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The best baby swimwear - the best swimsuits, surfsuits, wetsuits and swimming nappies

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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. With plenty of baby swimwear on the market, we’ve summarised our top picks here:

The best baby wetsuits 

We've found the best baby wetsuits to keep your little one cosy in the pool here: 

Splash About Baby Warm-in-one, from £18, Amazon

Splash About warm in one

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. 

Splash About Baby Wrap Wetsuit, from £15, Amazon

Splash About Baby Wrap Wetsuit

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.

Kids Boat Print Wet Suit, £25.00, JoJo Maman Bebe 

JoJo Maman Bebe

Suitable for little ones older than a year, this cute little wetsuit keeps children warmer for longer thanks to the surfer style suit. The 1.55mm neoprene is comfortable to wear, and your tot is bound to love the cute print. JoJo also have a baby version for smaller tots.

Splash About Children’s Happy Nappy Wetsuit, from £19, Amazon 

Splash About Happy Nappy

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.

The best baby swimming costumes 

We've hand-picked these cute swimming costume for little girls: 

Children’s Red Stripe Float Suit, £23, JoJo Maman Bebe 

Children's Red Stripe Float Suit

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.  

Splash About Kids Sun Protection Float Suit, from £12, Amazon 

Splash About Float Suit

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.  

Rainbow swimsuit, £16, We love frugi 

Rainbow swimsuit

How cute is this little rainbow swimsuit from Frugi. The best part, Frugi is an organic baby brand who design bright clothes your little one will love wearing, whilst looking adorable too.

Swimsuit with Nappy, £18, JoJo Maman Bebe 

JoJo Maman Bebe

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.

The best baby swimming shorts 

Cute swimming shorts for active little boys, here are our favourites: 

Rash Vest and Pants Set, from £26, Mini Boden 

Rash vest and pants

This cute set comes in a number of different designs for both boys and girls. It gives extra protection against the sun with long sleeves and UPF fabric. The pants are lined and roomy enough for a swim nappy, and the separate design makes changing easier. Available in sizes from 3-6 months to 3-4 years.  

Swim Trunks with Nappy, £15, JoJo Maman Bebe 

Swim trunks with nappy

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.

Whale Boardshorts, from £9, Mothercare 

Whale Boardshorts

Your little one is bound to love these cute board shorts and you’ll love how easy he is to spot on the beach or in the pool this summer. Made from a soft, lightweight fabric, the elasticated waistband ensures a great fit. Available in sizes from 1-3 months to 5-6 years.

The best baby surfsuits 

A great idea when it comes to protecting your baby's delicate skin, most surfsuits will have some sort of sun protection: 

John Lewis Baby Sea Friends SunPro Swimsuit, from £16, John Lewis 

John Lewis Baby Sea Friends swimsuit

This cute little surf suit is perfect for your little swimmer this summer, thanks to its bright, fun, eye-catching print. We love the front zip for easy changing and the extra neck and sleeves protection. Available in sizes from 3-6 months to 2-3 years.

White Shark All Over Print Sunsafe Suit, from £12, Next  

White Shark all over print

This adorable little surf suit is made from sunsafe fabric with a UPF rating of 50+, meaning it blocks more than 97% of harmful UV rays. We love the matching hat and mules – perfect for little shark fans! Available in sizes from 3-6 months to 5-6 years.

Pretty Surf Suit, £26, Mini Boden 

Boden surf suit

This pretty little sun suit is made from UPF 40 fabric to protect your little one from harmful rays. As well as looking cute, it has a zip back for easy changes and longer legs for extra protection, and there’s also an adorable matching hat! Available in sizes from 3-6 months to 3-4 years.

Swimsuit with UPF 50, £14.99, H&M 

swimsuit with UPF 50

This cute, gender neutral surf suit is made with UV protective material to keep your little one safe in the sun. Lined for extra warmth and available in sizes from 4-6 months to 2-3 years.

The best baby swimming nappies 

To find more swimming nappies, take a look at the winners of our swimming awards category here. 

Splash About Happy Nappy, £15.00, Amazon 

Splash About Happy Nappy

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.

Bambino Mio Reusable Swim Nappy, £9.99, Amazon 

Bambino Mio swim nappy

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).

Pretty Swim Nappy, £12, JoJo Maman Bebe 

Pretty swim nappy

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.

The best baby swimming towels 

It's a good idea to have a fun towel your little one loves wearing to avoid them getting cold when jumping out the pool. Here are a few of our favourites: 

Towel with Hood, £12.99, H&M 

Towel with hood H&M

Available in a cute blue shark or pink octopus design, this affordable hooded towel has sewn-on ears and an embroidered motif on the front. 100% cotton, this soft, cosy towel is a perfect addition to your swimming bag.

Alligator Swim Poncho, £15, Mothercare 

Alligator Swim Poncho

Encourage your little ones to stop and get dry with this bright, fun, alligator poncho. Perfect for popping on after a swim or on the beach, this soft, towelling poncho has 3D scale your baby will love.

Hooded Towel, £26, We Love Frugi 

We Love Frugi

Your little one is bound to love this bright hooded towel with a lovely whale design. Suitable for both boys and girls, they’ll love wrapping themselves up in the cosy towel once jumping out the pool. 

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