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Shopping for her first bra

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How to make bra shopping easier

It was just yesterday that you were picking out diapers and now you are shopping for her first bra. Your little girl is becoming a woman and bra shopping can be stressful for both of you.
Tween girl rolling eyes

Follow these helpful tips to make her first bra shopping experience a little easier.

It's important to buy your daughter her first bra in the early stages of breast development. She's probably a bit self-conscious about the changes to her body, so be sure to support her in any way you can. What you do and say can boost your daughter's self-esteem and help her develop a healthy, positive body image.

Go it alone

Leave her brothers and her dad at home. When shopping for your daughter's first bra, she doesn't need an audience. Make it a mother-daughter day out, and bra shopping can be just one of the many things on your to-do list.

Measure up

Take your daughter to a professional bra fitting to find the perfect fit. It's estimated that 80 percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size, so maybe you need a fitting too. If she's totally against the idea of going to a pro (and many tweens are), measure her yourself at home. Measure the diameter around her rib cage, below the breasts, to get the band size. For the cup size (which will generally be AA or A with her first bra), measure around the fullest part of the breasts. Subtract the band measurement from the bust measurement. If the difference is a half-inch or less, then her cup size is AA. If it's a half-inch to an inch, then it's A; an inch to 2-1/2 inches, it's B. Bigger than that? This shouldn't be her first bra.

Let her make choices

Though you should guide your daughter in the right direction, allow her to make choices when it comes to color and style. This will give her some confidence and a sense of control. It might be what she needs to make the bra shopping experience a little more enjoyable.

Try sports bras

Some bras just have too much padding, and your daughter may be appalled to see how her padded breasts look under her top. Sports bras or camis with built-in shelf bras are perfect for comfort and protection. She probably doesn't need the support of a traditional bra quite yet.

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