In Defence Of: Age-playing as an Infant
by, 17-Nov-2014 at 21:43 (566 Views)
Quick disclaimer - I've used the word 'age-playing' instead of 'identifying' in discussing my experiences. This is partly because I act more often at a toddler stage than an infant one, and because when it comes down to it, I primarily identify myself as an adult.
I've been reading back through a number of ADISC threads on the topic of 'What's your baby age?', just because I find it an interesting window into the way people regress and act in their Little space.
One thing I've found quite prevalent is people showing confusion or disbelief that others could identify or play at an infant age, or in some cases even as a young toddler - because of the idea that you can't do much. I've even seen suggestions made in these threads that individuals ageplaying as infants must be 'suspending disbelief' because otherwise they'd do very little in their Little time.
I primarily like to play at an age of about 18 months (though like most ABs/Littles), I incorporate fun bits from earlier and later stages. I sometimes like to envisage myself as 2 1/2 years old, and at times, as a young infant of 6 months or so.
When I choose to get into this Littlest headspace, I'm well aware that babies of 6 months old can't do much. I don't enjoy it in spite of that, I enjoy it because of that. Just as older Littles enjoy not being able to manage, say, potty training or spoon feeding, I like only being able to do very basic things like crawl, babble and play with infant-targeted accessories like Taggie blankets and cloth books full of bright pictures and fit for chewing on!
I understand that the limitations of Littles at infant age are huge, but for me, that gives me a sense of safety and security. I can only do gentle and repetitive things, which feels reassuring, and I don't need to worry about my words if I can't use any.
Most of the time, 18 months is a better age for me. I like to talk a bit, engage, understand little TV shows, and see my plushies as companions as opposed to just big fluffy shapes. However, I think there's a real sense of completely relaxed and uncomplicated cosiness about being in the littlest mindset of all. At the end of the day, when I finish work, I'm tired. I don't always want to charge around rambunctiously or crash toy cars into each other (though it is fun!) like a toddler. Sometimes it feels just right to act like an infant, because not doing much at all can be the most satisfying thing of all to do.
I hope that gives some explanation to the apparently sizeable number of ADISCers who have typically thought of those who play at an infant age to either be unrealistic for that age, or else that being like an infant is naturally boring. Maybe what I've described above sounds dull to you...but to me, every now and then it feels just right.
Thanks for reading, and lots of hugs ,