Splish, splash, what’s more fun than taking a bath? Basically, anything that allows your little one to wear one of the best toddler swimsuits to the beach, pool, or old-school lawn sprinkler. Our favorite toddler swimsuits of 2020 were vetted for quality, style (aka cute factor), and some were even assessed for sun protection.
“When it comes to swimwear for your tots, coverage from the sun is a real concern,” spills Layne Cross, styling supervisor at Stitch Fix, which offers a selection of toddler swimsuits in their expert-curated fashion subscription boxes. “This season you’ll find that a lot of matching rash guard and bottom sets are on-trend for both boys and girls. They’re a really great option for parents because they provide a bit of extra coverage from the sun, making this trend a practical one.”
Layne suggests bright colors, mini versions of popular adult swimwear trends, vibrant prints, and board shorts for toddlers deserving of front row NYFW seats. She also recommends doing your homework on the earmarks of quality, because it’s hard for flimsy suits to stand up to repeated wear, tear, chlorine, stains, and poop-related mishaps (yeah, those happen).
“Fully-lined swimsuits for girls are usually better quality. The lining acts as a reinforcement to prevent the suit from losing shape or stretching out. For boys, look for a comfortable waistband with a stretch along with a more substantial hand feel, which will sustain the wear and tear of the beach, lake, or pool all summer long.” Check out our top picks so your tot can be the queen or king of #Summer2020.
Your little mermaid will love this coral-colored two-piece swimsuit from Carter’s. On land or under the sea, this swimsuit will keep your tiny swimmer protected with UPF 50 built into their suit. One reviewer said, “Love this swimsuit for my daughter. Love the colors and the rash guard feature!” A two-piece swimsuit is a great option for parents who are potty training their children, too. You don’t have to worry about snaps or buttons when it’s time for a quick diaper change. Just pull up or down as needed just like regular underwear. Besides, the last thing you wanna do while having fun in the sun is waste time with potty breaks. Done with the water? This toddler girl’s swimsuit is fashioned with quick-drying material which makes going from water to land a piece of cake. Pair with some killer shades and chic sandals and baby is ready for a day out.
Get ready to flip about with Kanu Surf Boys’ Barracuda Swim Trunks. Your tiny dolphin will enjoy summer fun in these Dolphin Red swim trunks that come in lots of other fun colors and designs. The lightweight breathable fabric is complete with UPF 50 protection and quick-dry microfiber. The trunks have a pocket for storage but we don’t suggest putting snacks in there, it could make for a messy surprise later. One reviewer took these shorts on a family adventure and said, “Very happy with the quality and price of these shorts. We swam in a lake that wasn’t the cleanest, but the blue stayed bright. The suit is good with washing and wearing — no weird bunching or beading of the fabric. If you’re unsure about size, I’d say it’s a tiny bit on the large size, but close to what we expected and the drawstring worked well.” These trunks don’t just come in toddler boy sizes, they also go up to a size 18/20 in big boys, too. If your little swimmer has an older brother or big cousin they want to match with, add a few more sizes to the cart. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your little one #twinning.
The last thing you want to worry about when having a day of fun in the sun is whether or not your child is protected from those harsh summer rays. Good news, this Rufflebutt long-sleeve one-piece swimsuit is made with built-in UPF 50 to guard your child while they build sandcastles on the beach. Time for a diaper change? No worries, this swimsuit comes with easy on and off with 3 nickel-free snaps at the bottom of the suit and a zipper on the back. One reviewer said, “I was super skeptical about the ruffles on the butt (I know, I know) but it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. My little one is absolutely adorable in this swimsuit AND I love that it’s a long-sleeve one piece. Plus, this swimsuit has snaps in the crotch for quick and easy changes. Highly recommend and will be purchasing this in the next size up to get us all the way through summer.”
Kids love sharks. Despite the fact that they can be big and scary, the tiniest little humans find them fascinating. This might explain our inability to shift our child’s attention away from the Baby Shark song. Although there have been numerous failed attempts, at least it comes in handy when it comes to getting your toddler into their swimsuit in a timely manner. The Yober toddler surfing suit is a great option for your beach baby. The suit is built with UPF 50 and effectively resists ultraviolet rays to keep your fearless shark protected. It even comes with a matching hat for head to toe protection. The quick-dry material makes transitioning from the pool to the car easy. One reviewer said, “Went to SeaWorld and Schlitterbahn with this swimsuit already and it was perfect for both! My son was very comfortable and did not burn. Highly recommend this, it’s very cute and good quality.”
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. Is your toddler ready to set sail on the high seas? They’ll need to take this Simple Joys by Carter swimsuit along on their voyage for full protection. This rashguard and matching trunk set is fashioned with color block protection, UPF 50 sun protection, and covered elastic waists for little fingers. The functional drawstring ensures a snug fit so your toddler doesn’t lose their trunks on their adventure. One reviewer ordered this set for her tiny captain and said, “This is the perfect swim outfit for my little guy. Very pleased with the quality. One thing I will Add is my little guy wears a 2t but after reading some of the reviews saying it was cut small I went Up one size 3t and it fit him great. So just know go up one size other than that it’s perfect!”
We want all of our children to be little pineapples — stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside. So why not give them a wearable reminder? Besides, nothing says summer fun like the tropical goodness of pineapple. This Old Navy Zip-Front Long-Sleeve Rashguard Swimsuit with all-over pineapple print sets the island vibes in motion. The built-in UPF 50 sun protection lets you kick back with your favorite book while your tiny tot can enjoy hours of beach fun. The bathing suit has a full zipper chin guard and a zipper that runs from along the back from tummy to neck. The quick-drying tricot jersey is smooth and manufactured with comfortable stretch and full lining. If you think about it, toddlers are a lot like pineapples. Deep down, on the inside, they can be super sweet but when they’re tired or in mid-tantrum they can be very spiky.
Because she’s your mini! If looking and acting like you is her favorite sport and she’s nearly professional level, she’ll live her best summer life looking exactly like you in this too-chic-to-speak NUNUNU one piece. Every mom should have at least one little black dress and one little black swimsuit. You’ve got baby covered so now you just have to cop your own. This sophisticated designed swimsuit comes with UV 50 protection. This swimsuit also features a chic circle print born out of the collaboration with artist Shay Id Alony. Level-up the swimsuit by letting your toddler wear it as a halter top with a skirt or pair of shorts. Just like that, you can transform the outfit from beachwear to streetwear. If you think about it, it’s everything you’re looking for in your own one-piece swimsuit, but made in toddler size. So grab one for you and the kid and head out for a day of fun in the sun.
MaaMgic Boys Swim Trunks come in a variety of fun designs. Aside from these fish-pink trunks, you can find a fluorescent green, ice cream, pink shark and more. And of course, your toddler’s bum will be shielded with built-in UPF 50 protection to block 90% of the sun’s harmful rays. These toddler swim trunks feature an elastic waistband with a drawstring closure that is both durable and comfortable. The quick-dry fabric comes in handy when your little one is running in and out and wants to plop their wet bottom on your couch. Don’t just stop at the pool, these shorts are a good addition to your daily go-bag for regular playing, beaching, swimming or just lounging at home. One reviewer said, “Bought father-son matching trunks for my husband as his Fathers Days gift. He LOVES them! They are just the right length and cut right. Liner is great. Will be buying a second pair!”
Toddler swimsuit? Check. Now, let’s cross some other fashion must-haves off the list.