Do you remember your first experience with a bra? For some of us, we’ve been wearing bras for years. But at #ShopNTL, we know we have a diverse group of readers, from young girls to mommies, who are going to experience/have a daughter who will experience needing to wear a bra for the first time. It can be a confusing time for some, and we want to eliminate the confusion with some great tips and some product suggestions for a young girl’s first bra!
For a young girl, she’ll have to start thinking about bras when she begins to hit puberty and she notices any growth in her breasts. This could be when she’s young or in her teens – it’s different for everyone! Sometimes a girl will grow breasts pretty quickly, and for some, they may grow a little and then have a growth spurt later in her teens. A fun anecdote for you guys: I had to start wearing a bra when I was eight years old! I was an early bloomer. No one I knew was wearing bras so it was very odd for me, but I had a great mother who helped me through it.
When you notice that your breasts are beginning to blossom, it’s time to go for a fitting. It may seem odd, especially if you haven’t grown much, but this is really important! It’s not only big breasts that need the proper support – all breasts do! Visit a store or follow our self-measuring guide and get measured, as even if you’re starting with a training bra, it’s important to know your size. We have some great packs of first bras for young girls on #ShopNTL that are really sweet and comfortable to wear.
It can be difficult to get used to the feeling of wearing a bra for the first time. When you have a bra that fits you well though, you shouldn’t feel much of anything. If you’re having a hard time adjusting, consider trying a sports bra or a bralette. They are pretty unstructured bras and while they don’t have the greatest amount of support, they still give you the coverage you need and are a nice transition into a more structured bra. It’s not recommended to go for a padded, underwired bra unless it’s absolutely necessary, but these often add unnecessary bulk and aren’t the best option for a first bra.
On a more personal note, puberty can be a peculiar experience for a lot of young girls, and it can be difficult to open up about needing to wear a bra or other things. We want to stress how important it is to reach out to women you trust and discuss how you are feeling. We have all been through the ups and downs of growing up in various degrees, and in that time, we’ve all learned little nuggets of wisdom to make it easier to deal with. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge the changes in your body. Our Bra Doctor Celine is available to reach by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website where you can discuss any questions or insecurities you have about needing a bra for the first time. She’s compassionate and understanding and can help guide you through the process.
Do you have any tips you can share with young girls who may be reading this, or parents of young girls who may be experiencing these changes? We’d love to hear your thoughts and they probably will too, so be sure to write them in the comments. You can also keep the conversation up with us by following us on Facebook or Twitter. We also pin various tips we find and so much more on Pinterest, and have lots more on our YouTube channel.