The best rash guards for kids!

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I am passionate about a lot of things — from chocolate chip bagels to dry shampoo, there are a lot of things I swear by and will talk your ear off about because I love these things so much and in an odd way, they’ve changed my life! Warm bagels with chocolate chips inside?! A bottle of shampoo that means I can skip a wash and blow dry?! And are you ready for this next one!? In all honesty, if you’ve been here for the last however many years, you already know where I’m going with this. RASH GUARDS! For summer! For you! And for your kids! Because I am crazy passionate about sun protection and with fair skinned freckle faced littles who take after me (where there is a history of skin cancer in the fam), it just makes sense. They usually feature UPF 50+ sun protection meaning it’s SPF for clothes- which is why they’re recommended by the Skin Care Foundation and the only way we do sunshine over here (especially now living in Arizona where the sun is no joke. But it’s no joke anywhere, even on an overcast day.)

I have rounded up some favorites below, including sun hats that fully protect, too! We are still working on keeping the hats on outside, but once you’re able to get the hat ON your child (I’m not past bribing with otter pops), they quickly forget it’s there and move on without complaining.

A quick tip I have found is finding the great rash guard top at whatever store you fancy and then searching on amazon for a rash guard legging or pant to go with it color wise. If we know we’ll be out in the sun for a longer period of time, I feel so much more settled knowing the tops of my kids legs aren’t burning and I’m not as paranoid myself about reapplying the sunscreen all day long. Someone might be obnoxious and ask your kids why they are swimming in clothes (eye roll) but rash guards are super light weight, drying quickly and keeping them cool while also protecting their beautiful skin from scary cancers that are serious and damaging and not worth the risk. Don’t even get me started. I am a rash guard believer through and through!

PS- Lots of the rash guards below are on sale right now as summer begins, from 15%-40% off!

1 — TODDLER WATERPROOF SUN HATS

2–BOYS RASH GUARD SET 

3– LEMON PRINT RASH GUARD (with BOTTOMS) and FULL PIECE TODDLER LEMON RASH GUARD

4–FULL PIECE TODDLER RASH GUARD in varying prints

5–BIG KID WATERPROOF SUN HATS

6–GIRLS RASH GUARD SET (I like to pair with #10 BOTTOMS if we’re going out for a full day)

7–GIRLS RASH GUARD ONE-PIECE in varying prints

8–GIRLS RASH GUARD SHORT SLEEVE ONE-PIECE

9–BOYS RASH GUARD TOPS in varying colors and BOYS SWIM TRUNK BOTTOMS in varying colors

10–RASH GUARD LEGGING PANTS in infant through big kid sizing

  1. luna

    you forgot Polarn o Pyret
    they are the best

  2. Such a handy post! I’m very fair and love a rash guard myself, so will definitely be investing when my little one is old enough to swim in the sea.

  3. Mandy

    Would love to see a roundup for adults too : ) I’ve been struggling to find a sun shirt that I can hike/run and swim in.

  4. Erika

    any recs for adults?!

  5. Joyce

    Swim zip as well! Their long sleeve rash guard with full zipper and side tie to cinch so you can upsize to last at least 2 summers that came with an inner tank top paired with tankini shorts with draw strings is a must have!!!

  6. Ashley

    A couple of years ago we took my then one year old to Hawaii and he wore the swim pants you shared that your twins wore. I was so grateful for them because not only was he protected from the sun but he could crawl around without any discomfort from the sand rubbing on his little knees! – belated thank you for sharing them!

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