WHEN DO YOU STOP LETTING YOUR CHILD SEE YOU NAKED?

WHEN DO YOU STOP LETTING YOUR CHILD SEE YOU NAKED?

I sometimes get this question: At what age do I stop letting my child see us naked?

To my knowledge, there is no official recommendation by The American Academy of Pediatrics, so you get my educated opinion here. The short answer is: At about 3 years of age.

The more involved answer is: It depends on a lot of factors, including your child’s maturity, development, curiosity, siblings, etc. The general rules that I advise parents to use is that once a child is aware of your naked state, inquires about your nakedness, or begins to make observations about your anatomical differences from himself/herself or the opposite parent, it is time to cover up. (Note: My recommendation is based on the cultural norms in the United States; in other countries/cultures, nakedness may be viewed altogether differently).

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott

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I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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