It’s time to start getting prepped for all the summer weather that’s right around the corner and there are always a few must-have items that’ll you need to replenish before the time arrives: sunscreen, sunglasses, towels (where do they go?) and swimsuits for kids. In order to help you out, we looked around and found our favorite kids’ bathing suits that’ll get everyone excited for the fun that lies ahead. Scroll down to find the ones that fit your family’s needs.

Tea Collection 2019

From one-piece rash guard suits with zippers to mix-and-match sets, Tea Collection has new swimsuits for kids that’ll make everyone happy. Designed in bright colors and prints inspired by Southeast Asia, most suits are UPF 40+.

Ages: 2 yrs to 16 yrs

Available at Tea Collection, $35.50 & up.

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New Stripes from Primary

Primary is known for offering bold colors and no graphics, but new this year are stripes in red, black, yellow and multicolored! They've added the classic print to their lineup in baby rash guards, swim bottoms and one-piece swimsuits. In the basic colors, there are options for everyone in the family, even two-piece tankinis in 12 different colors. Made with responsible fabric and UPF 50+ protection.

Ages: 0 months to 12 yrs

Available at Primary, $10 & up.  

Suits That Are Durable from Under Armour

You think Under Armour's sports gear rocks, so be prepared to love their line of swimsuits for kids. Made to last all summer long, in a variety of prints and styles, your kids can match or opt to don a style that matches their unique personalities. Made with a water-resistant, quick dry fabric, by the time your kids make it to the car or back door, there's a good chance they'll leave less wet everywhere. 

Ages: 4 years to 16 years.

Buy one at Kohls, $28 & up. 

Dad & Son Matching Swim Trunks

Order your son a pair of the same shorts Dad is wearing and it'll make his summer. Tom & Teddy just released their summer collection—jungle. Choose from bright palm leave prints, elephants or even soaring macaws. Made with a soft material that offers SPF50+ protection, the shorts are chlorine and saltwater resistant, which means they'll make it through a summer of sun and surf. Each pair has side pockets and an elastic waistband. 

Sizes: 1 yrs - 12 yrs

Order a pair at Tom & Teddy, $59.95. 

Baby Starters from Wetsuit Club

Not only will your little one be on trend in her flamingo suit, but the 50+SPF material will help to keep her soft skin protected from the sun. An adorable (and budget-friendly) choice for a first-summer swimsuit.

Ages: 3 months to 24 months

Buy it here, $18. 

photo: courtesy Cosmo Kids

Multi-Use Gear from Cosmo Kids

Designed in Australia, made in Bali using recycled materials and organic cotton, some of the Cosmo Crew garments (the leggings and rash guards) can also be used in the snow! We also love that the prints are gender neutral, made with SPF 50+ protection and are an eco-friendly but affordable choice for parents.

Ages: 6 months to 10 years

Find your favorite style at Cosmo Crew Kids, $39 & up.

Personalized Suit from LeoTudes

Offered in all sorts of styles and colors, we can't decide what we like the most about Leotudes, the styles and colors or the fact that you can custom-order a suit to be printed with your little one's moniker. 

Sizes: 12 months - 14 yrs

Buy one at Leotudes, $25 & up. 

One-Piece Wetsuit from Cressi

If your plans include surfing, boating or if you just want your kid to have more coverage, consider a wetsuit like this one from Cressi. With a front zipper, long or short sleeve options in six different colors, UPF 50+ protection and a 12-month warranty, we like this easy option for water play.

Ages: 1 yrs to 10 yrs

Available at Amazon, $19.95 & up.

photo: Patti and Ricky

Kozie's SnapMe One-Piece Swimsuit

Designed for children with motor, neurological, social, and emotional challenges, these stylish one-piece swimsuits help make dressing, changing, diapering and toileting easier: they unsnap from the bottom of the suit. There's a one-piece swimsuit and a rash-guard style suit to choose from. 

Ages: 6-9 months to 4T 

Shop them at pattiandricky.com, $36.99.

 

Numbered Swimsuit from Nununu

This adorable one-piece suit from Nununu adds up to a lot of fun. It’s got a low back but cut for comfort around the legs and neck, which will make it even easier for her to perfect her cannonball this summer. Made from over 70% nylon, it’s best to air dry this sweet suit.

Ages: 12 months to 14 yrs.

Available at Nununu, $55.

Board Shorts from Appaman

Choose from 12 different prints and two different styles (board shorts of mid-length) of swimsuits when you go with Appaman. Each pair is made from 100% polyester and are machine washable.

Ages: 2 yrs to 14 yrs

Available at Appaman, $44.

The Fasten Suit

This genius invention by two moms is the solution to your bathroom/swimsuit woes. The secret? The suit fastens with magnets that are hidden near the waistline, which means you can change diapers and kids can take bathroom breaks without having to take off the entire suit. The suit material is made with built-in UPF 50 sun protection and comes in various designs.

Ages: 6 months to 10 yrs.

Available at Fasten, $19 & up.

 

photo: courtesy Stonz Wear

Stonz Rash Guard & Bottoms

Vegan-friendly swim gear that’s got built-in UPF 50 protection? Sounds good to us. Stonz, an award-winning brand of outdoor gear, has a great collection of sunwear (rash guards, shorts and skorts), made with four-way stretch fabric, two-way zippers (easy diaper change, hello!), adjustable waistbands and several gender-neutral designs.

Ages: 0 months to 6T 

Available at Stonz Wear, $42 & up.

Floral Smocked Suit from Janie and Jack

This adorable floral suit is off-the-shoulder, which is a nice extra if a two-piece isn’t an option. Fully lined with UPF 50+ protection, materials are  81% Nylon/19% Spandex

Ages: 3 months to 10 yrs

Available at Janie and Jack, $29.40.

Splash Jammers

For potty-training kids, those who have recently mastered the skill, or kids dealing with incontinence, these new splash jammers from Splash About are genius. Made from soft neoprene and medical grade silicone, they keep accidents in, but still allow kids to run, swim, splash and play in comfort. Plus, they look like regular swimwear, which can be helpful for sensitive kids.

Ages: 4 yrs to 8 yrs

Available at Amazon, $23.99.

Anything from Target

You can’t go wrong with Target’s Cat & Jack and Art Class collections, and their selection of kids bathing suits is no different. There are plenty of one and two-piece options ranging from toddler to tween and all come with built-in UPF coverage.

Ages: 9 months to 16 yrs

Available at Target, $14.99 & up.

 

Lulu Two-Piece Set from JAEA Kids

JAEA Kids is a female-designed and owned small business with adorable suits for little girls. We especially love their two-piece Lulu set, that’s been designed for comfort. The high-waisted bottoms keep diapers in, and the string tie is optional.

Ages: 2 yrs to 6 yrs

Available at JAEA Kids, $30.

—Gabby Cullen

 

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Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.