How much do you dress your kids just to stay home?

Dustin in a t-shirt and diaper - My sweetie pie.
By Leca
@lecanis (16740)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
July 2, 2007 12:01am CST
I have a one-year-old son, and it seems like he is continually running around in just a diaper if it's warm, or often a romper that I've been too lazy to snap each time I change him, so that it hangs on him like a skirt.=p I know some parents whose children are always impeccably dressed, even at home when there is no company! I just don't understand the mentality personally. I suppose they're trying to foster good appearance habits early or something, but I'm of the opinion that there's nothing wrong with slumming it at home! (I'll admit that I haven't been out of pajamas for days since I've been ill.) So how about you? How much do you dress your kids when they're at home with the family? What are your reasons for your choices?
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33 responses
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I see nothing wrong with that. I use to do that with my girls all the time when they were little. Now they just wear their p.j's all day when we are home. I think making children dress impeccably all the time teaches them to focus on their looks to much rather than other things
@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Hi! I feel like I haven't seen you lately. *scratches her head* Thanks for responding to my discussion! =) You have a good point about what it could teach the children! Thanks! =)
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Hi Lecanis, Yes I've been a bit scarce lately. I've been working on one of our rentals and now we are trying to get some more of our property cleaned up. I've been trying to get on here every few days but it has been hit and miss. Seems the more we do the more we find that we have to do.
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
*nods* Thanks for the update! Good luck with your projects! I've actually been on and off a lot lately myself, as my health fluctuates. The past couple of days it seems like mylot is about all I've done though, because I can't reliably get out of my chair and move around much. Stupid vertigo. I'm glad to hear you're doing well and just busy!
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• Japan
2 Jul 07
I think for kids hanging around at home anything goes. When my boys were little I would let them go in a diaper and tee shirt. Most days they would need a change after lunch or if they were out in the yard, boys love to get into mud!! At home clothes should be the kind of thing that it doesn't matter if half of the lunch went down it. But my daughter is another matter altogether. Even though I treat her the same she has to have clean clothes everyday (she has just turned five). Even a small mark means a change of clothes. Also the boys would just go to sleep in their clothes not bothering with PJs, but not her she has to put on her PJs and if the pink ones aren't clean it can make bed time very long. Plus we have to change her dolls as well!! dreamjapan
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
That's interesting how you see it differently based on the gender of the child! I was a tomboy as a child myself, and would have thrown a fit if it were insisted my clothes were changed every time they got a tiny bit on them! I suppose it depends on the needs and personality of the individual child though! =)
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• Japan
2 Jul 07
Actually it's my daughter who insisits on being changed. If we aren't going out I don't mind if her clothes have a mark on them,(with four kids I have enough laundry with just one change a day) but she is becoming a real girly girl (I don't how or why). I thought she would be a tomboy with three older brothers but although she can tough it out with them she is developing this very cutie side to her. dreamjapan
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
I figured it was as much her choice as yours from your response. It must be actually kind of fun sometimes having a girly girl though! =p
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@quatelmon (957)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I'm not a parent, but I was a nanny for a while for three young boys. At home, we'd all wear our PJs! To me, when you're at home, that's your safe haven place. It's the only place that you're allowed to be comfy and slum it up if you want to! As long as when you're out of the house you teach them to look presentable, then I think it's fine to live it up when you're at home!!!
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Thanks for your reply! I completely agree that is part of the joy of home! =)
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@charms88 (7546)
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
Hello lecanis. Its basically sleeveless shirt and short for my girls when they're at home. Albeit our country's weather is hot and humid, I won't allow my girls running around the house half naked. After all, they're girls and not boys. Its not about putting up an appearance but they are already old enough and I let them choose how to mix and match their own clothes. Like what you mentioned, its my way of teaching my girls to choose clothes independently.
@aissha (2036)
• India
2 Jul 07
hi lecanis i have a 2 and half yr. old here and she is a girl ,a pretty one and my fav. colour is pink so u can expect from me ,hehehehehe, i give her bath and whatever she wears ,she is clean child but if some day she wants to be messy i let her be and change later on ,but i believe in being human and not making her doll.
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Thanks for sharing with me, aissha! Oh your little girl must be so much fun at that age! =) I love what you said about her being human and not making her a doll! I know so many parents who seem to turn their children into dolls, dressing them up and then not letting them DO anything! I feel sorry for the poor kids sometimes! =p My little boy is just now walking, and I can't wait to see all the mischief he's going to be getting into now!
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@aissha (2036)
• India
2 Jul 07
heyyyy lecanis nice to see dustin ,he is cute,let him be what he wants and explore things around.
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@gloria777 (1678)
• India
2 Jul 07
Kids should be neatly dressed. They should cleaned every hour. But no need to dress them extra official. I just dress them casual, but make sure they are neat and tidy.
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
I guess I just don't understand "Why?" though. I agree that keeping your child clean is important, but it's actually easier to keep little ones clean when it's warm without putting extra clothing on them!
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@gloria777 (1678)
• India
2 Jul 07
I agree with your thinking. Kids should be dressed simple. Some people over-dress their Kids to show their Vanity.
@bambi_doe (566)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I used to let my duaghter run around in her night gown if we were staying home until I gave her a bath. I see nothing wrong in it but most moms now seem to think that it is abuse or neglect. When my daughter was growing up we did not have the luxeries of air conditioning just fans and it was too hot to put her in clothing most of the time as we lived in Florida and it got to be 100 degrees at times. One day we were at the beach and she was in a t-shirt and diaper and someone came up to me and told me that my daughter was not dress properly and I told them that she was only a baby and there was not any bathing suits to fit her. She was 3 months old at the time and at that age they can not even crawl. She was in her stroller and I was dipping her in the ocean to cool her off. Back then there was no such thing as swimmers. She is 23 years old now and has one of her own. She gets up every morning gives him a bath and he dresses himself. When he was a baby she would dress him all up just to stay at home and watch tv. She used to say that you never know when someone will drop by. I told her big deal if they do. But I think it is a fear of having your child taken away from you for neglect. I myself run around in a t-shirt or pj's at my own lesuire. Hugs
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Wow, it's crazy that people would approach you on the beach that way and say such things! I would have been really annoyed! You make a good point about the fear of having your kid taken away from you for neglect. It's so sad that even good parents have to worry about that these days, while so many kids do get left in homes where there really is a problem! Here I'm pretty lucky that the people who would drop by to see me aren't the type of people that would suspect me over something dumb like that.
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• United States
2 Jul 07
Yah this day and age everything seems to be the wrong thing to do in some peoples minds. One night my daughter took my grandson up to the emergency room at the hospital in a one peice sleeper and the nurse told her that he was dressed in pjs. Dah it was 1 in the morning and he was sick. I just looked at her and bit my lip. hugs
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
2 Jul 07
My son at home in 'kurta' shirt - He is 4 months old here in traditional 'kurta' shirt.
Hello, lecanis!:-) Doesn't Dustin look like an Encroaching Tiger in this picture? better than that!:-) Thank you so much for sharing his picture. but what are you doing this late, you should be taking rest, shouldn't you? On topic: I think children should have a feeling of difference between home and outside. They should be feeling comfortable and at ease at home. My son remained with me for a month and a half. In that early age, and as it was winter, we had to keep him covered for most of the time. When, however, heater was on and it was comfortable, we have always loosely dressed him inside, sometimes with just diaper and a traditional shirt or a t-shirt. Now he is back there and his mother keeps him casually dressed, most of the time. He gets his very proper "dress" when they go out. I also have one of his pic to share, in diaper and traditional 'kurta' shirt. Image is a little blurred but works:-)
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Hehe, that is a good description of him in that picture, kamran! =) Thanks for your concern, I know I should be in bed but I haven't had much luck sleeping tonight. Dustin woke up just as I was getting to bed, and I had to calm him back down, and I just haven't had any luck settling back down myself. I ran out of one of the medicines I was taking today, and that's affecting me a little as well. However, tomorrow is my husband's night off from work, so I'll have a better chance for rest soon. =) I really like what you said about having a sense of difference between home and outside, that's a very good insight. Thanks for sharing with me about your experiences with your son! He looks adorable in that picture!
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@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
26 Sep 07
Thanks for the best response, lecanis!:-)
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
3 Jul 07
My son will be 2 in September so he is into the taking every thing off that he can stage and that includes the diaper but i have been able to get him to al least keep that on lately, so ya he is usualy in just a diaper or a diaper and t-shirt all day unless we leave. I have a daughter that will be 4 in september and as hard as i try i cant seem to break her of striping to her patied the minute we walk through the door the only time she will dress is if we leave or if someone comes to the house she runs and puts her cloths on. My 6 year old wears over sized shirts and underwear around the house, she wont leave oants or shorts on, until someone comes or we leave. So I guess you can say that mine really slum it. LOL I would like to be able to get them to wear cloths all the time since they are older but you know it also saves on the laundry LOL
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
3 Jul 07
oops sorry
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@Ravenladyj (22993)
• United States
2 Jul 07
LOL my kids HATED being dressed when they were little ones..hell they hate being dressed now LOL....Its always been our habit to hang otu in our gitchies or pjs when we are just hangin out at home...I see no reason to get dressed (and make more laundry for myself) if we arent goin anywhere or having ppl over...
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Thanks for sharing, Ravenladyj! My son isn't too fond of being dressed most of the time either, and he's learning to take things off too! =p You have a good point about the laundry too! Especially when they're still making food messes and stuff, who wants all that laundry?
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I prefer to dress my son in comfy old play clothes when we are at home. Now that he is learning how to dress himself, he picks out his own clothes and sometimes they are too nice to wear at home. I have often told him so but he says he likes to wear them so I let him.
@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
*nods* I can't wait to see some of the things my son likes to wear once he's old enough to pick out his own things! That must be so much fun!
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• United States
2 Jul 07
My 2 year old usually runs around in just a diaper. She sometimes will want to wear one of her sun dresses, and I'll put that on her. If it's not too hot and she's going outside, then I'll put her in shorts and a shirt. My boys are old enough to decide what they want to wear. Some days the run around in boxers, some days shorts. It just depends on what they feel like that day. They just wear play clothes, unless we go somewhere, then I make them change.
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@lecanis (16740)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Jul 07
Yup, in the summer especially I think just a diaper is a good option. Makes for easy clean-ups! Thanks for sharing with me! =)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
Let him run around in a diaper while its hot nothing wrong with that. And why waste the good clothes around the house just for him to get them dirty. lol
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@Gemmygirl1 (2872)
• Australia
3 Jul 07
I think it should be ok to slum it at home, i have found myself changing my daughter in to something cute if she's dirty but that probably has something to do with the fact she has WAY too many clothes & i need to her get at least 1 wearing out of them - LOL! During summer she used to spend a lot of time in just the nappy & singlet, or maybe a romper but nothing fancy. I think when i stop buying too many clothes, she'll wear very little & slum it a bit more but for the moment, i like to see her in all the clothes i've spent so much money on!
@Gwapako_28 (2142)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
I bought them a lot of sando and a cotton shorts.They just have their diaper at night.Well it is because my son is 4 years old already.I find them comfortable on wearing it and find them clean.In a way that change them when i see them sweating a lot.
@micaella (396)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
to my kids when they still at the same aged with your son, i only used to changed their diaper 2 to 3 times a day and they dont used to wear clothes or shirt inside of the house even its winter. they used to chaged their dress 1 time only if we were just in the house. Now their on school now so they used to changed their clothes 2 timesa day... especially to my son he usually play and run just like he cant stay in 1 place, he used to roll on the ground with his toys lolz...they used to take a bath 2 to 3 times a day.... I think thats better for them to keep looks clean and feel fresh!
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
3 Jul 07
my sons are in their teens so I don't think my answer will be of much help to you,but they thend to stay fully clothed.
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@kthygrl (26)
• United States
3 Jul 07
My daughter is going to be 3 on Aug. 1, she hates to wear clothes.We get up in the morning I get her dressed 20 minutes later she has her clothes off again.So I have gotten to the point that if I don't have any where to go she can run around in her panties.
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@MLLanser (162)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I often let the baby run around in only a diaper. I have no problem with that. I was never one where my kids have to match perfectly and look perfect at all times. They are kids, they get messy, such is life!
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@butterfly39 (3908)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
When at home, my kids will wear shorts and t shirts only. Or anything that would make them comfortable.
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