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Children's bras

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boheminan Tue 12-Nov-19 19:32:00

The other day I had a wander round the local Peacock store with my daughter.

We stopped to browse the children's underwear area, where I was stopped in my tracks by a display of children's bras, tiny size 28"AA's. However what I can't get out of my mind is that the cups were padded. Why??? Is it just me being silly but do little girls need padded bras? Are they seen as some sort of armour against any knocks in the chest, or (more sinister in my thoughts) to make their little breasts appear bigger.

I do realise that some young women may have the tiny bodies of children, but these garments are being displayed in the children's clothing section and small sizes of bras are also displayed separately in the adults area.

Alexa Thu 14-Nov-19 11:49:10

Monica, what you describe is what sexualising is about

timetogo2016 Thu 14-Nov-19 15:23:59

100% agree with Gingergirl.
Girls grow up too fast as it is there`s just no need.

M0nica Thu 14-Nov-19 16:09:03

Well, since that has always been happening whether parents were aware of the possibility or not, the sexualising has been happening since children started stripping down and wearing swimming costumes, so putting bikini tops on small girls will not change the situation.

I always thought sexualising was overtly dressing a person, adult or child, in order to attract sexual attention, not to protect them from inappropriate attention.

Hetty58 Thu 14-Nov-19 18:22:09

I think it's very important to let them be just like their friends. We always had to have short haircuts (with a fringe) as girls. We were dressed in a smart, but rather old-fashioned way - and hated being different!

MissAdventure Thu 14-Nov-19 18:25:17

I don't see a problem with a padded bra.

Its not as if its on show.

Peoples underwear is their own business.

If girls prefer not to risk having their nipples showing through their clothes then that's absolutely fine.

Moocow Thu 14-Nov-19 18:26:34

Vests are no longer worn, maybe that's why - shame as they helped in the cold winter months and were a lot more comfortable. They would probably be cheeper too.

boheminan Thu 14-Nov-19 18:29:02

I've been following the conversation here with interest.

I associate padding in bras with women wanting to enhance their bust size and I'd not considered it as being a buffer against nipples showing. I understand where and why that could be an important factor for some women and girls but going from there, do children's bras also need adjustable straps and back fastenings? I still can't help feeling uncomfortable with the image of little girls wearing underwear 'just like mummies'....

MissAdventure Thu 14-Nov-19 18:31:02

I'm sure girls come in a variety of shapes, just like the rest of the population.

It makes sense to have adjustable features.

Callistemon Thu 14-Nov-19 20:29:25

I don't think that nipples show through vests or those crop tops they insist on wearing.

Evie64 Thu 14-Nov-19 20:45:32

I didn't get a bra until there was something to put in it, about 13 years old. However, what I acknowledge is that young people nowadays are under such a lot of peer pressure, so if they feel at ease and "fit it", then go for it as the alternative is an unhappy child. What I don't agree with is clothes that sexualise children, short skits, belly tops etc. and being allowed to post pictures of themselves on Instagram, Facebook etc. What on earth are those parents thinking? It's like an open invitation for paedophiles to contact them isn't it?