As the weather is heating up, I’ve found that living near the beach has come a VERY good thing. Starfish is at the age of needing constant entertainment, and nothing screams FUN more than a trip to the beach – although saying that, our Starfish is quite precious and has a love/hate relationship with the sand and water. But with many growth spurts over the past year, it was time for us to upgrade his baby swimsuit wardrobe and find a new outfit for our beach outings. It was with this in mind that I decided to put together for Summer a Baby Swimsuit Review. If you haven’t already chosen a swimsuit for baby this year, I hope this review will help you!
Below is an overview of the baby swimsuits I have currently reviewed. At the time of publishing this review, I still have a couple more swimsuits to add (particularly a cheaper option from Big W and a popular option from Bonds). I appreciate your patience with me adding these – two part time jobs including Teaching and reporting season is a bit stressful! However I hope the baby swimsuits currently in this review will be insightful in itself before I add the others (which I will make sure to update you about!).
What I love most about this review is that I’ve had the opportunity to try a variety of different swimwear options for babies and toddlers, not just the same style of swimsuit. I hope this is helpful for you as well, and always I’d like to take this opportunity to note that my reviews are obviously based on our personal experiences and preferences – all families are different in their preference of style, cut, size, etc.
Another important note for this Baby Swimsuit Review – due to the timing of receiving these items, and mangaing the weather (so much rain!), we haven’t had a chance to test all swimsuits at the beach yet. Note has been made of those not trialled at the beach, and when these will be updated after a beach outing!
|Brand||Cost||UPF Rating||Available Sizes||Material||Zippers/Buttons||Washable||Other Features||Link to Review|
|Best and Less||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Cat & I||$49.95 (rashie)|
|Quarter zipper on chest||YES||• 100% chlorine proof|
• Stretch material
• Quick drying
|Full Review Here|
Happy Nappy Wetsuit
Happy Swim Nappy + Rashy
|$29.95 EACH||50+||0 months - 3 years (Happy Swim Nappy); 6 months - 3 years (Rashy)||Neoprene||N/A||Hand wash||• Best protection against faecal leaks|
• Design for best fit, comfort and flexibility
|$54.95||50+||1-6 years||Neoprene with Nylon and Elastane panels||Along the back||Rinse under water||• Regulates core temperature|
• Mix of fabrics for protection and flexibility
• Short sleeves
|My Water Bubs||$49.95||Unknown||Medium (10-14kg)|
|Nylon and Spandex||N/A||Rinse under water||• Easily removable foam inserts|
• Lightweight and quick drying
• Protects delicate skin
(matching hat, $29.95)
|50+||0-8||High-quality Matt Nylon Lycra ® XTRA LITE™||Zipper halfway down torso, buttons in between legs (nappy changes)||YES||• Ultra-chlorine resistant|
• No labels sewn in
• Breathable and quick drying
(Also offer 3-6)
|85% Polyester, 15% Spandex||Zipper halfway down torso, buttons in between legs (nappy changes)||YES||• Chlorine resistant|
• Attachable hat with clips
• Nappy change clips
• Long sleeves for extra protection
* One thing I found interesting in researching for this review was the difference between UPF and SPF (for any others who didn’t know!). SPF is ‘sun protection factor’, which we know from sunscreens and the like. UPF is ‘ultraviolet protection factor’, and measure the UV protection of fabrics (similar to SPF, but with fabrics). A swimsuit with a UPF rating of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV rays falling onto the fabric to pass through it.
Mumma Morrison’s Choice for the Baby Swimsuit Review:
We loved trialling the different assortment of swimwear available for babies this summer. There was such a variety in design and their benefits that it is so hard to narrow down our choice of swimsuit to just one option. As such, we’ve chosen a couple of different swimsuits which we will be using on a regular basis, although I know we will be using all the swimsuits in the future!
- Our general swimsuit for Starfish will be the Platypus Australia Swimsuit.
- We will be using the My Water Bubs Float Suit for pool use, particularly as Starfish gets older and is wanting to learn to swim.
- We will be using the Rashoodz Swimsuit in the cooler months (such as for swimming lessons), with the longer sleeves and legs.
Check out all the reviews and swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!