Do or Dont: Naked Babies at the Beach

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The past time we were at the shore, something surprising happened…

We didnt have Tobys swimsuit with us, so without thinking, I simply stripped off his clothing and diaper. He scampered about starkers, happy as a clam, running on the sand and placing his toes in the water. After all, the shore wasnt packed, there were mainly young families, and hes just two years of age. Plus, our cousins and I ‘d run naked round the shore a million times when we were little, so it looked like a routine part of youth. Fully par for the class.

But.

That day, even though the parents and we nearby were chatting I noticed a couple of glimpses from some other grownups. Perhaps Im picturing it? I thought.

Subsequently a seven-year old girl came over to inquire Toby are you nude? I described to her that we forgot his bathing suit, so nude that day, he was only swimming. She seemed perplexed.

A couple of minutes after, we were walking down the shore, and I heard a group of young children whispering and giggling, There goes the nude baby!

Wait, I believed with a forehead smack…was his nakedness a faux pas?

Finally, I chose to place on his diaper and let him run around in it, which was good, despite the fact that it got large and soggy from the water. Needless to say, I didnt need to make folks feel uncomfortable, and I didnt mind what he wore.

But it made me wonder…is it not socially acceptable to truly have a nude toddler in the shore? Perhaps Im only used to swimming in my grandparents miniature hamlet where everyone knows each other. Perhaps its less suitable when the bunch is nt known by you personally? Perhaps this bunch was more reserved than elsewhere? Perhaps its only less proper today, in 2013?

I also would LOVE to hear your ideas and m so interested! Perhaps also mention where youre from, as it may be interesting to hear if various states/areas/nations feel otherwise. (Regardless, Ill recall Tobys swimming suit next time:) Thank you so much!

(Photographs by our pal Sharon when we were in Fire Island last summer)

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