Should You Let Your Baby Be Naked?

In much of Europe and Africa it’s common to see naked toddlers playing outside. Most Europeans aren’t as uptight about nakedness as we are in America. But when my almost 16-month-old started taking off her clothes at a recent playgroup, I worried what the other parents would think.

Since we keep our house so cold, I’m often surprised at how comfortable Leone is in her birthday suit.

The other parents didn’t flinch, even when Leone insisted on doffing the diaper. They seemed to think the baby, with her Buddha belly pooching over her legs, was as cute as I did.

In a different crowd I think the response would be different.

I was hoping readers would weigh in:

Do your kids like to be naked? Do you discourage nakedness or are you okay with letting them tromp around in the buff?


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