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Cutest Baby Bathing Suits for Summer 2018

Polka dots, peplum and plenty of pineapple—we've rounded up this season's most stylish suits.

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.)

Photo: Zara

This preppy dino print promises a rip-roarin’ good time.

Dinosaur Bermuda Swim Shorts , $18, Zara.com

Photo: Target

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.

Cat & Jack Lobster Long Sleeve Rash Guard , $8, Target.com
Cat & Jack Lobster Swim Trunks , $8, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy Amazon

Extra coverage has never looked so cool. Don’t fear the one-piece design—a handy zipper makes it easy to get on and off.

SwimZip Little Boy Long Sleeve Swimsuit , $40, Amazon.com

Photo: Baby Gap

Go ahead, let baby have a ball. This suit’s machine washable.

Beach Ball Swim Trunks , $20, Gap.com

Photo: Courtesy Carter's

We promised sharks. This swim set promises UPF 50+.

Carter's Boys' Trunks in Mint Shark , starting from $8, Amazon.com

Photo: Lassig

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.

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

Help baby’s style start to take shape.

Masala Baby Mosaic Skirted One-Piece Swimsuit , $48, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Baby Gap

More ruffles, more fun. This eyelet design may look delicate, but it’s still machine washable.

Eyelet Ruffle Swim One-Piece , $30, Gap.com

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

More pineapple! More coverage! Once again, this sweet set is UPF 50+.

Snapper Rock Pineapple Two-Piece Short Sleeve Ruffle Swimsuit , $52, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Carter's

Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny...you know how it goes.

Polka Dot Swimsuit , $12, Carters.com

Photo: RuffleButts

Searsucker? Check. Floppy hat? Check. It’s off the beach and off to the races.

RuffleButts Two-Piece Swimsuit & Hat Set , $40, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Lassig

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.

Photo: PatPat

Who would’ve thought a pair of pineapples would be so cute?

Cool Stripes Pineapple One-piece Swimsuit, $13 baby, $17 mom, PatPat.com

Photo: MademoiselleLouiseFL/Etsy

The only way to make it cuter? Exponentially increase the pineapples.

MademoiselleLouiseFL Mother and Son Swimsuit , $89, Etsy.com

Photo: PatPat

A pale pink is pretty on any size.

Mom and Me Cute Ruffles One-piece Swimsuit , $13 baby, $17 mom, PatPat.com

Photo: Salty Baby

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.

Caden-Ibiza Baby Boy Surfer Short , $25, SaltyBaby.com
Kai-Ibiza One-Piece for Mom , $75, SaltyBaby.com

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.

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom

There’s something a little less intimidating about a shark who knows how to color-coordinate. This comprehensive set comes with a fin-hooded towel, the cutest crab hat and even a tote for mom.

Baby Aspen Shark Hooded Towel, Swim Trunks Sun Hat and Tote Set , $65, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Carter's

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

Photo: Carter's

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

Photo: H&M

A baby-friendly alternative to a trucker hat.

Cap , $8, HM.com

Photo: H&M

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

Photo: Babiators

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