What To Do
When Your Baby Won
A lot of time and energy goes into clothing your baby during the first
year. From the color debate, to the rapid speed at which most infants
outgrow their clothing, new parents have their plates full with keeping
their babies clean, comfortable and clothed. So what do you do when
all of a sudden, the baby doesn't want to wear any clothes at all? How
do you deal with the exhibitionist stage of your toddler?
At about fourteen months, your baby will most likely want to romp around
in the buff. This is completely normal, and in fact could help a little
bit with potty training. Obviously, however, it can be a bit troublesome
when trying to introduce social norms, and of course when having company
without children over for coffee or lunch. So how does a new parent
deal with a naked toddler?
The best thing to do is not discourage this behavior entirely. Set limits
about where and when your toddler can be naked and enforce them. It
is tedious, but repeatedly re-dressing your toddler may be the best
way to get the message across. Keep an especially close eye on your
toddler in public. Not just because of the obvious, but because you
don't want to lose expensive items like shoes or jackets.
Setting a "naked time" where your child is free to roam around the house
for an hour or so a day is a good way to set limits on acceptable behavior.
Make sure this time is a time when you can be around to monitor them
very closely and make sure that they don't hurt their more exposed areas.
Also, it's probably best if naked time is a time when your home doesn't
see a lot of traffic. Your toddler may be comfortable with their naked
time, but friends and neighbors may not be.
Use your child's newfound freedom to encourage them to choose their
own clothing. Let your toddler dress him or herself a couple of times
a week as a special treat. Soon they might like to get dressed as much
as they enjoy disrobing. Make getting dressed fun, and stress the importance
of where and when it is okay to take off your clothes. This way your
child begins to understand the important role that clothing plays in
the day-to-day life of grown ups.
The most important thing to remember is not to let your discipline about
clothing become about your child's body. It is easy to make your child
feel ashamed of their naked body, even if it is not intended. This kind
of discomfort can go a long way in determining how your child feels
about their body in the long term, right up into adulthood. Making play
dates for right before or after naked time can be a good way to demonstrate
for your child the difference between private time and public time,
and let them begin making their own boundaries in their mind. This time
in their life is a lot about exploration. So even though you've been
there, it's important to let them figure out some stuff on their own.
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