By Diane Ako
Lately, Olivia's big thing is about being naked. Luckily, she's only two, not 22. It started a week ago when she insisted on coming into the shower with her clothes on. "No," I instructed. "You have to be naked to bathe." I went to take her clothes off. She fussed, so I had to make a game of it. When all the clothing was off, I exclaimed with faux-excitement, "See? We are naked!"
That's become the rallying cry around our house ever since. When I come home, We are naked! When people visit, We are naked! Standing on the balcony and seeing our neighbor emerge onto hers, We are naked! For that one, we half were. Olivia was nude and playing in her tub on the patio. "Vicki, I AM NAKED!"
It's also morphed into random statements using the word naked. Like, Juicy Naked Tai! Or, Follow that naked Popo!
At the public pool recently, she caught the eye of the lifeguards standing nearby and decided to announce, "Daddy's naked!" When that got laughs, she added, "Popo's naked!" She yelled this out in a loud, clear voice for another four minutes. In a really crowded pool. By the way, we were not naked.
That has coincided with a desire for her to actually BE naked. She tries to take her clothing off on a fairly regular basis. She is not potty trained, so I don't want her to have accidents around the house. I've been on the phone a few times when I have had to ask her to keep her diaper on. For kicks, I'll come back on the phone and say in an exasperated voice, "Huh. My roommate."
I've read that you can turn this into a great incentive for potty training. iVillage.com's article says, "You can certainly begin to train your child to use the potty at this age. You can tell her that if she wishes to remain without any clothes, then she has to use the potty. Try placing a potty in the room where she spends the most time, and see if that works. But don't be concerned if it doesn't work, as she is very young."
We have three potties stationed around the house, which I think is a high toilet to toddler ratio. We're all excited about the day when she will learn to use it. That, and to keep her clothing on.
What is your experience with nekked babies? Did it help with the potty training? How do you keep their clothes on?