If you're one of the lucky ones jetting off on a half-term holiday soon, it's never too early to get packing for you and your little one. Whether it's a summer holiday abroad or a UK staycation (with that all important pool), a girls swimsuit for your daughter is an absolute packing essential. You'll also need one for those splash park summer holiday days or back garden pool sessions you know you'll be enjoying!
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What is the best girls' swimming costume?
Some of this year’s best swimsuits for toddler girls and babies have parent-ease at the forefront of the design; many are designed with extra material to cover a nappy, poppers for easy nappy changes or Velcro fastenings to help get baby or toddler in or out a lot easier.
You’ll even find some swimsuits have built-in SPF, helping to protect your child’s skin from UVA and UVB rays even further (but don’t skip the suncream, this is added protection). Or look for longer length swimsuits, known as surf suits, to keep them covered up.
Best shops for baby and toddler swimsuits
Some of the best high street stores for baby and toddler swimming costumes include H&M, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer and for designer swimming costumes, head to Childsplay Clothing and Alex and Alexa. You’ll find a lot of swimming costumes are available from baby to toddler size too, in stores including Jojo Maman Bebe and Boden.
Best swimming costumes for babies
Flamingo print baby wetsuit with velcro fastening, £24, Jojo Maman Bebe
Perfect for your little bathers, this clever baby wetsuit is made from neoprene for a flexible, comfortable fit to keep your baby nice and warm in the water. It also has wraparound fastening for easy nappy changing and the cutest flamingo print.
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Unicorn skirted swimsuit, from £15, Monsoon
Perfect for the beach, this swimsuit features a unicorn motif and soft, ruffled skirt.
Striped fill neck swimsuit, £14.50, Marks & Spencer
The cute seersucker fabric of this swimsuit is lightweight and flexible, and has Sun Smart UPF50+, which provides extra protection from UV rays, and is endorsed by the British Skin Foundation.
Frill swimsuit, from £21, Boden
What's not to love about this adorable, under the sea design with a frill added for good measure?
Floral nappy swimsuit, from £7, Sainsbury's
Adorably decorated with summery blooms, there's an integrated nappy to keep little water babies feeling comfy and water-ready all day long. We only wish the design came in adult sizing too!
Splash About Happy Nappy Costume, £20, Kidly
The snug fitting neoprene nappy bottom has a top band at the base of their spine to stop leaks around the waist, while the band around the thigh stops this at the bottom. SPF 50+ sun protected, chlorine resistant and quick drying, it's (almost) guaranteed to be leak free.
Newlyn nappy swimsuit, £20, Frugi
This swimsuit allows your baby to ditch the swim nappy, as it has an integrated nappy hidden underneath. We love the fun floral print too.
UPF 50 Surfsuit, £12.99, H&M
This patterned surf suit is made from UV-protective material and that all-important shoulder coverage to keep babies even safer from the sun in the water.
Sun Protection Swimsuit, £24.99, Lindex
Who can resist leopard print, especially in miniature mode? This long sleeved swimsuit with UPF50+ is partially made from recycled polyester, and features a zip front closure.
Mini Boden swimsuit set, from £29, Boden
Mini Boden's rash vest set is great for nappy changes, with a separate vest and pants, and comes in the sweetest nautical stripes and farmyard motifs.
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Best swimming costumes for toddlers
Blue Zoo Patchwork Swimsuit, £7, Debenhams
With an all over floral and patchwork print and frill neckline, Blue Zoo's cutesy swimsuit is available from 12months to six years.
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Petit Tabac - Junior Swimsuit, £45, Bequia Beach Bums
The one shoulder design with frills is made from recycled material with a soft brushed finish. Perfect for twinning with mama on the white sand beaches of St. Barts (or St Neots).
Minnie swimsuit, £18, shopDisney
Minnie Mouse fans will adore this abstract floral print swimsuit, featuring their favourite mouse.
Liewood Floral Swimsuit, £41, Selfridges
If the adorable print isn't enough to sway you, this swimsuit's sustainable credentials might - it's made from recycled PET bottles.
Hello Kitty swimsuit, £9.99, H&M
Gloriously bright and green, this Hello Kitty swimsuit is fully lined with sizing starting from 18months.
Peppa Pig swimsuit, from £13.95, Amazon
Or if Peppa Pig is more her style, she'll adore this Peppa Pig themed swimsuit.
Triangular swimsuit, £55, Bobo Choses
The retro design of Bobo Choses' triangular swimsuit is dreamy while the straps are adjustable, making it the perfect fit for your little fashionista.
Leopard frill swimsuit, £12.50, Marks & Spencer
Available in sizes 2-7 years, this playful, prettily designed swimsuit is crafted from chlorine-resistant fabric and finished with Sun Smart UPF50+ technology for extra protection against harmful UV rays.
Leaf print swimsuit, £21, Cupshe
With its gloriously bright print, this Cupshe swimsuit is giving us tropical vibes.
Hatley Kids Ruffle Swimsuit, £29, Childsplay Clothing
Hatley Kids' swimsuit is deliciously bold in blue with a cute lollipop design.
Long sleeve swimsuit, £18, FatFace
This long sleeve swimsuit is great for covering up your toddler's arms when in the water, and features a zip up front and colourful under the sea design.
UV Protective Surf Swimsuit, £22, Muddy Puddles
This stretchy, high neck swimsuit boasts UPF+50 and is made from recycled plastic bottles. Plus, the print is pretty cute too.
Sunsafe Swimsuit, from £13, Next
Next's sunsafe swimsuit features an adorable ditsy floral print with the fabric giving your toddler protection from the sun - it has a rating of UPF50+.
Rash vest and shorts swimsuit set, from £22, John Lewis
A great choice for toddlers in nappies, as this rash vest has separate shorts for easy changing.
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