Unless you have a very fair, porcelain-skinned child or have one that is truly headed out on a surfboard, it seems that most parents choose traditional swimsuit styles over rash guards for their kids. I’ll admit that I am–or was–the same until my daughter burned her skin on a hot slide during a pool party this summer. No matter whether it’s for a boy or a girl, classic trunks or one- and two-piece swimsuits alone usually just don’t provide enough protective coverage if your little one is going to come into contact with hot metal or plastic surfaces. With so many options out there these days, it makes smart sense to create a swim wardrobe for your kids. A little coverage on their backs, arms and thighs means more fun in the sun without burns and blisters.
Swimmy Rash Guard Suit, $13 (sale), hannaandersson.com
Appaman Rashguard/Short Set, $44, appaman.com
Carter’s Life Guard Rash Guard Set, $26 (sale), kohls.com
Cherokee Boys’ Rashguard, $10, target.com