How do you feel about the baby bikini?
Summer is fast approaching. Well maybe not but when you have a little one growing like a bean stock everything is fast approaching. Darling Daddy has even commented on how excited he is for this year, and all the new things we can do with Amelie this time around since it is our first summer with her being truly active.
So looking ahead at summertime activities and the first thing that comes to mind is swimming at Papa, Abuelos and Grandpa’s pool. I am immediately shopping for her next bathing suit and come across the most adorable two pieces, or more specifically the Babi-kini.. Yes bikini’s for babies. But here is the drama, there is a lot of buzz around this tiny two pieces. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt initially, so I googled a little more, just to see what the opinions were out there and well, you either love them or hate them. As for those who are the later they have very strong opinions about the exploitation of young children. Now if you don’t believe me here is one of the more extreme stances I came across
“It is hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”
Yikes, that seems a little extreme, in my humble opinion. After all we are talking about babies here. Even still it is a bit of a gray area and I am on one side of a very fine line. I truly don’t see the harm in a baby sporting a bikini at the beach or pool, which is so obviously exaggerated it is plain cute in its ridiculousness. Lets be real, our babies were in diapers or naked plenty of time in their first 12 months. Not only that but it is already completely acceptable to adorn our infants and tots in oversized headbands or strings of pears for timeless photo keepsakes. No one seems to have a problem with that so why would a bikini be much different? After all they are all just props to play up the cuteness, and nothing more. When I see my child or any other, nothing but adorable and sweet innocence floods my mind. I cannot say that if I see a one or two-year old in a small two piece that I am envisioning Toddlers Gone Wild.
But here is the other side of that fine line…once a child becomes a certain young age and even develops a sense of self-awareness then I definitely find it inappropriate and actually cringe a little. Id say I would be comfortable up to three years old. After that I couldn’t even fathom putting Amelie in bikinis, or popular dance or pageant competitions complete with fake eyelashes and Mac makeup. That to me is inappropriate and where I draw the line because at that point it is no longer innocent, but has become provocative. <insert above quote here>
So to sum it up, I think these little bikinis are totally adorable to an extent, and to me Amelie would be just as sweet as she was wearing nothing but her pink lemonade Tutu on her 1st Birthday party. With that said, I do have some rules: 1. No slogans, icons or logos on the butt, or top. 2. Full bottom for diaper coverage 3. She can pull it off for this summer, maaaybe next.
Here are some more conversations on this topic.
- The Stir: Should Baby Girls Wear Bikini’s?,
- Huffington Post: Jessica Simpson’s Picture of New Baby in Bikini Criticized
So that is my take on it for now. I am curious as to what my friends, fellow Moms, and peers think. Do you agree or disagree?