The Essential Sun & Swim Guide

From tankinis to trunks, make sure your grandchildren are covered this summer

By Phoebe Assenza

Swim Diapers

[photo swimdiapers max-width=150 align=right]These adjustable swim diapers are a bit more refined than a soggy pair of Huggies. A waterproof outer shell and soft terry lining means they can be cleaned and reused all summerlong.

Price: $13
For ages: 6 mos.-2 years
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Speedo Swim Vest

[photo swimvest max-width=150 align=right]Just because it’s safe, doesn’t mean it has to be ugly. This sporty Speedo life vest is flotationally sound for young style-conscious snorkelers, sailors, and swimmers.

Price: $20
For ages: 2-6
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"Otter" Crocs

[photo crocs max-width=150 align=right]Crocs have been all the rage in kids’ footwear for the past two summers (and unfortunately, in some adults’ as well). With new sandal styles for boys and girls, the versatile shoe for active, outdoorsy kids isn’t going anywhere. Our favorite is the “Otter” in lime.

Price: $40
Sizes: C 2/3-C 12/13
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Appaman Coney Island Halter Dress

[photo coverall max-width=150 align=right]A chic cover-up is essential for beach-bound girls who need relief from the sun or an easy outfit for taking family walks into town. We like this 100 percent cotton pink frock from Appaman, with a kitschy print of Coney Island.

Price: $40
Sizes: 6 and 7
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Jack Sparrow Swim Trunks

[photo piratetrunks max-width=150 align=right]Grandsons can go diving for buried treasures in this swashbuckling pair of swim trunks. The trunks are imprinted with Pirates of the Caribbean hero Jack Sparrow, and once they’re wet, an image of a skull appears on them like magic.

Price: $19.50
Sizes: XS-L
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Paul Frank Julius Tankini

[photo tankini max-width=150 align=right]Equally inspired by mid-century modern architecture and ’50s-era Disney, this mod tankini is the swimwear of choice for baby hipsters. The iconic monkey-face Julius is paired with polka dots in a pattern brighter than a day at the beach.

Price: $42
Sizes: 2T, 3T, 4T, 4, 5, 6, 6X
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Kitty Wings

[photo kittywings max-width=150 align=right]When you’re just a guppy, arm floaties can be a best friend — and your grandchild can do way better than a boring orange pair. These Kitty Wings are like make-believe pets that keep little swimmers afloat.

Price: $13
For ages: 1-4
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