Teenagers in the United States are more likely than their parents to wear toddler clothes, a new study suggests.
The trend has been gaining traction in recent years as kids have grown up, but the reasons why are not clear.
The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.
“The trend has become increasingly prevalent,” said lead author Rebecca C. Siegel, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“We can’t really say why it’s become so popular, but it’s definitely been a trend.”
The study analyzed data from 2,600 kids ages 6 to 13 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Center for Health Statistics.
The study found that a quarter of kids ages 3 to 6 in the U-20s had a toddler shirt, compared to just 8% of parents.
About a third of the kids had toddler dresses and dresses for children ages 2 to 6.
About one in three wore baby clothes, compared with about one in five parents.
Some of the differences between parents and children are subtle, but parents may also be using them to sell baby items, the study found.
For example, parents who wear toddler clothing may have seen more sales of clothing for toddlers and may have more of them in their homes.
“Parents are often not fully aware of how this affects their children,” Siegel said.
“If we’re buying clothing for our children and they’re wearing toddler clothing, they’re not getting any sales for that.
It’s a subtle difference, but that’s why we need to ask them about it.”
The CDC also surveyed parents about whether they were buying clothes for toddlers or dresses for toddlers.
Nearly half of parents said they were purchasing baby clothes.
Parents also were more likely to say that the baby clothes they were using were for toddlers, which is not surprising given that more than half of children are now toddlers, Siegel noted.
Another reason parents may be buying baby clothes is because of the popularity of clothing from baby clothes lines such as Prada, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana.
The brands also sell items such as baby blankets and baby pillowcases.
“There’s a perception that it’s trendy,” Sauer said.
But many parents are not aware that the new clothing trends may actually have negative effects on their kids’ health, the researchers said.
Sauer added that the CDC’s data does not include how much money parents are spending on clothing or how much they are spending for child care.
“It’s a bit of a challenge to quantify that, but they are definitely spending money on it,” she said.
What parents are buying The CDC survey also looked at clothing trends for older children.
About 40% of older kids reported buying clothes from baby outfits, the survey found.
Another 25% of children ages 6-12 and 20% of 12-year-olds said they had bought baby clothing.
In all, the data suggested that about one-third of kids are buying clothing that is meant for babies and that children between the ages of 2 and 6 are not spending as much time with their baby.
The data was similar among children ages 12 and 14, Sauer noted.
“They’re buying clothes that aren’t meant for children, they are buying clothes intended for adults,” Sayer said.
However, Sayer stressed that many parents may not know what their child’s age actually is and are buying the clothing at the same time.
“Many parents may believe that their child is only two years old, and therefore their child may not have enough time to spend with their child,” she added.
“Or they may think their child has more time, and their child probably doesn’t want to spend as much as they do with their toddler.
The fact that it could be a bit deceiving,” Sayersaid.
Parents are also more likely, especially for younger children, to buy toddler clothes in more affordable sizes.
“I think there’s a sense of, well, if I’m spending $50 on a baby shirt, why not $10 on a toddler,” Sizer said.
While the findings are encouraging, Sasser cautioned that parents need to be aware of the health risks associated with toddler clothing.
“Even though we don’t know the exact reasons why we’re wearing baby clothes and toddler clothes,” she explained, “we need to consider the potential health risks.”
For example: Wearing baby clothes can increase your risk of breast cancer, according to the CDC.
Breast cancer is a cancer of the breast and can be detected through a mammogram, which measures the amount of estrogen produced by the body.
It can also be passed on to the next generation, which can lead to birth defects.
Baby clothes can cause skin cancer, Saser said.
And while the CDC has said that children and teenagers are at higher risk for certain types of skin cancer in general, the number of cases has risen over the past few years.
Sasser said parents need also be mindful of other health risks in