How Skimpy is Too Skimpy?

How Skimpy is Too Skimpy?

*Sigh*

It happened again.

I took Jasmine to the little indoor kiddie pool Uptown last week. She's a water baby, so if you put her within two feet of water, she's the happiest kid ever. But that's not what I'm posting about.

I'm going to caveate this by saying, I am in no way trying to point the finger of blame or judgement, but at the same time, I'm a bit concerned. It seems every year bathing suits for little girls are getting skimpier and skimpier. And it freaks me out a bit.

While we were at the pool I just happened to glance up and see this adorable little girl. She had the most beautiful blue eyes and a head full of curly hair. And then I looked down. And had to divert my eyes because that adorable little girl was in a swim suit that looked like this:


The only difference is that it didn't have the pink ruffles. Which is actually even worse. At first I figured I was overreacting, but then I started to look around at the other reactions, and I realized it wasn't just me. Other moms had literally stopped in their tracks and were watching in horror. It was really bad. Like noticeably uncomfortable bad. Still, the mom (who was dressed remarkably similar) didn't seem to notice or care. 

When we were done at the pool, as I was loading Jasmine into her carseat, I smiled at her, buckled her in, and told her if I ever caught her running around in a bathing suit that small, she would be grounded until the Simpsons finally went off air (so basically until she's like 40). 

But still, that entire ride home, the only thing I could think about was that little girl. I guess as an adult it's one thing to wear what you want to wear. If you want to wear a shirt with so much cleavage that the astronauts orbiting space can see that you've got the new Infinity Bra on by Victoria's Secret, that's cool. You're an adult, you can make your own decisions and suffer the consequences, should there be any. But with babies, it makes me extremely uneasy. 

We all watch the news. In the back of our minds we know that child predators are real. They exist. And they are sick. And terrifying. And another number of choice adjectives, but we can at least admit they are real. So I have to wonder, if we are aware that they are out there, why are we dolling our children up like they're grown women? Why are we forcing our children to grow up faster and faster these days? Why, just why?

How do you guys feel about this? How skimpy is too skimpy when it comes to swimsuits for our little girls? Not to single you guys out, but if you disagree, please let me know. Comments and disagreement are always welcome here. In fact, your point of view may provide another perspective that I've never considered.

XOXO Reese

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  1. It's a shame really. Cover those babies up! They can be girly without it all hanging out. I even have taken note of the middle and high school girls and some of the dads look so uncomfortable watching these girls on dance teams or at school activities because they are dressed like women, but they aren't.

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    1. It's terrible isn't it. Luckily for me when I was a cheerleader the uniforms weren't quite a revealing as they are now. Otherwise my cheerleading career would have been non-existent. I agree they are dressed like women, but they most definitely are not.

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  2. I completely agree. Even as an adult, I have a hard time wearing short shorts or lowcut tops because it was frowned upon growing up. I'm a modest adult because I was a modest kid/teenager. It makes a difference, and it makes an impression on people. People try to say "Oh well you shouldn't judge a book by its cover" and that sort of thing. It's true, but we do! The first impression of someone is based off their appearance! I want someone to think "classic, chic, pretty" and not "easy" or something else negative!

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    1. I was the same way as a child. I was very self conscious about my body, and now as an adult, I feel much more comfortable. I'll admit, I'm not the most conservative dresser. Every once and a while I wear a shirt that' a bit snug or a skirt that's a bit too short, but that's because I am an adult. I believe that you can dress like a lady while still having a little sexy flair, but as far a children go, that is not okay. They are babies and they should dress as if they are. Let the kiddos be kiddos as long as they can. This world is forcing adulthood on them way too soon these days. And that makes me sad.

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  3. Actually, I know the only bikini I've ever worn in my life was a 'baby bikini' that was passed down through most of my sisters. Of course, it didn't look quite like that, what made it a bikini was that it showed about an inch of baby belly between the two pieces. That is sad. It's one thing to dress little girls in leggings and chambray tops or other 'trendy' items of the moment...but there's no reason to show off skin! I would think it's safer for children to wear swimsuits with more fabric at the pool anyways, to protect their young skin from sunburns!

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    1. I actually have a few two pieces for Jasmine. I don't necessarily believe in her only wearing one pieces, but they're always like the one's you described: the tops are long (they come down past her belly button) or they come with a pair of shorts.

      I definitely agree that we should be more concerned with trying to protect their skin.

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  4. Found you via the FFF link up on Glam Hungry Mom. Gotta say I totally agree. I have a 7 month daughter and she will definitely not be wearing anything like that annnny time soon! Plus one-pieces are totally in now anyway! :)

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  5. I'm right there with you!. It's the triangle top ones that really make me cringe. No top at all would be better than those triangle tops for baby girls. We mainly stick with one pieces or tankinis for my little one… although, she prefers to go topless at the moment (she's 2). :)

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  7. Amen! p.s. I loved meeting you tonight :)

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    1. It was fantastic meeting you as well! Hope to see you tomorrow. p.s. I totally went to check out your site too :) I'll be eagerly anticipating the launch on Tuesday!

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  8. I don't necessarily have a problem with babies wearing little baby bikinis (seriously the little chunky bellies are the cutest) but these triangle tops and designs that are geared to be more sexualized....nope, can't cosign this. It's just too much for a little girl.

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  9. I am definitely not comfortable putting my daughter in a bikini. She's 4 and I just don't feel like the bikinis they make now are age appropriate. You never know who's at the pool to swim and who's there to do something not innocent. We stay away from public pools as much as possible now days.

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  10. I Think You All Should Get A Life, Nobody Is Looking At Your Little Girls In That Manner.
    What Makes You Think Your Babies Are Worth The Risk? They Babies.
    Anybody Thinking Such Thoughts About A Baby Should Be Hanged, And SoShould The Parents, Who ThinkThat Others Are Thinking That Other Individuals Are Thinking,OR Looking AtThe Babies In Such A Manner.
    ThIs World Is Becoming A Sick Place, Full Of Sick Paranoid People.
    Grow Up People!

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