Children in Bikinis : Yay or Nay?

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Since becoming a Mum I have always been quite anti children in bikinis, I didn’t really give it too much thought, I just didn’t like the idea of them looking old before their time.  Obviously no parent likes the idea of their child being looked at inappropriately but I wondered recently if it was as black and white as the fact that I don’t want them wearing them.

Isis at aged 9 is growing up so quickly, the idea of her wearing a bikini is a bit too scary for her Dad’s head to comprehend.  I bought her the most beautiful swimdress from Next today and she is really happy with it.  It is gorgeously 1950’s cute, in a nautical print and she feels really pretty in it.  This is a huge win for Daddy and for Isis as they both love it for different reasons.  Whilst in Monsoon the other day though, we saw this adorable frilly turquoise bikini that was only £4 in the SALE.  Shayla fell in love with it, they only had aged 3-4 left so I told her she could try it on, thinking it would be too small, but it fit her perfectly (she’s only a tiny thing after all).  She just looks adorable in it, so it made me reponder my position on bikinis for little ones.

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At age 5 Shayla-Rae, I believe, looks like a little girl, a beautiful, sweet, innocent little girl, having fun.  I love that she isn’t self-conscious, that she can stick out her little tummy and still feel gorgeous.  She looks pretty, she feels pretty, it’s one of her favourite colours and it really brings out her eyes.  Now I’m not saying that I have no principles and break them at the first sign of something cheap and cute, but I genuinely feel that as far as Shayla-Rae and this bikini are concerned, I don’t feel as though I’m crossing the lines of my own principles.  I also find that it’s an interesting thought and concept though, and am incredibly interested in what other people believe.  Do you think I’m a sell out?  Do you think there’s a fine line?  Do you think she looks cute?

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