One of the best things about living in Brisbane is being surrounded by some of the greatest beaches in the world. Like many other families in the area, we spend plenty of time splashing around in the ocean and move our fun to indoor pools when the weather cools down. A few years ago, despite having no shortage of beautiful venues for fun in the sun, I was frustrated with the sparse selection of stylish, sun-protective children’s swimwear. As a survivor of melanoma, sun safety is always at the forefront of my mind, but I didn’t want to settle for bland, boring designs that don’t appeal to my two boys. I decided to fill the gap and create my own line, and in 2011, Mini Sandcrabs was established! All our products are rated UPF50+, meaning they offer an outstanding degree of protection from the sun’s harmful rays. They’re also made from lightweight, chlorine-resistant, breathable Italian fabric in a variety of gorgeous styles. Mini Sandcrabs swimwear is designed to please kids and parents alike — that’s why our motto is Sun-proof, Sag-proof, Kid-proof. Now your little sandcrabs can splash around all they want while you enjoy peace of mind knowing they are well protected from the sun. As a 100% Australian-owned family business, we’re proud to say that all our products are designed and printed locally, meaning you can shop with complete confidence.

Australia has some of the strongest solar radiation in the world. Studies show that sunburn during childhood makes one much more likely to develop skin cancer later in life, and unfortunately, Australia’s beautiful weather also translates to a very high rate of skin cancer. At Mini Sandcrabs, we believe that it doesn’t have to be this way. Skin cancer is completely preventable with adequate sun protection, but many parents of active little ones find that reapplying sunscreen that readily comes off with sweat and swimming can be a huge hassle. Even most water-resistant or “waterproof” sunscreen needs to be re-applied every hour or so.  Protective swimwear is the ideal solution. All Mini Sandcrabs swimsuits are rated UPF50+ for outstanding sun protection. Kids bathers with a UPF rating this high block 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays!  Unfortunately, protective swimwear is often bland and unappealing to kids. That’s where we come in. Fun and functional, our products come in a wide variety of bright, funky patterns and colours. Since we only use soft, breathable Italian fabric, your mini sandcrabs will feel as good as they look. That’s the Kid-proof part of the Mini Sandcrabs equation — we’ve got plenty of feedback from happy customers who tell us their kids love wearing our bathers.

The quality of our fabric shows not just in its soft texture, but in its durability. Have you ever invested in a beautiful swimsuit only to have it sag and fade after soaking in a chlorinated pool? You’ll never have this problem with Mini Sandcrabs. Lightweight and highly chlorine-resistant, our products will retain their shape and colour through countless games of Marco Polo.  We aim to stock something for little sandcrabs at every stage of growth, with swimwear for kids all the way from 3 months to 12 years of age. Pair a fun short or long-sleeved kids rashie with swimshorts or a bikini — our gorgeous styles are easy to mix and match! For maximum sun protection on high UV-index days, opt for an adorable full-coverage sunsuit or rashie for girls or boys. (Check the UV-index for your area on our homepage). If you’re planning on spending lots of time in the sun, make sure to protect your littlest sandcrabs with the best quality baby and children’s rashies available in Australia. Nothing is more sensitive to the harmful effects of solar radiation than delicate babies’ skin.

We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. If you love our swimsuits as much as we do, let us know by keeping in touch on Facebook or Instagram! Nothing makes us happier than seeing the joy on your children’s faces as they splash around in our bathers and rashies. Our social media profiles are also a great way to stay on top of the latest Mini Sandcrabs news, including limited-time sales.  With just four years in the children’s swimwear business, our widely loved product range has already been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, and blogs across Australia. In fact, our swimsuits are so fashionable, they’re fit for royalty! Little Prince George opts for our “Henley” and “North Shore” sunsuits during his swimming lessons at Buckingham Palace. We even received a special letter from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanking us for our products!

Sun-smart swimwear for kids isn’t all we have to offer. Our complete product offering includes something for the mums and dads with colourful Turkish beach towels, vibrant beach bags, and handy sun shades all available online.

Browse our collection and place an order through our easy online ordering system, or find a stockist near you. Our swimwear is available in fashionable children’s boutiques across Australia, pharmacies and international holiday resorts, but don’t worry if you’re not located near a boutique — we ship worldwide! We’re happy to offer customers free shipping on orders over $150 (within Australia), or a flat rate of $20 for overseas orders. Our online ordering system couldn’t be simpler to use, but if you have any trouble, please get in touch with us and we will promptly handle your concern.