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Help, My Toddler Hates Clothes!

By Lori Garcia |

BooBoo is a total ham. He loves to crack jokes, make silly noises and scare people. He also loves to be naked. A lot.

We don’t live in a naked house. My 8 year old is shy and reserved and having two boys I’m naturally modest (and riddled with cellulite but whatevs).

So my little nudist thinks nothing of going commando because “it feel better” (his words) and taking it all off in mixed company just to get a reaction. Hey, I consider myself pretty progressive and I don’t think the human body is anything to be ashamed of (stupid cellulite), but that doesn’t mean BooBoo’s naked body should be on display.

Whether it’s a matter of modesty or privacy or both, cover up that naked butt Little One! As adorable and hilarious as you are, your naked booty is only funny once.

My husband seems to think BooBoo’s nudist tendencies are hilarious, especially in mixed company. Me, not so much so I know we’re giving off mixed messages here. I’ve tried everything to get him to keep his clothes on; from awesome character T-shirts to cutting out the dreaded tags (I have no idea what size anything is anymore). I try to buy comfortable clothing made of soft fabrics without a lot of zippers and buttons and still, off with his clothes! Keep your shirt (and undies and pants) on kid!

Do you have a little nudist in the family? How do you keep the clothes on?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Help, My Toddler Hates Clothes!

  1. JamieAnne says:

    My son was opposed to most clothing at that age too. His prefered outfit? Undies and maybe a tee-shirt. We called him hill-billy baby. One of our favorite toddler memories is him proclaiming “I no Billy-Hill”. My son outgrew it. By 5 he was more modest.

  2. Laurie @ Manic Motherhood says:

    Hey Mommyfriend, my son did this too. I didn’t much care until I realized that some people were offended (seriously, a naked two year old butt is nothing to be offended by). Anyway, we came up with the concept of “naked time.” Basically, the hour before or after dinner is time to strip your clothes and get nakey (ahem, not for me, I don’t want anyone seeing what time has done to my breasts/butt/stomach). But it worked for Junior. Once naked time is done, all clothes were back on. It works well if the time that naked time is over coincides with bath time. Then it’s natural for them to get into pjs or whatever.

  3. Hopes@Staying Afloat! says:

    Awwww…I think it’s cute but then I don’t have to live with it.

    Could you get him involved in his outfit choices? Give him a little more perceived control.

  4. mommyfriend says:

    Laurie, naked time is a darn great idea! I’m going to try that out today!

  5. Joni Carrell says:

    Well – I think the nude body is beautiful and it FEELS GREAT not to have to deal with the strictures of clothing. My own opinion is that we come into the world naked and it’s only puritanical beliefs and (unfortunately) social norms that move us towards the ‘keep it covered’ mentality. I LOVE being naked, especially in nature. I feel AT ONE with the universe – like one of god’s lovely creatures. Regardless of how I ACTUALLY LOOK – I feel beautiful which is lovely.

    Maybe your little nudist needs an audience? It’s unlikely that he’s going to be a male stripper if you give him some attention while he’s running around naked. In fact, you might help him learn to develop healthy attitudes about his body and comfort with his own sexuality. I believe there’s something quite magical and healthy and powerful about people who enjoy and are comfortable with their bodies and their sexuality but this is rare precisely because so many parents feel as you do that “covering up” is something that needs to be taught (which of course it does) but not to the exclusion of helping your little one enjoy and celebrate his body.

    Perhaps there are people peeping at the little one that don’t belong there in the first place. If they’re looking they should expect to see what they see. Why should someone constrain themselves because of some boob who is invading their privacy? Maybe that nincompoop should mind his own business. If not, then he should be prepared to accept the little one for who he is and expect that the child who’s in his own home or his own bedroom is NOT going to restrict his way of living to accommodate an intruder who doesn’t belong there in the first place. In other words – maybe modesty and privacy should be respected by those who are voyeuristic rather than expecting the subject to alter their ways to accommodate the voyeaur – unlikely I think and unreasonable to boot.

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