What to Look for in a Kids’ Swimsuit

A good fit, sun protection and something that shows off their personality will keep them (and you) happy this summer.

If it were up to your girl or boy, they’d probably decide on an impractical swimsuit and try to pay for it in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (Kids!) Thankfully you’re here to look out for them. And what you’re looking for is a swimsuit that has a little bit of everything – style, comfort and protection from the summer sun. Here are the most important things to look for when finding a swimsuit for your child.

Sun protection

Lands' End Ruffled Tankini for girls

Kids spend lots of time outside. Unfortunately, they don’t understand how harmful the sun’s rays can be. A long-sleeved swim tee is great if it’s not too hot. Otherwise, look for something with built-in UPF protection (like almost all of our swimsuits).


Not all kids are built the same – and they grow and change quickly. Choose a garment with versatility, like adjustable shoulder straps, so it fits at the beginning and end of summer. And if you hold on to it, there’s no doubt it’ll work as a hand-me-down for a younger sibling or friend’s child.


There are usually only two things kids want to do after leaving the water: play in the sand or go inside. A quick-drying swimsuit helps you because it means they’re not tracking in sand stuck to their suit or dripping half of the pool at the lunch table.


It doesn’t matter much to you what your child’s swimsuit looks like, so long as it keeps them comfortable and dry. But it’s a lot more fun for them if they have a say in what they’re wearing in the water. Maybe they like sharks or flowers or stripes or bright colors. Let them pick so they can show the world what makes them, well, them.


Yanking. Pulling. Tugging. They’re things that can drive a kid (and Mom and Dad) crazy on a swimsuit. A good one shouldn’t just fit when you first put it on. It should fit always – even, and especially, when wet.