Friday, May 16, 2008

This may be the start of a slippery slope....

I had to go to Old Navy today to exchange a few things that didn't fit Malaina. While there, I saw that bathing suits were on sale. Given that she is part fish in the summer time and that she is signed up for swim lessons in July, I thought a new suit might be a good idea. I looked over their selection and chose a few for her to look at in the store. She decided she wanted a 2 piece and chose this one: I've never bought her a 2 piece before and hesitated to do so. But I went ahead and purchased it. I always tended to stay away from bikinis for kids, as many of them seem VERY skimpy, even for little ones. I realize there's few things in life that are cuter than a little girl in a bathing suit and I think that bodies - all bodies - are beautiful and amazing. But I think that modesty needs to be encouraged, especially with the overwhelming trend to show some skin in magazines, movies, and TV. I bought the suit because it's a longer style and actually covers her tummy completely. I also bought it because many of the other styles didn't seem conducive to swim lessons & comfort - with halter necklines or beads on the straps, etc. So, I'd like to hear your opinion on the subject (even you lurkers that are out there)- either by taking the poll in the upper right corner, or posting a comment. Do you think it's OK for a 4 year old to wear a 2 piece swimsuit? Why, or why not? FYI - I'm not generally swayed by popular opinion, so don't be afraid to be totally honest.

PS - did you see The Office last night?? It was the funniest episode I have seen in months. I really hope this means they are back on top of their game for the Fall '08 season.

3 comments:

Ted and Hilery said...

No one has posted a comment?! Well... I prefer a tankini for myself so I would have no problem buying one for Nora. I feel like they cover more than one pieces. But I would not put Nora in a skimpy traditional two-piece (spaghetti straps etc) because to be honest I am too worried about perverts.

Parkinson Family said...

I think the swimsuit is fine. She's 4, and I totally agree with Hilery that tankinis are much more comfortable and sometimes they really do cover more!

MadHatter said...

I think it depends on the suit and your daughter. I've got 3 kids, but it's my youngest who is the girl--this summer is really our first foray into girls' swimwear. We are fairly adamant that 1 piece will be the way to go, but I think that modesty can be acheived with the right 2 piece suit. Thanks for caring so much and thanks for inviting a stranger to comment. Happy Swimming!