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When should girls start wearing bras?

post #1 of 11
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Do you wait and buy them a bra when they start developing or do you buy one before then to give them practice?

I ask because my 8 1/2 y/o dd (who's as flat as a pancake) is dying to wear a bra. She spent the night with a friend who is slightly developed and this friend let her wear one of her bras. Dd thought that was just the coolest thing!
post #2 of 11
Good question.

I would think as soon as they start to develop but I've seen some pre teen bras at Old Navy that look like they are for non developed girls. But if she's asking now ... it seems a lot less embarrassing than waiting until she has to. My dd is only 7 so we're not there yet but my ds is 9 and I've seen some kids in his class that should be wearing bras.
post #3 of 11
It worked out well for me, i was just about to suggest a bra for my dd when she started asking me to buy them for her. I don't think it would hurt to buy your dd one of those pull over sports bras that are mostly soft fabric(no padding or underwire) to start with.
My dd has a friend that NEEDS a bra, and i want to say something to her mother in the worst way but don't want to step on any toes. I've even thought about giving her dd's old outgrown bras in hopes that she would wear them. It just bugs me to see a little girl running around that obviously needs some "coverage" because if i am noticing it, who knows what kind of pervert out there might also be eyeballing her.Know what i mean?
post #4 of 11
I'd say buy a couple of sports bras and undershirts for her for now. The novelty may wear off and she will forget for awhile. If you don't, it will continue to be a topic of conversation.
post #5 of 11
there is also a modestity level. My dd is in dance and has to change sometimes in front of boys her own age(7-9). the moms try to separate them but it isn't always possible. My dd has nothing but she want's to be covered so we got the sports bras. They do wear them for everyday not just for dance.
post #6 of 11
Heck, my DD is 6-yrs old and she owns several 'bralets'. My philosophy is any extra fabric across her chest helps to keep her warm in the winter. In the summer she likes to wear her bralet and little knit shorts to bed.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by allgirls View Post

there is also a modestity level. My dd is in dance and has to change sometimes in front of boys her own age(7-9). the moms try to separate them but it isn't always possible. My dd has nothing but she want's to be covered so we got the sports bras. They do wear them for everyday not just for dance.

I think the dance studio should put up some sort of barriers for the dancers to change. My son is 7 and i know he doesn't want to be changing in front of girls.....or boys for that matter. I would talk to them....7-9 year olds should be able to dress in private.

I don't have girls but a couple of my friends do and they have said.....the nipples tend to enlarge before the actual breast tissue does?? Is that true? I think once that happens then they need a bra. One friends daughter was very self conscience of her little nips.
post #8 of 11
they should wear one when they have something to put in it!! LOL...
post #9 of 11
All of my girls started out with the "bralets" too, now my oldest (almost 11) NEEDS one and has no problem asking me for them at all! I found some really cute ones at ross for her at Christmas and she was thrilled with them! If she wants to wear one, why not? Get her used to it before she really needs one with an underwire and everything. It was never teh girls or I who had an issue with it...its poor daddy who still freaks out when he sees me folding them after the wash! Poor guy, he has no clue what he is in for!LOL!
post #10 of 11
[QUOTE=Jodie]I think the dance studio should put up some sort of barriers for the dancers to change. My son is 7 and i know he doesn't want to be changing in front of girls.....or boys for that matter. I would talk to them....7-9 year olds should be able to dress in private. [Quote]

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