Summer…and the living is stylish. So, what swimsuit should you pick for your toddler or tween? We’ve got the top selections for all the kids in your household whether your goal is sustainability or sun protection.
Best Sun Protection: Hanna Andersson
Size Range: Newborn to 14 years
The suits from this brand are not only chic and comfy but also block 97 percent of harmful UVA/UVB rays, so you can rest easy when it comes to sunscreen application (and only wrestle your kids to cover the parts of their body where skin is actually exposed).
Best Sun Protection Runner-Up: Mini Boden
Size Range: Newborn to 16 years
It depends on the style you choose, but Mini Boden’s rash guards, for example, come with a UPF protection of 50+ to help block harmful ultraviolet rays. Perfect for the kid who never wants to leave the pool.
Mom Favorite: Minnow
Size Range: 1 to 12 years
When we talked to real moms about their top swimwear picks, Minnow was the brand name that kept coming up. How come? The moms we polled raved about everything from the sweet patterns and prints to the buttery-soft fabric and high levels of sun protection.
Mom Favorite Runner-up: Carter’s
Size Range: Newborn to 14
Real moms turn to Carter’s time and time again for a multitude of reasons. For one thing, it’s the affordable price point. But it’s also the attention to detail and kid-friendly flourishes. Case in point: These color-changing shark swim trunks.
Most Stylish: Crewcuts
Size Range: 2 to 14
Elephant prints! Seersucker! Name a trend and the kids’ offshoot of J.Crew likely has it. Not only that, the collection features a range of silhouettes—from rash guards and tankinis to pool shorts and swim trunks.
Most Stylish Runner-Up: Rylee and Cru
Size Range: Newborn to 9 years
The vibe? California surfer meets Brooklyn hipster. The fit? Comfortable and soft. Let’s just say these suits were made to be Instagrammed.
Best on a Budget: Target
Size Range: Newborn to Boys’/Girls’ XL Plus
Whether it’s the latest from Target’s in-house line Cat & Jack or simply the range of suits from the brand itself, it’s hard to beat the prices or the on-trend selection. (Bonus: Target’s suits feature the UPF 50+ ratings too.)
Best on a Budget Runner-up: Old Navy
Size Range: Newborn to Boys’/Girls’ XXL
As one of the moms we polled so aptly described: “Swimwear lasts one season, so why would I want to shell out big?” Old Navy is just the place to go for quick-drying suits with UPF 50+ protection and fun designs. (That tie-dye, though.)
Most Eco-Friendly: Reima
Size Range: 2T to 14
The materials used in Reima’s swimwear are not only nontoxic but also made from recycled plastic bottles. The suits are fashionable and functional (like this bikini top with cross-back straps), and they feature a UV protection rating of 50+.
Most Eco-Friendly Runner-Up: Primary
Size Range: Newborn to 12
This just in: Primary—the brand you already love for its rainbow color palette and versatility—just launched sustainable swim. What to expect? The same top-notch quality and color palette, but made from recycled materials. Bravo.
Editor Favorite: Tea Collection
Size Range: Infant to 16
Style meets comfort meets sun protection—what more could you want? But this brand kicks it up a notch with a fit that never seems to rub or chafe, even when little ones splash all over the place.
Editor Favorite Runner-Up: PQ Swim
Size Range: 2 to 16
Truth: Trying to please a toddler—or a tween—can be tough. But picking up a suit at PQ Swim will put you in the category of “cool mom” once and for all.