Best baby swimwear – our favorite styles for boys, girls and unisex

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Protect your children from the sun and play comfortably in the paddling pools or at the beach with our guide to buying baby swimwear. (Getty Images)

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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

Unisex

Swimsuit with UPF 50 | £17.99 at H&M

Swimsuit with UPF 50

This swimsuit with UPF 50 protective material from H&M will protect baby from the sun’s rays

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

Brands &;  Spencer Baby Swimsuit 2pc Palm AOP Long Sleeve Set

This two-piece with palm tree print is an ideal swimsuit for babies to protect themselves from the sun

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

Turquoise Baby Shark Unisex Wetsuit

This unisex turquoise baby shark wetsuit is available for babies aged three months to five years

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

Sun-Safe Printed Wetsuit

This sun protection surf suit from Boden is colourful, safe and easy to change.

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.

Little girl

Rainbow Ruffle Waist Long Sleeve Swimsuit | £14.50 at Marks & Spencer

Rainbow Ruffle Waist Long Sleeve Swimsuit

This long sleeve swimsuit from Marks & Spencer has an adorable rainbow print in a chlorine resistant fabric

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

Monsoon Baby Fruitpop Sunsafe All-in-One Sunsuit

This all-in-one sunsuit from John Lewis provides full body coverage

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

Set of 2 patterned swimsuits

This set of two swimsuits is a great deal from 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

Polka Dot Seahorse 3-Piece Swimsuit

This three-piece set from Marks & Spencer is made with UV-blocking fabric

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.

baby boy

UPF 50 swimsuit | £14.99 at H&M

UPF 50 swimsuit

This smart long-sleeve swim set from H&M is safe and comfortable for being in the sun

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

John Lewis &  Partners Baby SunPro Crab Stripe All-in-One Swimsuit

Lightweight and covering, this John Lewis & Partners Baby Crab Stripe All-In-One SunPro swimsuit is perfect for summer

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

PAW Patrol all-in-one blue swimsuit and Keppi hat

This all-in-one Paw Patrol swimsuit is available for ages 1-7

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

Mini Boden Baby Puffin Stripe Rash Vest Set

This two-piece set from Mini Boden has an adorable puffin print and long sleeves for extra sun protection

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.

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