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Chicken Penang

My kids do swimming once a week and prefer to go home to get dressed. At the moment they go home in a towel but I have seen kids in robes made of towel material.

Are there any brands or shops you would recommend for a swimming robe?

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Green Sage

I love taking my kids home to shower too. Towelling robes are awesome.

 

Aldi have great ones, I was lucky enough to get two last time they had them on sale.

 

I bought 2 from here, but they’re a bit short in the length, too cold and immodest for Melbourne weather.

https://beachrobesaustralia.com.au/

 

Otherwise, now is the time to trawl Target, big W and Kmart. They often have them in summer. Hoodie towels and Afghan towels too. Be quick before they sell out.

 

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José

what about a towel with a hood?

 

i like the country road ones.

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Green Sage

And I saw some in cotton on once too.

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Riotproof

Search for terry toweling.

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MarciaB

Get a swim jacket - expensive but so worth it - especially in winter! You can size up (several sizes) and they will last forever as it doesn't matter if they are short or long.

 

Something like this (google them there are a few different brands).

 

https://www.swimparkas.com.au/shop/child-swim-parka/

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SeaPrincess

These are the ones we see the most because they are a local company.

https://www.choodie.com.au/

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BusbyWilkes

These are the ones we see the most because they are a local company.

https://www.choodie.com.au/

 

We've also had choodies, and they last forever (quality wise). Surf brands like Rip Curl also do a hooded towel which is good.

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Chelli

Get a swim jacket - expensive but so worth it - especially in winter! You can size up (several sizes) and they will last forever as it doesn't matter if they are short or long.

 

Something like this (google them there are a few different brands).

 

https://www.swimpark...ild-swim-parka/

 

We have surf club jackets that my kids wear after swimming which is identical to these. The polar fleece keeps them warm and the jacket keeps the wind chill away. Highly recommend them.

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QuisbySchmoo

I've purchased from Terry Rich in the past and they are excellent quality.

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Green Sage

Get a swim jacket - expensive but so worth it - especially in winter! You can size up (several sizes) and they will last forever as it doesn't matter if they are short or long.

 

Something like this (google them there are a few different brands).

 

https://www.swimparkas.com.au/shop/child-swim-parka/

 

How do you wash these? Is the inner lining absorbent?

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DragonsGrace

With my DD, those hooded poncho towels were never long enough so I bought two beach towels from Kmart and sewed down the sides and across the top, leaving holes for arms and head. This reaches her ankles and means I can pull off her swimmers under the towel and she can walk to the car without flashing her butt. She even asked me to make her one for home after a shower or bath (she’s like me and likes to swan around in a towel for ages after) which I did.

I’m planning to make myself one when I can remember to buy myself 2 towels especially.

 

 

 

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MarciaB

 

 

How do you wash these? Is the inner lining absorbent?

 

The inner lining is like a fluffy polar fleece. I just hang mine outside to dry and every month of so wash in washing machine.

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just roses

My son has had one of these for a year and it's fantastic.

 

https://www.swimpark...ild-swim-parka/

 

He swims four times a week and he uses it in lieu of a towel. It's been fantastic through winter, but handy year-round.

 

I've only washed it a few times, but the trick is to let it dry out properly after each wear. We hang it on the line or - at the very least - on a hanger.

 

DS is 12 and I got the size 14. It'll fit him for a few years.

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Elizabethandfriend

We are a big fan of swim parkas as well. You can buy a huge size and they last for years. They keep the car chlorine free as well as keeping the swimmer warm!

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3babygirls

I love the roxy/quicksilver towelchos. My 3 year old has had hers since she was 5 months old and i'm so surprised that its still kicking almost 3 years later. It's been absolutely thrashed.

My husband has one too and it looks brand new despite him leaving it in a wet pile constantly.

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just roses

I think it depends on how cold it is and how often it's used. I didn't buy one for DD a year ago because she was only swimming once a week. But now she's increased it, I will get her one for Christmas.

 

Whereas, the swim parka has become essential for DS. Especially in winter. A towel/poncho/hoodie is a wearable towel and will do the job, especially in summer. But it won't keep a kid warm and dry like a parka will.

 

That said, it's a lot of money if it's not going to be used much and/or in a warm climate.

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Lou-bags

How do the swim parkas go with 5 point harnessed car seats, for those of you that are using the parkas?

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just roses

How do the swim parkas go with 5 point harnessed car seats, for those of you that are using the parkas?

I don't think they'd work at all, unfortunately.

 

They're very long and there's no slit in the back to accommodate a harness.

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Gudrun

Swimwear Galore used to have them. Or a deck coat if not too expensive..

 

ETA Towelling robes are not hard too make even if you're not much of a sewer.

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curlin

We just use bathrobes from Kmart. So simple and cheap!

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seayork2002

At the swim school DS used to go with most of the kids I saw (the ones who did not get changed there) went home in normal dressing gowns

 

the younger ones had some of those hooded swim towel with a head thing

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eponee

swoodi.com.au are really good

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