padded bikini top for 7y olds!

Chelle - posted on 04/14/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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news artical :



Primark has stopped selling padded bikini tops for children after criticism that they sexualised young girls, a spokesman for the chain said today.





The company apologised for any offence caused by the product and said profits from any bikinis already sold would be given to a children's charity.



A spokesman said: "Primark has taken note of the concern this morning regarding the sale of certain bikini tops for girls, a product line that sells in relatively small quantities.



"The company has stopped the sale of this product line with immediate effect.



"Primark will donate all the profits made from this product line to a children's charity, and apologises to customers for any offence caused."







What the hell! how did they ever allow anybody to make a bikini wich is padded for a 7 year old?!

did absoloutly no one realise in the process of designing,making and selling these that it was so wrong. in my opinion i would never lit my daughter wear padded bras/bikinis not until shes old enough to pay for them herslef.



what sort of message is this sending out to our children? what parents actually thought it would be a good idea to get there child a padded bikini? what about all the perverted men out there...did no one think of them!!

whats your opinion?

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Sydney - posted on 06/19/2012

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I feel that if your daughter has large enough boobs to wear a cup size or at least a padded bra she is able to wear a padded bikini.
My daughter is 12, has a cup size of AA and wears padded bikinis. She doesn't feel comfortable with her nipples showing.
I don't blame her.
I think when your daughter is ready you as the mother should make the decision.

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I am a HUGE fan of 2 piece suits. Diaper changes/potty trips are extremely unpractical in a one piece. But... my 8 year olds have never owned a 'bikini' and never will in my house unless they are properly covered by a tank top, etc.. as well.

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This crap makes me SOO happy to have only boys!!! It seriously makes me not want to try for another one either for the chance of having a girl, eek! My neighbor girl wore 2 pcs when she was toddler, and its cute and all, but once she was 5ish? it was NOT right! It didn't fit properly and she was constantly pulling on it EVERYWHERE! Then she got 1pcs and her little butt kept hanging out, it wasn't much better! So boyshorts and tankinis sound good to me! As alarming as girls dress is, i think it is also pretty disgusting when I see grown ass women dress that way too!!! Personal opinion *shrug* Of course girls want to dress like that, you see the attention women get dressing like that!

LaCi - posted on 04/14/2010

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Now that I've looked at the pics I really don't have a problem with it. I had pretty large boobs by the time I was 9, a friend of mine started getting REALLY big boobs before that. So I still maintain it's good to have the option for the padding, not to increase boobage but for those of us who had things that could have poked through or fallen out of a normal kids bikini top lol.

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I think it's disgusting and ridiculous but at the same time I've sen bras in shops that are obviously aimed at girls this age as they do them in like size AAA cup and some do actual age sized ones. I don't agree with this either. If I have a daughter she will get a bra when she actually NEEDS one and she won't be wearing bikinis when she's little either - what's wrong with a good old swimsuit? Children are made to grow up too fast in today's society and yes I agree with Gillian - this must contribute to the teenage pregnancy rates and underage sex!

Stephany - posted on 04/18/2010

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I don't have a problem with a minor amount of padding- enough for coverage, but not enough for enhancement. I have a problem with the bikini itself. Throw some padding into a two-piece with a tankini top and a full-coverage boy short and I'd be happy. But on a bikini with triangle-shaped boobie covers for kiddos that are still at risk for losing their baby teeth? Hell no! When is that ever appropriate?

Kathy- breasts may not have been meant for sexual purposes, but in this society, in the world in which we live, they now carry a sexual connotation. No matter how much we may argue that is not their purpose, in the immediate future there is very little we can do to change it. Ideally, yes, little girls could walk around however they pleased, wearing whatever they pleased, and there would never be a problem. However, that just simply isn't the case and we have to protect our children. Putting a 7 or 8 year old girl in a bikini that she may wear in public is not, IMO, protecting her.

If I had a daughter who was, say 16 or 17 that may be a different story. Before that, though, there is no need for a bikini. There is no need for micro-mini skirts, or low-cut tops, or super-high heels. Am I over-protective? Yes. But if something were to ever happen to one of my kids I would not want to live in doubt that I may have been able to do something to protect them. I would rather do what I can now and live with these consequences than not do what I can and live with those ones.

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I don't have any worries at all about bikinis per se, but padded is not on! I think This kind of thing (the emphasis on breasts as sexual objects) is part of the difficulty in getting people see breasts as the best way of feeding babies.

Jessie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I don't see the swimsuits being a huge issue seeing as we have many girls that are developing even at that young of an age. They might need some extra coverage. I will have no problem buying my daughter a two piece when she gets older that looks age appropriate. I had 2 pieces when I was little, and always wore one. I have trouble wearing one pieces though b/c I am short and long waisted so they would stop right under my chest and since I am petite I couldn't really get a bigger size. My daughter is already 5 months and I wouldn't be surprised if she has the same issue. Can't say for sure yet but she has a long torso as it is. Anyway, I don't agree with lots of padding but these swimsuits didn't look like they had that much. They could of been very helpful to girls that already have some breasts.

April - posted on 04/18/2010

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well. some 7 year olds DO have breasts. Since the rise of childhood obesity, we've seen early onset puberty. There are girls out there getting their periods at 7 and 8 years old.



I don't think they need the padding to look bigger than they already are. Padding may assist in keeping the breasts so that they are not all over the place (i.e. hanging out, flopping )

Jackie - posted on 04/14/2010

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When I was pregnant, someone actually gave me a bikini for a 3 month old that had the triangle top! I couldn't believe that they even make those things. Needless to say I got rid of it. I didn't even give it away because I didn't want any other 3 month old wearing it.

I also saw a 7-8 year old wearing a short jean skirt well above her knees and leather knee high boots. WHAT!? IDK maybe it's just me but NOT MY LIL GIRL! I started too young because I think my mom grew up very sheltered and nieve. Because I know what kind of trouble she can get into.... I'm going to do my best let her be a kid :)

Emma - posted on 04/14/2010

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I have a 3 year old little girl, and her and her little brother have the same swimwear, second skin suites they look like little wet suites but cropped just above the knee and elbow they provide SPF 50 sun protection and they come in a whole bunch of colours



http://www.secondskins.co.za/rtg/rtgitem...



My daughter dose have some of those little skirts but i always put leggings under them to make them 80 retro lol



But i buy alot of her stuff in the boys department as get sick of all the crap they try and sell in the girls

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2010

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Also, I did end up finding a SUPER cute little pink and orange bathing suit with little octopus on it, makes me very happy! lol Theres even alittle frill around the waist but its all a one peice :)

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My daughter will wear a 1 piece until she can buy her own swimming suit...period... then the 2 piece will need to me mom and dad approved...

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2010

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Ive been told that I can take my daughter to the pool after she has had her 2 month shots, and I was amazed at how damn hard it was to find baby sized bathing suits that were NOT 2 peices...kids arn't aloud to be kids anymore! When I was in junior high I was still wearing my comfy cute overalls, my neice is now going in to grade 7 and would die if she had to wear overalls and not her lululemon brands pants etc. ( and I wasn't a geek or anything like that, I was actually fairly popular, it just wasn't about style obsession and looks yet) When I see young girls in skimpy outfits all I think is that they are little prosta-tots! Prostitutes in training... You can still be cute and have great outfits without covering it all up in a turtle neck or something but also without looking like a street walker...

Suzette - posted on 04/14/2010

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Stephany, I'm actually pregnant with a little girl and I agree with you. In fact, I was getting ready to post the same thing before I even read what you had to say. My niece wasn't allowed to dress in certain things before my brother passed away. Now she's dressing in little skirts as long as she has shorts on under them. I could give a damn if she had shorts on under them or not, the skirt has to be so long or she isn't wearing it. To me it's more like a rag than a skirt and my daughter wouldn't be going outside in that. If there are people comfortable dressing their daughters that way, so be it. I'm not one of them, I'm not comfortable with my niece being seen that way either. Girls shouldn't be dressing that way until they're buying their own clothing and well out of the house, IMO. Even then, I wouldn't accept it, my mom and dad didn't accept it when I wanted to wear a low cut top and they made sure to let me know why. (That doesn't mean I didn't sneak it out, but I got caught too... and I got told by my dad that it made me look cheap... never something a 'daddy's girl' wants to hear from her dad either!) I don't know why society is comfortable with it either... but if someone can make sense of it for me, I'd love to know!

Stephany - posted on 04/14/2010

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I don't think that bikinis are appropriate for 7 or 8 year olds regardless of whether or not they have padding, or are conservative, or have provocative words on them. Period. I have no idea why our society would be okay with little girls wearing such revealing clothing. I don't think it's so much that the little girl wants to look like their mom, either, because that is easily solved by telling said little girl that she can dress like an adult when she is an adult. Rather, I think it's more of a case of mommy wanting to dress her little girl in the same clothes she wears.
There are some conservative two-piece swimsuits for little girls (like tankini tops and boy short bottoms). What is so wrong with those? Do they not show enough skin? Hell, when I was a kid it wasn't uncommon to wear a one-piece with ruffles on the butt until you were 6.
I can't believe some of the clothes that are even made for little girls. I actually saw a bikini in size 3T! At Walmart, nonetheless. I have seen little skirts that are literally 6 inches long (in size 7/8). That's as long as a dollar bill. I don't get it! Why? Why do we, as a society, feel the need to dress our little girls this way? Maybe someone with a daughter can shed some light on this for me, because IMO a simple "no" that you stand by would be enough to stop the issue.

LaCi - posted on 04/14/2010

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I hate adults who have things written across their butt. So tacky. And it's usually pajamas and I'm wondering why they're out in public in pajamas anyway, making me read their butts.

Emma - posted on 04/14/2010

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Ok they are a lot tamer than some i have seen,
the underwear think freaks me out so do some of the shorts and jeans with things written on the butt, like sweet ect are very suggestive

Chelle - posted on 04/14/2010

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

a link to some pictures of the bikinis. it seems like quite a bit of padding seeing as on the hanger it says 7-8 years. it clearly was made to enhance the "breast" not cover the nipples.

i agree its so wrong to see all the clothing you can just pick up for children so young. i understand all girls want to be grown up like there mummys...but its one thing trying on make up and mummys high heals and totaly another when you see them in skirts short enough to be belts! or underwear with provocative things written on them like "little miss naughty" or "gorgeous" on the butt!

LaCi - posted on 04/14/2010

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I think padding provides extra coverage. You can't see nipples through padding.. usually. Depends on the amount of padding but I have much less of a problem with this then I do with some of the underwear I see when I'm walking through the kids section of department stores.

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OMG what is the world comming to, I'm dreading my little 9 year old getting lady bumps, there is no way I would ever think of buying her a padded bikini top - little girls need to be little girls, why are people always trying to make the grow up too soon then moan about undreage sex and teen pregnancies - they get so many mixed messages no wonder they're confused - Bloody hell!!

Emma - posted on 04/14/2010

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They made them because someone obliviously wanted to buy them, the fact that they sold any speaks volumes ..

I agree i would never let my child where one as i do not want to turn my daughter into a sexual object.

And yes i know in a perfect world we should all be able to where what we like with out there being any connotations.

But we don't so you use common sense to try and avoid getting into bad situations just because someone else makes assumptions regarding your clothing

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