Buying her first bra is an important step toward young womanhood for your daughter. It’s a big moment she’ll remember for years to come, so here are a few tips to help make the experience as fun and exciting as possible.

  • Bras are sort of mysterious to young girls – partly embarrassing because, well, it’s underwear – partly exciting because needing one means she’s growing up. She might feel ready to try one out, but nervous to talk to you about buying one. If you think she’s ready, it’s O.K. to bring it up to her. Tell her you’d like to take her shopping, maybe try on a bra or two while you’re at it. She’ll appreciate your bringing it up for her, and your doing it in such a nonchalant way will make her feel at ease.
  • Bralettes, training bras and teen bras are different names for the same item – small bras that lack underwire support. Sometimes they are available in the standard sizes, but most of the time they come in small, medium and large.
  • When you’re ready to head to the mall, you might want to pick one that’s a little out of the way, to avoid running into her classmates or friends. You might want to measure her at home before you head out, as this is the most embarrassing part of the process. Simply write her measurements on a piece of paper to take along, and off you go.
  • Make sure she knows that comfort is the most important thing to keep in mind when buying a bra. Help her put it on, adjust the straps and have her move around a bit so she can see how it feels. If it takes a few tries before she finds the right one, tell her it’s all right. A bra isn’t something you can just run into the store and grab. It takes some time to try on a few and find one that fits nicely and comfortably.
  • Most training bras come in white cotton. They’re versatile and can hide easily under most of her clothing. But, if you like, try buying her a more “fun” bra, too. They come in all kinds of colors and can make her first bra-shopping experience even more memorable.