Help--my baby girl needs a bra!

Ginger - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My girl will be 10 next month, and is beginning to need a bra. She doesn't seem to notice and is reluctant about the whole idea of wearing one. Her class still changes for PE with boys and girls in the same room, so we've convinced her to at least wear a cami top under her regular shirt. Any suggestions on getting her to wear at least a training bra? She's not a girly-girl, so she is not at all interested in a special shopping trip with Mommy to look at lacy things!

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Amiee - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter was the same way I had to play it low key we went to the store just the two of us. I tried to explain it to her as this was a big girl thing and let her know nobody had to know and she just got a very simple white one that was more of a sports bra than a regular bra. i just kept it very low key and we went and got lunch together at her favorite place and didn't talk about the bra thing instead we talked about everything else. She is now 14 and a girlie girl and would by a bra in every color if i let her they just have to have time to process it on their own I think. Goodluck

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Sophia - posted on 09/21/2012

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TALK TO HER BECAUSE HER BODY IS CHANGING AND SHE WILL HAVE TO CHANGE TOO. THEY DONT HAVE TO BE LACY JUST BRA.

Kim - posted on 05/22/2012

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My 11 year old daughter just started wearing one!!!I started having her wearing those tank top type undershirts,but they started to a hassle.Kmart has good ones in the girls departmentt.Also the American girl growing up book is awesome about how they explain the whole growing up process.My daughter doesn't like to make big deals out of new things so I just brought some home and she tried them.No biggie.Now it's just one more thing to put on in the morning!I hope this helps!!Also the book shows you how to measure for a first bra correctly!!

Jen - posted on 04/29/2012

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I agree that boys and girls changing in the same room is a horrible idea. especially at the age of ten! I remember my daughter was self-conscious at age 3, and wouldn't even let her female babysitters change her diaper.

Stacy - posted on 02/03/2010

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U must live in the UK right? My niece and nephew has said that's what they did for gym, changing in the same room. I thought it was strange too. Not like that in the U.S.

My daughter is 9 and I started her on the sport bra style for about 2 years now to get her used to it. It fits like a mini tank w/ thin straps. She sometimes forgets but I think she's getting to a point now it's second nature like butting on underware. She is a girly girl so the pretty they are the more she loves them. good luck though

Anthea - posted on 02/03/2010

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I can relate to her! I started needing one at around that age too, after getting my period the year before at age 9!!! My mom took me to buy some really nice sports bras and told me about all the girls needing them quite soon too. I was such a tom boy as it was, that bra's were not my interest at all! But my mom got me some really nice ones that i eventually got used to wearing every day.So take her shopping and let her choose some nice sporty ones, that might help her!

Ginger - posted on 01/31/2010

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Thanks, ladies, for the moral support!! None of my girlfriends have little girls at this age yet, so I just needed to hear that I'm not the only one going through this! =)

I agree that letting kids change for PE in the same room is just wrong--it's just a cultural difference for me though as an American living in London. Year 5's are the same age as American 4th graders, but still... I think the problem is the schools are so tiny here that there isn't any room to split them up.

I will try to find a sports bra, although again, not having a Target or Walmart makes even shopping tricky!

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Sports bra, or you can get tank tops with a "shelf bra" it's an extra liner or kind of a sports bra built into the tank top. Then she won't be so self conscious about it. She probably won't want to wear one until one of her friends does first. lol

Laura - posted on 01/26/2010

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boys and girls changing in the same room?? thats a little on the ommmm wrong side. we dont have stuff like that around where i am, unless it is at a private school

Laura - posted on 01/24/2010

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I am having the same problem with my 11 year old. She thought that she had breast cancer cause she started to develop. And I made her get a bra, but she wears 3 sweaters so nobody can see that she is wearing it. I got her the plainest bra that I could find. I am amazed at how some girls really want them and others dont. Now she is finding out that she was the only one in her class that hasnt develpoed yet so its a good thing that she needs the bra... I say good luck to us all during this horrible stage.. But do try a sports bra. At least they dont look like a reguar bra... Not quite so girly.

Hope - posted on 01/24/2010

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I know exactly what you are going through. I have three girls and my ten year old has been wearing a bra for the last two years. My 9yr old is now wearing them also, but my lil 8yr. old don't need one but wears the sports bra's just to feel like a big girl. Try the sports bra's for lil girls my oldest would rather wear them then the girly ones. She says they are more like shirts and don't show through her clothes. She also went through the co-ed gym and it was more comfortable for her. Maybe if you get her some of them she will feel more like herself. It's just like they don't want to grow up too fast and I for one think that's a great thing. Keep our lil girls little as long as we can. Good luck!

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