Mia's school is doing "Beach Day" this month, where the children are encouraged to come to school in their bathing suits. Someone is sure to tell me I'm over-analyzing, but I can't figure out how to make this appropriate.
I think bikinis are inappropriate for three year olds. (Just my opinion, let's not fight.) Mia wears one-piece bathing suits, which has the added benefit of me not spending the entire time hauling the bottom of her suit up because my child is skinny and buttless. Mia cannot possibly wear a one-piece bathing suit to school, because at some point she is going to have to pee and getting into and out of a bathing suit takes serious intervention.
I went looking for a tankini, no luck. I did buy a cover-up, which was one of the suggested "costumes" from the school, and also found a *gasp* bikini that has a more boy-short cut bottom, a bikini top, and then a short-sleeved swim shirt to match. But I'm torn. If I let her wear the bikini with the swim shirt to school, she's going to want to wear the bikini to the pool and beach this summer, but I'm not going to let her. I was thinking I could put her in a tank top and shorts and the cover-up, but what if part of Beach Day is running through the sprinkler, or something, and she's the only kid without a bathing suit.
I was mostly prepared to deal with the big stuff when I had these kids, but I never realized I would be spending two weeks agonizing over Beach Day.
What would your three year old girl wear to preschool Beach Day? Have I missed the perfect option?