Review: Sunuva Swimwear for Kids

We are SO excited about our holiday next month as part of our role as Butlins Ambassadors, and have started to think already about packing.  I had been hoping it would be warm and sunny in April, like it was last year, but this week's snow has put me in two minds about that idea!!

One thing we realised we were seriously lacking was any swimwear for Sophia.  Last year she dipped in the pool with a cute dotty swim nappy on, but it would be a bit tight this year.  So when gorgeous kids swim and beachwear brand Sunuva got in touch to ask if we'd like to review their gorgeous products, I rather leapt at the chance!

Launched in 2007 after two mums, Emily and Sabrina, got chatting about how frustrating they found the dire lack of stylish UV protective children's swimwea, Sunuva products are both practical and stylish.  On a mission to avoid garish colours and unattractive patterns, the pair set out to create a swimwear and beachwear line which is super stylish and cool but also kept their kids safe in the sun.  And boy have they succeeded!

Sunuva's SS13 launch at Bubble, London

Quality products with great boho styling, but never scrimping on functionality, the collection now encompasses sun protection clothing and funky beachwear, for kids from 6 months to 12 years.  The prints are unqiue to Sunuva because they couldn't find any they liked, so decided to design their own.  Inspired by bohemian travel and exotic holidays, the designs have featured such delights as Indian elephants, Nepalese buddhas, Mexican skulls, English floral and classic Nantucket inspired marine stripes.  All of which means our children can look great on the beach at the same time as being safe in the sun.

We opted to try the nappy pants in Carousel print, a beautiful pale pink with fairground carousel horses on it, and the matching rash vest.  I must admit I found it very difficult to choose which design as they are all gorgeous, but we are absolutely delighted with our choice and Sophia looks adorable in them!!

I love the idea of the rash vest as a separate piece to the swim nappy, as the usual sunsuits can get so hot and sweaty, plus here you get the flexibility of just using the pant part for the indoor pool.  The fabric is such lovely quality and the horse print is so sweet, she looks lovely!  We haven't trialled the rash vest yet (waiting for that sun!!), but the roomy pants over a Huggies swim nappy worked a treat at the pool the other day, and dried really quickly.

Sunuva’s rash vests are made from Italian fabric providing 50+ UPF for your kids. (See Sophia admiring the fabric above!)  UPF is a measure of the UV Protection Factor given to the skin by a fabric. A UPF rating of 50+ gives excellent UV protection, blocking out 97.5% - 98% of the sun’s rays. The high quality fabric used also meets the stringent and highly respected Australian and New Zealand sun protection guidelines (AS/NZS 4399:1966).  Do remember to keep your children out of the sun when it's at its hottest between 11am and 3pm; and also to ensure Vitamin D production children should spend some time uncovered in the sun too.

The rash vest retails at £36, and the nappy pant at £28.  The full range of products, including the exclusive beachwear range, can be viewed online at

Which patterns would you choose for your children to have fun  in the sun?  Lara's had a good peruse of the website too, and now got her heart set on the gorgeous green butterfly print pictured at the top.  Mini fashionista that she is!!  Now all we need is some sunshine!!!

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  1. Eddie and I went to the swimming pool last Sunday, it was his first time in the pool. He was apprehensive to start with, but was enjoying himself soon enough. I only have the swimming trunks for him, but the UPF protection suit would be perfect for the beach (Lol, here's me hoping we'll get the sunshine when we go to Cornwall).

  2. Oh wow, she is so adorable and the vest is sooo cute too


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