When is the right time for a training bra?

Filed under: Just For Moms, Siblings, Development/Milestones: Babies, Day Care & Education

Last night my nine year-old daughter, Cassidy, pulled me aside and asked me one of the questions I have been hoping she would not ask me for a number of years. She lured me into the bathroom, peered around the corner to make sure neither of her brothers were in sight and asked me to sit down. Now this sort of behavior in a 16 year-old might truly be unnerving, but at her age I thought maybe she was going to tell me she was having trouble at school. No. She calmly looked me in the eye and said, "Mommy, can I have a training bra?"

I looked at her pancake flat chest and had to stop myself from giggling. The serious look in her eyes indicated that she had actually given it some thought and decided that the item of clothing in question should be her part of her wardrobe. I asked her if she knew anybody who wore one or needed one for that matter. She informed me that yes, indeed, she did know one girl and mentioned her name. I called up that child's image in my mind and realized that she truly might need one. But my little girl is just that, a little girl. I told her I would mull it over and consider buying a couple of training bras for her; however, there would be certain places where they could be worn. She cannot wear them to school; the uproar would be too much as all the little girls would surely want to see the evidence. I don't think she will be able to wear them to parties or sleepovers. But rather, they will be more for family days or church. This way she will get the chance to see what it feels like to be a big girl but in a controlled environment. Good call? I don't know. We'll have to see how it goes.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.