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Head of lingerie design Soozie Jenkinson shares her top tips for buying a child’s first bra, from finding the perfect fit to avoiding any embarrassment

HOW TO BUY A FIRST BRA

Head of lingerie design Soozie Jenkinson shares her top tips for buying a child’s first bra, from finding the perfect fit to avoiding any embarrassment


When to buy a first bra

Children grow at different rates and develop in their own unique way, so knowing when to buy their first bra can be tricky. Some children may require support from age eight, whereas others may need to go bra shopping in their late teens. There can be a lot of feelings associated with having (or not having) a bra when your friends are already wearing one so the first thing to do is listen to your child and keep a keen ear out for any mention of bras, crop tops or ‘growing up’. When young people go through puberty, the whole chest area becomes very sensitive, so your child may also show some discomfort in their chest or become secretive about getting undressed in front of you. They may not always want to bring it up with you directly, so broach the topic gently and let them lead the way – it’s a big milestone after all!

What first bra should I buy?

We’ve made sure that our entire range of first bras are designed to prevent any damage to developing tissue with microfibre elastic and threads that feel really soft against the skin. As with adults, kids have busy social schedules and having the right bra for every occasion will make your child feel confident and supported throughout the day. For school, match their bra to their shirt – a multi-pack of white bras is ideal for the school week, while black bras look near invisible under most their favourite outfits. For weekends or evenings, why not let them experiment with bandeaus, sporty crop tops or printed bras?

Does my child need a sports bra?

In short, if your child is wearing a bra, they will need a sports bra, too. Did you know that breasts can bounce up to 15cm in any direction while working out? The breast tissue is delicate, particularly in growing teens, and is easily damaged during high-impact activity. A first sports bra is a must for gym glass and extracurricular activities. We have plenty of fun first sports bras to choose from – from camo print to plain white. For teens with bigger busts, our range of Goodmove sports bras is a great place to shop.

Editor: Ellie Spicer

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