This Season's Best Swimsuits for Kids

by Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Apr 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Cutest 2018 Swimsuits for Kids
Image: ModerneChild, Snapper Rock, Janie And Jack, Cotton On Kids, Getty Images/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

Swim season is fast approaching, and parents know what that means: shopping for adorable tiny bathing suits! Of course, there's no way you have time to scour the internet looking at every option, so we’ve compiled a shortlist for your perusal. We’ve covered plenty of price points, so whether you want something high-end or are on a budget, there's an option for you here. And regardless of the price or style, kids are sure to make a splash in any of these suits.

Some trends we’re loving? The mermaid look is still going strong, for one (obv), and Target has a fun option for that look. Retro trunks are a groovy addition to this year’s offerings, and there's a variety of vibrant prints to choose from — from tie-dye to festive fruits. Sporty '90s looks (like our choice from Gap Kids) are popular, as is mom-and-me matching. 

From board shorts to modern trunks, ruffled bikinis to sun-safe one-pieces, there’s something for every water baby (and kid) right here.

1 /12: Pistachio Pair

Liza Bathing Suits
Image: ModerneChild

1/12 :Pistachio Pair

Trendy off-the-shoulder ruffles adorn these simple, sweet one-pieces. And you can get one to match! ModerneChild sells mom-and-me styles.

Liza bathing suits, $39 for mom and $29 for daughter at ModerneChild

2 /12: Sun-Safe Strawberries

Strawberry Classic Swimsuit
Image: Snapper Rock

2/12 :Sun-Safe Strawberries

The best thing about preppy Snapper Rock swimsuits is the UV 50-plus sun protection. And this strawberry print is pretty cute too.

Strawberry classic swimsuit, $47 at Snapper Rock

3 /12: Tropical Trunks

Pineapple Swim Trunk
Image: Janie And Jack

3/12 :Tropical Trunks

These sweet pineapple board shorts feature the cutest fruit — a great option for your little surfer.

Pineapple swim trunk, $26.99 at Janie and Jack

4 /12: Great Gingham

Gingham Eyelet Swimsuit
Image: Janie And Jack

4/12 :Great Gingham

How sweet is this retro gingham one-piece? The navy-and-white halter features lace trim and is available in sizes 3 months to children’s 12.

Gingham eyelet swimsuit, $39 at Janie and Jack

5 /12: Retro Stripes

Cat & Jack Solid Stripes Swim Trunks
Image: Target

5/12 :Retro Stripes

This fun '70s-inspired suit is available at your local Target.

Cat & Jack solid stripes swim trunks, $9.99 at Target

6 /12: Scaly Skirt

Cat & Jack Mermaid Bikini Set
Image: Target

6/12 :Scaly Skirt

A shimmery fishtail skirt is included in this fun Cat & Jack bikini set. It's available in aqua and pink, but unfortunately, not in black or adult-sizes (yet).

Cat & Jack mermaid bikini set, $17.99 at Target

7 /12: Rainbow Connection

Rainbow Dot Swim Two-Piece
Image: Gap Kids

7/12 :Rainbow Connection

Sporty and chic, this navy two-piece suit is trimmed with rainbows.

Rainbow dot swim two-piece, $29.95 at Gap Kids

8 /12: Radical Tie-Dye

Murphy Swim Short
Image: Cotton On Kids

8/12 :Radical Tie-Dye

From the cool tie-dye print to the great cut to the low price, you can’t beat this pair. Cotton on Kids sells super swim trunks.

Murphy swim short, $18.99 at Cotton on Kids

9 /12: Subtle Sunset

Sunset Swimsuit
Image: Rylee And Cru

9/12 :Subtle Sunset

No garish cartoons here; this ruffled suit from Rylee and Cru is all sophisticated neutrals. 

Sunset swimsuit, $53 at Rylee and Cru

10 /12: Wild Things

Animal Bikini
Image: H&M

10/12 :Wild Things

A colorful two-piece featuring all sorts of fun creatures — plus ruffles, of course.

Animal bikini, $17.99 at H&M

11 /12: Sea Shorts

2-pack Swim Trunks
Image: H&M

11/12 :Sea Shorts

This affordable two-pack of bright swim trunks is a perfect pair. 

Two-pack swim trunks, $14.99 at H&M

12 /12: Pin It!

The Best Kids Swimsuits of 2018
Image: ModerneChild, Snapper Rock, Janie And Jack, Cotton On Kids, Getty Images/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

12/12 :Pin It!

Pin this until it gets warm enough for swimsuit shopping.