Guide to Baby Wetsuits
Baby wetsuits provide your little one with extra warmth and protection from the sun when swimming.
Top Tip: To keep your little one warm, check that the temperature of the pool is at least 32° for newborns and 30° for older babies
Best baby wetsuit for maximum warmth in cooler water
Baby wetsuits provide extra warmth for babies swimming in cooler water, allowing them to stay in the water for longer, whilst keeping them cosy when they leave the pool or sea.
For maximum warmth choose a fleece-lined Warm In One thermal wetsuit that covers arms and legs. These are made from TPU (a material similar to neoprene, the fabric adult wetsuits are made from) and feature a super soft fleece lining that keeps baby warm from the inside. The Warm in One will protect against cooler water and wind chill, making them ideal for British beaches, or for baby swimming with young babies.
- Cooler swimming pools
- Windy days on cooler beaches
Best Product for Maximum Warmth in Water
|Warm in One
Best baby wetsuit for sun protection when swimming outdoors
For swimming in warmer water or for swimming outdoors in hot weather, a sunsuit is a practical and safe solution. The UV All In One for babies (and Toddler UV Suits for older children) are made from lightweight, quick-drying nylon/elastane, with a high neck and long arms and legs to keep baby protected from the sun's harmful UV rays.
- Comfortable all-day wear
- Providing UV protection when playing or swimming outdoors
- Protecting against wind and sand on the beach.
|Best Products for Sun Protection
|UV All in One
|Happy Nappy Sunsuit
Best baby wetsuit for protecting sensitive skin
Full coverage wetsuits
Sensitive skin conditions such as eczema can be exacerbated by chlorine or salt water. Certain swimwear can protect delicate skin by preventing barrier or eczema cream from rinsing off in the water.
Look for wetsuits that cover the entire body, including the neck for maximum protection such as the Warm in One or the UV All in One.
- Babies with sensitive skin or those who wear creams and ointments
|Best Products for Sensitive Skin
|UV All in One
|Warm In One
Best baby wetsuit with swim nappy
Happy Nappy Wetsuit
The Happy Nappy Wetsuit combines the security and convenience of the Happy Nappy swim nappy with the warmth and sun protection of a wetsuit.
The Happy Nappy Wetsuit is swim school approved, which means it can be worn for swimming lessons without needing an extra nappy, as the Happy Nappy is integrated into the wetsuit already.
A true wetsuit, The Happy Nappy wetsuit provides all the benefits of a neoprene wetsuit with the added peace of mind of a leak-free swim.
- Baby Swimming lessons
- Babies who require the warmth of a wetsuit and the protection of a Swim Nappy
- Parents who wish to move away from disposable swim nappies
Best Wetsuit for Wriggly Babies
Fully Opening Wrap Wetsuits
Baby wraps made from 2mm neoprene are designed to maintain babies’ core body temperature in water, whilst leaving their legs and arms free to feel the water and kick and splash without restriction.
Aside from the obvious warmth benefit, the Baby Wrap opens completely flat, meaning baby does not need to be pulled about to dress them. The strong velcro can be quickly fastened and opened whilst baby is wriggling about trying to get away!
- Baby Swimming Lessons
- Wriggly babies, especially those who hate being dressed
Best Value for Money Basic Baby Wetsuit
Thermaswim Baby & Toddler Suits
The Thermaswim range for babies and toddlers has been created for those looking for a high-quality but less expensive warming wetsuit.
Made from a supersoft polyester/elastane mix, the Thermaswim wetsuits have four way stretch meaning your baby can move without restriction, whilst the brushed fleece fabric keeps them warmer for longer in chilly pools.
This wetsuit can also be used as a base layer under a wetsuit for outdoor water activities, or under clothing for an extra layer of warmth when playing outdoors.
- Baby Swimming Lessons
- Base layer for outdoor activities
|Best Product offering warmth and affordability
|Thermaswim Baby Suit and Toddler Suit
What should a baby wear with a wetsuit?
Any baby who isn’t potty trained will need to wear a swim nappy under their wetsuit, if one is not already integrated into the suit.
The Happy Nappy Wetsuit and Happy Nappy Sunsuit both feature an integrated reusable Happy Nappy Swim Nappy, which can be worn alone, or with a reusable under nappy such as the silver lining nappy wrap.
Happy Nappies can be worn under any swimwear, including wetsuits.
Protecting your children’s heads from the sun is essential if they’re enjoying the water outdoors. Choose a sun hat made from UPF 50+ sun protection fabric for maximum protection. Splash About Legionnaire Hats cover the back of the neck as well as protecting eyes from the sunshine with a soft peak.
Specialist swim hats can help keep your little one’s head warm in cooler water and cool and protected from the sun when swimming outside.
The Splash About range of swim hats matches our wetsuit designs perfectly for a stylish swimming look, head to toe.
Baby Wetsuits – FAQs
Do baby wetsuits work?
Yes! Baby wetsuits enable little ones to enjoy being in the water for longer by keeping them warmer than traditional swimwear does.
Baby wetsuits work by trapping a layer of water between your child’s body and the wetsuit’s neoprene material. When this thin layer of water is trapped, your child’s body temperature warms up the water and keeps them warm in the water.
How should a baby wetsuit be washed?
Rinse the wetsuit out with cool water and dry away from direct sunlight until it’s completely dry. If the wetsuit is heavily soiled hand wash it in mild detergent, rinse in cool water and then dry out of direct sunlight.
Do babies need to wear wetsuits for swimming?
Although they are not mandatory swimwear, baby wetsuits have three key advantages over traditional swimming costumes:
- They will keep your baby warmer in cooler water for longer, so can prolong swimming sessions.
- Wetsuits made from UPF material will keep children safe in the sun during a day at the beach.
- They can help to protect babies’ sensitive skin by preventing barrier cream from rinsing off your baby’s body.
What age can babies wear wetsuits from?
Baby wetsuits are suitable from birth. Splash About’s range is sized by age which should be used as a guide. To get the most accurate fit, follow the ‘Check Size Before You Buy’ instructions on every wetsuit product page on our website.
Are baby wetsuits available with integrated floats?
View Splash About’s full range of baby wetsuits here.
You can learn more about what to dress your baby in at the pool or beach with our guide Where to Start: Baby Swimwear Essentials
Need help choosing the best swim nappy? Read our guide to swimming nappies to ensure your little one’s time in the pool is accident free.