Swimming Gear For Kids- Which One is The Best For Your Child

Learning to swim is an important life skill for children. However, children do need swimming gear and it can be a hard to find a good quality as well as a good fit. Choosing swimming gear for kids can be mind boggling at times! I have stated my opinion on each of the item below, which might help you decide:

Swim nappies

If you want to take your baby/toddler who isn’t potty trained, for swimming lessons, you should put swim nappies on them. I used the Huggies Little Swimmers nappies for my children when they were toddlers. Just like the normal nappies, the  swim nappies come in various sizes.

Product:Huggies Little Swimmers Swim Nappies

My rating: 4/5


  • Huggies is a well-known brand
  • Swim nappies do not swell in water like normal nappies
  • Value for money
  • Leak proof in water
  • Each nappy lasts for about half an hour to an hour which is enough time for a baby to be in the pool .
  • No other protection required though I would recommend from my own experience that it is better to put a Happy Nappy (see below) on top of the swim nappy for added protection especially with the no.2’s


  • You will need to be careful with the size as these nappies are much smaller than normal nappies. You need to buy the right size also to make sure the no.2’s stay inside the nappy
  • These nappies should only be used while your little one is in water. Make sure you change them to normal nappies the moment they come out of water
  • It might be tricky initially to put this nappy on your child .

==>>Click here to buy Huggies Little Swimmers Nappies>>==

Happy Nappy

As per the rules of most swimming school’s, a Happy Nappy is mandatory for all children. I used Splash About happy nappy for my children. Keep in mind that a Happy Nappy has to be worn over the swim nappies. Just in case there is a leak in the swim nappies, the Happy Nappy contains everything inside. Make sure you always use both swim nappies and Happy Nappy for your babies/toddlers.

Product: Splash About Happy Nappy

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Added protection and keeps the swim nappy secure as well
  • They are snug yet comfortable and they allow full movement without any leaks
  • Happy Nappy has to be washed in cold water only. If required very little detergent should be used. Therefore, it is easy to wash and dry
  • Available in a variety of designs for both boys and girls
  • value for money and peace of mind that there will be no leakages


  • Be careful with the sizes before ordering – Happy Nappy has to have a snug fit. If the Happy Nappy is loose, it won’t be able to contain any leaks from the swim nappy !
  • You will have to physically measure your child’s waist, thighs etc. Do not rely on the measurement guide. Remember if the happy nappy is to loose, there will be leakages.

==>>Click here to buy Splash About Happy Nappy>>==

Swimming Goggles

My children find it hard to go underwater without goggles. So I would suggest buying swimming goggles with suction caps (it prevents water from going inside the goggles. Parents of babies/toddlers(under 3 years of age) should only buy goggles if you feel they need it .

Product: Copozz Kids Swimming Goggles

Age: 3 years-12 years

My rating: 4/5


1 x goggles

1 x protection case

1 x manual


  • Copozz Kids Swimming Goggles has features like Anti fog, UV Protection, clear Lens
  • Goggles come with a free protection case
  • Goggles are made with hypoallergenic silicone
  • Easy -adjust, fast -fit head strap
  • Good fit around the eyes
  • Great colours for kids


  • Clips on the sides might break as regular adjusting is needed with the goggles
  • Some people have had issues with the quality.

==>>Click here to buy Copozz Kids Swimming Goggles>>==

Swimming hats

In my children’s swimming school, it is mandatory for kids with long hair (read girls) to wear swimming hat due to hygiene reasons. I use silicone hat for my daughter which keeps her hair dry but it is harder to it put on than a polyester hat (which is not waterproof). So the parent has to decide which one is more suitable for them and their child. But I would recommend silicone hat as it keeps the chlorine water out and therefore protects the hair.

Product: Speedo Plain Moulded Silicone Swim Cap

My rating: 4/5


  • Speedo is well-known quality brand
  • Ideal for regular swim sessions
  • Protects your hair from chlorine
  • Made of durable and long-lasting silicone and it won’t snag or pull hair
  • Available in a variety of colours


  • Quality issues at times even though hat is from Speedo
  • Few people have had issues with the fit even though these hats are supposed to be one size hats meaning they should fit heads of all sizes (for children)

==>>Click here to buy Speedo Plain Moulded Silicone Swim Cap >>==

Swim Costumes (Girls)

You will need a costume for your little girl! Fitting of a costume is very tricky. Make sure you get the right size and confirm the returns’ policy in case the size you ordered doesn’t fit!

Product: Speedo Girls Swimsuit

My rating: 4/5


  • Speedo is a good quality brand
  • Ideal for swimming lessons
  • Quick drying, soft and stretchy
  • Chlorine resistant and designed to last longer
  • Provides UV protection
  • Reasonably priced


  • No cartoon characters

==>>Click here to buy Speedo Girls Swim Costumes >>==

Swim Costumes (Boys)

Again you will need a costume for your little boy. Be careful about the sizes though!

Product: Speedo Boys’s Essential Endurance+Jammer

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Speedo is a quality brand
  • Suitable for regular swimming sessions
  • Chlorine resistant and quick drying
  • Comfortable and snag-resistant fabric
  • Retains shape and resists fading longer than any other swim material
  • Drawstring waist for a secure fit
  • Sun protection


  • Be careful while choosing the size

==>>Click here to buy Speedo Boys Swim Costumes >>==


Even if your child goes for swimming lessons, you should take them for a swim in  the local pools with the family . The more they practice the faster they will get through the various stages of swimming.  This will also be an opportunity to have fun  with the family which will bring bonding as well  . Make sure that you are always in the pool with your child and take all the usual precautions while you use these swimming aids, depending on the age and ability of your child.

Remember , I am not a swim teacher or an expert, this is just my opinion . 


Water noodles are suitable for both adults and children. They can used for rehabilitation and exercise too. More importantly , it can help children gain confidence while learning to swim.


1 x green noodle

1 x red noodle

1 x blue noodle

Product: Elite Water Noodles



==>>Click here to buy Elite Water Noodles >>==


Kids Float Discs

The float discs can be used to keep your child afloat in the pool while they learn to swim. The best feature is that you can use these instead of inflatable arm floats . It can be used even when your are on a holiday if you want to go into the pool with your child. The only thing is it will use a bit of space in the suitcase . They are lightweight so weight won’t be a problem.

Product name:Kids Child Float Discs


==>>Click here to buy Kids Child Float Discs >>==


Dive Sticks

Dive Sticks are great for building underwater confidence in the kids. It is a great toy too especially on holidays. It will keep children occupied in a fun way!

Product name: Zoggs Children’s Zoggy Sinking Dive Sticks

Age: 3 years+

Rating: 5/5

=>Click here to buy Zoggs Children’s Zoggy  Sinking Dive Sticks >=


If you want to share your child’s experience with any of the above swimming gear please put them in the comment box below, I will be happy to hear from you!

Good luck!


8 Replies to “Swimming Gear For Kids- Which One is The Best For Your Child”

  1. Thank you Priya for sharing these reviews!

    I have quite a few friends who have young children so this will be really helpful!

    Ah I agree with Melinda, Happy Nappy’s are a must. I used to teach swim lessons to toddlers and there have been many times when kids have accidents but they weren’t wearing something like Happy Nappy to prevent any leaks.

    I wish these parents knew about this!

    1. Thanks for your comment Mark. I have used Happy Nappy for both my kids and I was very satisfied with them. Last thing any parent would want is the swim class to get cancelled because of kids having accidents. It is indeed very annoying!

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