Nudist Toddler

Danielle - posted on 09/18/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies,

I need suggestions on how to keep clothes on my toddler. He is now 2 years old, but for the last year or so he's like to be naked so I thought nothing of it. He likes to walk around in his diaper and in the summer I thought it would help cool him down. Now however, coming into Autumn, he hates wearing clothes. Every time I wrangle him into an outfit he will scamper off into another room and strip and go on with his day. I have spent entire days following him around the house to ensure he keeps his clothes on, but it is getting so tiring and stressful, especially when he starts to throw tantrums because of his foiled attempts to complete his striptease.

How should I approach this situation? Will he grow out of this stage? Is it a big deal?



Just a note, he is not overly verbally advanced. I humor the idea to 'discuss' it with him, but ideally I think I could get the point across to a table, or any inane object before my son.

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Laura - posted on 05/31/2012

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WHY SHOULD A CHILD HAVE TO GROW OUT OF BEING FREE AND HAPPY..?
,,,,,,,, don't you think that IT IS THE GROWN-UPS THAT HAVE THE PROBLEM,YES? ....we need to see the perfect creation of the Creator as BEAUTIFUL,instead of ,,,bad..
we need to try to see with PURE eyes,and we CAN ,,,after we choose to reject the social programming...of restriction bondage,and delusions of nastiness!

Laura - posted on 05/31/2012

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i do't understand why all these moms don't understand that children just NATURALLY LIKE TO BE NAKED,,,I HAVE 7!.. ,,.. a child should be free to be comfortable in his own home ..we moms should not knuckle under to the society's ignorance that HAS US still under slavery by the Victorian teaching that tells us that the body is nasty and bad,,,,,your child is WISE,let him be himself in the privacy of your home..{ i am a naturopathic dr, child councellor and advocate,and in my lecture tours ,i always say that " the greatest teachers we have are our children......

Rhiannon - posted on 09/19/2010

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I think most kids go through the naked stage. As long as he understands that he needs to be dressed to go out of the house, it won't harm him to run around in just his nappy at home :)

Firebird - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter at that age, only wore clothes outside mostly. Even in the winter, she'd have pjs at night and a t shirt during the day, if we were home. It's not a big deal as long as he'll keep his clothes on when you're out and about. He'll grow out of it. My girl did by the time she was about 4 1/2.

Tracey - posted on 09/18/2010

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Most toddlers understand do XYZ and get a reward, heck even my dog understood that!! If it is a problem how about dungarees on back to front so he can't reach the fasteners.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/18/2010

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It's not such a big deal. My son is a bit of a nudist as well, and he's 3. I found it was much easier to potty train if I let him run around naked, and as long as your son understands basic modesty (such as wearing clothes when company comes over or when he goes out) I don't think you should really worry about it.

Jodi - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter was like that. I just let it go. I made sure that the heating was on in the house so she wouldn't freeze, and while she was going through that stage, our heating bill was a little higher, and we also wore a little less, LOL. But honestly, it was such a battle I decided it wasn't one worth fighting. She knew she had to dress if we were expecting visitors, if she was going outside, or if we were going out somewhere, so that's all that mattered. They do grow out of it. Although she is now 5, and she still strips down in the summer, LOL.

Amy - posted on 09/18/2010

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My son is 4 and has yet to grow out of it! He has learned there are times when it's non-negotiable! He knows at school he has to stay dressed or he'll get kicked out. He also sleeps naked, if he gets cold he tells me, the other night he got out of the bath and said he was cold, so I offered him sweats-didn't want them, a long sleeve shirt-nope, pj's-nope, finally he asked for a short sleeve shirt lol. My husband doesn't find it as funny as I do probably because he has a younger sister who's going to want to be just like her brother some day lol!

JuLeah - posted on 09/18/2010

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He will grow out of it ... well, then he will start college and might strip again :)
It is not a big deal, in my opinion. Pick your battles.
If you are going somewhere and it is cold, tell him, "We need clothes on first"
If he wants to go, he will allow clothes.
Might also work to have him help pick out the clothes he will wear "Do you want the red shirt or the green one?"
Remove all clohtes you don't want him to wear from his room (Summer clothes in the attic) so whatever he picks will be okay for the weather.
You son might 'get your point' he just doesn't agree :) clothes are a recent thing for humans really - naked is what he remembers on a DNA level and most kids go through a 'naked' phase. My daughter did until she found a 'tigger' outfit and then she wore tigger everyday, and I mean everyday, for weeks :) I washed it while she slept.

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