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Posted by Dr. Monica Wonnacott | January 26, 2016

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).