It’s finally heating up, which means days at the pool and trips to the beach are imminent. More than just a cover-up, clever kids swimwear helps keep little ones protected from the sun while they soak up all the fun that the water has to offer.
To help dress tots from head to toe in cuteness this summer we’ve scoured our favourite brands to bring you our top picks for kids swimwear.
What to look for when buying kids swimwear
Here are some of the key features to look for when buying swimwear for kids:
Fabric: Heading home from the beach with wet-through bathers isn’t fun for anyone. Look for swimsuits made from breathable fabrics that dry quickly with chlorine-resistant properties to keep the colours brighter for longer.
SPF/UPF: Protect little squidlets from the sun by picking a pair of togs with a high SPF or UPF rating to protect from harmful sun rays.
Fit: Continuous wearing and washing may cause some fabrics to shrink. Consider buying swimwear with a quality stretch material for long-lasting fit and comfort. An investment now will pay off in the future.
Here are our favourite swimwear brands for kids.
Made for a day by the waves, the colourful range of kids swimwear from Cheeky Chickadee features fun hand-painted animal prints. The lightweight UPF50+ fabric is ideal for speedy drying on the sand and staying safe in the sun.
We love the Sugar Glider Long Sleeve Swimmers ($37.95) and the Australian Animals Girls Long Sleeve Zip Swimmer ($37.95).
The nautical stripe never looked so good! The swim collection from French Soda keeps youngsters protected from the sun’s harsh rays while they dive headfirst into summer-soaked fun.
Our top picks for this summer are the Green Swim Rash & Bikini Set (64.95) and the Red Swim Rash & Board Short Set ($69.95) for their contemporary twist on classic colours.
Oobi’s eye-catching prints are perfect for an afternoon by the sand dunes. Available in sizes 2 – 12, the SPF50 swimsuits and bikinis are chlorine-resistant and totally opaque to keep mini swimmers covered.
We’re totally smitten with the Jungle Penny Swimsuit ($49.95) and the Stella Swimsuit with Watercolour print ($54.95).
Melbourne-based Tyoub use fabrics made from recycled ocean plastics for their UPF50+ swimwear. Their unisex bather the ‘Zootie’ is designed for freedom of movement and means less chafing for mini swimmers. Hurrah!
This season we’re all for the DNA Zootie ($79.95) and the seriously cute Rainbow Pony Halter Neck Swimsuit ($49.95).
Babes in the Shade
With everything from UV suits and rashies to trunks and sun hats providing a UPF50+, water-loving tots can soak up the good times while staying protected from the sun.
We can’t go past the Red Flower Rashie ($48) and matching Trunk ($22) for the girls, and the Parrot Boardies ($35) with Piranha Rashie ($48) for the boys. Too cute!
Tom & Teddy
They’re a perfect pairing for sunny father-son adventures. Made from super-soft, quick-dry microfibre, the Tom & Teddy trunks are saltwater and chlorine resistant to withstand all those weekends by the waves.
This summer we’re loving the Chalky Blue Elephant Trunks ($59.95).
It’s jungle fever this season at Milky. For tots who like to dip their toes in the water, there’s long-sleeve rash vests, bikinis, swimsuits, boardies and more to choose from. Available from newborn to size 12.
Our faves from this collection are the Tropical Long Sleeve Swimsuit ($39.95) and the Summer Boardies ($32.95).
Using materials that don’t harm the earth, the unique range from Olga Valentine is buttery-soft with added UPF protection. Each piece is resistant to chlorine, fading, sun creams and oils. It’s bold, quirky and seriously cool!
We’re head over heels with the new Ancient Circus print, especially the Racer Back Mesh Bikini ($69) and the Long Sleeve Tie Back ($79).
It’s ethical and sustainable swimwear with stacks of style. The range of rashies, swimsuits, bikinis and shorts are made from recycled fabrics and organic cotton and provide UPF50+ protection for tykes heading to the ocean.
Our top pick for this season is the White Jungle Swimsuit ($69) and the Jungle Mix Rash Top ($75).
The range of girls swimwear from Melbourne-based brand Peggy screams of summer fun. With super-sweet detailing such as flutter sleeves and frilled bikini bottoms, these beautiful bathers are a must for mini beach bums.
This summer we’re all over the Freida Bikini in Bonnie Mooney floral print ($69.95). Want!
Duke of London
The perfect balance between uber-cool and utter-comfort, this range of kids swimwear boasts boardies with wild prints and bikinis in soft pink hues. Available in sizes 1 – 14, there’s lots for sun-kissed kids to love.
Our picks are the Stripe Bikini ($49.95) and the Leaf Boardies ($39.95).
Mini sea monsters of all ages and styles are covered thanks to the vibrant collection of swimwear at Munster Kids. Think vintage-inspired prints, playful bikini sets and paddlesuits to die for.
Our top picks are the Mali Paddlesuit ($55.95), the Glaze One Piece ($55) and the Malibu Swimsuit ($59.95).
The Bathers Company
Kids big and small look cool while catching the waves thanks to swimwear from the Bathers Company. Offering ultimate comfort and optimum protection, wee ones will have a whale of a time exploring the water.
This season we’re all over the dreamy Zip-Up Rashie in Indigo Blue ($55.95).
Inspired by resort destinations around Australia, Tribe Tropical is a boutique label specialising in stunning swimwear for kids. Their stand-out suits tick all the summer boxes while keeping bums, tums and arms covered.
For sweet summer style, we can’t go past the Tropicocky Girls Swimsuit ($59.95) and the Gaga Gala Baby Swimsuit ($59.95).
The sun is no match for the guys at Mini Sandcrabs. With rashies, sunsuits, bikinis and boardshorts all with UPF 50+, their selection of kids swimwear sun-proof, sag-proof and best of all, kid-proof.
We love the Shark Mania Classic Rashie ($44.95) and the Offbeat Rainbow Long Sleeve Sunsuit ($54.95).
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