Do you let your toddler wear a one piece bathing suit or a 2 piece ?

Cassie - posted on 05/25/2012 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 in a half she will be 3 in Aug and we bought her a one piece bathing suit because i dont feel comfortable with my 2 year old daughter wearing a 2 piece bathing suit with her being so little and the reason why is because now days you just cant be to safe with your children there are alot of men that goes to public pools to look at little kids while their swimming and i dont want someone looking at my daughter and Fantasizing over my daughter because she is in a 2 piece bathing suit. Dont get me wrong i think little babies are so cute in 2 piece bathing suits and if other moms wants to put a 2 piece bathing suit on their toddler then fine im not the one to judge people. I DONT JUDGE ANYONE for what they want to do but me i just feel like there is to many creeps and weirdos out there and i just dont want anyone looking at my daughter that way. Yes i know we cant keep our children in a bubble but i will do the best i can to keep her covered up.. I had someone tell me a few weeks ago that i was over reacting and that i was just crazy for thinking the way i do ! It made me really mad that they said that to me but hey everyone has their own opinions ! So my question to all you wonderful mommies out there do you let your toddler daughter wear a one piece bathing suit or a 2 piece bathing suit ? If you let your daughter wear a 2 piece bathing suit are you ever nervous that a man is looking at your daughter Fantasizing over her because she is showing to much skin ? I dont know maybe i am crazy for thinking the way i do ! What are some of your views on one piece and 2 piece bathing suits on a toddler ??? Thanks

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Angela - posted on 07/02/2012

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Well, when my daughter was 2, she had a 1 piece and a tankini 2-piece. I have to say, I MUCH preferred the 2-piece for potty training reasons! The 1-piece was a pain in the behind to get off!

Amy - posted on 05/25/2012

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My daughter is 2, we have both one pieces and two pieces. However I should add that when she is wearing her "two piece", she either has a rashguard on over top, or the two piece top is a tankini top. She has never been in a bikini where her tummy wasn't covered. I have two reasons why I don't want her in a bikini 1) by wearing a tankini or rashguard it's less sunscreen I have to put on 2) I don't want her in a bikini now because in 8 years I won't be ok with it so I'd prefer not to start something that is eventually going to have to stop ;)

Shemecia - posted on 09/10/2013

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My daughter wears tankini suits more often than one pieces because they actually cover more ; they come with a tank that covers the whole abdomen and shorts and they are easier to pull down for bathroom breaks. Many of the one piece swimsuits for kids are too high cut for an active child during water play and can move and expose little privates; don't be so quick to assume that a one piece is a more modest option, they are usually far from it.

Katherine - posted on 06/11/2012

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My daughter's have one two piece each. For bathroom purposes only. I haven't put them in them yet though. I didn't buy them, a family member did, because they'd look so "cute." I don't know if I will let them wear them.

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2012

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At the pool my 2 yr old daughter wears a one piece, at the beach I put her in a rash shirt and board shorts.
My main reason is to protect from the sun, she has very fair hair and skin and I burn ridiculously easily.
My second reason, although I wear bikinis, is I personally don't feel they are appropriate for my 2 yr old

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Julie - posted on 09/12/2013

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I let my 3 year old pick her swimsuits, and she seems to love them all. This year she picked a one piece that looks like a strawberry, a pink rash guard tankini, and a blue butterfly bikini. As long as she is comfortable I'm good with it. I'm enjoying the simplicity of it now, because I'm sure we'll have plenty of appropriate swimsuit attire negotiations when she is a teenager. Creeps are creeps and they will be looking whether your child is in a bikini or sweats. What they are mostly looking for is an unattentive parent to provide them opportunity. Your child is at much less risk since you are obviously a concerned involved parent . I'd definitely recommend a tankini just like other people mentioned for the purpose of potty breaks, but with whatever amount of coverage that makes mommy and little one most comfortable.

Tannis - posted on 09/10/2013

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Don't want to come across as crass but if someone is creeping and watching your kids, the number of swimsuit pieces your daughters wear isn't gonna make a difference. Keep an eye on your kids and their surroundings amd do what you can to protect them. My girls have had both one and two piece suits. I totally agree with the bathroom issue, so much easier in a two piece. I find it hard to find one piece suits that are long enough given their height. If they are long enough, then they are baggy and awkward to wear.

Shemecia - posted on 09/10/2013

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not all two pieces are skimpy I prefer a tankini for my 5 year old and they actually cover more than a one piece does; the tank covers the whole tummy area and the shorts cover the whole bottom unlike a one piece which is more high cut and they make bathroom breaks easier; you should really try them, they are nothing like a string bikini which is totally inappropriate for a child.

Shemecia - posted on 09/10/2013

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I have a 5 year old and she has one piece bathing suits and tankini suits which include a tank top that covers the abdomen and boy short bottoms that actually cover more than a one piece because the one piece is more high cut ; I totally disagree with those string bikini style swimsuits for little girls ; I understand your concerns but trust me when I tell you that your child can be fully clothed and a pervert can still look at them inappropriately , that being said, just watch your kids.

Ashton - posted on 09/09/2013

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my step daughter wears two piece but the one i bought has shorts n covers her belly. its a preference thing. if both parents are ok with it, Ik its fine. just find one that covers everything. not too tight or too lose. one with shorts n one with thick tank top straps n covers the belly. n it will make it easier for her to use the bathroom. that's y I.bought it.

Beverly - posted on 09/05/2013

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Hello everyone, I have the perfect solution to solve baby/toddler your bathing suit problem, I have 2 grand daughters so I know the concerns you all are having. First is for potty training reason and secondly the safety aspect.

Katie - posted on 06/30/2012

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We make our daughters wear one pieces. It promotes modesty and unfortunately there are people out there who do not have boundaries. (my daughters are 2, 5 and 8).

Christina - posted on 06/27/2012

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i've always bought a 2 piece suite for my daughter once we were past the baby stage who is now 5 yrs old. with saying that they have all been the tankini style where the tank was long and showed no belly and the bottoms were normally board short style or out in public places we wore shorts. we've never really found a 1 piece that fit her properly.

Barbara - posted on 06/12/2012

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I have her in one-piece swimsuits now, but I will switch her to two-pieces' later this summer and next year for the whole potty training, ease of going to the bathroom part of it. Our swimming pool is in our backyard though, so I'm not too worried about pervs :D A tankini or rash guard swim suit covers as much as (or more than) a 1 piece, but I can get the bottoms down quickly for the potty. She's almost 26 months right now.

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2012

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I have a two year old and i refuse to even look at the two piece swimsuits in the shop, i think they are inappropriate my daughter is two not 16 and therefore will never have a two suit, they should be for grown ups only!, yes a perv will look no matter what i don't disagree with this nor do i judge but i will not make it easier for them to get their kicks by putting her in a 2 piece!! i saw a a young girl must have been 6 or 7 not long ago walking around in a bikini set (Not even in a pool or near a pool with no adult just a friend that was equally wearing a skimpy top) and me and my sister were disgusted i mean who lets their kids wonder around the streets with little as a two piece set, a perv cud of easily picked her up, its up to a child's parent what they can wear or cant wear and i don't judge i dont have to approve but nor wud i intervene, i wudnt even have my daughter in a short skirt i always get the nxt size up so it'll be a bit longer on the leg (thorefore she cant flash) i will do in my power to keep my child shielded :-) so overall a big NO ON 2 PIECE SWIMSUITS!!

Gwen - posted on 06/11/2012

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My daughter is 4 and wears a one piece suit or her "2 piece" that includes short sleeve rash guard shirt w/ boy shorts. I'm with you. Girls are dressing too skimpy, too early.

Janice - posted on 06/03/2012

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My 2.5 year old has a 2 piece rash guard suit. Its a t-shirt top with boyshort bottoms. She looks like a little surfer, its super cute.

I don't mind less covering 2 piece suits as long as they aren't made to look like an adult swim suit - such as the string bikinis I see sometimes. That is going too far.

Unfortunately, IF their is a creeper at the beach they really wont give a shit what your little girl is wearing, if that's the sort of thing they like. UGH! I really hate having that thought!

Happy - posted on 05/28/2012

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I only buy 2 piece suits for my kiddos is diapers. It is just easier to change a diaper with a 2 piece than a one piece. With that being said, I do not buy string bikins 2 pieces, mostly tankinis and the like.

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2012

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I do both. We have pool in our backyard, so much of our swimming is there. But we do go to the public pools at times too or swim while on vacation. I do a 1 piece myself.....wish I had the body for a two piece. When buying a 2 piece suite I get more the ones that are a tankini (sp). The cover more. I like the 2 pieces because they are easy for on and off when they have to go to the bathroom or you are changing a diaper.

Honestly I think the perverted men that look at toddlers/little kids will look at them no matter what they have on.

Medic - posted on 05/25/2012

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My daughter has never worn a one piece. She has some that are rash guards and shorts, or rash guards and skirts and some that are shorts with a sports bra looking top.

Really if the perves are gonna look at your girls they are gonna look no matter what they are wearing.

I wear bikinis so I can't really tell my daughter no because of perves. Clothes, swimsuits, 2 pieces it does not matter those that are sick can see what they want no matter what.

Kimberly - posted on 05/25/2012

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My daughter is 2.5 and she has one pieces, two piece and rash shirts and boardies we live in the tropics so swimming is a big part of our life here. The two piece that she does have is more like a tankinie with the top being long and little boy cut bottoms, she only wears this when we go to swimming lessons and very rare too, one piece is for swimming lessons also. It is too hot to have them in anything but long sleeve and even long leg swimmers cause they will burn way too badly. I do think some two pieces are very tacky for lil kids but others are cute if they still cover them up ( as in no triangle tops!) I am careful with what I dress her in and I know people do focus on swimming places for the 'pervs' to hang out but frankly these kinds of people are just sick, demented a**holes who will look at anyone anywhere, so yes I am protective and no I dont see myself backing down anytime soon!!! Even with the little skirts and dresses she wears now she is in undies, if they are a little shorter, as in see her undies when she bends over, I have heaps of really cute 3/4 leggings with lace at the bottom we shove on under the skirt so she can still run around and play without her bum showing

Tiffany - posted on 05/25/2012

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my daughter is 2 and she has both a one piece and a 2 piece.we have a pool of our so i dont have to worry about men looking at her here but when we go to the beach or park that has sprinklers or something like that i put her in her one piece.

S. - posted on 05/25/2012

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I tend to buy one piece swimming suits but if I saw a long crop top one with shorts then that would be ok too, I am really set in my ways with clothing for your exact same reason you mentioned my girls are 1,4 and 13 I don't allow high heels, padded bra's, any thing with writing on the bum, triangle bikini's or too short skirts my 13 year old just excepts and understands why. I don't belive you can be too paranoid when it comes to the safety of your kid's.

Determined - posted on 05/25/2012

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Our daughter just turned 3 and we only do one piece suits for the same reason you do. I have actually fought with my SIL because she thought I was over reacting, but too bad there are too many pervs in this world and I will do what ever I have to to protect my little girl. Kids grow up way too fast these days are are so oversexualized, two pieces for toddlers isn't appropriate for younger than teens IMO, but to each their own.

Etoile - posted on 05/25/2012

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I can't stand those pedo-pervs ughhh! The thought of 'em makes me want to enroll my 2.5 year old into martial arts - stat! Which I will be doing anyway. I love the two piece bathing suits and am planning on buying some for this summer. We live in a luxury condo where there is an indoor pool and there are a lot of families here. Don't plan on using it out to the beach or anything. Before and after the swim she'll have a cover-up layer dress anyway not because I'm paranoid but because it makes it easy to 'get dressed' after the swim and go back home.

Louise - posted on 05/25/2012

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My daughter is now 3.5 years old and I always buy her a one peice. I know this is a pain when she wants a pee but I just find them easier. I have an all in one sun protected bathing suit for the beach and a normal one peice for the pool.

I think it is personal preference really.

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