Baby’s first summertime means baby’s first swimsuit. While we admit it’s hard to choose a suit that doesn’t look adorable while she splashes around for the first time, there’s more to baby bathing suits than meets the eye.
A few considerations beyond style: Does baby have super sensitive skin? A rash guard or one piece is the way to go for extra sun protection. Will you be logging long days at the public pool? In that case, you’ll probably want a swim diaper. Here, we’ve rounded up the best baby bathing suits of every style. And of course, we prioritized the cuteness factor the whole way through.
Baby Boy Bathing Suits
If you thought baby boy bathing suits only came in shark prints, think again. This season’s styles range from cute to classy. (Don’t worry, we still included a shark option.)
This preppy dino print promises a rip-roarin’ good time.
Dinosaur Bermuda Swim Shorts , $18, Zara.com
If baby’s looking like a lobster, it won’t be because of this suit. The rash guard top is made with UPF 50+ spandex.
Extra coverage has never looked so cool. Don’t fear the one-piece design—a zipper in the back makes it easy to get on and off.
Pineapple Swim One-Piece , $30, Gymboree.com
Go ahead, let baby have a ball. This suit’s machine washable.
Beach Ball Swim Trunks , $20, Gap.com
We promised sharks. This swim set promises UPF 50+.
Teething Swim Set , $40, Gymboree.com
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Needless to say, a swim diaper needs to absorb a ton of moisture. Lassig uses polyester microfiber to earn its stripes.
Multistripe Swim Diaper , $16, Lassig.com
Baby Girl Bathing Suits
Maybe you’ve totally embraced ruffles. Or maybe you’ve always had a preference for dressing baby in patterns. Either way, there’s a swimsuit perfect for your budding fashionista.
Matching accessories mean baby’s style is starting to take shape.
Geo 1-Piece Swimsuit , $25, Gymboree.com
Geo Swim Hat , $17, Gymboree.com
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More ruffles, more fun. This eyelet design may look delicate, but it’s still machine washable.
Eyelet Ruffle Swim One-Piece , $30, Gap.com
More pineapple! More coverage! Once again, this rash guard is UPF 50+.
Pineapple Rash Guard Set , $30, Gymboree.com
Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny...you know how it goes.
Polka Dot Swimsuit , $12, Carters.com
Searsucker? Check. Floppy hat? Check. It’s off the beach and off to the races.
RuffleButts Two-Piece Swimsuit & Hat Set , $40, Nordstrom.com
Don’t be fooled by the pretty print; Lassig’s innovative lining and padding is hard at work to wick moisture away from baby’s bottom.
Sun Swim Diaper , $16, Lassig.com
Mommy & Me Swimsuits
The window of time when they’ll be okay with matching is short. Boy or girl, here’s how to take advantage.
Who would’ve thought a pair of pineapples would be so cute?
Cool Stripes Pineapple One-piece Swimsuit, $13 baby, $17 mom, PatPat.com
The only way to make it cuter? Exponentially increase the pineapples.
MademoiselleLouiseFL Mother and Son Swimsuit , $89, Etsy.com
A pale pink is pretty on any size.
Mom and Me Cute Ruffles One-piece Swimsuit , $13 baby, $17 mom, PatPat.com
There’s nothing babyish about this cool Ibiza print. Even cooler: Your version has adjustable straps so that it works for short and tall moms.
Baby Swim Accessories
You can’t expect baby to spend the whole day pitter-pattering in the water. When it’s time for dry land, these baby swim accessories have her covered.
There’s something a little less intimidating about a shark who knows how to color-coordinate.
Shark Stripe One-Piece , $30, Gymboree.com
Shark Flip Flops , $25, Gymboree.com
Jelly sandals are officially back. And they pair perfectly with this pom pom-lined pullover.
Pom-Pom Trim Swim Cover-Up , $12, Carters.com
Jelly Sandals , $11, Carters.com
You probably noticed by now: Pineapple swimwear is in. And it doesn’t have to be limited to baby bathing suits.
Pineapple Hooded Towel , $15, Carters.com
A baby-friendly alternative to a trucker hat.
Cap , $8, HM.com
What’s better than one hat? Two! A backup sun hat is never a bad idea for the beach.
2-Pack Sun Hats , $13, HM.com
Sure, plenty of baby sunglasses look cute. But these super cool aviators have a flexible frame and an included strap so baby can actually wear them without breaking them.
Original Aviators , $20, Babiators.com
Published May 2018