The Different Types of Littles for Caregiver/little Dynamics
Many people utilize the "ABDL
and "little" title in more broad terms instead of explaining a specific age-range to identify themselves or someone else. Ultimately, the idea is that these are everyday men and women who choose to express their unique personality traits of being immature, childish, and youthful, embracing childlike innocence and attitudes. Sometimes the adults experiencing regression find that their personality is just that of a younger mindset all of nearly all of the time and not something they experience any more or less heavily at any given time.
Many adult babies, littles, and middles realize their regression tendencies and preference early in life and try to suppress it. It can be an emotional or embarrassing moment to experience when young so many have not fully discovered themselves or their desires as adult-bodied persons. The choice of regression may or may not be stress, sexual, or comfort based. Personal self-discovery
is important though so we have broken down appropriate age-groups and generalized interests more thoroughly. As you will come to understand, each individual participant experiences their age regression differently to some degree, but do share some common similarity, as outlined below.
- Adult Baby:
Adult babies are generally relatively young in the age-range spectrum. They are more inclined to be associated with bottles, diaper play, and babytalk. Some may be completely nonverbal or infantile in regressive behaviors.
Adult baby is commonly the gender-neutral option or term also for babygirl/babyboy personalities.
- Most adult babies identify as an age below two years old. (mentally newborn or 0 months to 2 years old)
- Baby girl or Baby boy: (not a sugar baby)
Babygirls and babyboys are also relatively young in mindset. They also are often associated with the use of adult diapers, bottles, pacifiers, rattles, and toddler toys, and broken sentences or baby talk.
Babygirl and babyboy are commonly gendered terms that also equate to the adult baby personality.
- These participants may fall anywhere from infant age to three or four years old. (mentally 0 months to 4 years old)
- Little boy or Little girl:
Littles are the most common age-range for people to identify as in our community. Littles are often interested in stuffed animals, cartoons, coloring, building make-believe forts from common household items, and basic crafting. They may be emotionally sensitive, time-demanding, and in need of reassurance. Littles may or may not use adult diapers and pacifiers but they are less commonly preferred than younger age-range mindsets.
“Little” is the gender neutral term or option for these types of individuals.
- The little age-range is wide, and from about four years old until about ten years old. (mentally 4 years to 10 years old)
Regressors who identify as liddles fluctuate in interests and personality so much that they often flex between little and middle age comparisons. They may prefer a larger range of interests that still fall under the teenage expectations but older than baby or toddler commonalities. Often they feel too old to be wearing diapers. Building forts and reading books intended for preteens are common interests and often occur together.
- Liddles primarily identify as an age-range between five and twelve. (mentally fluctuating fluidly between 5 years to 12 years old on average)
- Middle: (less commonly referred to as an adult tween)
People who identify as middles find that they have interests more developed than basic cartoons. They may be more interested in classic video games, cartoons with more developed plots and characters, dolls and action figures, going on pretend adventures, take on more extensive forms of crafting or hobbying. They're likely still too young to be within "dating age" but may enjoy the notion of having crushes, including for celebrities and music groups. Middles often have more independence than a person identifying as a little, but do prefer the support of a Caregiver as they seek personal acceptance.
- Middles primarily identify as an age-range between ten and thirteen. (mentally 10 years to 13 years old)
- Adult Teen:
A less common ageplay range is the adult teen. Participants enjoy activities like sports, television shows targeted toward teen drama, journaling, photography, and more developed crafting and artistry such as oil painting. Some may be interested in fashion trends, gossiping, and possibly even the idea of rebelling. They may be of "dating age", want to attend sleepovers, or even host parties. Adult teens have the most independence from their chosen Caregiver (if they even want a Caregiver/parental partner, as some may prefer to "date") and may also become dominant over, or even responsible for the care of, their Caregiver.
- An adult teen identifies as having a mindset or personality of between thirteen and eighteen. (mentally 13 years to 18 years old)
An ageplayer is a person who fluctuates through two or more identifications listed above or even older. An age player is simply a person who is roleplaying (acting as; pretending to be) as an age they are not biologically.
- Ageplay is also commonly used as a generalized term to simply identify that the person prefers roleplaying as an age they are not biologically. The person may still identify a regression age or as being a little (or any of the other identification terms listed here).
A brat is simply a personality type that is in combination of someone who generally falls under the little boy/girl, middle, or adult teen age-ranges in mentality. Most brats identify as a little brat, middle brat, or teen brat. Brats are often persons who challenge their Caregiver in dominance through ways of intentional disobedience (breaking scheduled adherence, breaking rules, using verbally disrespectful words or tones with their Caregiver, or making demands that often are accompanied by stomping feet, crying, or childishly comparing their relationship to another -- "Suzie's Daddy let's her eat sweets before dinner! She told me!"
- Brats primarily identify as another little-type accompanied by brat and have an age-range of anywhere between four and eighteen. (mentally 4 to 18 years old)
A word about Sugar Babies:
- Babyfur or Littlefur:
A babyfur is a person who identifies as a furry (having an anthropomorphic animal-human character representation of themselves) within the furry fandom community as well as an adult baby, little, middle, teen, ageplayer, or other type of age regressor (such as a transage or agefluid person). Many imagery of babyfur depict diaper wearing but it is not necessary to identifying as a babyfur / littlefur. There are diaperfur persons who maintain a visual fursona that prefer wearing or otherwise enjoying adult diapers.
- Babyfur and littlefur primarily identify as another little-type accompanied by being babyfur / littlefur and have an age-range of anywhere between zero and eighteen. (mentally 0 to 18 years old)
A Sugar Baby is a slang term for a female or male (usually pretty young adults) who is financially pampered/cared for by a "Sugar Daddy" (usually much older than the Sugar Baby) or "Sugar Mama" (usually much older than the Sugar Baby) in exchange for companionship.
Sugar Babies are not ageplayers, are not adult babies, are not littles, and are not in a Caregiver/little dynamic in this regard despite the similarities in name. They are not the same as what we think of as adult babies at all. They do not experience littlespace or age regression. The terms reference a large biological age gap (and financially supportive bond between that of a parent and child) between the younger and older parties involved in the lifestyle choice.
A Sugar Baby can also be a little, and a Sugar Daddy can also be a Daddy Dom, but those two life choices do not blend into one or are regularly associated to each other. It's similar to saying someone enjoys drinking tea and drinking soda--they aren't necessarily or often mixed together but they can be enjoyed equally by the same person. Our community here is just not for paid or bought intimacy just like an online community for fans of various tea types may not be targeted to discussions about Coca Cola or Pepsi.
Nonetheless, Sugars are very closely related to escorts. Escorts often will exchange money for "companionship"--sometimes sexual favors but not strictly. Many times Sugar Babies do the same thing and receive gifts for their time or intimacy. The Sugar Daddy chooses to financially support or spoil them as long as they go on dates with him, do sexual favors, are overly flirtatious to them to provide attention, or anything else they mutually agree upon. This is not a power-exchange or Dominant/submissive relationship, but, rather, a paid or financially supported type of temporary companionship.