How to Choose the Perfect Swimsuit for Your Child.

Plus My Top 8 Girls’ Swimsuit Picks.

With summer just around the corner, it’s a good time to update your children's swimwear.

With that in mind, I’ve created this handy guide to help you choose the perfect swimsuit for your little one – complete with my top favorite picks for little girls this year!

It can be overwhelming to shop for a swimsuit for your child.

There is such a wide variety of styles, colors, and options available that it’s easy to feel bombarded by all the selections.

Being prepared for the summer by choosing a swimsuit in advance will give you feeling of control. 

Plus, it’s one less thing to buy at the last minute before going to the pool or beach.

How to Choose the Perfect Swimsuit for Your Child

via Minnow


My absolute favorite brand this year is Minnow: a California-based, high-quality, contemporary children’s swimwear label that embraces clean lines and minimal details.

I am in love with their simple and chic 2018 line for little girls, which features blush pink, navy stripes, and ruffles!

How to Choose the Perfect Swimsuit for Your Child

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As much as I love browsing adorable fashion options, there’s more to consider when choosing a child’s swimsuit than you may realize! 

It's important for parents to also keep a child’s comfort and safety in mind. 

One of the things I like most about Minnow is how easy they make it to find a suit that will perfectly fit ALL of your child’s needs.

Here are a few simple steps to remember when buying swimwear for your child:


1. Good fit

  • Make sure your child’s swimsuit fits well and conforms to her specific shape and size.


  • If the suit is too small, it can cause her a lot of discomforts, and can also give her a rash if the elastic is too tight.


  • On the other hand, you don’t want the suit to be too large, either. If it is, it can cause her to experience a lot of difficulties while she is swimming or doing other water activities. Also, keep in mind that swimsuit fabric expands when wet.


  • Buy One Size Up. Kids' swimsuits generally run small. You'll find that for most swimwear brands, you should buy a size up from your child's normal clothing size for the best fit. Also, be sure to read reviews from other mothers to check how accurate the company’s sizing charts are. Sometimes it's easier to find the right swimsuit size for your child by height


  • For a baby, it’s important to have enough room on the bottom for her swimming diaper. Note: babies grow so quickly, so be sure to choose a larger size than what fits her now (I choose to go by height rather than by age).


2. Safe, high-quality materials

  • There are many different types of swimsuit materials, and the type that you should choose depends on what kinds of activities your child will be doing while wearing the suit. Does she love to swim, or will she spend most of her time on the beach, running and jumping and playing in the sand? You also want to be able to easily remove those popsicle stains!


  • A combination of lycra and spandex materials will dry quickly when your child leaves the water.


  • Also, some bathing suits have a soft lining that keeps your child comfortable and is designed to prevent her from breaking out in a rash.


  • It is also important to check all of the materials to ensure that your child is not allergic to any of them.


3. Sun (UV) protection

  • There are certain materials that help minimize the amount of UV rays that can penetrate to your child’s skin through her swimsuit. Be sure to check the label, as not every suit has this special material.


  • More coverage equals more protection from the sun. Consider buying a one-piece swimsuit instead of a bikini, or even one with long sleeves. I love this rashguard swimsuit from J Crew, which has ultimate coverage and is very stylish.


4. Personal style

  • Know your child’s style and personality! Is she a sporty girl who loves activities? Or is she a girly girl who loves pretty prints and ruffles? Most parents don’t buy more than one or two swimsuits for each child per year, your choice will be photographed on all beach/ pool pictures, so make sure you absolutely love it! :)