I have a problem. Really, it's a huge pet-peeve of mine. It bothers me, drives me nearly insane, and makes me batty. I've been searching the stores for months. Lily is out-growing her swimsuits and things are getting a bit tight. She needs some new ones. But I can't find any that I'd want to put on her! They're either ugly or they're too skimpy! Why are these the only choices for our children? I really want to know! I found this image you're seeing off to the right. Cute? Or do you find it disturbing? If you find it cute, you can purchase this kind of bikini for your little one at Babi-kini. I'm hoping I'm not going to get into trouble for stealing their image to show to you here. Really, I was just trying to find one that would get my point across. You see, I have a major issue with what you see in this picture. I don't judge others for how they choose to dress their own children and really, it's up to us each as mothers and parents to choose whatever style we want to outfit our babies in until they're old enough to express their opinions on the matter. But....I would not be caught in any set of circumstances putting my child into the kind of outfit you see above. It violates my sense of what is proper, what is appropriate. For those who think it's perfectly fine or cute, then go ahead and do it. I can't bring myself to think this is cute though. It's not that I'm against bikinis. I wore one myself when I was about 14-15 years old. But it wasn't nearly as skimpy as what you see above. Putting on pieces of fabric held together by little more than dental floss? I'm just not sure about that. For myself or for my little girl. And really, those three words are where my problem is...MY LITTLE GIRL. She's not even four years old. She's teeny-tiny and adorable. Cuter than cute and the most beautiful little thing I've ever seen. But I can not and will not put her in a string bikini. It's my personal view of what should be allowed. But, I want to know...why aren't there more options out there for a parent like me? I want my child covered. I don't want to have to worry about a suit shifting and allowing a nipple to peak out. I don't want to have to worry that I might have missed a spot with the sunscreen and she'll suffer a burnt belly-button because of it.
The good news...I finally found what I was looking for. An adorable aqua tankini with shiny little seahorses printed on it. I just happened to check in at a Lands End store on an off-chance that they would have something. What I found was a whole lot of somethings! Adorable little one-piece swimsuits, rash guards, and tankinis. The modest-conscious options far-outnumbered the skimpy little things in the store and I was finally happy. I don't get anything for mentioning that here, but I just thought I'd put it out there in case there are others who are looking for the kinds of swimwear that actually cover more than a quarter-sized area!
And to cleanse your minds after seeing the disturbing image above, some of my adorable little, modest-minded girl in all her water-fun glory: