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Protective Swimwear for children

Updated on July 16, 2011

Babies and children have very delicate skin and special care should be taken when they are exposed to the sun. In some areas of the world, this is no problem, but for families who live in very hot places or like travelling to sunny spots this is a very important issue.

My children were born in Southern Spain, where the thermometers easily reach 40°C + during the summer. The sun in that part of the world is strong and blinding so one must be very careful with young children’s skin. In fact most Spaniards in the area only take their babies out for a walk along the seaside after 8 at night, midnight being the preferred strolling time during July and August!

Good for all ages and all situations: pool, beach and even thermal baths

Baby Aged 4 months wearing UV protected swimwear
Baby Aged 4 months wearing UV protected swimwear
Aged 15 months wearing UV protected swimwear
Aged 15 months wearing UV protected swimwear
4 year old wearing protective swimwear at Thermal baths.
4 year old wearing protective swimwear at Thermal baths.

Of course I could not stay at home all day with the children so I tried most sunscreens on the market, soon to find that young children just rub it off, sometimes dangerously near their eyes. Fortunately enough on one of my shopping trips I found the perfect solution UV protected swimwear for babies. I was a bit incredulous at the start but after a few tries I was absolutely convinced of how effective they were. I bought several pairs, in different sizes and colours for both my boy and girl. It was great; the sun suits paired up with UV protected sun hats were perfect to allow us to stay all day at the pool or the beach without any signs of skin damage.

It has been a few years now since the first time we tried out our first UV swimwear and I can honestly say that my children have never been sunburnt, not even in the hottest and brightest of summers. We have spent whole days on the beach or at the pools and even walking under the Californian sun and never had any problems with over exposure to the sun.

Sun Protection Swimsuit

Sun Protection Swimsuit-1 pc ELBOW TO KNEEE PROTECTION!
Sun Protection Swimsuit-1 pc ELBOW TO KNEEE PROTECTION!

Why choose UV protective swimwear for children:

  • They are perfect for protecting children’s skin at the beach and pool.
  • Protective swimwear is made from UPF 50+ rated fabric which means that your child is safer than wearing a dry t-shirt which only offers a maximum UPF8 when dry and as little as UPF2 when wet.
  • They are made of soft, quick drying material that also protects from scratches and the wind. 
  • No need to run all day after your children to top up the sunscreen. 
  • It is comfortable to wear all day long; children can wear them as outdoor gear for playing under the sun without the risk of sunburn.  My daughter wore hers on most days out in California during the summer and she was very comfortable with it.
  • They look fashionable; your little one will look like a little surfer!
  • Security, you know that the protective swimwear will not wash or wear away like ordinary sunscreen so you can be sure that your child will be protected all day long.
  • Price, in the long term you will save money in sunscreens as you will only need a little bit for the areas exposed instead of lathering your child’s entire body with it.

It looks great on boys and girls of all ages
It looks great on boys and girls of all ages

Tips when buying protective swimwear for kids

  • Make sure the swimwear is made of UPF 50+ rated fabric -which means that it will block around 97.5% of UV rays.
  • Buy a size bigger so you have greater coverage on arms and legs.
  • For babies you can get the two piece swim suits so it is easy for nappy changing, or you can buy the ones with a crotch opening.

Taking care of your UV swimwear:

To avoid damaging the fabric and its protection, follow carefully the washing instructions.  Mine lasted a long time as I always washed it after every use under cold running water (never put it in the washing machine).  Also it is best if you just let it dry in a shaded place rather than under strong sun.  Never use the tumble drier for your swimwear.

UV Blocking Swimsuits

UV BLOCKING (98%) SWIMWEAR-Pacific Surfer
UV BLOCKING (98%) SWIMWEAR-Pacific Surfer

Blocks 98% of UV rays equal to a sun block of SPF50+



Price 14.99
Price 14.99

The Kids Window swimwear

The BLUE SHORT SLEEVE TOP WITH SPF50+ SUN PROTECTION on the right hand photo, is made from a Nylon / Lycra mix this fast-drying swim shirt is lightweight and comfortable to wear wet or dry. It is designed to fit all body shapes and offers the same protection as a 50+ sunblock, and blocks more than 97% of the sun's harmful rays. Available in the UK from The Kids Window

The Kids Window Speciality children's swim wear includes sunproof tops, bottoms and suits to help protect children from harmful UV rays. Their children's wetsuits keep kids warm in and out of the water - whatever the season, so there's no need to stop swimming when the summer is over.


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      heather 5 years ago

      the little girl in the pool is me (iam11 years old now) i loove you verry much mummy

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      Jamie Swimwear Australia 7 years ago

      This is very informative as a lot of my children needs this. As we all know , the ozone layer been different and protecting from the sun is a must for all parents.


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      Jennifer Richards 7 years ago

      Hi, A Grandparent has washed my son's UV suit and then tumble dried it thinking they were being helpful. Does anyone know whether this will have significantly damaged the UV protection and SPF factor?

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      I will link my hub about protecting children from the sun to this (hope that is OK with you). This does a great job of showing families how to protect their young ones in the sun. It is really hot here this summer, I hope everyone is looking out for the little ones not to get sunburn.

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      baby sun hat 7 years ago

      Wow great information! If there's also a baby sun hat in the collection you never have to worry about your child again.

      Nice hub, Princessa.

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      Sun Protection Hat 7 years ago

      Great hub, Princessa! I didn't know there was something like special swimwear for children.

      Sun protection is so important and many parents don't know that those UV rays can cause skin cancer later on. That's why I think protective clothing and sun hats are a must-have!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      Hi Isabella, they are really cute. I just bought a new UV blocking 2 piece swimsuit for my girl, she loves them.

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      Isabella Snow 8 years ago

      I love that sun protection swimsuit!!!

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      This is a great idea! And really it does not matter where you live and how old you are the suns rays can really damage the skin.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Jerilee Wei: Thanks for stopping to comment. Yes more people should wear this type of clothing. Unfortunately in my part of the world I have only seen it available for children.

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      Great advice! These nano fabrics aren't just for children, everyone who lives in a sun prone climate ought to be paying more attention to wearing clothing made of such fabrics. Dress your children in them and dres yourself when outdoors in them.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Priyanka Swamy and Raky : thanks for stopping to comment. Yes sunscreens can be dangerous near the eyes. That is why protective swimwear can be so handy for protecting your little ones.

      Lissie: It makes me mad too when I see sunburnt children. It is amazing how some people make the same mistake year after year! Nowadays there is not excuse to be sunburnt, there are so many products and information about the harmful effects of the sun that it is a complete irresponsability to be or to let your child be sunburnt!

      dianacharles: Thanks :)

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      dianacharles 9 years ago from India

      Informative hub Princessa and congratulations on the highest hub score...more power to you :)

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      AS a fair skinned adult I wear longsleeved top as well - I can take it off inside (as its hot in Australia's summer) - but I only just stopped wearing it to the beach (April the UV index finally dropped down). The evidence is that later life skin cancer is all about the sun exposure that young children get - paritcularly under 7 - I get really mad when I see parents on the beach allowing their kids to get burnt - its so stupid! Suntan lotions are fine -- but a pain and as an adult I find it much quicker just to put another layer on. You can get matching hats in Australia too - which look cute and go in the water - nothing worse than a sunburnt scalp!

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      Raky 9 years ago

      Sunscreen lotions contains chemicals which can be very harmful if it is rubbed near to eyes or taken in mouth. I will also advice all parents to use best protective UV swimwear. Even during summers and high heat day we should keep our child covered so that his/her skin is protected from harmful UV rays

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      Priyanka Swamy 9 years ago from Concord, CA

      These types of products are great for children. Sublock can easily be rubbed off or just naturally wears off after a couple hours and it's easy to forget to reapply it to your kids. Thank you for getting this information out there to other parents.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      EDIDIONG: Thanks for sharing this important information!

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      EDIDIONG 9 years ago

      Hi PRINCESSA, thanks for this helpful information i'ii share your hub with my family and friends!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      thanks sukkran, I hope it reaches parents with young children. It is very important to protect a child's skin.

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      Mohideen Basha 9 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      hub with an attractive, useful and informative content. i like it.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      badcompany99 , do not forget to put on some protection yourself when you head for the wild sea my friend :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Thanks for sharing your experience Jim. UV blocking clothes for children must be the best invention ever for children!

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      jim10 9 years ago from ma

      UV blocking shirts are great. My oldest son has red hair, tons of freckles and very pale skin. I do my best to cover him in sunscreen and always somehow miss spots and don't see them until I get him home and my wife gives me an earful. My other kids and I can adapt over time and get used to the sun for a longer exposure. But, we still need some sun block. My two oldest sons have been wearing these shirts at the pool and beach for many years and they have been a lifesaver for me. Especially when paired with sunglasses a hat and sunblock in every spot of bare skin.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Hi guys, thanks for stopping to comment.  

      Yes, please DO share the information.  It is very important to protect a child’s skin from the sun.  Amazingly enough every summer we still see sunburnt children, because the parents forgot to properly apply sunscreens or because the sunscreen used was not appropriate for the protection required.  

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      I'll share your hub with my family and friends! Thanks for this helpful information.

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      Brian Stephens 9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Great idea which needs to be shared with a few young mums, think I will be sending this hub to one or two of them.

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      Frieda Babbley 9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great info, Princessa. I had no idea there were UV blocking swimsuits out there.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Good advice Princessa. We easily go over Spain's temperatures here in Southern California, and sometime I am bad and forget to put on sunscreen. You remind me even adults should wear hats, but kids should be covered up as you suggest.