Kids Swim Goggles – How To Find The Perfect Pair

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Helping You Find The Best Kids Swim Goggles

Kids Swim Goggles

I’ll admit it. I’m a little bit jealous of our young swimmers and splashers today. When I was young, it wasn’t a thing to have swim goggles for kids.

Suits, yes. I mean…well…definitely, yes. Naked puddle-jumping in the backyard at the age of two is the closest my mom ever let me come to skinny dipping.

But swim goggles – gear to actually keep stinging chlorine-laden water out of my eyes. Cool swim goggles that made me feel like a kick-butt bug-eyed alien superhero?

That would have been nice too.

If I’d had swim goggles, I might have actually been brave enough to put my head underwater before the age of nine. I feel you nodding your head over there in solidarity, thanks.

Today there are a lot of tools to help make a first water experience positive and exciting. And if your child likes the idea of looking like a bug or alien, what’s not to love?

So consider giving your child that experience by setting them up with a quality set of kids swim goggles.

Plus, add an awesome kids swim cap and nose clip to turn your timid minnow into a fierce pool shark overnight!

In this article we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Why Swim Goggles Are Important For Kids
  • Swim Goggle Material and Construction
  • Searching For The Best Fit
  • Kids Swimming Goggle Style
  • Swim Goggle Maintenance & Replacement
  • Review and Recommendations

Why Swim Goggles Are Important For Kids

First off, kids swim goggles serve as a piece of important safety gear.

If your child is a frequent pool-goer, their eyes will come into contact with chemicals often. Ouch! Swim goggles reduce your child’s exposure, and minimize the potential for “swimmer’s eye.”

Swim goggles allow your child to keep their eyes open underwater – without fear and hesitation.

This, in and of itself, is a safety feature – especially in open water with plants, rocks, or sharp features around. Or in an overcrowded pool where the potential to run into others (or get trampled) is higher.

On top of that, teaching a child to keep their eyes open is an important skill. It will help them advance quicker in their lessons – such as grabbing rings or toys off the bottom of the pool.

You probably remember those games! I was horrible at them, with my eyes squeezed shut.

Kids swimming goggles remove what I call the “splash distraction.” The distraction of splashed water getting in your kidos eyes and the five minutes spent rubbing irritated eyes after.

Instead, swimming goggles allow your child to focus on their lessons, or just having a great time in the pool!

And to top it off, they come in a ton of unique shapes and colors, giving your child some added style and swagger.

Given those benefits, I think you’ll agree the small investment it is well worth it.

Now, most kids will go for the crazy “big-eyed bug” swim goggles you’ll want to focus on construction and quality first.

Kids Swim Goggles Material and Construction

Swim goggles are constructed from a few different materials and components.

The Lens

The protective lenses are made out of polycarbonate. This material is shatter-resistant but not necessarily scratch-resistant.

Much like a pair of glasses, these lenses don’t touch your child’s face. Instead, they stay in place with the help of a plastic frame and nose piece. This creates a small pocket of air between the lens and your child’s eyes.

A key feature to pay attention to with the construction of the lenses is “anti-fogging.”

Fogging occurs when condensation forms on the inside of the goggles. This is due to both perspiration and water vapor – while some fogging can occur from how your child cares for and puts on their goggles.

There are anti-fogging materials and coatings you can purchase to minimize this problem. The coatings help us parents out because, let’s face it, kids don’t tend to follow consistent routines.

“Anti-fog” goggles are often treated with a silicone film. This film helps prevent water droplets from sticking to the lenses themselves. This means instead of fogging; condensation just runs off the lenses.

The Seal

Surrounding the plastic lenses are cushioned seals. These seals are what comes into contact with the skin around the eye. The seal around the frame is typically a neoprene or silicon material.

It’s important this material is soft and malleable, both for comfort and to create a quality seal. A tight seal is what keeps water out. A loose seal defeats the purpose of wearing goggles – it allows water to enter your child’s eyes while in use. Not good.

The Strap

All kids swim goggles come with an adjustable strap made of rubber or silicon. The adjustment is often located where the strap connects to the eyepiece. But sometimes it’s in the back, where two pieces of the strap itself come together.

Most people like the adjustment that’s up front by the eyepiece. This gives the swimmer the ability to adjust it themselves if the kids are old enough.

Note: you won’t find many options to “size” the goggle strap when purchasing. Making swim goggles one size fits most. One less thing to worry about, in my book!

Searching For The Perfect Fit

Obviously, the width of a child’s face is different than the width of an adult’s face. This means kids swim goggles are narrower.

Many kids swim goggle listings will include dimensions with their listings. So take a quick measurement of your child’s face.

You’ll want to measure how wide is their face from each outer corner of the eye socket to the other. Then compare your child’s measurements to the dimensions listed.

When searching for a perfect set of swim goggles, try adding keywords like “toddler,” “youth,” or “junior” swim goggles to narrow the search results.

Options like the TYR Youth Tie Dye Swimple Goggles, Speedo Junior Hydrospex Swim Goggles, and HiCool Anti-Fog Swim Goggles for Kids and Early Teens are ones we recommend.

A teen should be able to fit well into swim goggles marketed as “adult.” We found options like the Aegend Swim Goggles and these SealBuddy PV10 Panoramic View Goggles that would comfortably fit both a teen and an adult.

Kids Swimming Goggles Style

Here’s the part where you can bring your toddler into the search and give them a little power. Once you understand the essential features, materials, and components of kids swim goggles, you can inject a little style and fun.

Swimming goggles for kids come in all sorts of colors and fun styles. And as we mentioned earlier, some of them even come in sets with swim caps.

Here are a few of the best swim goggles styles you can find online:

Youth Swim GogglesShells and Scales


Gooey Gator

Drag Racer

Pink Fish

Cloud Nine

Consider selecting a few pre-approved options on your screen and have your child vote.

Mermaid In Training Goggles

Mermaid Goggles

There’s no reason not to let them have their say. So long as you’re the cool parent or grandparent who’s willing to drive a bedazzled mermaid to the pool all summer.

Or, let’s be honest, the cool parent who’s willing to fetch those same “mermaid in training swim goggles“, bring them to the bathtub so that your bedazzled mermaid can pretend to dive for treasure while taking a bath.

Yep. That’ll happen.

Swim Goggle Maintenance & Replacement

You can extend your kids swim goggles useful lifespan by taking care of them properly, in and out of the water. And teaching your child to do the same.


Before storing in a soft bag or case, rinse the swim goggles with cold water and set them out to dry. Avoiding drying them in direct sunlight.

The heat and UV rays will speed up the deterioration of the seals, straps, and even the lenses themselves.


Your child may still experience some fogging if they don’t follow a routine when putting on their goggles.

To combat this make sure your child practices putting on goggles before they’re wet. Ideally, both child and goggles are dry.

On the off chance you want to teach your child to spit on one of their new things (!!!), some people say spitting onto the lens and wiping it helps.

Finally, if the anti-fogging treatment wears off, you can apply an anti-fog spray or gel – such as Jaws Spit Antifog Gel (yes, the product is called Spit)!


Once you begin to see wear such as:

  • tears in the rubber of the strap
  • the seal no longer keeps water out
  • or the pair is scratched to the point that makes it hard to see

You’ll want to replace your child’s swim goggles with a new pair.

By many accounts, swim goggles should last at least a full year, if not up to two years.

With kids, it’s often the lost pair of goggles – gifted to the gods of the locker room’s lost and found – that sends us scrambling for another pair.

So buying an extra set is never a bad idea.

Thankfully, kids swim goggles are a relatively inexpensive purchase.

Take the opportunity when selecting a replacement to confirm the fit for your child. We all know kids grow out of things astonishingly fast!

Review and Recommendations

So, let’s review.

Swim goggles are a much-needed safety feature that keeps your child’s eyes protected. Allow them to scan their environment with eyes wide open.

Swim goggles for kids can increase confidence in lessons, and diminish distractions and irritations. And, they’re an inexpensive way to allow your child some choice in their own personal swim style.

Win. Win.

For your convenience, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite and best swim goggles for kids:


Toddler Fit

Youth Fit

Goggle and Cap Sets

More Fun Styles

Now pick a pair and go have some fun with your little “big-eyed bug”. Last one in the water is a rotten egg!

Brandy S.

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