Buying a girl's first bra is super exciting - your little girl is growing up! While some tweens and teens have been waiting for this day for as long as they can remember, others may have mixed emotions, including embarrassment, dread, and possibly even a little fear. Most of us will remember that with puberty comes a number of insecurities, so it’s important to navigate this milestone with sensitivity.
At Bendon, we have been supporting and uplifting women for over 70 years, so we know a thing or two about the importance of a good bra at any age. Read on for advice on how to best support your daughter navigate her first bra purchase and what style of bras we recommend for beginners.
How do I know it’s time for her first bra?
It's super important to reinforce to her that every girl and every body is different. She may develop differently or at a different pace than others in her friend group, family or even yourself. That's totally okay!
There is no specific age for a first bra. Girls can begin developing breasts at any age. Typically this happens from age 8 to 14, but it may happen earlier or later. The best time for her first bra is when she's both physically and emotionally ready. It's important to be as open and direct with her about the issues of breast health and the many benefits supportive bras have on breast development and posture.
Here are several tell-tale signs to look out for to determine when she's ready:
Her breast buds have started to develop
Breast buds are the development of breast tissue under the nipples and are one of the earliest signs that your daughter is hitting puberty. She may be ready for her first bra if she's started developing breast buds.
She needs extra support daily or when playing sport
Your daughter may notice some extra movement of her chest and breast tissue, especially when doing physical exercise. A bra can help her feel more supported and comfortable when exercising.
Her breasts may start to feel uncomfortable
Growing pains are a part of puberty and it’s not uncommon for developing breasts to feel tender and sore. A well-fitting bra may help to reduce this discomfort.
She may want extra coverage
Developing breasts and breast buds may make her feel self-conscious, especially if they become visible through her clothing. She may request a bra for extra support and coverage.
Even if your daughter is showing signs of being ready for a first bra it’s always best to ask her if she's ready. Helping her feel comfortable, prepared and in control during a time when her body is rapidly changing can be transformative