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Whether it’s a leakproof swim nappy, a swimsuit with sun protection or just something bright and cheerful, we’ve got the best swimsuits and shorts for all ages.
See the 30 best swimwear options for babies and children in 2019:
1. Kuling yellow pineapple UPF 50+ swimsuit, £20, 18mths-6yrs
Whether you are on a beach or at the local pool, this costume is sure to bring the tropical vibes. Not only is it super trendy, it will be comfy, too, as it’s fully lined, and in a quick-dry fabric.
These days, most good kids’ swimsuits offer UPF protection, and most on this list are 50+. That level of protection blocks around 98% of the sun’s damaging rays, and can protect against sunburn. If you like the idea of UV protection, but are looking for more of a full-coverage suit style, then don’t miss our roundup of 10 of the best UV protection kids’ and baby swimsuits 2019.
Available from: Alex & Alexa
2. Splash About baby UPF 50+ Happy Nappy, from £10.99, 0-3yrs
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You’ll obviously want to avoid in-water toilet accidents, especially with tinies who can’t tell you when it’s time to ‘go’. A leak during baby swimming can shut down a pool for an entire day, so having the right protection for your little ones is crucial. One option is to use a fabric swim nappy, on top of a disposable swim nappy, for extra protection.
We like the quick-dry, neoprene Splash About swim nappy, which can be worn without a further swim nappy underneath and comes in a variety of bright prints. Our MFM judge Deanna Maguire, says, “These were so easy to use with my twins and I love that they are good for the environment, and the pocket. They are easy to put on and remove, and I feel confident of no leaks when using them. Absolutely fantastic!”
Available from: Amazon and Splash About
3. Boden zip top UPF 50+ swimsuit, from £20, 2mths-16yrs
Surf’s up! If you have a budding bodyboarder or surfer on your hands, or you fancy a little more protection over their chest and arms, this is a great option. It comes in three prints, and the handy zip means it is very easy to put on and take off – every minute counts when you have a chilly child, post-swimming!
Available from: Boden
4. Lindex spotty swim pants, £9.99, 2mths-2yrs
A bear on the bum of baby clothing is somewhat of a rite of passage, and these elasticated drawstring, fully lined swim pants are oh-so-cute. You would have to use them with a swim nappy, underneath, to avoid leaks. Keep scrolling for some ideas of swim pants with nappy included.
Available from: Lindex
5. Beanie & Bear UPF 50+ Misty bikini, £40, 3-14yrs
Beanie & Bear is a kids’ swimwear brand known for its quirky bright prints and material that keeps its shape and colour. If you like your swimwear with a side of ‘eco-friendly’, this is a brand for you, as the fabrics, SeaQual and EcoNyl, are as sustainable as possible, and twice as resistant to chlorine, suntan lotions and oils as normal swimwear fabric. This fun bikini is made from a lycra created out of plastic bottles. Don’t miss Batoko and Joseph & Alexander, further down our list, for more recycled swimwear.
Available from: Beanie & Bear
6. Primark swim hat, short and top set, £8, 0-3yrs
If you’d like a bit of extra coverage for your baby, but don’t want to go full-on UV suit, check out this set from Primark. With a top, shorts and hat, it’s beach ready – just add suncream. Don’t miss another similar set, by Disney, further down our list.
Available from: Primark, shop in store
7. Carrement Beau swimsuit, £35, 2-12yrs
Just because something is for kids, it doesn’t mean clothes always have to be bold and neon – although that can help you spot them at a busy pool or beach! If muted pastels are more your family’s style, don’t miss this understated suit, and another option from Tocoto Vintage, further down our list.
Available from: Kids Around
8. River Island tropical short-sleeved suit, £14, 1-5yrs
Give off an 80s vibe with this sweet print suit, with a half zip making it easier to take off and put on. If you like the idea of UV ray protection, and are looking for more of a full coverage suit style, like this, then don’t miss our roundup of 10 of the best UV protection kids’ swimsuits 2019.
Available from: River Island
9. Mamas & Papas Shark print swim shorts, £12, 0-4yrs
Watch out, there’s a baby shark about! Baby’s first boardies come with a drawstring waist. The quick-dry fabric means these would be great for play in and out of the pool.
Available from: Mamas & Papas
10. MYK by Myleene Klass set, from £12.50, 9mths-9yrs
How cute is this? A swimsuit set, which comes with a turban cap is pretty unique and very on trend. The hat adds a little extra sun protection, too. The swimsuit is fully lined, so it shouldn’t go see-through.
Available from: Mothercare
11. JoJo Maman Bébé swim nappy, £12, 0-12mths
These swim pants are similar to the Lindex ones, but these include a swim nappy built in, so there’s no need to buy that extra layer. Definitely more eco-friendly, and a great choice if you like using reusable nappies.
Available from: jojomamanbebe.com
12. Matalan dinosaur swim shorts, from £4, 1-6yrs
If you like a seamless, snug fit, these stretch-fit trunks will do the job, and would be ideal to wear underneath a wetsuit, for older children. Fantastic price, too.
Available from: Matalan
13. Batoko recycled plastic swimsuit, £25, 1-6yrs
OK, hands up if you fancy some ‘mini-me’ swimwear? Batoko makes fully lined adult- and baby-sized swimwear in the same prints, so you can match your little one. Plus, it has excellent eco-friendly credentials. To date it has recycled the equivalent of 220,000 plastic bottles into swimwear.
Available from: Batoko
14. Frugi Totally Clawsome board shorts UP50+, from £20, 6mths-10yrs
You won’t miss them on the beach in these bold shorts. Quick-dry fabric so, just add a cotton T-shirt, et voila, they double up as a cool pair of ‘wear anywhere’ shorts. Entirely made from recycled polyester, these shorts get a big tick for sustainability.
Available from: Frugi and John Lewis
15. Joseph & Alexander recycled plastic swim shorts UPF 45+, from £45.53, 3-16yrs
Similar to Batoko with its costumes, Joseph and Alexander makes ‘mini-me’ swim shorts. They might be a bit pricey, but the designs are beautifully intricate, and the shorts are also made from recycled plastic. Next and White Stuff, further down our list, also offer mini-me shorts ranges, albeit not made from recycled materials.
Available from: Joseph & Alexander
16. Baby Boden strawberry swimsuit UPF 50+, from £16, 3mths-4yrs
Irresistible! Your little one will look good enough to eat in this sweet strawberry costume. Boden swimwear washes very well, and for the quality, is well-priced.
Available from: Boden and John Lewis
17. Next zebra print bikini, from £12, 3-16yrs
A nice bikini options for kids, without being overly revealing, with a crop top style. Similarly to Batoko, you can also buy adult sizes in styles with the same print, to match your little one’s style at the pool.
Available from: Next
18. Sunuva shrimp print float swimsuit, UPF 50+, £42, 1-4yrs
Sunuva has been the name in UV protective swimwear for babies and children for years. It is a little pricier than your average high-street buy, but offers unrivalled sun protection and a selection of lovely designs. The floatsuits have lightweight floats around the middle – ideal for children who aren’t super confident in the water. You can keep the suit once the floats aren’t needed, as they’re removable. Like many places, the suits are organised by ‘boy’ and ‘girl’, but look at both ranges, as the designs are totally unisex depending on your personal taste.
Available from: Sunuva
19. Childrensalon Molo flamingo swimsuit UPF 50+, £38, 0-24mths
While other kids might race around in unicorn-clad swimsuits, make sure your little one stands out in an enviably stylish, and sunsafe, silky flamingo swimsuit.
Available from: Childrensalon
20. Tocoto Vintage swimsuit, £44, 2-12yrs
Portuguese brand Tocoto Vintage is sublimely understated. Designed in chalky pastel colours, this swimsuit features cute tie shoulder straps and a soft ruffle detail. Definitely needs a swim nappy underneath, but ideal for potty-trained children.
Available from: Smallable
21. Next jungle print swim shorts, from £8, 3mths-16yrs
For more affordable mini-me swimwear than some of the brands here, Next has a great range of matching swim shorts. Top of our list is this jungle print, which is pretty unique and looks a lot more expensive than its price tag.
Available from: Next
22. Rachel Riley orange bow swimsuit, £39, 3-10yrs
A zingy number in a stretch Lycra pull on fabric – easy up for impatient toddlers! Rachel Riley is often the brand of choice for Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Available from: Rachel Riley
23. White Stuff Fordy wave print swim shorts, £16, 3-10yrs
Another mini-me opportunity, here. This beautifully delicate print is available in child and adult sizes. It might not be made from recycled plastic, like Joseph & Alexander, but it is a more affordable range.
Available from: Next and White Stuff
24. Disney 3-piece swim set, UPF 40+, £10, 0-24mths
Similar to the Primark 3-piece set, here is a Disney print version for your mini mice. A hat in this Lycra style is ideal for babies, as it fits to the head, making it less likely to fall off – though we can’t guarantee they won’t pull it off, of course. The flap at the back is ideal for added neck protection from the sun.
Available from: George Asda
25. Bambino Mio swim nappy, UPF50+, £9.99, 0-2+yrs
Sometimes, you don’t need anything more than a simple swim nappy. Bambino Mio is a great go-to brand, similar to Splash About in terms of purpose. Leakproof legs will stop any accidents while in the water, and the lining is a soft terry cloth.
Available from: Amazon and Bambino Mio
26. Gap striped swimsuit, UPF40+ £14.95, 1-5yrs
More fantastic stripes, here, over a swimsuit with comfy wide straps. Just add hat and suncream.
Available from: Gap
27. JoJo Maman Bébé swim shorts with nappy, £15, 0-3yrs
Here is a great option if you fancy an ‘all-in-one’ style of shorts. There is no need to use a disposable swim nappy, here, as it has one built in. If you use reusable nappies already, or like the idea, this is ideal for swimming. Brilliant range of prints, too.
Available from: JoJo Maman Bébé
28. Zara ice cream print swimsuit, £12.99, 1-4yrs
A sweet fashion swimsuit, similar in style to the Gap striped number, above.
Available from: Zara
29. Decathlon Nabaiji swim pants, £3.49, 1-4yrs
Stretchy swim pants that do the job. Although you will need a swim nappy underneath, they are a bargain price.
Available from: Decathlon
30. Joules Sabina yellow floral peplum tankini set UPF 50+, from £21.95, 1-12yrs
Sunshine, here you come! This beautiful set will certainly stand out. A tankini isn’t always the most toddler-friendly option, as it can ride up over little tummies, but this one should stay put, thanks to its peplum design.
Available from: Joules
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