Baby Bikinis?

Yep, you read that right, a baby bikini!

Yesterday I received a catalogue in the mail. Not a company I've ever bought from, but their children's clothes are nice and I've always considered buying from them. 

As I flicked through the catalogue, I stumbled upon this picture, of a baby in a bikini. 


I have a problem with this.

I have a problem with it on many levels. 

Firstly, from a purely aesthetic view, why, oh why, would you want to put your baby in a bikini? Does anyone really think that baby girls look cute in a bikini? I don't get it. Is in not just too young to try and make our children look older? Surely bikinis are just for teenagers and above? It comes in sizes which fit girls from 3 months to 3 years old. Babies and toddlers.

Secondly, I hope if you're buying this that you're also investing in a serious amount of factor 50 sun cream for your child. In a day and age where we are bombarded with information about skin cancer, you wouldn't want your baby wearing a bikini in the sun would you? My children have all in one sun suits which protect them from the sun. Yes, this is a lazy parenting method because there are so few bits of skin you need to put lotion on to!

Lastly, from a practical point of view, would they not just take it off? I know my daughter would have that off in seconds, which kind of defeats the object.

Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with the idea of a baby bikini?

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  1. No, you're not alone, I am also very uncomfortable with this (as would the baby be!). She doesn't look cute, she looks as though part of her outfit is missing.

    You are totally right about the sun cream issue, my son wears swimming trunks but I always make him wear a t-shirt when he's out in the sun, even in the water, and with lotion underneath!. No way would you want that much delicate skin exposed.

    I actually can't quite believe that this is being sold!

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    1. I was a little shocked it was being sold!

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  2. I saw this too and look at it in shock.
    It's not cute or practical and the girl looks uncomfortable. I can understand a tankini design for toddlers but not this. Yuk!

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  3. Ick - completely tastless. Just brings to mind babies and breasts in the same sentence which is distasteful in any context except breastfeeding ...

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  4. Ick - completely tastless. Just brings to mind babies and breasts in the same sentence which is distasteful in any context except breastfeeding ...

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  5. Yip, on the same wave-length as you on this one. We got given one in a bag of hand-me-downs. It was unworn, which probo means the hand-me-downer hadn't wanted to use it either!! It just feels wrong on so many levels.

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    1. Absolutely, a whole level of wrong which I didn't want to go in to.

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  6. I never understand all this fashion stuff for babies, babies just want to be comfortable, so they can play, crawl and toddle without restrictions x

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    1. I don't really understand dressing baby girls like mini grown ups. It's just odd! As you say, it's easier to keep them comfortable.

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  7. my 8 year old daughter wore a bikini last summer when we were on holiday but that was the first time shes ever wore one, and most of the time she had a t shirt over the top anyway lol I certainly think baby bikinis are wrong,like you say i can't imagin a baby keeping that on for very long as it hardly looks comfortable and i hate all the sexulisation of girls it just seems to be getting worse and all these mini grown up outfits are starting at a younger and younger age.

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    1. You're right, the sexualisation of little girls does seem to be happening more and more these days.

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  8. Oh that is so wrong on so many levels.. to be honest i even have a slight problem with younger girls wearing them... Thankfully i have boys..

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    1. Yes, I'm glad I have a boy. Not looking forward to the girl begging to wear a bikini.

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  9. Pants at that age is about all I could cope with on the beach. GG has other ideas though and has begged me for a halter neck bikini for that last 2 summers (she is 7). I'm slowly caving in, and I'm heading for Boden, who at least have bikinis that are a bit more substantial!

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    1. At least she's a bit older, and I'm sure Boden do very respectable bikinis! :o)

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