There are so many styles and options to choose from and it can be difficult to decide which is the right one for your bub. We think about this stuff all the time, and it comes down to a few major things:
Fit, purpose & sun protection, quality and price.
"No one likes baggy bathers! Ask yourself, is it going to fall off?"
Bathers are for swimming this might sound obvious but so many kids go to swim school in rash vests or bikinis. We recommend; swim trunks, unitard aka Zootie and a good ol' fashioned one-piece are perfect for the pool and swimming lessons.
Australia has one of the highest UV index in the world, at solar noon the range is generally between 0-12. In Australia, peak daily values in summer are in excess of 12-14 and can reach 16-17 the further North you go. Sun protection is a must and long sleeved rash guards must be worn, check the UPF is 50+ before you buy. (Look out for our new bucket hats in 2021).
You want to make sure that your bright beautiful baby bathers stay looking cute and hold up to wearing in both chlorine and salt water. Look for lining and look at the stitching, binding is a better finish than just turn and sew seams, the construction should feel stable. "Too many ties, frills and textures might look cute but end up snagging on rough surfaces."
Unfortunately price doesn't always signify quality. Some brands are just pricier because of brand recognition (the stunning - $300 vintage check Burberry bikini 3-14yrs). Fabrication also plays a part in pricing, recycled and regenerated fabrics are still more expensive, so sustainable swimwear made from ocean plastics and PET bottles are twice as pricey as fossil fuel synthetics which negatively impact the environment.
But you don't have to break the bank to buy a swimwear for your crew. Many unisex styles can be handed down. In our family, we have a few long sleeved rash guards that lasted for years and have been handed down many times. Also remember a little love will go along way by caring for your bathers, hand washing and line drying will make them last longer - don't put them in the dryer!
Our advice is to buy quality from companies, like ours that are transparent and passionate about our products. I hope you enjoy the article and browsing all the beautiful pieces available this season.