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With summer fast approaching and international travel back on the agenda, it’s time to start shopping for a summer wardrobe.
If you have little ones eager to dip their toes in the garden paddling pool or see the beach for the first time, there’s no better time than now to shop for some suitable swimwear.
First, you’ll need coverage to protect them from the scorching rays of the sun – many swimwear brands are now creating designs with UV-blocking materials – second, comfort is key, and finally, take your pick among hundreds of bright and colorful designs.
Luckily, there are plenty of fun and functional options to keep your baby cool, comfortable and ready to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s in your backyard or in a tropical location abroad.
From H&M to Marks & Spencer, we’ve rounded up the cutest swimwear for boys, girls and unisex.
The best baby swimwear 2022
Swimsuit with UPF 50 | £17.99 at H&M
This striped one-piece from H&M is designed for children aged 12 months to 4 years. It also exists in a turquoise color. It’s fully lined, made from UV-blocking material with a front zipper for easy changing, and a chin guard.
Marks & Spencer Palm AOP Long Sleeve 2 Piece Set | £16.50 at Marks & Spencer
If you’re looking for a two-piece swimsuit to make diaper changes easier, try this Marks & Spencer set. With a fun palm print on UPF 50+ fabric, it offers decent coverage and a drawcord waistband to ensure a secure fit.
Turquoise Baby Shark Unisex Wetsuit | from £10 from Matalan
This economical baby shark design is adorable. Machine washable, it’s a simple wetsuit that can be easily taken off and put on, while still providing ample coverage. All that’s left is a hat and sunscreen.
Sun-Safe Printed Wetsuit | £29 from Boden
This comfortable surf suit is made from recycled materials, is machine washable (so all the ice cream gets washed) and offers sun protection. Not to mention it’s a super fun striped print with a cute whale design.
Rainbow Ruffle Waist Long Sleeve Swimsuit | £14.50 at Marks & Spencer
We like this rainbow design, and the added frill makes it a fun style addition. On the functional side, it has a zip closure at the back for easy dressing, made in a UPF 50+ fabric with a chlorine-resistant finish, so it does not fade after washing.
Monsoon Baby Fruitpop Sunsafe All-in-One Sunsuit | from £20 from John Lewis
This all-in-one swimsuit is ideal if you are shopping for something with full coverage. Available for newborns through four-year-olds, it’s super soft, comfy, and provides sun protection.
Set of 2 patterned swimsuits | £12.99 at H&M
This two-pack will come in handy when you need a spare for unexpected spills or stains. Both are fully lined, with narrow straps and are an easy way for little ones to stay cool in the shade when the sun is out.
Polka Dot Seahorse 3-Piece Swimsuit | £18 at Marks & Spencer
This colorful yellow three-piece set is available for newborns up to three years. The top is long-sleeved for extra coverage on their arms, and the hat will keep their delicate heads safe from sunburn and the sun’s rays in their eyes.
UPF 50 swimsuit | £14.99 at H&M
This minimalist turquoise two-piece is perfect if you’re looking for a more relaxed fit without compromising on coverage. It’s designed with long sleeves and a small stand-up collar to reduce any chafing of the seams, and the shorts are fully lined with a drawstring waistband.
John Lewis & Partners Baby SunPro Crab Stripe All-in-One Swimsuit | from £16 from John Lewis
For fun in the sun, this all-in-one swimsuit is quick-drying, light and very stretchy for maximum comfort. We also love the nautical stripes and the colorful crab print.
PAW Patrol all-in-one blue swimsuit and Keppi hat | £12 from George to Asda
This swimsuit with high neck and short sleeves is a must have for all Paw Patrol fans. The hat is included and the zipper in the back makes it easy to change.
Mini Boden Baby Puffin Stripe Rash Vest Set | from £29 from John Lewis
Available from three months to six years, this two piece set would make a lovely gift for a new parent with an upcoming holiday. The shorts have an elasticated waist and drawstring, and the entire outfit is also made from recycled fabric.