The mum was shocked to discover that the bras were available in sizes for girls as young as six.
A US mum has criticised popular department store Nordstrom for selling padded bras for girls as young as six. Angela Fellers said on Facebook that she was shocked to see the Calvin Klein branded bras in the children’s section of the store, prompting a discussion about age-appropriate clothing for kids.
Growing Up Too Fast
A Calvin Klein sizing guide reveals that a size 6X, which Angela referred to in her post, is for a child who is 120cm tall and around 23kg, meaning that they would still be able to use a car seat and be excluded from most rides at an amusement park. Some argued that the bras could serve a practical purpose, particularly under school uniforms. “(My daughter) only got bras because her nipples would poke out through the shirt material…so the little pad was needed or she was really self conscious.” Other mums were less comfortable with the idea, saying a lot of clothing designed for primary school aged children is becoming increasingly inappropriate. “So many clothes are way too sexy for young kids!” wrote one frustrated mum.
Sending A Message
The main concern mums had about the padded bras was the message they sent to their daughters about what they should look like, before they are even old enough to worry about their development. “Every kid develops at a different rate,” an article on CafeMom said. “We never want to shame a girl for the type of bra she wears or how her breasts look. But we should also be wary of sending young girls the message that they need to worry about the size and shape of their breasts before they’re even out of a car seat.”
We completely agree. While there’s nothing wrong with a six year old wearing a crop top or a singlet with built in support under their sports top if it makes them feel comfortable, padded bras take things to a whole other level.
What age do you think girls should start wearing a padded bra? Let us know in the comments!