My "no bikinis for babies rule" also serves another important role. When it comes to toddlers and tween girls, I believe that if you and your partner decide that you don't want your 11-year-old asking to wear a two-piece suit, then you simply don't put her in one at 11 months old. She will inevitably see a photo of her baby bathing beauty days and ask why it was okay then, when it isn't now. Of course you can explain your reasoning, but having a possibly uncomfortable conversation about the sexualization of their bodies is better left for a later date. Babies are not capable of looking sexy to normal, well-adjusted folks, but a 12-year-old on the brink of puberty can certainly appeal to some sick individuals. I'm in favor of avoiding it altogether by keeping your child's fashion modest, always. Start with one piece suits from day one, set an appropriate age to introduce bikinis, and let the backlash begin.
I imagine I won't have an easy time with my stance on bikinis. Little girls everywhere are wearing them, and that's a favorite argument for unhappy kids. "So-and-so can wear one. Why can't I?!" My answer will sound something like "Because you're a young lady and I want you to look and act like one."
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Fortunately, once I reminded him of the future of his sweet little girl in a bikini, my husband was totally on board with my fashion rule. He quickly let everyone in his family know that if they were going to buy our May-born baby a bathing suit for her birthday, it better be a one-piece style.
According to the HuffPost poll, 61% of voters (at the time that I placed my vote) agreed that Hurley’s line features inappropriate swimsuit styles. I would like to know where these parents live. I want to move to their neighborhoods and have my daughter grow up among theirs, so we can all summer at No Bikinis for Babies Beach until our children are mature enough to handle what comes along with wearing a "Mini Cha Cha Bikini."
What do you think about little girls in bikinis?
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