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. 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.
Maison Me Swim
Maisonette just dropped their very first in-house line, and there are swimsuits too! There is a happy strawberry print, a moto print for motorcycle-obsessed kids, and more. Kids have the choice of bikinis, one-piece suits and there’s even rash guards. Each piece has UPF 50 protection
Available at Maisonette, $22 and up.
Tons of Options from OshKosh
Choose from hundreds of suits for everyone from babies on up to big kids. There are one-piece swimsuits, two-piece options, board shorts and rash guards, too.
Available at OshKosh, $14 and up.
Garnet Hill Kids
Garnet Hill's kids line includes over 55 pieces, including cover ups, shorts, swim tees and UPF 50+ swimsuits that dry in a flash. The shape-retaining fabric means your little's suits won't stretch out over the long haul, and hang in there for summers to come.
Available at garnethill.com, starting at $15.
Striped Swim Trunks from MORI
The cutest little shorts for your tiniest water baby, these striped swim trunks adorned with crusty sea creatures from MORI are made from recycled nylon, offer UPF 50+ protection from the sun, come in sizes as small as three months and are very affordable!
Avaialble at Mini Mori, $19.
Bright Colors from Reima
Not only are the colors of this adorable bikini from Reima fun but the material offers chemical-free sunproof UV 50+ protection with many pieces designed using over 80% recycled polyester (the equivalent of 4 recycled plastic water bottles). You can even find swimming legging and all-in-one suits.
Available at Reima, $34.95 and up.
Sustainable Snapper Rock
Snapper Rock just launched its first sustainable collection, Oceania. The suits are made from eco-friendly fabrics such as ECONYL® (created from discarded nylon fishing nets) and REPREVE® (made from recycled plastic bottles). Choose from pastels, flamingos, waves and other nautical-themed patterns, and there’s even an option for family suits.
Available at Snapper Rock, $53 and up.
New Baby & Toddler Swimwear from Monica + Andy
Fans of Monica + Andy get ready to jump for joy. The brand, known for its super soft organic baby and toddler styles, just released their new baby and toddler swimsuits. Their two new styles include a pink striped ruffle swimsuit and a navy blue striped swim trunks.
Available at monicaandandy.com, $32.
Tea Collection 2020
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 wonders and beauty of Greece, most suits are UPF 40+.
Ages: 2 yrs to 16 yrs
Available at Tea Collection, $19.50 & up.
Board Shorts from Cheeky Chickadee
How cute are these cockatoo-print swim shorts? Made from a quick-dry light fabric, there are two front pockets and two back pockets to help with drainage, and they even come in a size big enough for Dad!
Available at Cheeky Chickadee, $29.95.
UPF Shirts from Lazy Turtle
Keep the entire family safe from the sun's rays this season with Lazy Turtle's collection of UPF shirts, hoodies, hats and tees. The soft shirts have a natural rating of UPF 50+ that block 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Comfy and perfect for active kiddos, the company has vowed to donate 10% of all profits to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest and most respected sea turtle conservation group.
Ages: 4 yrs to Adult
Available at Lazy Turtle, $42 & up.
Primary launched its brand-new sustainable swim collection in March of this year. While each item is still designed with the bold colors and basic prints Primary is known and loved for, now you can buy swimsuits made from recycled materials. There are options for everyone in the family, even two-piece tankinis in seven different colors. Made with 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 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, $30 & up.
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, $21.99 & up.
Kozie's SnapMe One-Piece Swimsuit
Designed for children with motor, neurological, social, and emotional challenges, these stylish one-piece swimsuits 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
Available at Patti and Ricky, $32
Star Collar Bikini from Nununu
This boy short, halter top combo from uber-hip kids’ clothing company Nununu offers plenty of coverage in a cool style—perfect for a tween. Durable and able to withstand the onslaught of the summer sun, this is a splurge suit that’s worth every penny.
Ages: 12 months to 14 yrs.
Available at Nununu, $60
Board Shorts from Appaman
Choose from 12 different prints and two different styles (board shorts or mid-length) of swimsuits when you go with Appaman. Each pair is made from 100% polyester and is machine washable.
Ages: 2 yrs to 14 yrs
Available at Appaman, $46.
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 Wowease, $19 & up.
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.
Pinks Scalloped Suit from Janie and Jack
This adorable bikini reminds us of classic ‘50s and ‘60s style, and the bright color makes a splash. Fully lined, with UPF 50+ protection, you won’t worry about your girl getting her dose of vitamin D this summer.
Ages: 3 months to 12 yrs
Available at Janie and Jack, $31.44
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 & Karly Wood
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Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.