A mother sparked a heated debate on a parenting forum by insisting she'd never put her daughter in a bikini because they're not appropriate for children.
TheMumsnetuser explained that while she wouldn't 'bat an eyelid' if she saw a toddler running around naked or in their underwear, she feels dressing little girls in bikinis amounts to turning them into 'mini adults'.
The mother, known only by her username as GoodAfternoonSeattle, posted: 'Why does a 3 year old need something to cover their chest on the beach or at the pool??'
While some Mumsnet users agreed that bikinis for little girls are 'all wrong', not all parents welcomed her criticism, with one fellow mother insisting she was being 'judgy' and said they are 'just for fun'.
A mother has slammed bikinis for toddlers saying they're trying to make little girls 'mini adults'
The Mumsnet user said little girls don't need to cover their chests because they don't have breasts
GoodAfternoonSeattle asked other parents if she was being unreasonable for holding her belief.
She wrote: 'Personally I prefer my own daughter (who is three) to be covered on the beach so that she doesn't burn. I'd probably put her in one of those swimsuits that's like shorts and tshirt.
'I'd put her in a swimming costume at an indoor pool. I wouldn't bat an eyelid at a preschool aged child running around naked or in pants.
'But I don't understand the bikini trend for toddlers - Why does a 3 year old need something to cover their chest on the beach or at the pool??
Some parents agreed, saying they were 'unnecessary' for little girls to wear them at the beach
'Urgh. Why are we trying to turn our children into mini adults at every turn?'
Some Mumsnet users were in agreement with her, saying they find two pieces for children strange.
One posted: 'I think bikinis on toddlers are ghastly! Bikini tops are for concealing/supporting boobs. Let toddlers wear something comfortable and free, they have plenty of time to wear bikinis when they hit puberty.'
Another wrote: 'My problem is with clothing that looks as though its been designed with an adult in mind.... Such as skimpy triangle bikini tops, shoes for toddlers with 3 inch heels.'
Others said bikinis were harmless, and suggested that those who have problems with them are sexualising children's swimwear
However, some said there was nothing wrong with bikinis, and suggested that those who have problems with them are sexualising children's swimwear.
One wrote: 'It's only sexualised if you see it that way otherwise it's just an item of clothing.'
Another said: 'I am in my 40s and wore bikinis when I was a little girl. Lots of girls did. They weren’t skimpy/sexualised but were still 2 pieces. And my parents were pretty strict.'
A third agreed: 'Save the judginess for more important stuff, I say.'
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