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.
Tea Collection 2021
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, with UPF 40+, this year's prints inspired by The Algarve, Portugal’s surf-centric southern coast.
Ages: 2 yrs to 16 yrs
Available at Tea Collection, $18 & up.
OshKosh Swim Store
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.
MaaMgic Boys Swim Trunks
You’ll get both an elastic waistband and drawstring ties on these classic boys swim trunks. Chose from dozens of styles and sizes from 2T -16Y.
Buy them here, $23.99 & up.
Andie's Recycled Suits
We love these new swimsuits from the mom-favorite line, Andie. The suits are made from recycled plastic and spandex, which not only makes them sustainable but also offers an easy-fit feature. Choose from one-piece suits, rashguards, and bikinis, in classic solid prints or stripes.
Buy one here, $40 & 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 $38.
MORI Striped Swim Trunks
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.
Sustainable Snapper Rock
Snapper Rock's sustainable collection, Oceania includes suits that 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, stripes, sailboats and other nautical-themed patterns, and there’s even an option for family suits.
Available at Snapper Rock, $53 and up.
Monica + Andy Baby & Toddler Swimwear
Fans of Monica + Andy get ready to jump for joy. The brand, known for its super soft organic baby and toddler styles, has swimsuits, too! New styles this year include palm trees, sharks and flamingos.
Available at monicaandandy.com, $14.99 & up.
Cheeky Chickadee Board Shorts
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, $39.95.
We love the classic colors available in the Primary swim shop! There are rash guard tops, one-piece rashguards for the littles, tankinis, and trunks for ages three months up to 12.
Available at Primary, $12 & up.
Under Armour's Durable Suits
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.
Buy one at Kohls, $30 & up.
Cosmo Kids Multi-Use Gear
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.
Find your favorite style at Cosmo Crew Kids, $39 & up.
Cressi's One-Piece Wetsuit
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.
Available at Amazon, $29.94 & 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.
Available at Patti and Ricky, $32
Appaman Board Shorts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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