Whether it’s a weekend splash in the paddling pool, or that first family holiday, making sure your little ones are safe in the water is a must.
While we might be happy in minimal clothing while swimming, our babies and toddlers need more protection. Not just from the cold, but also from the sunshine - an extra layer from a swimsuit or wetsuit gives extra protection from sunburn and UV rays.
Swimming - whether in the pool or the sea - can make babies and toddlers cold very quickly, although they might not realise (remember they can't regulate their temperature like we can). So finding a wetsuit that's fleece-lined is a good idea, for added warmth. Some swimsuits also include integrated floats, giving you extra peace of mind that your little one will be safe in the water.
With plenty of baby swimwear on the market, we’ve shorlisted our top baby swimsuits and wetsuits here:
The best baby and toddler wetsuits:
This super-soft, fleece-lined wetsuit is a good way to ensure your little one stays cosy in the pool. With UPF protection of 50+, they'll also be protected from the sun in the pool. Ideal for babies with sensitive skin and conditions such as eczema, the suit blocks in barrier cream for those who require it.
This cute little wetsuit is available in a number of different prints and is great when it comes to keeping your baby warm during those first swimming lessons. Made from 3mm thick neoprene to preserve body heat, it also has UPF 50+ sun protection. We also love how easy it is to get on and off thanks to the clever design.
Available in a number of adorable prints, another great buy from Splash About, this two in one product is a baby wetsuit incorporated with a full Happy Nappy. Providing body warmth with long sleeves, the super soft neoprene makes it easy to get on and off, even when wet.
This adorable little unisex suit is a great option for little ones who won’t wear armbands in the pool, the floatation suit provides buoyancy with less restriction. The floats can be removed as their confidence grows, but remember never to leave your child alone in the water – this is not a life jacket. Available in sizes from 1-2 years to 4-5 years.
A great product that does pretty much everything in one, this Splash About float suit comes with 16 removable floats, whilst providing neck, shoulder and leg coverage for great sun protection. It comes in a number of cute shades and is available from 1-2 years to 5-6 years.
This cute little swimsuit comes in a number of fun prints (with matching hats) and is available in sizes from 3-6months, to 2-3 years. We love the cute frill design, and the in-built nappy, keeping accidents to a minimum.
These adorable little swimming trunks come in a number of cute shades for your tot this summer. The in-built nappy means keeps accidents contained, and the shorts are accepted at most pools. Available in sizes from 0-3 months to 2-3 years.
A M&B gold award winner, this brilliant little nappy is a must-have in every baby swim bag. It’s cute, reliable and comes in a number of bright designs your little one will love. They dry fast and are comfortable for little ones to wear. Available in sizes 0-3 months to 24-36 months.
This adorable swim nappy has a concealed water-resistant layer and leak-proof legs to avoid accidents in the pool. The cotton lining is soft against baby’s skin and the clever lightweight fabric means your baby doesn’t get weighed down in the water. Available in sizes small (0-2 months) to extra-large (2+ years).
This cute swim nappy comes in a number of fun prints and has been designed to keep accidents better contained. With coordinating hats available, you’re bound to fall in love with one of these cute looks. Available in sizes from 0-3 months to 2-3 years.