Friday, March 28, 2008

Swimsuit debate

Ok I need to know everyone's opinions on something. Do you think bikinis are appropriate for little girls? Like babies and little girls Hailey's age or a little older? I'm a really modest person, I don't even like wearing tank tops or shorts because I feel like I'm showing too much skin. I've gotten over this some and I'll now wear a lower cut shirt with a tank underneath or shorts if it's really really hot in the summer. So I'm not sure if it's my modesty or what, but I can't help but feel like bikinis are completely inappropriate for little girls. Esp. the little triangle top ones. But I know a lot of people, including my mother, mother in law and husband, feel like when they're as young as Hailey that's the only time a bikini IS appropriate, because they're so young and innocent...and when they get to be like school aged, that's when they become inappropriate. Last year I bought Hailey a one piece to keep at the sitter's, her cute little dark blue polka dotted one piece for home and then my mother in law got her a bikini for her birthday...it was a triangle top and boy shorts. She wore it once...MAYBE twice...at home in our front yard (now with the child molesting Mexicans living a few doors down no WAY would I let her wear a bikini at home--but we're moving this summer, so that won't be a problem). So I'm debating on whether or not to get her one this year. I've found 2 swimsuits at Old Navy that I LOVE and one is a bikini, ruffles all around the bikini bottoms, totally girly. The other is a one piece with a cut out back that I think is almost equally adorable. I'm for sure getting her the one piece if they have it in the store tonight when I go. What I'm trying to decide on though, is whether or not to get her the completely adorable bikini too or try to find another one piece I like. And yes she needs two swimsuits. Sometimes one might not get washed right away and she'll need a clean suit (like if we go to the Lake for a weekend--the cabin doesn't have a washer and dryer). It's not good for little girls to wear dirty suits or sit in a wet suit for long periods of time (or any female for that matter, not just little girls) as it can cause yeast infections or other irritations. Some women/girls have NO problems w/ this whatsoever. But we were, unfortunately, blessed with sensitive hoohas that get irritated really easily. :)

Here are the suits...

4 comments:

Jaime said...

For me, I keep Arwen in one piece. Not because of modesty so much as she has the most delicate skin and I try to cover as much of her as possible when out in the sun.

I think either is fine but nowadays I just don't trust people so I generally cover the girls up. It's sad when you can't just dress your children without placing so much thought into it.

Erin said...

See that's how I feel...I just don't trust people. I don't even like to put Hailey in those little Old Navy shorts that say stuff across the butt. I feel like it draws attention to her butt and lord knows what kind of sickos there are walking around out there.

Joanna (Mof2) said...

Kelsie has both. She has a little bikini and a one piece. We stay at home and swim so we aren't really out in public, we have a privacy fence, so she could go naked, haha. But when we go to the beach she normally wears her one piece. As for Kayla, she's almost 9 and will not wear a one piece for anything at all. She has a really long torso so they ride up her crack! We opt for tankini's for her, this way she is decently covered up.

Erin said...

I let SD wear a bikini her first summer (3 months old, if that) but I have not since. I believe in modesty and I figure I would rather get it in her head now that she can't wear them, then try and argue it later. Plus, it makes me so mad that so many of the bathing suits (and clothes for that matter) for their age is little teenager stuff, not cute little girl clothes.