What do you think of baby bikinis?

Colleen - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I personally don't like them and would NEVER put one on my 7 month old daughter where other people are around. I was given one from my SIL and my daughter might wear it in our pool when we don't have company. I just think they make baby girls have a look they shouldn't have as a child. (sexy) I often will bring my older daughter to the public pool and there are A LOT of very young girls that wear bikinis. I wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that there could be men watching my daughter and looking at her in a bad way. I know it's only a bathing suit but I still think they show to much skin and makes the child wearing it look older. I want my little girl to stay a little girl and grow up like she's supposed to, I'm sure the hell not gonna rush her.

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Jenny - posted on 05/24/2010

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Slap a swim diaper on their butt, a hat on their head, some sunscreen and send them on their way. When it's hot I want to wear as little as possible and I do the same with my kids. Nothing sexual about it to me. People who think sexual thoughts about kids would do it if they were wearing a potato sack.

Jane - posted on 05/21/2010

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I don't see anything wrong with baby bikini's...I think they're cute. Now, with that said, I don't think they are practical because they don't protect the baby from the sun. And honestly, if someone is looking at a baby in a bikini as sexy, then they're sick in the head and it's not really the bikini....it's a sick person looking at the child...not what they're wearing.

Our society is so focused on clothing as being the luring factor and it's not that at all. It's the mental state of the person looking at a child in a VERY inappropriate way and it wouldn't matter what that child was wearing.....they'd be thinking sick thoughts not matter what.

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To me it's not about perverted people. Like many have said they will look no matter what. I feel like it's just too grown up for a baby. I saw the triangle top bikini for babies too. It just doesn't seem like something a baby should be wearing.

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I would prefer that my daughter wear more to be protected from the sun. My husband and I both picked out the same swimwear for our daughter. A shirt and shorts. It looks like something a surfer would wear. It's cute and it keeps less skin in the sun. I'm not sure when she will wear a bikini. If it were up to my husband it would be never. lol.

LaCi - posted on 05/19/2010

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I think they're cute. I wore a bikini when I was like 1-3 years old. It was more like a sports bra and a bottom. I think anyone who would think a baby was sexy would think it was regardless of what the child is wearing, because they have a mental defect, it isn't about appearance.

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Colleen - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have seen the tankinis for babies n I do like some of them, they look like surfers outfits. that i would def put on my daughter. I was more talking about the triangle top bikinis. thanks for everyone's opinion.

Christa - posted on 05/24/2010

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I went looking for a suit for my 2 year old daughter today, as the pools open Friday, and I could only find 1 tankini. I want a 2 piece for bathroom purposes, but I do not want a bikini for reasons we've discussed. What is wrong with this world that I could only find 1 tankini at Wal-Mart and babies R us. Lot's of string bikinis though, very sad. IMO

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i love cute little bikinis for little babies and girls.. they can be just like mommy.. which is what i wanted to be like when i was little... i just bought my niece a cute little one piece but its the cut out kind and its red with ladybugs... i think we as mothers stress out about wayy too many little things including are they wearing appropriate things when theyre a BABY... wait till theyre 11 going on 21 thats when youll need to worry... but i am glad i have 2 sons bc dealing with girls and clothes would be a hassel as i know i was for my mama...

*Lisa* - posted on 05/23/2010

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Haaaaaaaa!! Once my little sister was having a pool party (when she was 6) and my dad told everyone that we had this special chlorine that turned the water purple if you pee in it. So when you get out it will turn your bathers purple if you peed... hahah! Should have seen the sheepish looks on those kids faces! Cruel dad ;)

Jocelyn - posted on 05/23/2010

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...wait.... you mean you're NOT suppose to pee in the pool? Shit, I've been doing it wrong this whole time :S

*Lisa* - posted on 05/22/2010

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Wow! What a good girl getting out to pee! hehe
Yes rash vests are good. I think my boy will be wearing one when we go back to Aus for christmas. The sun is so harsh!

Jodi - posted on 05/22/2010

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Well, next time I buy swimmers for my daughter, I'm buying a 2 piece. Even at 5, it is a PAIN IN THE NECK whenever she needs to hop out of the pool for a pee (and yes, she does get out of the pool to pee). It won't be a string bikini though. But as it is, she swims with a rash vest over her one piece at the moment. She has very sensitive and pale skin, I would rather have her covered up as much as possible.

Lyndsay - posted on 05/22/2010

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Personally, I don't really have a problem with them. I have a little boy, so its not much of an issue, but I think they're cute.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/22/2010

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I don't have a daughter but if I did, I wouldn't be putting her in a bikini. The whole idea of bikinis is to appear sexy, I mean they hardly cover much of the body at all. So why would I put a piece of clothing that is seen as sexy on a child? Seems weird to me.
I also disagree that a bikini on a baby will not attract a perverts attention any more than any other clothed child would. How do we know that? Just as a man is turned on by provocative clothing on a female, how do we know what is attractive to a pedophile?

Jackie - posted on 05/21/2010

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I agree with Kati and Laci...#1 a pervert/pedofile isn't only going to look at the kids in bikinis, that's going to have nothing to do with it and #2 to even use the words/correlation of sexy and toddler in the same sentence is just disturbing!

Yes teens adn young adults do it b/c it's sexier. Anyone who thinks of a baby as sexy wearing anything is disturbing. They are cute. yes not as much protection from the sun, totally agree with that...so on lone beach days my daughter also wears the t-shirt style top....but nto b/c I think her skin needs to be covered for any reason other than SPF reasons.

I think the bikinis are cute, make for great pictures. And I agre ewith those who said they are really cute until a certain age...i'd say 3-4 at the most, then back to 1piece or tankinis for quite a few years b/c the tops wont' stay in place until there is something to hold them there.

Kristy - posted on 05/20/2010

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Don't like them for kids at any age. Did someone say they don't think bikinis are a sexual piece of clothing? I think that is exactly why you wear a bikini; it barely covers anything and therefore is meant to be sexy. Not appropriate for a kid at any age.

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I just don't see the point in them. Yes I get that a two piece swimsuit is easier for a little one that is not toilet trained, but I just don't understand why you would make a top for a child that is designed for a woman with developed breasts. Every bikini I have ever seen on a baby either rides up or falls off and the whole thing just looks ridiculous. Maybe a longer top (tankini style) would be more suitable.

As kids we always swam naked or with a swim nappy if we were in a pool. If sun cover or covering skin is an issue, then pants and a rashie top (uv protective tshirt). Babies are cute enough when left as natural as can be, dressing them up in uncomfortable and unnecessary items of clothing is just serving to entertain or satisfy some adult whim and I think we should just leave them be.

April - posted on 05/19/2010

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i think the triangle/string bikinis are just stupid. they look uncomfortable and kind of weird.

the 2 pieces...i'm ok with. the kind that looks like the shape of a sports bra and bottom. i wore those all of my life and if i ever have a daughter, i won't mind if she wears those kind of 2 pieces.

Krista - posted on 05/19/2010

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I LOVE the one-piece suits with ruffles on the butt -- so cute!

I can see the value in a two piece, though -- especially when it's time for potty or for diaper changes. But there are plenty of very modest two-pieces or tankinis out there. I do agree with Celia that when they're little babies, a top is rather superfluous anyway.

I have pictures of myself at the beach or playing in the yard with just my diaper and rubber pants on, and no shirt.

And coincidentally, I also have pictures of myself as a baby, dressed that way.

Christa - posted on 05/19/2010

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I agree with Jocelyn, it's ok when they are babies, probably until around a year, but after that I don't like them. That's when babies start becoming little girls to me. My daughter wore one when she was 6-9 months, but since she has been in tankinis. I like the two pieces because it's easier to change their diapers, but I want her covered up. I agree I don't want people looking at her like a sexual object, plus once they get used to it they are going to want to keep wearing one as they get older and then when they are starting to turn into a women you won't be able to tell them they can't dress like that anymore. Better not to start the habit in the first place, that way you can decide when they are old enough to start wearing one if they choose.



P.S. I agree that the "string bikini" kind should not even be made for babies. They move so much you can't keep those little triangles in place.

Rosie - posted on 05/19/2010

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i don't see a problem with them. i think they are cute. i completely agree with laci that if someone is going to look at your kid perverted it isn't going to be because they're in a bikini, they'll do it anyway, no matter what they're wearing.

Stephany - posted on 05/19/2010

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I don't see the need for them. No baby is going to care of they are wearing a bikini or a one-piece, so really why bother? I don't think it is appropriate, nor do I see why people would buy them for young girls (even babies). I understand the convenience of not having to take off the whole suit to change a diaper, but they sell tankini-type two piece suits that still cover the midriff.
I like the idea of the shirt and shorts. I saw those at a store recently and thought they were very cute (and these ones had SPF 50+ protection).

Suzette - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would be okay with a tankini. To me it's like she'd be wearing a tank top and a pair of the swimmer diapers. But I wouldn't put her in a triangle top bikini and a little pair of speedo looking things. Just wrong all around in my opinion. And not because of the "sexy" thing, just because it's not age appropriate. It's like sending her out in a little mini skirt and a pair of high heels with make up done while prancing her around in a stroller... that's just wrong IMO. (Yeah, tha'ts a bit of an extreme comparison.)

I'm with Sara D and Jackie on the bathing suit though. I'll pick something more of shorts and a tank top.

Cynthia - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter's Godmother bought her a bikini for this summer, and I will have her wear it, it's super cute! However... I consider it more of a 2 piece rather than a bikini- the top is longer and will cover most of her belly, if not all of it :)

Colleen - posted on 05/19/2010

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And it was the bikini with the triangle top, so it does show a lot of skin. And yes anyone that would look at a child in "that way" should be locked up n the key thrown away!!!!

Jackie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Sarah, I bough the same type bathing suit for allison. It's orange and pink and very cute

Jackie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Hate them... I had someone give me a bikini for ages 3-6 months that was the triangle shape top!! I couldn't believe it. Not only is it NOT appropriate but it offers no protection from the sun. At that age their skin is super sensitive. But then again, my lil girl is very very fair skin just like me and I burn very easily.

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I agree with Loureen - I thinkt here's no need to be wearing a bikini until you actually have boobs!

Meghan - posted on 05/18/2010

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hmm, I have a boy so this isn't a huge issue for me....I do think they are cute but I don't think I would be comfortable taking a little girl to a public place in one. Maybe in my backyard where there is no threat of creepers.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/18/2010

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I think on little babies they are cute, but once you get past the rolly polly age, they start to look a little inappropriate. But it also depends on the style of bikini; ie a string top vs a more sporty top.

Charlie - posted on 05/18/2010

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I dont find bikinis to be a sexual piece of clothing however the whole purpose of the top half is to act as a bra while swimming which a baby or toddler has no need for .

Celia - posted on 05/18/2010

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I say why have the top for a baby? I remember when I was lucky to get a diaper at the beach in the summer time (well I dont remember but I've seen all the pictures) and in the pool I had just a rubber swim bottom.
Now for toddler girls I'd say a full bathing suit for sure, I dont see the point of 2 little triangles that wont stay because there are no boobs to hold it in place.

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