4 things to look for when buying children’s swimwear

When it comes to buying swimwear for children, you need to think about more than just the style and print (although these things are important, too).

For example, have you ever been caught rushing to get your child ready for swimming lessons and for the life of you, you just can’t get the swimming costume on? 

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Getting some costumes on can been like solving a Rubik’s Cube. 

So, as well as looking for swimwear that's easy to get on and off, you'll also want to consider something that's made from a sun safe fabric and a material that is going to last more than one season.

Here we take a look at four tips for buying swimwear for children.

1 // Sun-smart designs

Children have precious skin so you’ll want to shop for swimwear that's going to protect them as best as possible. Think a material that offers an SPF. All Willow Swim cossies are made from a high-quality SPF 50+ material.

And our most-popular styles – Sophia and Allegra – both have long sleeves, meaning they cover up precious little arms much like a rash vest does.

Two little girls playing at beach wearing Willow Swim swimwear

2 // Something built to last

All mamas out there will know that kids often play rough and tumble and unfortunately their clothes often pay the price. So, it goes without saying that if you want something to last, you need to look for durable, high-quality materials. 

This is especially true for children’s swimwear, as sand, surf, sun cream and running around at the beach or pool is quite the combo for swimmers to withstand. 

This is why Willow Swim makes all of its swimwear from a blended fabric that's designed to last. The composition is made up of 80% recycled polyester and 20% Lycra. The swimwear is also lined for added comfort and durability.

Two girls playing on sand at beach wearing Willow Swim

3 // Easy to get on an off

You haven’t lived until you’ve wrestled a 10 to 15 kilo toddler trying to get them dressed when all they want to do is runaway. And we're just talking about a T-shirt and tights combo. YEP, swimwear can be a pain to get on and off little ones.

To make your life easier, look for swimwear that will work with you when it comes to dressing your child. Think zippers, straps that are easy to pull on and off and generous openings for the neck.

Two little girls exploring at playing at beach wearing Willow Swim

4 // A little fun

Whether it’s a popping blue colour or a fun print, it’s important that swimwear offers a little fun, too.

Having said this, you also want to choose a swimsuit that isn’t going to go out of fashion after one season. Because even if your little one outgrows their swimsuit, you can pass it down. (How good are hand-me-downs?!)

We might be biased, but we love the prints and colours from our new "Down the Garden Path" collection. The new range was inspired by adventurous little girls. From collecting gum nuts in the wild to building things in the sand, the colours, the prints and the details capture what it is to be young, mischievous and free.

Featuring gum nuts, florals, mint gingham, a neutral stripe and a painterly dot, each of the prints celebrates the best of summer with a little hint of the relaxed Australian way of life.

To shop the sun safe and quality children's swimwear, check out the new Willow Swim Down the Garden Path collection now.