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Baby and toddler swimsuit shopping guide

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The best swimsuits for children

Find the perfect swimsuit for your little water bug and get a great deal on it too.

Best rash guard

Lands’ End - Don't take your baby or toddler to the beach without a high-quality rash guard. Lands' End, one of the most recognized names in quality swimwear, makes a rash guard that is quick-to-dry and features built-in UPF 50 sun protection.

With short sleeves and a mock neck, this lined top provides great coverage, fits close to the body and won’t balloon under water. Your child will outgrow it before he or she can wear it out. Add embroidery or a monogram to personalize the rash guard for your little beachcomber.

In sizes 2T - 4T for girls and boys at LandsEnd.com. On sale now for just $15! Pair her rash guard with cute swim shorts and his with fun trunks, $20.

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Easiest on-off swimsuit

SwimZip - You'll love the full-length zipper on SwimZip's comfy UV50+ swimwear for babies and toddlers. No more struggling with pulling a tight, wet suit over your child’s head. Just unzip and you’re done. Chlorine-resistant SwimZip suits block 99 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Available at SwimZip.com in sizes 6 months to 4T. For girls, check out the two-piece Ruffle Me Pretty suit (simply adorable!), $30.

Tiny guys will look awesome in Surfer Dude, which includes a rash guard and board shorts for just $30.

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Most affordable

The Children’s Place - We love the colorful, affordable swimwear at The Children's Place.

For girls, there are bikinis, tankinis, one-piece suits and cover-ups, like this Cherry Bow Bikini ($8). Boys can choose from swim shorts and rash guards featuring Scooby-Doo, sea monsters and more.

Find them in stores or online at ChildrensPlace.com. Sizes range from 6 months to 7T, and prices start at just $8 (for a whole bikini!) Throw in a pair of matching flip-flops for just $3.

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For boys only

iNTAKT Board Shorts - Your little man will look cool on the beach with a street-inspired swimsuit from iNTAKT, an all-boys clothing line for ages 12 months to 7 years. Naomi Watts’ son, Sasha, has been spotted wearing trendy iNTAKT clothes. Shop kb5.com for these and other board shorts, $31.

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For girls only

Sophia’s Style - Find all of your favorite little girl brands in one place. SophiasStyle.com has a fab variety of newborn, infant and toddler swimwear for your bathing beauty.

Can’t you just picture your newborn in this Kate Mack tankini? The turquoise and white two-piece swimsuit is available in sizes 3 months to 24 months and features a ruffled striped top and polka-dot bottoms. Too cute! Shop Sophia’s Style online, $44.

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