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Best Kids’ Swimwear 2022: 10 Swimsuits Making a Splash

Swimmers, bathers, togs or cossies … whatever you call them, there’s no escaping it – swimming season is upon us and we want y’all to be READY. Warm days filled with frolicking in the water, building sandcastles, climbing the pool slide and family fun in the sun awaits. Of course, everyone has grown since last summer so from tots to tweens, here are our best kids’ swimwear picks.

Shopping for kids’ swimwear

Because we don’t tend to shop for swimwear all that often, here are our top tips for picking the right swimwear and avoid

  1. Stay true to size: it’s second nature to buy kids’ clothing with room to grow but don’t be tempted to do that when buying kids’ swimwear! Wet garments stretch a little when wet and no one wants a baggy bum or annoying slipping straps to interrupt swimming strokes or water play.
  2. Choose a swimsuit colour wisely: the colour of your child’s swimsuit could save their life, just take a look at this Swimsuit Colour Chart. When it comes to your child’s safety in and around water, bright, neon-coloured bathers and rashies are best when swimming in any body of water.
  3. Different togs for different activities: if your kids are part of a swimming club or are into performance swimming, just like any other sport, they’re going to need swimwear to suit. Skip the cute ruffles and boardies and go for more streamlined one-pieces, boys’ briefs or training swim trunks to help kids pull themselves through the water easily and work on that PB!
  4. Look after your swimwear: contrary to popular belief, just because swimwear is in water doesn’t mean that it’s self-cleaning. Follow the care instructions for togs to make them last a lot longer, a gentle wash (even just a quickie in a bucket) can free fabric of suncream, sand, chlorine and remnants of that beach kiosk ice cream.
  5. Sun protection matters: we all know how harsh the Australian sun is so we must do our best to protect our kids from it. Depending on what time and what gear you take with you to the beach or the pool, it’s important to make sure you always Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide, it’s a habit that will stay with them for life!

10 Best Kids’ Swimwear Picks for 2022

TicTasTogs Sun Protection Swimsuits

Price: From $39.95
Where to buy: TicTasTogs
Good for: Age-appropriate and fun sun-smart swimwear styles for kids aged up to 14!

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If you’re looking for sun-safe togs that are as comfy as they are cute, TicTasTogs has you covered, literally. And with sun-smart styles that fit kids from size 0 right up to 14, it’s your one-stop shop for kitting the kids out this summer.

The TicTasTogs collection of baby and kids swimwear and hats is designed with sun protection as a priority. You won’t find bare backs or shoulders here – just glorious, eye-popping prints on durable and long-lasting UPF50+ fabrics, in functional and fun age-appropriate styles.

Choose from one-piece bathers, rashies and swim shorts and our favourite, the all-in-one Sunsuit. It’s a match made in swimming heaven where comfort meets sun protection in funky prints the kids will love! And let’s not forget plenty of adorable ruffles, easy-to-fasten zips and even nappy change snaps that mums will love. Swap sunburn for smiles this summer with TicTasTogs!

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Tribe Tropical Sun Safe Swimsuits

Price: From $29.95
Where to buy: Tribe Tropical
Good for:  Sun-protective matching swimwear for the whole family!

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Founded by a mama of three, Tribe Tropical’s exclusive and unique colourful patterns are inspired by some of Australia’s most beautiful idyllic destinations. Choose from postcard picturesque rash guard tops, swim trunks, long sleeve swimsuits and coordinating hats in sizes 0 to 14. Plus, enjoy  UPF50+ sun protection with their soft, chlorine-resistant fabrics.

Tribe Tropical’s baby and toddler suits are not only cute, but they also feature handy nappy-change clips for easy nappy changes without wrangling baby and toddler bodies out of difficult-when-wet bathing suits.

For mums who want to match their minis, there’s a fabulously flattering long sleeve swimsuit style option for you too! Available in sizes XS to 3XL, this sun-smart women’s swimsuit has an in-built shelf-bra and removable padding, perfect for confidently keeping everything in place while the zip closure is perfect for fuss-free breastfeeding access. Awesome!

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Ocean Tales Kids’ Swimwear

Price: from $34.95
Where to buy: Ocean Tales
Good for: Fashion-forward and functional sun smart protection

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Built for long days in the sun, Ocean Tales kids’ swimwear features long sleeves and high necklines made in UPF50+ fabric. Not only will they protect delicate skin and block out harmful rays from the sun, but they’ll also ensure you don’t look back knowing your babes are covered and protected from our harsh summer sun.

Ocean Tales has made a point of making their swimwear as comfortable as possible for kids to wear. Putting swimwear over the head is made that little bit less daunting for little ones thanks to front zips and they won’t even notice them thanks to zipper guards leaving the days of scratchy, irritating zips behind us. Swimsuits are lined so there are no see-through suits for anyone to feel embarrassed about too – and we know how valuable that is for their growing confidence.

Made for the beach AND the pool, you’ll find hats, surf suits, rash shirts and trunks all made from long-lasting and chlorine-resistant fabrics in gorgeous bespoke prints. The Ocean Tales girls’ collection caters for sizes 1 to 10, while the boys’ collection fits lads in sizes 1 to 6. Head to Ocean Tales to be summer swim ready!

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Little Fishy Swim Girls’ Cross-Back Ruffle Eco Swimsuit in Coral Gardens

Price: $64.95
Where to buy: Little Fishy Swim
Good for: Sweet and sustainable kids’ swimwear that gives back to the ocean!

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For swimwear that’s both super sweet and consciously crafted for healthier oceans, Little Fishy Swimwear is amazingly made of recycled plastic bottles! Not only does this swimwear look good, but it will also make you FEEL good too with $1 per purchase going back to Australian ocean-clean-up charities.

Lovingly designed from eco-luxe materials to care for the littlest ocean lovers, every detail is thought of with Little Fishy Swim. We adore the gentle ruffle, cross-back straps and sweet coloured coral garden print of this swimsuit, and your little one will love showing it off too. Boy mums, they also stock a range of gorgeous range of styles for your boys too, so be sure to check it out!

Fabrics are designed to be quick-drying and extra durable, withstanding sun, surf and copious amounts of sandcastle building. Swimwear is made with double linings, encased seams for comfort, UPF50+ certification and handy features like snap-stud bottoms to make beach days a breeze with little ones. The ultimate kids’ swimwear for beach lovers aged 3 months to 6 years, Little Fishy Swim is the answer to sustainable swimwear this summer!

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Swimwear Shack’s Funkita Icarus Ink Girls Single Strap One Piece

Price: $69.95
Where to buy: Swimwear Shack
Good for: Amazing chlorine-resistant fabric swimwear, perfect for recreational swimming

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Funkita swimwear is bringing the fun for fantastic colour and gorgeous printed swimwear. They’re made to sustain all that summer can throw at them, and offer such a terrific, long-lasting quality that’ll see the kids swim from one season into the next!

This Funkita one-piece is a dream for active swimming, designed to sit comfortably on the shoulders and not slip or move mid-swim stroke. The moderate leg height and full bottom coverage mean kids can swim into tumble turns without any fear of a wedgie slip or having to stop and move their swimsuit back into place.

A superior swimsuit for girls in sizes 8 to 14 who love recreational and performance based swimming, the exclusive C-Infinity 100% Italian polyester fabric is nothing short of brilliantly durable. Featuring breakthrough chlorine-resistant technology, Funkita’s printed fabrics don’t fade even when used by squad swimmers constantly exposing their togs to chlorinated water! Fite the kids out completely with a stack of coordinating accessories including caps, goggle cases and bags, all available from Swimwear Shack.

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Huxbaby Hux Swim Kids’ Swimwear

Price: from $49.95
Where to buy: Huxbaby
Good for: Super cute kids’ swimwear in Huxbaby signature style

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Melbourne brand Huxbaby is famous for its super cute kids’ collection but they’re not limited to daywear with Hux Swim making a splash in the pool too!

There’s something for everyone with shortie rash suits, long-sleeve rashguard tops, swim shorts, and zip swimsuits included in this season’s collection. Featuring epic prints to appease dinosaurs, rainbow animal prints, Sunny Bear and Hux Bear lovers out there, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop at just one or two pieces. We promise.

We love Hux Swim’s attention to detail with chunky zips that are easy for small hands to manage, thick drawstrings that won’t come loose, long sleeves, ruffle sleeves and even a Ballet Rashsuit with sweet tulle detail for tiny dancers who love to swim. Available in sizes to fit kids from 3 months up to 8 years, Hux Swim is not only fun, colourful and downright adorable, but it’s also all sustainably produced and made from recycled polyester. How cool is that?!

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i play by Green Sprouts Reusable Snap Absorbent Swim Diaper

Price: $24.99
Where to buy: For Baby & Up
Good for: A reusable swim diaper option for water-loving babies and toddlers!

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If you’re looking for the ultimate reusable, cost-saving and eco-friendly swim nappy for babies and toddlers, then allow us to introduce you to the i play by Green Sprouts Reusable Absorbent Swim Diaper. It’s not only lightweight to encourage freedom of movement for little legs to freely kick in the water or crawl over sand, it also helps provide secure protection, with no leaking nappy contents anywhere!

Available in fun designs and prints, the unique 3-layered design makes these swim nappies breathable, absorbent and waterproof. They’re machine washable and convenient with easy-lock snaps for quick and easy changes. There really is no other swim nappy required either, this all-in-one does it all!

The elastic legs and trim and snug fit of the i play by Green Sprouts Reusable Absorbent Swim Diaper help contain any solid matter. It’s even approved for public pools so you can book those swimming lessons with confidence and say goodbye to expensive disposable swim nappies. You can even bundle up and SAVE with i play Swim Diapers too, yay!

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Funky Trunks and Funkita Swimwear

Price: from $31.95
Where to buy: Funky Trunks and Funkita
Good for: A one-stop shop of fun and bright, chlorine-resistant kids’ swimwear

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Funky Trunks and Funkita are Australia’s favourite colourful swimwear brands. Known for producing the brightest and most original prints on the market, they’re the perfect choice for kids who are constantly in the pool or at the beach, making them easy to spot in the water or in a beach crowd.

Quality counts and this swimwear is from C-Infinity, a premium Italian polyester fabric. You can rest assured the colours won’t fade and the swimwear won’t lose its shape even after hours in chlorinated water or under Australia’s strong summer sun. Best of all, the swimwear offers UV50+ protection to reduce exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.

Choose from trunks, jammers (perfect for the coolest swimming training togs!), rash vests and jumpsuits for boys in the Funky Trunks collection, and one-pieces, tankini sets, rash vests and jumpsuits for girls in the Funkita collection. Plus, there are beautiful swimwear collections for both men and women to ensure the whole family can look bright and colourful in the water this summer.

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Infamous Swim Mini Annie Rashie Set

Price: $79
Where to buy: Infamous Swim
Good for: Super cute, luxury sun protection for the whole family!

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Calling all jungle princesses, make a fashionable and sun-smart statement on the beach or by the pool this summer with this cute two-piece set. If you’re wild about leopard print, you’ll love this Annie Rashie Set in Safari Leopard print!

The pull-on long sleeve rashie top with a high neckline and long sleeves provides UPF50+ sun protection and matches perfectly with the brief bottom featuring a fun, frilled waistband. Made from buttery soft luxury Polyamide/Spandex fabric, girls will find those long summer days nothing but comfortable while they get busy swimming and playing.

Available in sizes 0 to 12, this Australian-designed swimwear is just the ticket for matching your toddler with your tween! Infamous Swim also has stunning swimwear for mums in the same prints as the kids’, so why not kit out ALL the girls in the family this summer, you’ll be sure to turn heads!

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Cheeky Chickadee Great Barrier Reef Unisex Long Sleeve Zip Swimmers

Price: $49.95
Where to buy: Cheeky Chickadee
Good for: Kids who love an easy-to-wear, all-in-one suit!

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Cheeky Chickadee’s Great Barrier Reef Unisex Long Sleeve Zip Swimmers are as unique as your little chickadee is! Made from Cheeky Chickadee’s new play-ready swim fabric, this UPF50+ swimsuit is soft to the touch, breathable, and chlorine resistant. Its four-way stretch makes it super comfortable to wear when catching waves or playing in the sand.

Designed with sun safety in mind, the high neckline and long sleeves offer brilliant sun protection while the snug fit means there won’t be any baggy bottoms or stretched long sleeves when kids are in the water. And for kids who get a little frustrated with dressing, the extra-long zip means they can easily step in and out of the suit. Too easy!

Cheeky Chickadee’s Great Barrier Reef Unisex Long Sleeve Zip Swimmers are available in sizes to fit kids aged 6 months to 8 years, and the fun doesn’t stop there. You can fit everyone out in this beautiful hand-painted watercolour print with matching swimwear available for the whole family. CUTE!

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We hope you’ve found some great kids’ swimwear for the kids in your family (or even yourself!). Be sure to take advantage of the discount codes above and get a jump on getting ready for summer – or even Christmas – and SAVE! We’ve got plenty of other guides for those shopping for babies and more. Check out:

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