Toddler Antics: Do You Have a Little Nudist?

I was on the phone with my sister in law earlier today and had to laugh when she let out a little squeak of a sound. My industrious minded 11 month old nephew shed his diaper through his onesie and had pulled it out to run around and was working diligently at getting the onesie off.

It’s a New Stage in His Life

All toddlers go into this stage eventually. They shed their clothes and diapers and love to run around naked. There is nothing deviant about the behavior, in fact, my daughter fell in love with the idea of stripping naked at about the age of 1 and by the time she was 18 months, she didn’t shed her clothes at the drop of a hat anymore.

I think half the reason that children strip off their clothes is the novelty of it. After all, your baby is still learning and exploring the world. Taking off their clothes is a new step for them whether they have buttons, snaps or zippers.

In other words, they are stripping down because they can. It’s also a very different feeling to be out of the clothes and touching the carpet, the floor and other areas of the furniture.

If they like being naked …

Don’t worry about it too much unless it’s frigid or they are in an area where an accident could create a big mess. One way to compromise may be to put the diaper back on, but leave them out of their clothes. Babies and toddlers run around in the diaper all the time and there’s nothing wrong with it.

In the meanwhile, hang in there – eventually they’ll get to where they love their clothes again or at least, the novelty of being naked will have worn off. But just wait for it, starting around 18 months or so, my daughter would start to dance around chanting ‘naked butt, naked butt’ when it was time for her bath.

At the age of 5, she still do it.

When did your little one discover the joy of going clothes free?

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.