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Do You Object to Nude Babies at the Beach?

In foreign countries babies strip down to their diapers or bare bums and tear across the beach enjoying the sunshine, water and freedom from clothing. Girls and women go topless and wade in the surf wearing just bottoms and no one bats an eye or does a double take. But in America, most people keep themselves and their kids — even wee babes — covered with a pair of swim trunks or a bathing suit. Does it bother you when youngsters soak up warm weather in just their birthday suits?

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
<em>I'm so tired of the "Americans are prudes" line. It's a difference of opinion, no need to insult those who disagree. </em>Americans in general are a lot more conservative than Europeans, Africans, and South Americans when it comes to nudity. A 5 year-old with no top is no big thing in France and even a young boy with no swimming trunks. I just think young children should be young children for as long as possible.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I'm so tired of the "Americans are prudes" line. It's a difference of opinion, no need to insult those who disagree. Americans in general are a lot more conservative than Europeans, Africans, and South Americans when it comes to nudity. A 5 year-old with no top is no big thing in France and even a young boy with no swimming trunks. I just think young children should be young children for as long as possible.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I can't understand why anybody would object to nude kids at the beach. It's not sexual, and I think it's better to have kids feel good in their bodies rather than develop a sense of shame. I was at a beach a few days ago, and women were topless while kids were either naked or wearing bottoms only. It was totally fine. I think we Americans are often too prudish and worried about something that's natural.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
I agree that there's a certain age (probably around 2) when this becomes inappropriate, but for very small children it doesn't bother me. Also, for those worried about pedophiles, it seems unreasonable to me that a pedophile would be able to assault a child simply because they saw them naked at the beach. Where's the opportunity?
Aimeelo Aimeelo 7 years
I was at the beach recently and a couple let their little one (1 yr-ish) run naked and then let their older girl (5 ish) go naked too because she didn't have a swim suit. It was a little inappropriate to me bc she was bending over, spreading her legs and rolling all over the sand. Being naked one thing, but spread eagle in the sand is another. I think i would draw the line at 1 year for being naked at the beach
sunnybee2009 sunnybee2009 7 years
I don't think i object to nude babies but personally I would put my daughter in a swim suit and nappy simply because i dont want her to go to the toilet all over the beach
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Bottoms I understand but I don't get why parents say they always will put tops on their young daughters because of pedophiles.Pedophiles are turned on by pre-pubescence and may be equally turned on by a 5 year-old boy with no shirt on. Yes yes some pedophiles are attracted to girls but most are attracted to boys. Parents let their sons walk outside w/o a shirt and don't think about it. Now of course if she's 12 and developing I get that but for a young girl to walk around w/o a shirt (at the beach/pool/backyard not randomly) is no big thing imo. So yea I don't get the whole objecting to nude babies (especially if they have bottoms on).
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Bottoms I understand but I don't get why parents say they always will put tops on their young daughters because of pedophiles. Pedophiles are turned on by pre-pubescence and may be equally turned on by a 5 year-old boy with no shirt on. Yes yes some pedophiles are attracted to girls but most are attracted to boys. Parents let their sons walk outside w/o a shirt and don't think about it. Now of course if she's 12 and developing I get that but for a young girl to walk around w/o a shirt (at the beach/pool/backyard not randomly) is no big thing imo. So yea I don't get the whole objecting to nude babies (especially if they have bottoms on).
caligirl101 caligirl101 7 years
The nudity doesn't bother me, it's the going to the bathroom everywhere that bothers me.
Akpril Akpril 7 years
I would have a problem with it- little kids still have to go to the bathroom even if they don't have a diaper on. The idea of the beach turning into a giant litter box freaks me out.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
Correction- they grow up not covering everything up, and they probably do so not thinking its fat or ugly
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
Just the lack of sun protection bothers me. Though I'm assuming these foreign mommies are putting on the sunblock. What got me thinking is I don't hear about eating problems like obesity and anerexia in other countries the way it's talked about hear, maybe because they don't mind showing off their nude bodies all the time, they grow up not covering everything up thinking its fat and ugly. Or it could be that I don't live in a foreign country and just don't hear about it.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I'm with ski on this one - completely. also on the lack of sun protection issue. even the best of sun screens often ins't enough for a child - unless you're steadfast about reapplying regularly.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't see it necessary to let kids run around totally nude all day long but if the kid is getting changed and feels like running around for a couple minutes or something, that's fine. but in general, i can't see why you can't put a bathing suit on them...it doesn't OFFEND me whatsoever it just doesn't make sense
mod16 mod16 7 years
i think babies just wearing diapers is ok.. but that is as far as i would go when it comes to bringing my baby out in public
kia kia 7 years
My only objection to baby nudity at the beach is if there are no sun protection precautions.
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