How to Choose Swimwear for Your Kids

April 05, 2021

Boy and girl holding hands running on beach. Girl wearing Cabana Life Seascape Rashguard set and Boy wearing White Sport Zip Top with Boys Navy Swim Trunks

Summer means more days spent outdoors building sandcastles at the beach & splashing around at the pool. Longer days in the sun make protecting your little ones’ delicate skin from the sun’s UV rays more important than ever. Choosing the best kids' sun protective clothing can be tricky. Every piece needs to be comfy, cute and, most importantly, sun safe! 

Keep reading for our full guide to help you choose the right sun protective swimwear. 

Comfort & Fit

Keeping your kids comfortable on hot days is key. They will be the first to tell you when they aren’t happy in their swimwear! Few things will ruin a kid's excitement for swimming as much as an uncomfortable swimsuit. Just like you, the perfect swimsuit should be something that makes them feel & look great...

Girl wearing Seascape Rashguard Set

Image via @styleherstrong. See how she styled all her Cabana Life pieces in our #EscapeMore: Kissimmee, FL Style Guide!

When choosing sun protective swimwear, sizing is key. Finding the right size helps avoid tight elastics and rashes. Adjustable straps like those in our Seascape Rashguard Set can help to keep fabric from cutting into your little one’s shoulders or slipping off while enjoying the sun. We have a variety of bikini styles available in our 3-piece Girls Rashguard Sets. Note that sizes 6x and under come as a 2-piece set with just the matching rashguard and bottoms, no bikini top. 

Girl on beach wearing West Indies Unisuit

If you want to avoid straps altogether, a unisuit could be the right way to go. Unisuits combine the coverage of a rashguard and the ease of a one piece. Our West Indies Unisuit’s front zipper makes it easy to get on and off. It’s important to remember swimsuit fabric expands as it gets wet. A suit that’s loose out of the water could cause drag in the water. For help with sizing, view our Cabana Life Fit Guide. 

Boy walking on beach wearing Cabana Life Boys Turquoise Swim Trunks

While picking sun protective swimwear for boys, avoid baggy or excessively loose fitting swim trunks. Choose waistbands with a good drawstring so you don’t have to worry about pulling up their shorts while playing in the sun. An adjustable drawstring like on our Boys Turquoise Swim Trunks will decrease drag to make swimming easier. Plus, our solid swim trunks are made with our new interior comfort short. You’ve been asking so we listened! These interior shorts are a light nude colored boxer brief to provide the ultimate comfort all day long. 

However, if he prefers a mesh lining our printed swim trunks, like the popular Boys Coral Tides Swim Trunks, would be a better fit for him. 

Boy on beach wearing Cabana Life Boys White Long Sleeve Rashguard and Coral Tides Swim Trunks

For a baby, it’s important to have enough room on the bottom for their swimming diaper. Also, babies grow quickly, so be sure to plan ahead as they’ll change sizes frequently. 

Safe, High Quality Materials

You want your kid’s swimwear to be able to keep up with your little ones on all of their adventures. Lower quality materials will deteriorate quickly. The last thing you want is an overstretched swimsuit after one wear or a bikini strap snapping at the beach. Cabana Life swimwear is designed with the highest-rated UPF 50+ and the most luxurious fabrics. When handled with proper care, these pieces will last for summers to come. 


Super soft & fast drying fabrics are a must. The faster a suit dries, the more comfortable your little one will be on cooler or breezy days. Soft fabrics will keep them cozy & protect their delicate skin from rashes caused by rough material. Our swimwear is quick-drying and sun protective to make a day at the beach simpler & safer for your family. 

Sun Protection

Sun safe swimwear is essential. Babies, in their first few months, are significantly more sensitive to sun exposure than adults and older children and sunscreen is not recommended for babies until they are 6 months old. This means clothing & shade are their first line of defense. 

Boy wearing Cabana Life Navy Sport Zip Top

Even with toddlers or older kids it’s often difficult to convince them to stop playing and reapply their sunscreen. Having the Spring Regatta Rashguard Set or Boys Navy Sport Zip Top as an extra layer of protection will make those days when it takes longer to get them out of the water a little bit easier. Kids rashguards are perfect for additional coverage & sun protection. All Cabana Life pieces are made with UPF 50+ fabrics. We combine high quality durable nylon/spandex & top rated sun protection to keep your little ones sun safe and comfortable. When your kid is playing in the sand you want to be focused on fun, not worried about the sun. 

Girl wearing Cabana Life Spring Regatta Rashguard Set

The best swimwear for your kids is the one they will wear, so it’s important to take into account their styles choices & comfort. Is your girl more of a girly girl who loves frills? Or does she want a sporty swimsuit? Do they want simple solids or playful prints? If they love their swimsuit they’ll be even more excited for beach days! Plus, Cabana Life’s sun protective solutions make swimwear fun & functional with vibrant colors and cozy UPF 50+ fabrics. Trust us, one day they’ll thank you for keeping their skin safe while still looking good in the scrapbooks with stylish pieces.


Whatever their style, creating a fun sun protection routine will help them stay safe for everyday & vacay. Check out our current collection of Kids’ Sun Protective Clothing in new prints & classic solids. Our styles combine fashion & function to ensure you won’t have to compromise style or sun safety. 


The best part? We design stylish sun protection so the whole family can make memories while matching. Explore our UPF 50+ styles for men & women so everyone is ready for the next family photo-opp.




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