This one has me baffled. I am not sure if I find it disturbing that they are selling string bikinis for 2-year-olds or that we are even debating the issue.
I remember being on the beach as a child (my Yia-Yia used to pick me up from elementary school, I would change in the backseat, she would cover me in baby oil, and we would hang out on the beach until bed time) and I wore 2-piece bathing suits. My Yia-Yia would sing the "yellow polka dot bikini" song no matter what color the suit was. I didn't think anything of it, and no one worried that I was being sexualized.
So that is what I am having a hard time with. It is very scary now that these bikinis are actually the pre-cursor to poor body image, inappropriate tween clothing, and the sexualization of young women. I think most of us can go back to the 70s and we have some photo that our parents took in a cute 2-piece (certainly not a string bikini to be sure). But I remember my mom being damn sure that I was not wearing skin-tight jeans or short skirts or push-up bras in elementary school or middle school. Once I was in high-school I made my own decisions - some of them good .... some not so good.
I remember sneaking lace gloves and "Boy Toy" belt buckles in high school. I remember my mom would make me kneel on the ground and we would not purchase the skirt if it did not touch the floor. I remember pleading with my mom for Calvin Klein Jeans. I think this was the beginning of the end ... Brooke Shields.
I have talked with a lot of moms of daughters (I am fortunate to have 2 boys) who don't want their daughters wearing all this "sexed up" clothing. So I say .... ok, don't buy it. They responds with find me a store that doesn't sell it. They tell me it is really hard to find a clothing store (that they can afford) that sells age appropriate clothing. That is a shame. It is almost like society just kept going and going more sleazy and now can't turn the knob back.
Perhaps we can start an e-mail campaign to places like Target and Walmart .... we want our daughters back.
This brings me back to the Babykini. I have no answers ... in my gut it seems like it is just too much. I usually go with my gut.