TikTok Mom Says These Brightly Colored Swimsuits May Keep Your Kids Safer in the Water
All summer long, when our kids are in or near water, we're thinking about their safety. No matter how good they are at swimming, we have learned time and again that tragic accidents happen. So when someone presents us with the mere possibility of keeping them safer, we are all ears. (Why else would we keep repeating that "don't swim after eating" advice long after learning it's nothing but a myth?)
"Skip blue and green suits and opt for a neon color," Mejia says in her montage of summer tips for parents. "They're much easier to see under water and could save a life in an accident."
This is repeating advice shared by water safety experts earlier this year, though some of us definitely needed to hear it again. In February, a viral post in CPR Kids, an Australian Facebook group run by nurses, showed a photo of a pool that appears empty. Much to viewers' surprise, there is a child in a blue swimsuit at the bottom of the water, which is cloudy with sunscreen after a day of use. Then in March, aquatic safety consultants Alive Solutions published the first of its experiments showing the visibility of various swimsuit colors under water in a pool. It followed up those photos with a more striking post showing swimsuits submerged in lake water.
Best Brightly Colored Swimsuits for Kids' Water Safety
- Gap Kids Color Block Swim One-Piece, $14.99 (originally $29.99); gap.com
- Cosmo Crew Tie Swimsuit in Lobster; $63.00–$75.00; maisonette.com
- Kabety Two-Piece Boy-Short Tankini, $21.99; amazon.com
- Kute 'n' Koo Boys Swim Trunks, $18.99–$19.99; amazon.com
- Old Navy Functional-Drawstring Solid Swim Trunks for Toddlers, $8.00 with code SWEET (originally $14.99); oldnavy.com
- Leveret Toddler Boys and Girls Rash Guard, $16.50; walmart.com
- Kanu Surf Haywire Rash Guard, $9.12–$32.12; amazon.com
- Cat & Jack Short Sleeve Ombre Shark Rash Guard, $9.74 (originally $12.99), target.com
- Tucker & Tate Kids' Long Sleeve Rash Guard Top, $15 (originally $25); nordstrom.com
- Nike Kids' Dri-FIT Just Do It Long Sleeve Rash Guard, $34.00; nordstrom.com
- TSLA Boys UPF 50+ Long Sleeve Rash Guard, $15.98–$19.98; amazon.com
Soon enough, word spread that light blue and darker colors of swimsuits and trunks can make kids nearly invisible when they dive underwater. If they're in trouble and parents or lifeguards are looking for them, neon orange, yellow, or pink will make them easier to spot.
Of course, some of us were not ready to buy swimsuits and rash guards back in April when the first tips went viral. But now that we've been to beaches, lakes, and pools with our littles, the urgency of that advice becomes clearer.
If your favorite retailers lured you in with aqua marine, deep blue, and pale pastel suits for your kids, don't worry; they will still be good for low-key splashing about where no crowds are around. And by the way, changing your kids' swimsuit color is no substitute for watching them and teaching them good water safety habits. But while pool parties and big beach days are still ahead, we recommend buying some of the brightly colored suits and rash guards below.