Every child (and in the case of babies, every mom) wants the hottest, trendiest swimsuit for the upcoming season, but is kids' fashion swimwear really worth the high price? Of course, as with anything else, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. Here are four things you should consider when trying to decide if your kids' fashion swimwear is really worth the high price:
1. Sun protection - The number one thing you should be concerned about when purchasing kids' fashion swimwear is sun protection. Most swimsuits on the market don't cover much skin and often it seems like the less skin that is covered, the higher the price! Even suits that are more modest do not necessarily provide any protection against the sun. The key is to look for a suit with a high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). The highest rating is 50+ so if the label on a swimsuit does not specifically say what the UPF is, you can bet that it's quite low and the suit won't offer any protection against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
2. Quality of the material - The best material for a swimsuit is a combination of Lycra and nylon. If you shop online, you should easily be able to find a suit that is specifically made to resist chlorine or saltwater, depending on where your child swims the most. To ensure that the suit is made to the highest standards, especially in the area of sun protection, look for one by a manufacturer that is licensed under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency or a similar entity in your country.
3. Size/fit - You should also think about whether your child will outgrow the swimsuit before the end of the summer. Children grow quite rapidly, so if you're going to have to purchase two sizes over the summer, it might be better to skip the more expensive pieces. However, you can't put a price on sun protection so you will want to get the most protective piece of swimwear at the lowest price possible.
4. How often they will wear it - If your child spends a lot of time poolside, in the water or on the beach, then paying more for a high-quality piece of kids' fashion swimwear is probably worth it because you know they will get plenty of use out of it.
Kids' fashion swimwear can be quite expensive, so it is important to weigh all of the factors before deciding whether your son or daughter should receive the expensive piece of swimwear he or she wants. Choosing to buy your kids' swimwear online is often a great way to save money on this necessity.