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Sun Protective Swimsuits for Babies and Kids
Here’s everything you need, from sun hats to UV-protective toddler swimwear, to enjoy a safe day at the beach with your kid. Don’t forget the umbrella and sunscreen!
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Cabana Life UV Shirt & Trunks
Ocean-themed prints like this one, as well as bold nautical stripes, from Cabana Life will keep your little surfer dude safe from the sun’s rays with its UPF 50+ rating. Matching bucket hats also available. Sold in sizes 2T to 7.
Haiden Surf Board Shorts
Spotted on kids of celebs like Matthew McConaughey and Kourtney Kardashian, Haiden Surf boardies are the epitome of beachy cool. We’re crazy about them not only because of their cool color combos, but because they offer SPF 50 standard UV protection. Matching solid swim shirts available too. Available in sizes 0-3M to 7.
Opa Cove Swim Assist Vest
Parents of swimmers-in-training know how scary learning to float can sometimes be—for kids and their parents. These neoprene swim assist vests from Opa Cove are designed to help kids stay buoyant while learning to swim and include three removable flotation panels that can be removed gradually as skills improve. Kids can learn to swim as one of six different sea creatures, from a clown fish (shown) to a dolphin or killer whale. Available in small, medium and large.
Flap Happy Floppy Hat
Babies and hats have always been a cute combination, but babies in floppy sun hats, like this sailor striped one with UPF 50+ from Flop Happy, are adorable and sun-smart. Available in a slew of other colors and designs, sizes S (0-6M) to XL (2+ years).
Lands’ End Skirted Tank Swimsuit
Vintage-y polka dots + protection from the sun? We’ll take it, courtesy of this toddler girls’ skirted tank swimsuit with UPF 50 protection from Lands’ End. We love the button accents and retro shirring, as well as its super comfy tug-free fit. Also available in navy, sizes 2T to 4T, as well as little girl and big girl sizes.
Baby Warma Baby Wetsuit
Babies get easily turned off by cool water. This neoprene wetsuit (worn over a swim diaper) retains body heat, allowing baby to stay warmer. Available in 6-12M in an easy wrap style with additional Velcro side panel and 12-24M in a conventional step-in style.
Mini Boden Surf Suit
This UPF 40+ puffer fish surf suit from Boden offers ample coverage for young skin, courtesy of three-quarter length sleeves and knee length shorts. Available in sizes 1.5 to 12 years.
Sun Busters Scoop Swim Shorts
Made in Australia, these UPF 50+ swim shorts from Darimikidz are a welcome change from some of the skimpier swimsuit options for young girls. They’re quick drying and chlorine- and salt water-resistant, so they’ll stand up to a summer full of watery fun. Matching swim shirts and bucket or flap style hats available. Comes in sizes 6-12M to 12Y.
Snapper Rock One Piece Infant Swimsuit
These zip-up long-sleeve one-piece swimsuits from New Zealand-based Snapper Rock make it easy to block 99% of the sun’s rays from baby’s tender skin. Made with a high collar for neck sun protection. Matching flap style hats available. Comes in sizes 3-6M to 3T.
Baby BanZ Adventure BanZ Sunglasses
Want to protect baby’s sensitive eyes too? These sunglasses offer high sun glare reduction and good UV protection comfortably, thanks to a new silicone nose and brow piece embedded into the glasses and a neoprene elastic strap that keeps these sweet shades on. Available in a rainbow of colors, sizes 0-2 years and 2-5 years.
I Play Rashguard Bikini Set
Ridiculously cute as well as sun-safe, these UPF 50+ baby/toddler short sleeve rashguard sets from i play come with a pullover top and pull-up bikini bottoms with built-in absorbent terry swim diaper. Available in sizes 6M to 3Y.
Keen Newport H2 Toddler Sandal
These sporty, grippy sandals from Keen can help keep little tootsies safe and covered everywhere from the beach to the playground and park and back again. Available in a vibrant rainbow of colors, sizes 8 to 13.
Coolibar Mermaid Romper
Sometimes little mermaids need full sun protection when out on land—and now yours can stay protected from the sun in this UPF 50+ full-length chlorine- and salt water-resistant swim romper from Coolibar. Comes with a convenient snap-close bottom for on-the-go diaper changes. Available in sizes 3-6M to 18-24M.
Sun Smarties UV Sun Hat
Cute and comfy, this UPF 50+ sun hat does double duty since it’s fully reversible. Comes with an adjust-to-fit hatband, including an elasticized inner band and outer toggle, making it easy to tighten or loosen as needed. Available in plaid and turtle print (solid colors on the reverse side), sizes XS to L.
Sun Busters Long Sleeve Swim Shirt
Not only do these long sleeve swim shirts from Australia’s Darimikidz offer UPF 50+ sun protection, but they also dry quickly (making them comfy all day-long) and resist damage from chlorine and salt water. Available in a slew of color combinations, sizes 6-12M to 12 years.
Sun Smarties Stay-Put Swim Shoes
The first step to keeping little feet safe on hot sand, rocky beaches and slippery pool and boat decks is making sure that kids’ swim shoes actually stay on—and these do, thanks to their quick-grip anchor strap. They’re also lightweight, flexible, rated UPF 50+—and come with a removable antimicrobial insole to combat the sweaty summer stinkies. Available in a handful of bright colors, sizes 5 Toddler to 3 Little Kid.
Sun Smarties Girl’s A-Line Tankini Top
This fun in the sun-safe tankini top is more than cute. It delivers double protection with UPF 50+ coverage when paired with an eco-friendly swim diaper that also protects against UVA and UVB rays. Plus the colorful fish and ruffle trim make it an adorable pick for a day at the beach.