lil Pumpkin was the UPF50+ UV protective Palm Springs halter tankini. I would gladly get this for myself too if they had my size, and my sister said the same thing too!! It features feminine ruffles at the neck and waist and the tropical print reminds me of a nice beach holiday every time I see it :P This one we use in the evenings when the sun isn't that strong or hot.

It also comes in a set with a super soft terry cover-up dress with the same palm print in the hood lining. There's also a convenient front pocket with sweet smocking details at the cap sleeves and pocket.Really comfortable to wear to and from the pool, or as a casual dress by itself.

Baby BeachBums doesn't just sell swimwear and gear, but also sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. It's a one-stop children's sun safety and swim shop. Since her old pair is too small now, we got a new Babiators Polarized sunglasses for her, one of the shop's best-selling items. It comes in many different designs and colours but the colourful party animals prints on the side of these are just too cute!!

We always get sunglasses with UV protection and this one has 100% UVA and UVB protection from harmful sun rays. The lenses are also polarised to reduce the harsh sun glare and with the flexible rubber frames, it fits her head nicely without being too "stiff". Also, as much as I remind her, sometimes she tends to pull it open before wearing so the flexible frames withstand this "shock" better. It also comes with a Babiators Cloud sunglasses case that can hang nicely on her bag :)

Oh, one very useful service of Babiators is that they have a Lost & Found guarantee. If your little aviator's Babiators products are lost or broken within one year of purchase, Babiators will send you a free replacement {all you pay is shipping!}. All that is needed is a registration on their website using the code found on the box.

Check out Baby BeachBums website for more information about their sun-protective products and tips on sun safety! Free registered mail delivery to Singapore addresses for purchases over S$80 and overseas shipping available.

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have THREE SwimZip Kids Swimwear Set for Boys & Girls {worth S$39.90 each} to give away! It's available for kids aged 1 to 7 years old {Shark Attack is up to 8 years old}. They all have UPF 50+ sun protection that blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays, front zips and uber-cute designs! The designs and sizes you can choose from are:

1. Surfer Dude, sizes available are 12-18mths, 18-24mths, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6
2. Shark Attack, sizes available are 6-12mths, 12-18mths, 18-24mths, 5, 6, 7
3. Prepster, sizes available are 12-18mths, 18-24mths, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6
4. Sassy Surfer, sizes available are 12-18mths, 18-24mths, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6
5. Ruffle Me Pretty, sizes available are 18-24mths, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6
6. Oh! Oh! Summer Fun, sizes available are 12-18mths, 18-24mths, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6


Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a Baby BeachBums Facebook page fan

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag a friend. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me which design you want {choose one} + swimwear size {choose one} + FB name you used to like the pages + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, leave a comment for the other answers then contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.

THREE random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps!

Details:
* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Monday, 24 Nov 2014 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 on this blog post and notified via email. Winner have 3 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in the mail.     
* Chosen items are subject to stock availability.    

More on Lil Pumpkin's swimming classes & progress:

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winners are Jolin Poon, Sheron Moey & Alan Tan. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Baby BeachBums provided the products for review and giveaway. All other accessories belong to me, and all opinions are my own.

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64 comments:

jingxian said...

Shark Attack, 5, jingxian liang, j_xian@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Just in time to replace my daugther's current swimsuit as she is outgrowing its size.
Sassy Surfer, size 6
Yee Long Teo
trantrulla@hotmail.com

Yingxue. said...

Design : Surfer Dude
Size : 3T
FB Name : Ying Xue
E-mail : yourstoluv@live.com

Anonymous said...

Sassy Surfer, 2T --FB: Yu Meiyi (littledetour@hotmail.com)

Chan Xgg said...

design - shark attack
swimwear size - 7
FB name you used to like the pages - Xgg Chan
email address - chanxgg@gmail.com

Masshole Mommy said...

She is adorable in all her stylish swim gear!

Mamamie said...

Shark Attack, Size 5, Amie Chen, amycpj@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Prepster,6, Khor Lee Ling, khorleeling@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Shark Attack, sizes 6!
Facebook name: Koreen Hong
Email : badylon@hotmail.com

alicia~wee said...

My choice is Sassy Surfer + 2T + Alicia Wee + aliciawee@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Surfer dude, 4T, pls
Facebook Name : Cherry Joanna
Email : gekyong82@yahoo.com.sg

Yean TSY said...

Design - Shark Attack
Size - 2T
FB name - Yean Tan
email address - vincci10220920@gmail.com

Thank you.

Nancy Cheng said...

Shark Attack (Size 7, or 8 if avaliable)
FB Name: Nancy Cheng
Email: nczls(at)yahoo(dot)com
Thank you. My boy is a shark fanatic and the long sleeves will protect him from the 12noon sun weekly.

Anonymous said...

Sassy Surfer, Size 4T
Toh PeiRong
tpr26@singnet.com.sg

Anonymous said...

All the design i like! But only 1 choice......Shark Attack, Size 5T
Jeslyn
hui32 at yahoo dot com

Tammy Tng said...

Surfer Dude 3T
Tammy Tng
sze_pei24@hotmail.com

alissa apel said...

My boys have to have goggles when they swim. The one thing I can't get them to wear is a swimming hat. I wish they would. Their hair gets so beat up from the chlorine. We even use swimming shampoo.

Anonymous said...

My daughter new school for next year will be having water day on every Friday. I hope to win this swimsuit for her! :)

Type of swimsuit - Sassy Surfer
Size - 4T
Facebook name: Dwie Kang
Email : dwieindah@ymail.com

JingRong Loh said...

Sassy Surfer, Size 4T
JingRong Loh
lohjingrong@yahoo.com.sg

Anonymous said...

Design : shark attack
Size 5T
Sean Koh
ksy8193@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Shark Attack
size 6
Leong Yee Ming leongyeeming@yahoo.com

Kaye Wong said...

Thank you for the giveaway :-) Would like to have Sassy Surfer design with size 4T.

FB Name : Kaye Wong
Email add: kayetky@gmail.com

Lu Siu Ching said...

I want to win Sassy Surfer
size 3T
Lu Siu Ching
precious_qing@yahoo.com.sg

Adeline said...

Shark Attack looks so cute! Would love to win that for Noah, in size 2T.
Adeline / growingwiththetans@gmail.com

Sheron Moey said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

Choice of swimwear:
Surfer Dude.
Size 6
Sheron Moey
moeybb@yahoo.com.sg

Vincent Lee said...

design - shark attack
swimwear size - 6-12 month
FB name you used to like the pages - Vincent Lee Wee Ping
email address - wlee76@hotmail.com

Jolin said...

Prepster 4T
Jolin Poon
Babyhappie@hotmail.com

Stacy said...

Following in your footsteps, she is!

Anonymous said...

Design : shark attack
Size : 6
FB Name : facebook.com/nancy.koh.5
E-mail : giftfmabove@yahoo.com.sg

Thanks for the giveaway Sakura Haruka. Hope to win the perfect shark swimwear for my lil shark . :)

Phyllis Tan said...

Shark attack
Size 5

Phyllis Tan
sillyphy13@gmail.com

Thanks for the giveaway

sindhu kumar said...

Sassy surfer
2T
Sindhu Kumar
sindmansing@yahoo.com

sweetberrie said...

Sassy surfer size 6
rowenna(dot)lim(at)gmail(dot)com

ashmika jain said...

Hi,

Thanks for awesome giveaway,,

I will like to have Sassy Surfer size 3T for my little Princess..

FB name..Ashmika Jain
jainash1083@gmail.com

Thanks

Louis Lee said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

design - shark attack
swimwear size - 7
FB name - Louis Lee
email address - leechlouis@gmail.com

King said...

Shark attack in 6T
FB: Ling Siew Ng
Email: nglingsiew@gmail.com

Rina said...

She is super adorable and those swimsuits fit her awesome.

Small Kucing said...

Lovely swim wear. I love her in pink.

Good luck to all contestants

mail4rosey said...

How fun that you get to get in the water with her! They make us stay on the side, out of the water, at my son's classes.

These outfits are cute, and she's really rocking her fun looks!

Princesses Ling 和 Mama KaRen said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Just in time to replace my daugther's current swimsuit as she is outgrowing.
My choice is Sassy Surfer + Size 6
KaRen Ong
karen_opk@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Ruffle Me Pretty, size 6
Joeanne Shim
joeanneshim@hotmail.com

Robert Sim said...

Shark Attack
Size 7
robert_sim@yahoo.com
FB name: Robert Sim

min said...

Oh! oh! Summer fun
Size: 4T
Fb name: Jasmine PY Lee
email add: vicious_min@hotmail.com

Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win one for my girl who will be starting her swim class soon. :)

valyuki said...

Ruffle Me Pretty Size 7
FB name : Valerie Quek
email : cloudiey@gmail.com

Carol Mei Mei said...

Shark attack, size 7
Carol Mei Mei Lim
cmeilim@gmail.com

Thank you!

Vallous said...

Prepared 4T
Joleen Ng
81.joleen@gmail.com

Grace said...

Oh, she is adorable with goggles on! And sunglasses too! Love the Surfer Dude option! Perfect for the twinions! x

preciouz said...

design - sunset beach
swimwear size - 4
FB name you used to like the pages - Jaime Chan
email address - chueimei@hotmail.com

Tay Hui Yu said...

Design: Sassy surfer
Size: 2T
FB name: Tay Hui Yu
Email address: missyuko58380706@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Design: Sassy Surfer
Size: 5
FB Name: Mag Yeow
Email: mail2magy [AT] gmail.com

Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Shark Attack, sizes for 8 years
Facebook name: Tan Keith
Email : tan.keith@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Design: Surfer Dude
Size: 2T
FB name: Udelia Lee
Email: udelia_08@hotmail.com

Kim Zhuang said...

Design: Surfer Dude
Size: 18-24mths
Jia Yi Kim
kimzhuang@gmail.com
*I clicked on your blog's facebook picture and reached an unavailable link, unable to like and share... step 3.
Cheers! :)

Angie. S said...

I wanna win this for Alexander! :D

Design : Surfer Dude
Size : 1T
FB Name : Angie.S
E-mail : PM you :)

Thanks for this review and giveaway! :D

Sweetheart Rachael said...

Sunset beach, 5T, Cynthia Lau, edenie98@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Sassy Surfer, size 6
Han Choo Teo
teohanchoo@gmail.com

Alan Tan said...

Ruffle Me Pretty size 6
Alan Tan
alantanchoonchai72@gmail.com

Celyncloset said...

Shark Attack
3T
Celyn Huang
Celyn11@hotmail.com

John Teo said...

Sassy Surfer size 6
Teo Chin Long
johnteo1978@gmail.com

Neo Kwang Hui said...

Sassy Surfer
6T
Kwang Hui Neo
annhocktpt@hotmail.com

Veronica Neo said...

Design: Prepster
Size: 2T
FB name: Veronica Neo
Email address: xhosa32@yahoo.com

Claudia said...

Support!

Design: Ruffle Me Pretty
Size: 4T
FB Name: The Loving Mum
Email: claudialim10 at gmail

Thanks Ai!

Debs G @ Owls Well said...

I like the Oh Oh Summer Fun swim set - nice to see a non-pink design for girls that's still sweet! I think 4T should fit my roly-poly girlie.

FB Deborah Gifford

4owlswell at gmail dot com

Yuling Lee said...

Thank you for the giveaway.. Liked n shared.
Design: Ruffle Me Pretty 
Size: 6
Fb name: Yuling Lee
Email add: yuling_dave at hotmail dot com

Jane Tan said...

thanks for the giveaway!

would love to have the Sassy Surfer, size 6 for my kiddo :)

cheers
FB: Jane Tan
Email: tanmcjanette@gmail.com