What Age For Young Girls To Start Wearing Bikinis

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What age is is appropriate for young girls to don a bikini?
    7-11 : (11 votes)
    6 %
    12-15 : (73 votes)
    37 %
    16-18 : (51 votes)
    26 %
    Any Age : (61 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I had a bikini when I was a baby.. Lol so any age?

    Post # 4
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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
    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    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
    5160 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Aquaria:  +1

    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
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @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
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @petalpetal:  i don’t think a string bikini is appropriate but i have seen cute age appropriate bikinis for kids.

    Post # 10
    274 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    @Aquaria:  +1

    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
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    387 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    3673 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    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
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @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.

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