I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at taking care of my skin. Thanks to my Asian/Italian heritage, my olive skin usually tans and rarely burns. I could probably count on one hand the number of sunburns I’ve had in my lifetime. As a teen, I thought it was great that I didn’t have to take the time to apply sunscreen, reapply it throughout the day or ask a nearby friend to put sunscreen on my back. But as an adult, I wonder if all those carefree hours under the sun may catch up with me at some point. Liam has much fairer skin than J and I do. So since he was old enough to wear sunscreen, I’ve been using it nearly every time we spend any time outside in the summer. That’s what really excited me about SwimZip.
If you’re a Shark Tank fan like I am, you may remember seeing the founder, Betsy, on the show a few seasons ago. But if you haven’t seen the episode, SwimZip makes super stylish swimwear for babies, toddlers and kids that are not only fashionable but also functional. Every piece offers UV protection. SwimZip has also branched out to include towels, beach coverups and even UV protection swimwear for men and women.
This summer has been pretty crazy for us. We’ve been traveling quite a bit and spending tons of time outdoors – in the backyard with the sprinkler, local splash pads and friends’ pools. Playing in water is the perfect solution to staying cool
in this summer heat, so we’ve been getting lots of use out of our little SwimZip set. For your reference, because there are just so many great options to choose from on the SwimZip website, Liam is wearing the European swim shorties in the “Shark Feast” print and a long sleeve “Wave Rider” rash guard in green.
The verdict: I love our set from SwimZip! As a mom, it gives me so much peace of mind knowing that his swim set is not only super cute but that it’s also protecting his skin in the process.
Aside from the sun protection, I also like that the shorts have a functional drawstring. I’ve been complaining about this for years – do you know how many companies out there make swim trunks for baby/toddler boys with a drawstring that doesn’t actually work? Any other pair of swim trunks we’ve purchased for Liam has always had trouble staying up on his waist. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a cute little baby tush and Liam has the most adorable butt dimple, but if I buy a pair of swim trunks in the appropriate size, I’d like them to fit. The swim shorties from SwimZip we got fit Liam perfectly, but I know that when we decide to order the next size, we can tie the drawstring to ensure a great fit at any in-between stage.
The rash guard swim shirts have zippers up the front, which are definitely an added bonus. Instead of having to wrangle a wet swim shirt over Liam’s head, the zipper makes it really easy to take on and off. It also dries quickly in the sun. We discovered a cute little splash pad near the Airbnb apartment we rented recently in Jersey city. Liam was dripping wet when we left the park, but his swimsuit was only slightly damp by the time we’d walked the few blocks back to the apartment. The set is also light and small enough to toss into your bag without taking up much space.
J says he’s not a huge fan of the shortie style – he prefers the look of traditional swim trunks. But the shorties don’t ride up much, if at all. Plus, Liam’s short for his age, so regular shorts and swim trunks sometimes a little too long. Either way, it’s really nice knowing that I have options of length and style when we buy another swimsuit for next year.
Want a chance to win some stylish protective swimwear for your own little (or yourself)? How about a GIVEAWAY?! Head over to my page at @littlefirebrigade and follow the steps to enter. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to SwimZip!
The giveaway will run until Friday, July 29th at midnight EST. A winner will be chosen randomly using random.org and announced on Instagram within 48 hours of the giveaway end. The winner has 24 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.
*We were provided with Liam’s swimsuit set for this review, but my words, photos and opinions are completely my own.