Tips on telling friends and family

Tips on telling friends and family about being a little or adult baby
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Many adult babies and littles would like to express themselves in their day to day lives more regularly. A part of this expression is the big step forward on telling close friends and relatives about their interest in age regression or childlike interests. Phases, such as wording the notification clearly, readily providing information resources, and being prepared for both positive and negative outcomes are most important when approaching an outsider about this type of lifestyle or interest.

Ideally, a little should casually express their childlike traits around the person they want to acknowledge and accept their regression. This helps in that when or if the little chooses to label themselves as "a little" to the other person then the other person has more of a firm understanding that it's associated with their personalty and not a group, gang, or trend. Basically, allowing the person to first see childlike qualities allows them to accept the little's regression as a core part of them and not a fleeting act of attention-seeking. It is better to present small regression traits casually and periodically around the person initially so that acknowledging the regression "makes sense". Remember, acceptance of who a person is at their core doesn't necessarily mean applying a label to that person.

When a little chooses to tell a trusted loved one about their personality and wants them to acknowledge it with the "little" label then it is most important they choose their wording carefully. A direct statement is best to start out with when approaching the topic, and both parties should be focused on conversing rather than multitasking light conversation so that the receiver has an understanding that there is a label attached to the personality traits they've seen the little express around them.

The little must be ready to answer upfront questions the receiver may have about the lifestyle. It is recommended that the little make a clear list of information articles and websites that are available to the public to provide to the receiver. The little must also be ready to answer basic questions such as:
  • Okay, so, what is this Caregiver/little or Adult Baby thing you're talking about exactly?
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  • Where did you learn about being a little or adult baby anyway?
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  • Where can I learn more about these things so I can understand what you're talking about better?
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  • Does this lifestyle have anything to do with children or child involvement?
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  • When did you know you regress?
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  • How long have you been age regressing?
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  • Do you regress often then?
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  • Do you have a significant other? What do they think about your regression? Do they participate in it with you somehow?
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  • What do you do when you regress?
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  • Where do you do these things at?
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  • Have you told anyone else about your interest? If so, how did they respond to it?
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  • Is this a phase? Are you going to grow out of this?
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  • Is this because you've been feeling stressed/depressed lately?
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  • Okay, so, now that I know you're a little or adult baby, how am I suppose to treat you?
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Making a handwritten or typed out list prior to revealing themselves can be an extremely important factor in reducing anxiety and misunderstandings. It is also crucial that the little does not take offense to the questions being asked and approaches the situation not in a defensive manner, but, rather, in an informative state. It's okay to say, "You know what, I'm not really sure about that, but I think I can find some answers for you if you give me some time, okay?"

Littles should be prepared for both a positive or a negative reaction from the recipient. Prior preparation can help them react more appropriately and not in any extreme manners. A little should think very clearly about who they are telling and they could potentially lose from telling the person versus what they could potentially gain from expressing themselves. Ultimately, the reaction isn't something that can be controlled so it's important all real possibilities are thought out thoroughly before proceeding forward.

This is one of the largest steps in a littles or adult babies life so they should consider this to be something of a serious matter that shouldn't be taken lightly. Being fully prepared prior to choosing to explain the interest to a friend or family member is crucial. Preparation methods as thinking about developing clear wording, being prepared with informative resources and answers to question, and being emotionally stable for either good or bad outcome may prove to be vital in having a calm, informative conversation with the other person.
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