Do you think little girls belong in bikini's?

Katherine - posted on 03/20/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Ok so it's cute. but what kind of message are we sending? I'll admit I DID put my older daughter now 6, when she was 3 in one....because it was "cute."



Now, not so much. What do you think?

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Mother - posted on 03/23/2012

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I think it depends on the style. My daughter wore one when she was 7-8. IT covered everything so I don't see the big deal.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2012

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I'm of the "it sends the wrong message" camp, both with the girl & those around her. If I wouldn't want her wearing it when she's 12 or 13, why start now? Sends mixed signals to your daughter. Plus I can't help thinking it's kind of child porn-ish, especially the triangle top ones. No offense ladies, that's just me.



I can understand the tall girls needing 2 pieces but if that comes about for our LO, then DH & I have already talked about it & won't go any less than a tankini, & I mean the ones with a back of more than string. If she wants any skimpier than that she can wait till she can buy it herself. Hopefully we will have instilled enough modesty in her by the time she is old enough to do that that she won't go for the "2 band-aids & a hockey puck" style.



We'll probably be declared primeval but DH & I are totally okay with that. ;)

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I think it depends on the style of bikini. A little top with knickers style bikini is no big deal to me. A skimpy "triangle" type though could be a bit "iffy". But then, they are just kids and just because a kid wears a bikini for swimming, it doesn't mean they are dressing like skanky hoes when they aren't swimming. I don't really think we are sending any specific messages to our girls with swim-suit styles. Except maybe about what is sun-smart and what is not!?

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Aleks - posted on 03/31/2012

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Nope... wrong on all accounts - sorry Katherine.



I have seen some one pieces also that I think are so wrong for little girls - you know the ones, cut a bit higher at the legs, triangles where "breasts" would be with tie up strings at the top, etc.



Wrong wrong wrong. It is sexualisation of little kids. (I even have seen a shoe shop for kids have a giant poster of kids "posing" all cool and stuff, and this little girl -one of 3 I think, with one boy there too - wearing make up, slightly adult style clothes, though not too revealing, painted nails and kiddie "high heals". WRONG WRONG WRONG)



What I find also quite sad is that a lot of these swimming costumes are almost everywhere. I cannot find a decent one for my girl, unless I put her in bikini bottoms (which are thankfully well covered) and a rashie top.....(which is probably a lot better and safer for our Aussie sun).

Mother - posted on 03/29/2012

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They actually still make the triangle bikinis?? As in the string bikini?? I don't think I've seen them recently. I like the tankini's....they're super cute.

Casey - posted on 03/26/2012

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I HATE seeing little girls in Triangle bikinis or cut out bikinis that on an adult would be 'enticing' One peices or rash suits maybe boy short bikinis with a sporty top, but ugh.

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2012

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I admit that my daughter wore a bikini when she was younger, but last summer I bought her a tankini. I will again this year, just because she always seems to have to go to the bathroom as soon as we get the suit on. The tankini makes it so much easier to use the potty!

Tina - posted on 03/22/2012

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I know girls want to act like grown ups putting on make up painting nails and wearing bikinis but personally the bikini thing I wouldn't allow but that's just me I wouldn't be comfortable with my daughter wearing that stuff. But then it also depends where the child is. Out in public like the beach or swimming pool i'd be worried about creeps that prey on kids. Even though I wouldn't allow them to wonder off I still worry about people like that. But that also comes from my own personal experience. At home is a different matter they're safe without those dangers. It all depends on what you're comfortable with

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hell no. i'm still in a one-piece, no way i'd put my baby girl in a bikini. maybe a tankini, but no stringy shit.

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I don't like 'skimpy' or string bikinis... unless you're an adult... then wear what you want, but for practical purposes I haven't bought my girls a one piece suit since my girls started potty training.



My girls have some bikinis that are getting too small for my taste, but that's cuz they're growing like weeds. ;)

Katherine - posted on 03/21/2012

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I won't wear a bikini either lol. Nope no way. I like the Sleeveless shirt ones with the little bottoms for me. And their cute for kids too. Most of them have UV built right into them to protect from the sun.

S. - posted on 03/21/2012

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I won't allow triangle bikini as I don't think they stay put on young people I don't mind the ones with the vest/ crop top's

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I wore bikinis as a kid (yeah I know... back in the dark ages) and it hasn't sent any negative messages to me at all. I dress quite modestly and I always have. Of course I'd never wear one NOW!!! LOL

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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To me covering up when swimming is more about being sunsmart than modesty. Logan and renae both get around in only a nappy at home.

Stifler's - posted on 03/20/2012

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My daughter will probably always wear a rashie and bottoms or a tankini and bottoms. triangles look stupid on little kids. I live in QLD where the uv index is extreme every day.

Amy - posted on 03/20/2012

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My husband won't allow my 2 year old to wear a bikini, meaning the triangle/half top and bottoms. I will buy the rashguard tops with bikini bottoms because it actually covers more then a one piece although we own some of those as well. My feeling on it is if I'm not going to be ok with it in 6 years then why start with it now. I also won't buy bootie shorts if the crotch is longer the the legs then I'm not buying it!

Brittney - posted on 03/20/2012

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My daughter is too tall for the one pieces (and we can keep them longer if they're two pieces). She sees many people wearing different bathing suits in the summer. I really don't care about the message I'm sending (right now). We don't swim that much.

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