Getting your baby comfortable in the water means using the right swimsuit. Here’s a breakdown of our favorite swimsuits for babies.
Water literacy is one of the most important things your baby will learn. Part of the process of becoming a little swimmer is wearing the right baby swim gear.
When picking out the right swimsuit for your baby, there are a few things you want to keep in mind when it comes to functionality:
- Coverage from the sun. During the summer months, whether you are at the beach or lounging around in an inflatable kiddie pool, the sun is beating down in a big way. The soft skin of babies is especially prone to sunburns, and while sunscreen is an effective screen, blocking some of the sun’s harmful rays, a swimsuit with coverage provides an actual sun block.
- Space for swim diapers. The swimsuits in this collection do not include swim diapers, which is something your little swimmer will need when hitting the water, whether it’s your backyard above ground swim pool or the neighborhood water park. (Check out our full breakdown on the best swim diapers for your baby)
- Quick-Dry, Comfortable Fabrics. Look for swimsuits that are high in polyester. This is a durable, long-lasting fabric that also dries relatively quickly and that is hypoallergenic and sits comfortably on the skin of your baby. Swimsuits or clothing that is perpetually soggy can ride and chafe, making those swim sessions and the time after uncomfortable.
Of course, there are other things to consider, such as price and style, but those three are the basic functionalities every baby’s swimsuit should check off.
Below is a collection of my favorite swimsuits for babies, whether you are looking for your baby boy, baby girl, or something unisex.
Hit the water with confidence with our favorite swimsuits for babies.
Bangely Swimsuit for Baby Boys
Exceptionally well-reviewed on Amazon, with a 4.5-star average rating, the Bangely series of rash guards and swimsuits for baby boys provide plenty of sun and water protection.
With playful designs on the front of the suit and on the hat, from dinosaurs to whales to sharks, the Bangely baby swimsuit is made of 85% quick-drying polyester and 15% spandex that gentry stretches and hugs the skin of your baby boy.
Available in baby and toddler sizes, the swimsuit includes a hat with ear flaps that protect the head and neck from the sun, while the mid-length rashguard covers sensitive thighs and shoulders, ensuring that your baby can spend more time out in the sun and water and less time hiding from it.
RuggedButts Striped One-Piece Swimsuit for Toddlers
Beyond having an awesome company name, RuggedButts makes high-quality gear for babies and toddlers. Their Striped One-Piece Swimsuit is available in three different softer color combinations that are backed by a 100-percent happiness guarantee. Chlorine and sun resistant, the RuggedButts Striped One-Piece Swimsuits come in sizes varying from 3-24 months.
Sugar House Long Sleeve Rash Guard and Swimsuit for Baby Girls
For little swimmers who are spending lots of time in the sun, one of the biggest priorities is shielding them from the sun’s harmful rays. Waterproof sunscreen is one tool, but creating a physical barrier with clothing is another. Sugar House’s Long Sleeve Rash Guard and Swimsuit for Baby Girls fully covers the soft skin on the arms. Combine the sun protection and soft fabric with the playful colors and designs, varying from flamingos to pink paisley, and you’ve got a stylish way to keep your baby comfortable and protected from the sun while splashing around.
Jastore Baby Girls One-Piece Swimsuit
Designed more for the beach and leisurely splashing, the Jastore Baby Girls Swimsuit comes with a headband and bow, and is available in eight different color combinations. While it doesn’t provide as much sun protection as the other swimsuits on this list, the Jastore does check all the boxes when it comes to durability and comfort. Made of 82% polyester and 18% Spandex, the swimsuit dries quickly, keeping your kiddo comfortable during long afternoons at the pool.
RuffleButts Baby Rash Guard and Swimsuit for Girls
Another entry by RuffleButts—fun company name to say out loud, not gonna lie!—is girl-centric, with bright colors, polka dots, and ruffles along the cuffs and waist. The swimsuit is made of 80% polyester and 20% spandex, which perform a 1-2 punch of being sun and chlorine resistant while also flexible and stretchy enough to allow your baby to move freely. The suit features a high neckline and half sleeves to help protect against the sun, is available in four different color combinations, and comes in sizes fitting baby girls from 3-24 months of age.
Stonz Unisex Rash Guard Swimsuit for Toddlers
Available in eight different neutral color patterns, the Stonz Premium Rashguard and Swimsuit features full-length sun protection, covering your baby girl or baby boy from wrist to ankle. The side panels are made of a soft mesh that makes the swimsuit extra breathable and promotes airflow, and a raised neck collar provides shade on the bottom of the neck. Diaper changes are made simple with a zipper system that allows you to change diapers without fully removing the swimsuit. The Stonz swimsuits are available in a wide range of infant sizes, from 0-24 months.
upandfast Baby Boy Swimsuit with Sun Hat
The upandfast Baby Boy Swimsuit delivers maximum protection from the sun with its blend of solid colors and playful patterns. The swimsuit is made of soft and durable chlorine-resistant material that dries quickly, keeping your baby happy and comfortable during long bouts of play in and around the water. What makes the upandfast swimsuit for baby boys so special—beyond the five different animal-themed color patterns—is the bonus sun hat is included. The hat has a visor and a waterfall-back that covers the neck and ears. Available in baby and toddler sizes, from 6-36 months.