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Got a Question For You Parental Types...

How long does the Lady Godiva stage last in toddlers?

Katie has figured out how to take her clothes off.
When one has learned a new skill one likes to practice it.
So, she takes her clothes off.
Now, it's summer. I don't worry about the overexposure, but when it includes the diaper... well... I draw the line at puddles on the floor.

So, how long will it last?



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Jul. 23rd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I was doing it when I was four. I remember one time a minister came by when I had shucked off my clothes and I was hiding in the drapery.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
FWIW, my daughter turns 6 next month and still likes to get nekkid when she's home.

Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I know women who have never grown out of it.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Mira was still doing it around age 5, I think.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Both Seamus and Isobeal (almost 4 and 3 respectively) still love to shun their clothes and I let them because it helps me with potty training. Maybe now is the time to start initiating potty time with Katie. Yes, she is still young, but it never hurts to start and she may be ready.

The hard part is when they try to take off their clothes in public. I have had to leave places with Isobeal quite unhappy because she would not leave her dress on or such.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
We're working on potty training. Not so successfully so far...
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
We started with Seamus when he was about 18 months old with talking about the potty and having it available. It took well over a year for Seamus to get interested in the idea and he now is pretty much trained. He rarely has accidents anymore and is dry over night more often than not (still in pull ups overnight though). Isobeal has been working on training actively since the March when I went to underpants during the day at home. Doing that and being able to run around nekkid has helped a lot. Both should be trained and accident free by WindyCon. The trip to Denvention should be interesting with 19 hours in the car.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
When R. used to peel off her diaper, we put a strip of duct tape across the front to help secure it. That helped for a while, until she learned to rip it off, at which point we would wrap it once around the diaper.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
My nephew figured out how to take his diaper off without taking the overalls off. We never did figure out how he did that.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Advanced topology
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Gabriel wasn't much for taking his diaper off, but he would shuck down to just that all the time. Now that he's in Big Boy Underwear he seems fond of being in the altogether.

I agree that it should help with potty training, if she's ready for it - that usually involves having a vocabulary for it and being able to hold it through the night, or when she's nude. If she's not holding it... I doubt she's ready. However, that does not help you keep her clothes on her... and no Mom I know has figured out the trick to that. :-(
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
unless you mean comprehension. I started talking as though the children understood at about 18 months because I remember understanding words at that age, despite the fact that nobody understood me until I was 4. (Not to mention the object lesson of the friend's kid who had a "sailor's" vocabulary from the start, because her parents did NOT watch their language when "she [couldn't] understand"
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
I meant either understanding or verbalizing... I should have been more specific. I think for the most part, "getting" a word is as good as using the word, especially at that age. And you are so right, we often underestimate kids ability to perceive.

Gabriel wasn't really using the words a lot, but he knew what I meant when I said "pee", "poop" or "potty" and would sometimes use them to say things like "Mama's going potty" or "Is Daddy in the potty?"... at that point I started feeling like he was ready. Of course he was a stubborn little thing and wouldn't really start until we had had enough and took his pullups away. As long as he had the convenience of using them, by golly he did! *grin*
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
I talk to her like understands all the time.
She has made it clear with actions that she understands what we are talking about. I have also been talking about potty to her right along. I explain as I wrestle her back into her diaper and pants that I don't want her peeing on the floor. So far it hasn't helped.
I put it down to cussedness and a different set of priorities, not lack of comprehension.

Jul. 24th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
When they are ready, they'll let you know. Meredith decided that she was ready on the day we moved into our house. She went twice that day at school and just continued at home. She was 2.5. We hadn't planned on starting until after we'd got settled in the new house. Meredith had other ideas. However, she was 4.5 before she stopped wearing pullups to bed. (After we'd been to Alabama and she noticed that Sissy didn't wear pullups to bed).

Jul. 24th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
Days were fine, quite young, with panties (pullups hadn't made it onto the scene yet). Nights continued with diapers, and wetting, until we were asked if she could have panties for the night. Like a switch. Finally dawned on us: diapers are for wetting; panties are for using the toilet.
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: I'm not sure of the vocabulary requirement
Ther's nothing worse than a small child who goas around saying things like "mizen mast," "yardarm," "bosun's mate," and "port" and "starboard."
Jul. 23rd, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
If it's puddles you're afraid of
then maybe just work on the puddles. There ARE going to be "accidents", no matter what you do. (And when you DO get to the "go without diapers" phase of training, you'll find how little protection standard clothing is.)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Based on observation of my boys, it never ends. Maybe in high school?

Good luck...
Jul. 23rd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Both Jess and Ian got over it pretty quick. But the mother's curse thing does work. Ian called the other day to tell me that Dillon (nearly 3) was becoming a little nudist and to find out what to do about it. Told him it was normal, tried not to laugh in such a way that he'd hear me.

My best friend and family went to shop at Target and they plopped the three year old in the cart. They were discussing if size 3 undies would still fit her or if she'd need 4's and turned around to find that she stripped off her shorts and big girl pants and had ripped the bag open so she could try the new ones on. Man, the smarter they are, the more fun.....
Jul. 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re potty training: There's a book called "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" By Nathan H. Azrin, Ph.D. & Richard M. Foxx, Ph.D. It was published in 1976, and it worked with both of my kids. S calls it Potty Boot Camp. It's harder on the parents than on the kid, because all you're doing is waiting for the kid to pee, and your head is itemizing all of the things you're not doing (the laundry, the dishes, reading an adult book, shopping, etc) ... BORING. The kid actually loves it because she has one parent's full attention. Really, it's worth it!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
(puts on child development hat, dusts off degree..)
Ultimately Katie is taking her clothes off because it feels good to be naked. When it is colder outside - or your house is colder then she is less likely to take her clothes off.

Re: potty training - everything I read here agrees with all *my* experience and training. exposure not is not a bad thing, but it won't happen until she is ready. Girls tend to train earlier than boys - but she could be 3 1/2 or older until it really happens. Totally depends on when she is ready.

This may sound a bit funny, but if you don't like puddles on the floor... go outside. People tend to be pretty nonchalant about toddler nudity in your own yard.
just my .02
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
IMHO the more fuss you make about it, the more amused they get, and the more naked they get.

Thing 1 started the streak act as soon as she figured out how to get stuff off, and knocked off about 4-ish. Ask Karen Dolley about the incident at a con, (Thing, I believe) where she was aprehended running down a hallway naked from the beltline down.

Thing 2 does it less often, only ONCE beong discovered toddling down the sidewalk naked by her poor Mommy, and at 4 now MOSTLY keeps her clothes on.

Bed/bath time often results in naked booty dancing, but you know, at least they're comfortable witht heir bodies, right?

and, sorry to say, you will get the occasional puddle, no matter how hard you try. It's to be expected - they outnumber you now.
Feb. 27th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Missed this entry and I was showing people at work how to cyberstalk using me as an example. The sentence "Ask Karen Dolley about the incident at a con, (Thing, I believe) where she was aprehended running down a hallway naked from the beltline down." came up without the the preceding part that it was about your daughter.

Feb. 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
So, I shouldn't post about "Ask Karen Dolley about the time she took on the entire offensive line of the Colts"?
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Our two never went through it. God only knows why.
Jul. 24th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
My niece, The Stripper, is now 13 and would still prefer to be without clothes. She spent the first 6 years of her life naked. At some point they realize there are appropriate times to be naked. My Kate figured it out at about 5-- when she started spending at least an hour in the bathtub. When she became a teenager, it could be two hours or more with a book.

Patrick, at 5, streaked the Duckon hotel-- down the hall, down in the elevator, across the lobby, to where his dad was, so dad could help him put his swimming suit on (because, apparently, no one else who was actually in the room, could do it.)
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Hrm. In my case, it appears to have lasted a good 30+ years with no end in sight.

But good luck. :)
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