If you haven’t already got your paddling pool out for your kids, then mark it as urgent on your to-do list as the heatwave is set to continue. That means one thing: you need to shop for swimwear for children, stat.
Even though summer holidays abroad are less likely this year, they’ll still need a new swimming costume for 2021’s hottest tickets, from the local splash park to a road trip to the beach or on a staycation. For some new parents, this purchase will be baby’s first swimsuit. Exciting!
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What is the best swimming costume for babies and toddlers?
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.
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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 Gap. You’ll find a lot of swimming costumes are available from baby to toddler size too, in stores including Jojo Maman Bebe and Petit Bateau.
Best swimming costumes for babies
Floral print baby wetsuit with velcro fastening, £22, Jojo Maman Bebe
Skirted swimsuit, from £15, Monsoon
Bow-detail swimsuit, £8.99, H&M
Mini Boden long-sleeve frilly swimsuit, £21, John Lewis
Gingham frill swimsuit, £22, The White Company
Sunsafe swimsuit, £19, Monsoon
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Best swimming costumes for toddlers
Ladybug gingham swimming costume, from £17.60, Cath Kidston
Flounced tropical swimsuit, £9.99, H&M
Swim rash suit one-piece, £19.95, Gap
Tassel strap swimsuit, from £9.60, John Lewis
Cross-back glitter spot swimsuit, from £17, Boden
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