Post # 1
My niece just turned 10 years old in May. She’s visiting my mom for a few weeks while on summer vacation. I told my SIL to be sure to pack her a bathing suit because I wanted to take her to the beach.
While I’m over my mom’s house I ask if she brought her bathing suit. She said yes, but didn’t bring the one I bought her (one-piece). I said okay, show me the one you brought. She pulls out of her backpack a string bikini. *gulp* Oh Lord, no, enters my mind.
Now, maybe I’m being Grandma Petal over here, but I did not think this was appropriate. And it’s too small. She wears a size 10, this was a size 7.
(Insert “Back in my day…” reference) I guess this old lady is behind on the times.
Post # 3
I had a bikini when I was a baby.. Lol so any age?
Post # 4
Any age, I don’t find it inappropriate at all. It’s functional and when it’s hot out I know I want as little as possible on for comfort.
Post # 5
What kind of bikini? A modest one at any age but a string bikini should be reserved for teenagers at least. An undeveloped body looks pretty stupid in a string bikini.
Post # 6
I wasn’t even aware that bikinis were still thought of as a thing for older girls…
… but then, I do come from Europe, where we have topless sunbathing, so…
I guess it depends on the bikini? I probably wouldn’t put them on babies though. I’d just put the baby in one of those special absorbant nappies designed for swimming instead.
Post # 7
Any age, as long as it is age appropriate. There is nothing offensive of inappropriate about a child showing their stomach…but it’s not cool if the particular style is trying to be “sexy.”
Post # 8
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@petalpetal: My sister is 12 and I finally bought her one because the one piece suits were just awful. But I remember buying bikinis for her and my stepdaughter when they were 4 and 5 as well.
Post # 9
@petalpetal: i don’t think a string bikini is appropriate but i have seen cute age appropriate bikinis for kids.
Post # 10
While I think that there are some cute bikinis made for kids I personally am not a fan of them, however, I definitely think string bikinis are inappropriate for anyone younger than 14ish (or whatever age kids go through puberty these days).
Post # 11
I don’t think they are inappropriate if they cover what needs to be covered. Gymnastic clothes (As another thread has complained about) shows just as much detail with half as much visibility.
As long as she is covering the parts that need to be covered, I don’t see a problem in any young girl having a bikini.
Post # 12
I think it has a lot to do with the style of the swimsuit. I recall having bikinis as early as 10-12, but they were never showy. Nothing about them said “I’m wearing something that I’m not grown up enough for,” know what I mean? Like, I wouldn’t put my 10 year old daughter in a string bikini, but if it looked more like a sports bra and boy shorts, then why not?
Post # 13
I had bikinis when I was younger, not string bikinis mind you but bikinis. Would I wear one now? Uh probably not. Would I let my 7-11 daughter wear one? It depends on the situation I guess.
Post # 14
Agree with others bees- it totally depends on the style of a bikini. A string bikini – that’s a little too grown up for a 10 year olds – but there are plenty of cute bikinis out there for her age.
Post # 15
My friend, her husband, and their 4-year-old daughter practically live at the beach. There are pretty much daily pics of the kid in a bikini on my Instagram feed, and while the sheer volume of pictures is annoying, it’s not at all sexual or inappropriate. I agree with PPs that age-appropriate bikinis are okay at any age.
Post # 16
@petalpetal: FI and I were just discussing the increasing level of “prostatots.” It really is sickening to us that little girls get dressed up like young adults. For our children? No way. They will be covered. Lots of kids’ suits offer UV protection and there is just no need for a child to be in a bikini.
What other folks choose to do is their business but it would not work for us.