SwimZip Review


Here in good ol’ Minnesota we are relatively safe from the suns harmful rays 4-5 months of the year.  You can still get a sunburn in the winter, but most of us are not outside long enough nor have our skin exposed in the same way as we do in summer.  Those of you that live in the southern part of our country can experience strong sun rays all year.  I can’t even imagine that!

While our winters are cool and relatively safe, our summers are hot.   Blazing hot.  And naturally children want to be outside playing in the sprinkler or swimming at the local swimming pool.   As a mom it is our job to product our children from the suns harmful rays.  Sunscreen is an obvious choice, but many children have sensitive skin and trying to find a sunscreen that is effective can be problematic.  My children respond well to sunscreen, if I can get it on them.  I can always count on my oldest son to put up a fuss whenever the sunscreen comes out.  And frankly all three of my boys are not fond of being slathered down.  To be fair, it doesn’t feel good. Sunscreen can be sticky, pasty, and slimy.

SwimZip is a great alternative to keeping your children safe from the sun.  SwimZip founder Betsy Johnson was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 26 and has made it her goal to help keep children safe.

With 50+ UV protection your little swimmer is sure to be protected with SwimZip.  These easy off and on shirts are made for boys and girls, but obviously they are particularly perfect for boys.  Girls at least have a swimsuit of some sort, some being more protective than others, but boys are essentially unprotected from the waist up.  I have often found myself throwing a shirt over one my boys to give them added protection.  The simple shirt I have them wear occasionally is not made for the water and only provides a limited amount of extra protection.

Like it’s name SwimZip has a simple to use zipper located on the front.  Easy on, easy off.  Love it!  And that is truly what makes SwimZip unique.  There are other sun blocking swim shirts available, but they are a pain to get on and off.  They have to be pulled over the head and that can make for some grumpy children.  SwimZip can be taken off or put on in seconds.

The sizes seem to run fairly accurate.  My son in the picture above is two years old and the SwimZip he is wearing is a 4T.  It is large on him as it should be, but is still wearable.  Currently they sell 1T through 5T.  I would love to see more sizes available.

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I received the above mentioned products for review purposes through Rachel Florio PR, all opinions are my own.



  1. Hi Alicia!!

    Thank you so much for the amazing write up! Your photos of your son are to die for!! Is there anyway you could send them to me so I could post them on our Fan Photos section of our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.230659290313771.50122.106618109384557&type=3

    Thanks again for the wonderful write up!! I can’t wait to hear how much your son loves it during the summer when you’re at one of the many lakes!

    Did I tell you that my sister when to macalester college?! I love Minny!

    Thanks again!

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