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Mom Confessions: I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

by Cynthia Dermody on March 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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


Question: Should toddlers be allowed to be outside only their birthday suits where strangers can see them?
  1. Yes 17%
  2. No 64%
  3. Conditions apply ... see my comment. 17%
Total Votes: 309
Voting on polls is not available on The Stir Mobile.

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!

Past Confessions:

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It

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Comments

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  • infan...
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    infantrychick

    March 13, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Not where any Joe Schmoe can see them!  If it's inside a solidly fenced yard, where there's some privacy, go for it!  My kids are frequently naked around the house, but that's the privacy of our own home.


  • Heath...
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    HeathersBabies

    March 13, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    IN the house ONLY!! We live in a townhome community (Army post), so not even in our yard.


  • L.a.u...
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    L.a.u.r.a.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    2 summers ago when my 4 year old was 2, she hated having on wet clothes, no matter how little water was on them.... when ever we would play out in the yard in the sprinklers or the kiddie pool as soon as she got wet she'd strip it off and take off running naked as a jaybird (and was fine getting wet in the buff!)  I'd catch her and put on a dry swimsuit and hang the wet one to dry, but i'm sure you can figure out what would happen next.....  the next summer we didn't have that problem.


  • PiggyBug
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    PiggyBug

    March 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Yep, a fence is def. in order! Well, that's how I feel now. But when I was a younger mom, (well, just 7 years ago...) I let my daughter go out in our apt. complex's little courtyard and swim in her kiddie pool naked. Most of the people were at work, though, and it was a very small complex. It was mostly women who walked by, women whose children were long grown, and they loved seeing her like that. So innocent. But now I've gotten a lot more vigilent w/my kids. You hear so many stories of men kidnapping little ones they've seen just for an instant....:::shudders:::: Yeah, no, unless there's a privacy fence up, for the safety of your child, keep 'em covered a little more. I can just hear some perv right now "well, her mom must have wanted me to take her. She was letting her run naked all over." And that one organization :::shudders harder:::: NAMBLO. Ugh. They believe that ALL young boys want to have sexual relations w/older men, they just need the older man to convince them that it's alright..... Very young boys. Running around naked can only spark their convictions even more. Crap. Now I've freaked myself out. Okay. Gotta go check my door locks. : )


  • PiggyBug
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    PiggyBug

    March 13, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Or is it NAMBLA??? Whichever. If you don't know about it, check it out. They need to be shut down and every member sent to jail!


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    RanaAurora

    March 13, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    No.  My kiddo can run through the sprinkler naked in my backyard... with the 6' wooden fence.  You can't see in our backyard from the front.  He cannot do the same in the front with the 4' chainlink.

    How hard is it to put a pair of swim trunks, underwear, or a little slip on dress on your kid?


  • emils...
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    emilsmama

    March 13, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    at grandmas house in the country, YES! in the pool, YES! inside the house, YES! my daughter is a little nudist and i dont condemn her. in our back yard in the city where any pedophile can drool at her from an upstairs window, NO!


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    stephdean1116

    March 13, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    when my not so little anymore boys were young 1-3 ish, I would allow them to run around the yard naked if I were outside with them working in the garden or whatever, I would give them the hose and fill their little swimming pool....Until I had the police show up at my door saying that someone reported that my kids were running around naked....apparently that's a problem. I don't see why, I think its silly they were babies .And you can't tell me that when its 80-90 degrees and 80% humidity, the adults don't want to run around in the sprinkler naked too.......my neighborhood is pretty much deserted during the day, very few people are home or even drive down the road, so I suppose if were a very busy area perhaps I'd have thought differently...


  • Peajewel
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    Peajewel

    March 13, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Keeping clothes on my daughter is a hard task.  She normally runs around our house in her diaper and if you go to my page and look at pictures of her, in a lot of them she has no clothes on.  I do not let her run around outside without clothes, I make her get dressed unless she is going in the pool of course.  She even goes to bed with pj's and wakes up with nothing. 


  • Think...
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    ThinknPinkMom

    March 13, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    My  4 year old son loves to be naked.  He sleeps naked.  He hardly ever wants to put on clothes.  He has wanted to go outside in the nude before, but I didn't let him.    If we had more privacy then that's a little different.


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