Eight of the best swimming costumes for babies

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Heading off on your holidays? Martha Alexander runs us through eight of the best swimsuits to help you get baby beach-ready

Buying swimsuits is almost the best part of a holiday, right? And it’s even better when you have little ones. We’ve rounded up some of the most gorgeous one-pieces that will see your little one looking heavenly and feeling comfortable all summer long. If only they did all of these beauties in adult sizes!

1. Cross-back swimsuit: from £14, Boden

This bright and fruity, cross-back swimsuit calls to mind sunny English summers. The fabric provides sun protection UPF 50+ and if you fancy a different pattern there are plenty to choose from. As with all Boden clothes, the quality is evident, without breaking the bank. boden.co.uk

2. Frill swimsuit: from £13, Next

The ruffles on this little costume are just gorgeous – super-feminine without going full-on princess. This fits snugly, so no straps are left falling down or flapping about and little ones can get on with the important business of swimming. next.co.uk

3. Girls’ pink dot float suit: £23, JoJo Maman Bébé

A fantastic swimming aid, this suit can be worn in place of armbands and offers buoyancy without restricting any limbs. We found this to be really key in younger children’s water confidence. The floats can be removed piecemeal, so that gradually your little one will inch towards a watery freedom! jojomamanbebe.co.uk

4. Mullion swimsuit: Frugi, £16


This comes up slightly large, but that’s no bad thing. With circus stripe bursts this is a really fun design, incorporating a soft mesh lining and a chlorine-resistant fabric, meaning you only need to rinse quickly after use. It is UFP 50-plus. welovefrugi.com

5. Butterfly cross one-piece swimsuit: £38, Bobo Choses

Managing to be both cool and cute, this little open backed swimsuit is a soft ribbed texture from eco-friendly fabric, that ensures comfort. We love the abstract butterfly design. smallable.com

6. Mermaid print swimsuit: £10.50, Mamas and Papas

This is the cutest design and will have little ones searching for and spotting sea life (mythical and otherwise) when they’re not splashing about in the pool. We love the long sleeves for extra sun protection, while the zip at the back makes it easy to get in and out of. Lightweight and comfortable this is a must for hot holidays. mamasandpapas.com

7. Striped terry one-piece: £90, Vilebrequin

This striped terry striped suit is a retro delight. With the same fabric available for grown-ups, little splashers can even match with mama. vilebrequin.com

8. Neda swimsuit: £34.99, Molo

With colours swirling in inky flourishes, this is a seriously cool swimsuit that cuts an edgier shape than the others. The back is pretty low which will mean parents should be ultra-vigilant with the sunscreen. molo.com

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