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Should Young Girls Wear Bikinis

How Do You Feel About Bikinis on Tots?

Growing up, my sister and I wore matching swimsuits. She donned the bikini style while I wore the one piece. Innocent with her chubby legs and a single curl on the back of her head, I never thought twice about putting my daughter in a two–piece. Other moms feel it sexualizes lil ladies at too young an age.

What's your take on the bikini?

daisymay81 daisymay81 9 years
I love bikinis on babies and tots but after that I really don't like it. I'm 26 and have a cousin that is 10 and I have a hard time seeing her in a bikini. We are the only two girls in the family so we have a certain bond that makes me want to protect her. I just think that she is too young.
rcph rcph 9 years
Here in France, lots of toddlers go naked at the beach. We put our 2-yr old in a bikini bottom (enough sand gets in tender places as it is...) but I find bikini TOPS on a toddler to be sexualizing them! I don't really understand it myself, but I guess that covering up a toddler's nipples seems to be saying there is something sexual about them.
seishi5 seishi5 9 years
Where was the naked option? lol
MaggieLei MaggieLei 9 years
Honestly, on toddlers you might as well just let them run around in the bottoms. Most bikinis on children end up everywhere but where they are supposed to be. As for the triangles and strings, they tend to look ridiculous on anyone who doesn't have a chest (myself included). The whole point is sexuality. I tend to prefer tankinis or tank style two pieces for kids.
jessyz jessyz 9 years
So cute, I love those tiny bikinis, I was just telling my sister that I want to get one for my 5 month old and she gave me this lecture about the Sun and UV protection and told me to get a rash guard.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I prefer one-piece for toddlers, but I'm ok with tank tops or halterkinis for older girls.
twinkles524 twinkles524 9 years
Babies look so adorable in bikinis!!! I don't really see anything wrong w/ them at that age.
Mishell Mishell 9 years
That picture is adorable. If someone finds something sexy about it the problem is with them, not the bathing suit.
MamaG MamaG 9 years
I have a daughter and I will put her in a bikini every summer until she tells me to do otherwise. My reason for doing so is this: My parents put me in a one piece my whole childhood. As I came into puberty and adulthood, I assumed I "couldn't" wear a bikini because I wasn't "thin enough" or worhty of wearing one. At 17 I was 5'3" and 115 lbs. That is not fat!!! Yet, I swear my body complex came from the fact that while others were donning bikinis, I was put in a one piece. As an adult, I realize this sounds really stupid. But you know how it is, you look back and can remember those subtle cues you read from others that caused you to make decisions about yourself. Anyway, at the age of 23 (at 109 lbs) I finally put a bikini on for the first time at a beach and kept myself covered the whole day. Now, as a 31 year old mother (NO LONGER 109 or 115 lbs, sigh...) I proudly sport my own "kini" (triangle-style, thank you very much) and will encourage my daughter to do the same. It's a fashion. Just like those stupid big stupid sunglasses are. As long as it's within reason, I will support my daughter in any trends that make her feel bautiful and proud of her body...WITHIN REASON! :-)
phatE phatE 9 years
Just wanted to add that I am referring to triangle tops, or string bikinis.. NOT tankinis.
phatE phatE 9 years
While I don't prefer it, I don't really have an issue with little little ones wearing one. (I am talking 1 and under) after that, I don't agree.. I noticed a 2 year old wearing one the other day, and it looked weird. She was playing with 2 other little boys, and it just really bothered me.. She looked way too mature for her age.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I just think it's weird, not cute. It's like putting a bra on a baby. I understand a two-piece suit for convenience issues, but a baby in a bikini is just odd.
crn78 crn78 9 years
I voted other. I think it depends on the suit. I'm pretty liberal in many of my views but I also don't believe in pushing girls to grow up too fast. I have a 6 year old and don't let her watch High School Musical lol. She hasn't ever asked and I probably would let her but I have problems with such young girls obsessing about it even if they don't get some of the 'older' topics. They will younger than you like if they keep watching. Anyway, on the bathing suits, I don't agree with the triangle ones or the string bikinis. What's the point for young girls? But a sensible bikini is fine and I think rather cute ;)
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
Thanks kiki -- you're a champ! Those links were very helpful. :) Regarding meandtheo's comment: I also do not have any problems with baby girls taking a dip shirtless. It doesn't bother me in the least. I have an strong internal response to what seems inappropriate for school aged girls, according to my own sensibilities. If I had a daughter, I would not be comfortable exposing her in a bikini at age nine, eleven, or the like. It's all a bit too revealing for a developing young woman's body (but that is just my opinion, for my own family).
Moms Moms 9 years
I don't think a bikini is any different than another kind of swimsuit. And, I wish I wore one more when I was lil as they are NOT flattering on me now!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
It does really bother me that the only reason the story gives for not using a bikini is sexualizing, rather than understanding that some people simply don't like bikinis.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
wow I am so shocked to read that there is an issue with this. After I voted I expected to see the results heavy in the all for bikinis spot...but once again, I am out of touch with my fellow countryman. I suppose I am an "elitist SF liberal" (and proud of it!). I lived in Europe for years and spent many a day on the beach with the girls of all ages in just there bottoms. My daughter is only 9 months but this is how she goes to the pool and beach now too. I think it is adorable, not to mention much easier to deal with. My husband put the bikini top on her and it just ended up around her neck because we had to hold her the whole time.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Potty training/swim diaper changing is why I prefer a tankini to a one-piece. I just don't like the actual two pieces where the top doesn't meet the bottom.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
For the wee little ones it makes it easier to change a diaper or when they are potty training. I look for tops that provide fuller coverage on top, more like a tankini. I don't think there's any reason to get so vicious, Evalicious.
kmckay kmckay 9 years
i like the 2 pieces that have the t-shirt type style- keeps more sun off their little soft skin! i remember as kid having to struggle with a wet, sand covered, one-piece when trying to pee- and then that icky feeling you have when you pull it back on? ugh
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
a nonny mouse, i tried to post some links that show the difference between a triangle top and one that isn't... but it flagged me. So hopefully it will show up soon and you can see :)
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
a nonny mouse, this is a triangle top: this is an example of one that isn't: A bandeau top isn't the only type of top that isn't a triangle top, it is just a good comparison. :)
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