Buying children’s wetsuits and rash guards can help both you and your child. If your little guy or girl is comfortable and warm in the water with a kids wetsuit on – it makes for a better experience for both of you. Or if he doesn’t need the warmth, he can get full protection from the sun from a proper rash guard. Warm Belly Wetsuits came about when my daughter excitedly began taking swimming lessons in an 82° F pool. Her enthusiasm and enjoyment of the water were quickly dampened by how cold and uncomfortable she became. She and the other kids were in the water only a short time before they were distracted from the lesson, their small bodies shaking all over and their lips turning various shades of blue.
And who doesn’t love a win-win situation?
Whether swimming, scuba diving or surfing, you’ll want to choose the kid’s wetsuits or rash guards that provide the maximum protection and comfort. Let’s focus on children’s wetsuits since there is certainly more to learn about them to make sure you get the best one for your son or daughter. Having the right information at your fingertips goes a long way to getting your little swimmer exactly the wetsuit children needs. There are some basic criteria that apply to both adult and child-sized wetsuits. There are also some issues that make buying children’s wetsuits a little more challenging than adult suits. We will also address those issues in this article.
The thickness of Wetsuits for Kids
Whether you are buying children’s wetsuits or adult wetsuits, the most important component is suited thickness since this is exactly what provides comfort in the cold water. Wetsuits are produced on the thickness range, which measures the width of body and legs and arms.
Having fun in the pool. A child’s wetsuit will work here too.
Of course, everyone is different so what works for one person may not work for another. You probably have a general idea of how chilly your child gets in the water. If he or she is always coming out blue-lipped and shaking, you may want to try a slightly fuller child wetsuit to start out with.
The following is a general guide to help you choose a starting point for the proper thickness for your kid’s wetsuit:
- 2 mm: Water temperatures above 85 F; my shorty is 2 mm and it is fine for me in the Caribbean
- 3 mm: Water temperatures between 70-85 F; this is usually the norm for scuba diving in the Caribbean
- 5 mm: Water temperatures between 60-70 F
- 6.5 mm Water temperatures between 50-70; at the lower end you are getting into drysuit territory – probably not water your child will be swimming in.
You will see some suits with 2 numbers, for instance, a 4/3 full suit. A note on A 4/3 full suit has a 4mm thickness in the body and 3mm in the arms and legs. The thicker portion covers the core of your body to keep you warmer, while the second quantity covers your extremities and is a little thinner allowing some extra mobility.