There’s a trend in girl’s clothing that has some moms more than a little concerned. It seems that padded bras are now being made in sizes as small as 4-6X, which means they’re for young girls – like kindergarten young!
Some think the mini padded bras marketed for young girls are crossing a line. “It’s hard enough being a young girl developing early, maybe before you’re emotionally ready for it and then dealing with seeing things like padded bras,” says mom Amy Yates. “That’s sexualizing children way too early.” She says her kids are nine and they’re still into Pokémon. So she doesn’t want them to see those bras and think that’s what they should be into right now instead.
But some think the bras are a good thing. Dr. Lisa Johnston says as an OB-Gyn, she sees girls developing as young as seven years old. And she thinks that a little padding in their bras could help build self-confidence. “I think when kids are going through puberty, they’re often very insecure,” she explains. “And being proud of their body doesn’t mean showing off their body.”
One of the companies that makes this kind of girl’s bra is Maidenform, and they defend their product. In a statement, they said that their bras for girls aren’t meant to “‘enhance’ a girl’s figure,” but that they’re supposed to “provide modesty over figure enhancement.” Which all sounds legit, but size 4 is really small. Have you seen a kindergartener lately? Not big.
Would you buy a padded bra for your little girl?