do tweens need bras? a guide for parents

Do Tweens Need Bras? A Guide for Parents

By: Lindsay Lam

As kids grow into tweens, parents often face new questions, like whether their child needs a bra. It's a topic that can be met with uncertainty and hesitation, but understanding the signs and considerations can help guide this decision. In this guide, we'll look at whether tweens need bras, signs to watch for, and advice for both parents and tweens.

when to get her first bra

Tweens' need for bras varies. Some may notice changes in their chest around age 8 or 9, while others may not until later into their teenage years. It's important for parents to approach this topic with sensitivity and open communication, taking cues from their child's own feelings and experiences. Finding the right bra can be a whole challenge in itself. That’s why we created a collection of bras specifically made for teens and tweens, designed to grow with your tween as they grow!

signs your tween might need a bra

  • Breast Development: One of the most obvious signs that your tween might need a bra is the onset of breast development. Your tween might notice changes like budding breasts, nipple sensitivity, or noticeable changes in the chest area.

  • Discomfort or Chafing: As breast tissue begins to develop, your tween may experience discomfort or chafing, especially during physical activities or when wearing certain types of clothing. A well-fitted bra can help by providing support and protection.

  • Self-Expression: For some tweens, the desire to wear a bra may be less about physical necessity and more about self-expression or personal style. If your tween expresses interest in wearing a bra, it's important to support their choices and help them find the right fit and style for their needs.

    tips for parents and tweens

    • Open Communication: Create an open and supportive environment for discussing topics related to body development and personal hygiene. Encourage your tween to ask questions and express their concerns, and be prepared to offer honest and age-appropriate answers.

    • Proper Fitting: If you and your tween decide that it's time to explore bras, take the time to get properly fitted. Many department stores offer free bra fitting services, or you can use online resources to measure at home. Emphasize the importance of comfort and proper fit over style or fashion trends.

    • Body Positivity: Help your tween develop a positive body image by emphasizing the beauty and uniqueness of their own body. Encourage them to embrace their changing shape and celebrate the journey of self-discovery that comes with adolescence. At Apricotton, we do more than just design bras - we’re here to answer any questions your tween may have about puberty, and love sharing about body positivity!

      Why we made the Perfect Bra for tweens and teens:


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      Deciding if your tween needs a bra is personal and varies for everyone. As a parent, listen to your child's feelings and support their journey. Whether they're ready for a bra or not, the important thing is helping them feel confident and comfortable as they grow. We’re happy to help along the way - send us a message anytime!

      If you think she’s ready to wear a bra, she should try the Perfect Bra - it’s SO comfy, adjustable, and grows with her as she develops.

      About the Author: 

      Lindsay is a Health Sciences and Business student at Western University who loves cooking and enjoying the outdoors. She hopes that more girls can feel confident growing up, and totally wishes she had Apricotton bras as a teen!


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