Padded Bras for 4-Year-Olds?

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Not those innocent little sports bras that are basically strips of fabric across the chest, mind you, but padded cups with under wire support!

The question that occurred to me, as I read the discussion on padded bras for preschoolers in the CafeMom Newcomer's Club, was, Do they even make them for 4 year olds? Yes, they do, and here's a picture of a padded toddler bra, courtesy of one of our moms.

My daughter just turned 4, so this is a new one on me. Her only undergarment issue right now is that she refuses to wear any undies that don't have Dora or princesses on them.

The bra question came up when pinkshotgungal revealed that a relative was buying a bra as a Christmas present for her cousin's 4 year old, who'd been asking for the garment for some time. pinkshotgungal's own daughter is just a week old (congrats, BTW!) so this was new territory for her, too. "I understand she might want to feel like a big girl," pinkshotgungal says, "but I think that's just too much. Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking this!"

Most moms in a poll agreed, but about 15% felt there was nothing wrong with a toddler wearing a bra, leaving comments like:

  • She may just want to be like Mommy and wear something over her chest.
  • If it's like the undershirt type ones, whatever. But if it's a bra bra, I would not let her out of the house with it. I probably would buy my daughter a dress-up bra if she asked.
  • I do not see anything wrong with it. Little girls like to play dress-up and/or be like Mommy. It is not going to hurt them, and gives them a sense of growing up.

I'm going to reserve judgement until I actually cross this bridge -- which hopefully won't be for a long time! But what about you, Toddler Moms of girly-girls? Should toddlers wear padded bras -- or even 5 or 6 year olds, for that matter?

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