Mom Confessions: I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public


mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I let my toddlers run around the house, the front porch, and the yard without clothes on.

So cute, so innocent and free! -- anonymous

I see nothing wrong with it, as long as the girl isn't of puberty age. If the girl is developing, then I would have an issue because that's when men start becoming pervs (well, men are always pervs, but you know what I mean.) -- anonymous

I'm not worried about perverts looking at my child naked. These people are so sick and twisted that they don't need to actually see a naked body.They get as much arousal out of a fully clothed kid at the store. There's not a thing we can do about it but be vigilant and protect our kids. And I, for one, am not going to let some sicko curtail my enjoyment of life, particularly on my own property, by dictating what my child does or does not wear. -- anonymous


Should toddlers be allowed to be outside only their birthday suits where strangers can see them?

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Is there any danger in letting toddlers go naked in public? Is it a matter of safety or modesty? Do you find it indecent -- even at such a young age?

We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to these brave moms for sharing their honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

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mirinda mirinda

I gotta say, I'm kind of a prude on this one.  I was raised with a high degree of modesty and a good sense of what is proper and improper.  I don't like seeing babies at the park in just a pamper; I don't like seeing little girls in dresses without shorts or something underneath. 

I was sexually abused as a child and I don't like anything that encourages that kind of sick behavior.  And for the record, one can instill modesty in a child without compromising their body image.  The key is in that there is a time and place for everything.....which more parents would do well to teach their kids. 

LilSt... LilStar9905

I agree with th pp. I also had experienced childhood 'trauma' making me quite aware of my body. I make sure my kids are clothed always.

Poiso... PoisonousBlonde

My toddler can run around the house in a diaper. I do not let her go outside naked, she wouldn't anyway. She knows she has to have clothes, socks and shoes on to go outside.

Princ... PrincessZ20

It's not like I let my son run around split naked all the time, but I don't see a problem with him prancing about in the buff for a few minutes between changing him from his bathing suit to his dry clothes.  Were it more socially acceptable, I would let him do it more often.

My mom is German, so I grew up playing naked in the front yard wherever we lived.  Of course, times are different now, but I still don't think it's that big a deal...

nonmember avatar Tanya

When I was 4 or 5 year old I would stay naked at the beach. I have lot of photos of myself playing in the sand or swimming naked, around beach umbrella and hundreds of people. It has never been a problem for me or others. Probably there were perverted (they have been existing since the dawn of time and never seen an evidence they have increased in number) but who cares, I might find out they are lusting over pics of myself naked at the beach and I couldn't care less, they can't harm me from a screen and photos don't steal my soul as indigenous believe.

I don't think there's anything rational into letting made up social crazes change the way you would behave in public. News love to pretend ever existing problems have become an epidemic and other nonsense. In 1700 there were as many pervs as nowadays but people wouldn't discourage spontaneity by hallucinating irrationally about them. I will let my children go around naked and I won't care about people who stare at them. They might stare because they appreciate their beauty or because they're thinking of them as sexual objects, it's their problem and won't affect me or my children the least.

I'm afraid that irrational paranoia and exaggerated measures to irrelevant details provide FAR LESS PROTECTION to our children than focusing on real danger situations. There's the risk of getting so immersed in the paranoic fantasies to miss a real danger situation or make your child life a nightmare for nothing but mind projections.

Chris... ChristinaM85

We live in FL and when we go to the beach we strip our 20 month old son down naked in the showers... I don't see a problem with it AT ALL... the other day we had an older lady tell us she sure wished she could do that!  We just laughed... but seriously, all we get is HOW CUTE comments... and he LOVES to be naked.  I also let him run around our back yard naked and he's even helped DH wash the car in the front yard naked.  Like one said, if someone is sick enough to look, they're gonna look regardless... and let me tell you, if I caught someone looking at my son like that we would have a problem!!!

Momto... Momtogirls0823

If we are inside our house, then yes.  That's only if it's just myself, dh, and our two kids.  If we have company, then they have to get dressed.  Outside, they know they have to be dressed.  They probably wouldn't go outside naked anyways.  For us, it's a safety issue.  I'd rather be safe than have something happen to them.

Pollymom Pollymom

My son has run around the house naked after a bath, but never long because....well I don't want to clean up pee or anything. LOL

But outside, no way. I don't want people looking at him naked. I agree that the cutest thing ever is a little naked baby but the thought of other people looking at him naked makes me uncomfortable. I know that perverts don't need to see my child naked to get off, but why put my naked child out there for them to really look and enjoy? Besides, he's got the cutest little swim shorts....

nonmember avatar Dave

I grew up just after WW2 and we swam naked or with our underwear at lakes and or ponds etc. Girls and boys way past puperdy. Why are people so concerned about what a perv sees. They have the problem, not the child. Oh and if you think all men are pervs you are meeting the wrong men set yourself some standards.
BTW I spent 30 years working as a professional with abused cvhildren. Take a trip to Europe where people bath nude in the parks and the sex crime rates are so much smaller than the USA.

micm micm

Have you ever heard of pedophiles??Letting a child of ANY age walk around naked is child neglect. There are pedphiles out there EVERYWHERE who get off on naked children of ANY age and you are putting your child in harms way. As a Child Protective Social Worker for over 25 years I can tell you we even had cases of infants--one three weeks old--molested.  Don't put your child in danger. Put clothes on him/her  and keep a close watch as if their life depends on it--which it does.

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