Mommy and Me Swimsuit Guide

There’s no better way to level up your family vacation outfits and beachwear than with matching mommy and me swimsuits. These sets offer matching fabrics, prints or coordinating color schemes in age-appropriate designs and styles for everyone in your gang – from infants to toddlers and school-aged kids. 

Discover the many types of family swimwear and how to find a set that’s not only picture-perfect, but practical too.


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Style and Design Options

While kids swimwear styles are generally universal, mom may need more options – check out some of our favorite options below. 

Mommy and Mini  Beach Mommy and Mini


Popular Mommy Swim Styles


One Piece – Looking for a one-stop shop? One-pieces not only offer instant tummy coverage and sun protection, they’re a timeless style that can double as a bodysuit with any pair of bottoms. 

Monokini – Monokinis are perfect if you’re interested in a one-piece but still want to show some skin. They often feature high waists, side cutouts, or other visual elements that create an hourglass figure.



Triangle – Triangle bikini tops can either come with a fixed chest band, which offers more support, or an unfixed chest band, giving you the option to adjust coverage as needed. They’re also some of the most versatile pieces of swim, allowing you to tie them halter-style behind the neck, tank-style straight over the shoulders, or crossed over the chest for a modern twist.

Bralette – Bralette swimwear is one of the most supportive options, especially for larger-chested moms. It often features thicker chest bands and shoulder straps, similar to the fit of a sports bra, and works well for higher-intensity activities or beach workout.

Balconette – Balconette tops often feature built-in cups for natural shaping without added padding. They have less coverage than a full cup, but enough support to feel comfortable in the water.

Bandeau – Opt for classic bandeaus that lay straight across the chest, twisted bandeaus that cross in the middle to create rounder cup shapes, or bandeaus with V-straps that connect to the middle of the chest and tie around the neck. 



Standard – Standard or regular-fit bottoms offer more coverage on the bum and stop below the belly button. They are a popular option for water sports and are flattering on most body shapes.

High rise – High rise bottoms are a crowd favorite that minimize the waist. They typically stop right above the belly button and offer coverage without compromising on shape. They sometimes feature peplum or front-tie waists for added flare.

High leg – High leg bottoms elongate the legs and are often paired with high waists. They offer a vintage look and flattering cut.

Cheeky – Cheeky bottoms flatter the bum by creating more shape. Try scrunch style, with a seam down the middle, or Brazilian swim bottoms for even less coverage.

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Matching Prints and Patterns

Matching prints are what come to mind with family swimwear – pick the same exact swimwear style as your mini, or suit up in different styles that share the same prints. Take it one step further with matching accessories – cover-ups, totes, hats, etc.

Beach Mommy and Mini Mommy & mini

Coordinating Color Schemes

Mommy and me swim can also be about the same color schemes and not necessarily the same print or fabric. Pick one hue for the whole family, or play off of the accent colors from mom’s favorite swimsuit. Matching color schemes provide more options to choose from and still create a group look for the family.

Versatile Mix-and-Match Options

Another fun alternative to family swimwear is mommy and me swimsuit cover ups. Cover ups provide proper coverage on your way to the beach or pool and can transition well for lunch in town or running errands. Try matching beach dresses or cover-ups in prints that match your mini’s suit.

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Holly Dress Matching Mommy and Mini

What To Consider When Choosing Matching Family Swimwear

Comfort and Ease of Movement

Whether you’re swimming in the waves, laying in the sand, or chasing around your little ones, an unrestricting suit is the foundation for a good day by the water. 

While bathing suits seem like a simple beach essential that we’ve all had, there are a few comfort features to look for when shopping for quality family swim:

  • Coverage – Coverage comes down to personal preference. Sport a bandeau top with cheeky bottoms for minimal tan lines or opt for a versatile one-piece and cover-up that can transition easily into town. 
  • Support – A comfortable amount of support depends on the activity. For higher-mobility activities, like swimming or kayaking, look for swimwear with thicker straps, underwire cup support and multi-length back closures. For boys, try mesh-lined board shorts.
  • Elastic waistbands – You’ll want a suit with a quality elastic waistband that won’t stretch out over time. Check the fabric section below for our best recommendations. Side-tie bikini bottoms and drawstring swim trunks are other practical options for an adjustable fit. 
  • Seams – The most common type of swimwear seam is a coverstitch seam. It has a looper on the bottom side that creates a clean finish while still allowing plenty of stretch in the fabric. 

Fabric and Sun Protection

Look for quality fabrics that are stretchy and breathable, but offer enough support while you’re on the move. Popular beachwear fabrics include:

  • Nylon – Quick-drying, lightweight, stretchy yet durable
  • Polyester – Moisture and chlorine-resistant, holds shape and color with time, low maintenance
  • Spandex (elastane and lycra) – Comfortable on the skin, resistant to sea water and sunscreen

Practicality and Functionality

Sibling swimwear isn’t just aesthetic, it can be functional too. Keep in mind where you’ll be (beach, pool, lake, etc.), how frequently you’ll be wearing it (hour-long excursions vs. in and out of the water all day), and at what activity levels (quick dips, water sports, etc.).

You can also opt for swimwear that doubles as activewear. Active swimwear typically provides more coverage, support and seamless construction. 


Sizing and Fit

How Swimsuits Should Fit

Ever gotten a suit that fit perfect when you tried it on, but was too big in the water? Use the two-finger rule to find the perfect size – place two fingers under the waistband and leg openings of your swimsuit. You should be able to fit your fingers comfortably, but the suit should lay flat against your skin once you remove them. 

Also check for the following:

  • Straps should fit comfortably with movement, not digging in or falling off your shoulders. 
  • Bunching of fabric typically means that the swimsuit is too big, try sizing down.
  • Uncomfortable rubbing may mean your swimwear is too small, try sizing up.
  • No matter how cute the suit, a spilling chest or constant wedgie can mean that there might be a style that suits you better and has you feeling totally comfortable.

You’ll be ready for your next family vacation with matching swimwear for your crew that’s instagrammable, and above all, practical for any adventure. Experiment with different styles, prints and colors to find a combination that works for everyone in the family.

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