I had no plans to buy my two-year-old daughter a swimsuit. After last year’s swim diaper incident, I was also not in a hurry to head to the pool. My daughter is more of a land lover than a water dweller. I figured we could get through the summer without a swimsuit. Then a pool party invite popped in my inbox.
I was relieved when my sister offered to pick up a swimsuit for my daughter. When she asked what I wanted, my answer was simple, “Make it a one-piece, Sis.”
My sister’s response was simple, too, “Of course, a one-piece.”
One-piece swimsuits don’t take as much energy
With a one-piece swimsuit, I didn’t have to give my sister any instructions about what to get. It could be pink or blue, Dora the Explorer or a non-character, sparkly or understated, just as long as it covered my child’s hide.
On the other hand, a toddler-bikini purchase would have required a bevy of phone calls, text messages, and cell phone pictures from inside the store. My sister would ask me something like, “Do you think this one is “too much” for baby girl?”
What we’re really asking each other is whether or not a bikini is too grown up for a two-year old. Whether or not we are making my daughter more susceptible to would-be predators. And whether or not wearing a bikini at a young age puts a girl on the fast track to dressing like a…dressing inappropriately.
Babi-kinis are marketed for newborns
Not every parent subscribes to my one-piece, les-worry philosophy. A quick visit to any pool or beach makes that abundantly clear, and don’t even get me started on what young girls are wearing to the mall.
Parents in search of the perfect bikini for their newborn are in luck. Babikini is a company that manufacturers bikinis starting at 0 to 6 months.
“What started out as gag gifts for a couple of business associates has turned into a thriving business,” reads a statement on the Babi-kini website. “Everyone who saw the little bikinis wanted one and so the story goes. Fast forward several years later and here we are up to our eyeballs in itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikinis, and we love it!”
Readers: What is the minimum age that you would let your daughter wear a bikini? What are your rules about kids and fashion?
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