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The best swimwear picks for your little duckling

Now the weather’s getting warmer, little ones love nothing better than splashing around, whether it’s in the paddling pool or at the beach. From inflatable floats that keep them safe to SPF-protecting swimsuits, here’s what you need to buy for your baby so they’re ready to go for a swim...  

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Frill swimsuit, £13, Next 

Pretty frills and a bright plaid print: what’s not to love about this sweet, little swimming costume? 
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Watermelon Swimsuit, £5.99, H&M

A quirky take on the classic swimsuit, this fruity watermelon costume has a frilled neckline and pretty, little bow at the back. Helpfully, it also has a lined gusset and has been cut to accommodate a nappy. 
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Shark Swim Shorts, £12,

Shark prints seem to be having a real moment in children’s wear, and these shorts feature a swimming hammerhead and sand shark design. They also have a draw cord and elasticated waistband, making them easy to slip on and off on the beach. 
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Baby wetsuit, £22,

The water is a fun place for babies but, stay in too long, and they can get cold. Jojo Maman Bebe has come up with a solution to this problem with their specially-designed wetsuit. Made from Neoprene, it helps keep your baby insulated and warm, so they can enjoy splashing around for longer. Plus, its wraparound style can be adjusted for the perfect fit.
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Swim set, £11.99, H&M

Let your little turtles roam free, happy in the knowledge that they’ll be protected from the sun thanks to this adorable 50+ UV protection swim set. 
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Intex Kiddie Float, £5, John Lewis

This inflatable baby seat is a great way to introduce your little one to the water safely. Suitable for use from six months, little ones can glide around the pool comfortably thanks to a back support, while you’re left happy in the 
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Fish Print Swimsuit & Hat, from £16, M&S

Let your little ones join the fishes (and the odd flamingo) when they head to the water, with this vibrant-print swimsuit. Its long sleeves and arms keep most of their skin protected and the zip fastening makes it easy to get on and off, even when it’s damp. 
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Swim Happy Nappy, £11,

Say goodbye to disposable swimming nappies. This bestselling 3D Happy Nappy is the only nappy you need and is accepted by most baby swim classes. The snug-fitting waist and legs have been designed to contain any unfortunate accidents, and there’s the added bonus of 50+ UV protection.
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Dinosaur Swim Hat, from £10,

Now you can bring your dinosaur friends along to the beach to join in the fun! This T-Rex and Brontosaurus hat will make your little one the most stylish on the sand and, with 50+ UV protection and a long flap at the back to cover vulnerable little necks, they’ll stay safe too.
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Crocodile Sunsafe Suit, from £15, Next

This swimsuit comes with extra bite, in the form of a colourful applique crocodile and 50+ UV protection. Better snap it up quickly!
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Seahorse Print Rash Suit, £19, 

Made from a protective UV 50+ fabric and with a very practical zip opening at the back, this rash suit is a great first swimwear option for little ones. Plus, they’ll look adorable in its elegant seahorse print.

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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  


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