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Forget The Abercrombie Push-Up Bikini, What About This Inappropriate Toddler Swimsuit?

Mom Jeanine
March 30, 2011


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Late last week, there was an uproar about a padded bikini Abercrombie Kids was selling. Honestly, I didn’t even have to read the story. I have stated before that I am not a fan of 2-piece swimsuits for little girls. First of all, there’s the whole sun exposure issue, but also I just don’t think there’s any reason for a child to be showing that much skin.

That being said, I do have a 2-year-old daughter and I know that Abercrombie is not the only merchant marketing ridiculous swimsuits to little girls. If you think a padded bikini is appalling, isn’t this Kate Mack bikini just as bad?

I actually like a lot of Kate Mack girls’ clothes, but really? Does my toddler really need a sequin triangle top? I’m sorry, but I think not.

What do you think about little girls in triangle bikinis? No big deal or too revealing? Share your thoughts on toddler bikinis in the comments.

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  • Kristie @ PuddlesCollection
    March 30, 2011

  • I am with you, I do not let my toddler wear bikinis. Tankinis work great. I particularly like the ones with rashguards!

  • traci whitney
    March 30, 2011

  • Disturbing. Truly. Abercrombie should be ashamed of themselves. I’m not a fan of two pieces for little kids either, but a push up? That’s gross.

  • Heather
    March 30, 2011

  • I don’t so much see the problem with a two piece that is more of a tankini style. My 2 year old is potty trained and it is way easier to potty when the bottoms are separate. I do however, see an issue with padded tops, skimpy tops and clothes/bathing suits that are much to “sexy” for a child to wear.
    I have to say, I do love the bottom of this suit. The ruffles and the sparkles are definitely something my daughter would love. To bad the top is so inappropriate.

  • Denise B.
    March 31, 2011

  • I would never put this on our daughter. She only wears one-piece bathing suits.

    This looks like for the prostitute- or hoochy-in-training!

    When I was a child, we all wore one-piece bathing suits. When I became an adult, I might wear a tankini at the most.

    What ever happened to modesty, morals, and ethics!

  • Andrea B
    March 31, 2011

  • I only let my toddler wear full coverage rashguard type of tops with bottoms. I want 2 piece because easier to change diaper or go potty, but I only like the full coverage. It’s safer for sun exposure, plus you use less sunblock (which has chemicals), because the rashguard provides “sunblock” for the areas it covers.
    Besides, I don’t want my child to be more eye-catching for perverts out there.

  • Dana
    March 31, 2011

  • I agree with you – I think that even some of the Children’s Place suits this season are a little too much. I like two pieces with full belly and back coverage – they help with the sun protection and also make diaper changes easier.

  • nicole
    March 31, 2011

  • tankinis were developed to help prevent SUN DAMAGE, so why are the manufacturers forcing teeny bikinis on kids. lets not even discuss padded bras! And we all wonder why kids seem so sexually advanced?

  • jena
    March 31, 2011

  • I do not think the kate mack bathing suit is distasteful at all, in fact I bought it for my 8 year old. I think they are cute on little ones, I would rather them wear it now, then when they are 18 and wearing almost nothing.

  • Gabrielle Abir
    April 6, 2011

  • the padded push up is for 18+ obviously (I don’t think that 8 year old , or a toddler in most of your cases, would be wearing that). I know abercrombie is for 8 or 9 and up, but it is more of 11+. Anyways, getting off track. That Kate Mack bathing suit… I’m not understanding whats wrong with it… its CUTE… get OVER it…. ok so if you dont like it dont go talking trash about it… some people might like it.

  • Sammie Sophia
    June 5, 2011

  • i think its cute….i see nothing wrong with it…only people with sick minds would see something wrong with it…its innocent…everyone seems very protective…like if its inappropriate or something…when all it is, is a simple thing called swinmwear

  • Lori Hornick West
    June 16, 2011

  • Another example of how inappropriate people are in general….supposed to be IN THE WORLD not OF THE WORLD, people. And letting your TODDLER wear a bikini is being OF THE WORLD.

  • Michelle
    June 21, 2011

  • I agree that triangle tops are too reminiscent of “grown up” bikinis (which I wouldn’t wear personally), but I wore a two-piece bathing suit until I hit puberty. Honestly, I didn’t feel sexual, but I did feel a little grown up, which was fun.
    Looking back at the pictures, honestly only a pedophile would have found me appealing, little skinny girl that I was, usually in my swim top (which was sports-bra shaped) and jean shorts.
    I think we as moms need to practice caution in what we nix and how we react to things in our culture. Otherwise, we could send the message that showing midriff is as bad as, say, skipping school, or drinking alcohol, or having sex. And I’d much rather have my children look back with regret on what they wore than on what they did.
    Of course, I’m mostly preaching to myself. My son is only four months old. :)

  • Jamie
    June 21, 2011

  • The Abercrombie bikini is for girls 56 to 58 inches tall with a 27.5 to 28.5 bust, so it won’t fit the average girl until she’s 11 or 12 years old. As someone who was a C cup in 5th grade, I needed a push-up top at that age. Girls are developing younger and younger these days and sometimes that extra support is needed. And padding isn’t just to make your boobs look bigger. It also helps when the water is cold and you don’t want everyone to see your goods.

    It doesn’t matter if this bikini is marketed toward young girls. As a parent, if you don’t want your child wearing it, don’t buy it. Pretty simple.

    As for the Kate Mack bikini, I think it’s adorable. I think it would make any young girl feel like a pretty little princess and I don’t find anything wrong with that. I had a pink sequined one piece as a child and loved it because it was cute and sparkly. Get your minds out of the gutter people.

  • Cari
    May 8, 2013

  • You do realize abercrombie doesn’t have a toddler store, right? abercrombie doesn’t make toddler clothes. They start selling a children’s size 8. (aka, kids in about 3rd grade.) And many little girls develop early, so a little padding makes them feel comfortable. It’s not an underwire, just a little padded cup so that you can’t see nipple. Target and Justice have the same thing, yet no one freaks out.