October 10, 2017


Mum shares why we need to ditch the practice of painting little bottoms for cute photo shoots.

Call me a prude and a party pooper (pun totally intended), but I don’t find the new trend of festively painting babies’ bottoms for holidays even a teeny bit cute.

I suppose my comfort meter alarms over-the-top at the mere thought of anyone restraining (they absolutely are holding them against their will) a baby so they can festively decorate their privates with paint.

It’s not cute.

Babies are not chalk boards or blank canvases, for God’s sake.

We just don’t paint our offspring for our own selfish entertainment.

Again. It’s not cute.

Worse yet is posting these humiliating photos on the Internet for everyone and their brother to copy, paste and pin to Pinterest where the copy-paste-post cycle will repeat for all of eternity.

Soon enough, Pumpkin Butt will grow into a child with emotions who’s capable of independent thought and will more than likely resent the hell out of the artist.

Way to go, Mum.

Don’t insult my intelligence by comparing hand and foot prints. It’s not even remotely close to butt prints. We’re comparing apples and oranges, in which case this one happens to be a pumpkin.

My four kids (ages 13 – 20) remain horrified to this day when they view the changing table photos.

And I do mean HORRIFIED.

I can’t even begin to imagine how they’d feel had I painted pumpkins or Easter eggs on their butts and posted them on the Internet.

I know I’m going to get a lot of hate mail on this one. C’est la vie. I’m advocating for the babies, and I’m not budging.

It also invites us to open an entirely NEW conversation that goes something like this: when explaining GOOD TOUCH – BAD TOUCH to your four year old, where does mommy doodling on baby sister’s bottom or making canvas butt prints fall on the spectrum of what’s acceptable?

How confusing.

Where do we draw the line?

easter paint

This post was originally published on Extreme Mom.

She does make a pretty good point. Do you think it is creepy or cute?

Share your comments below

  • It is a little cute and l don’t find it creepy.


  • I think that out of respect for the child, any nudity should be kept off the internet. Cute or otherwise.


  • omg, that is not good. come on folks, don’t display your kids naked body especially with some stupid thing painted on it, this is just not right.


  • Hadn’t heard of it or seen it – each to their own – I’d rather a photo of their face!


  • I didn’t even know this was a thing! But my first thought when I saw the photo was ‘oh that is so cute!’ I don’t find it distasteful or wrong at all and if the parents want to do that I think it’s fine. In saying that I wouldn’t do it to my child, or if I did it would just be to put in the family photo album not put all over the Internet


  • I didn’t even know butt painting was a thing. I can’t understand why. It doesn’t appeal to me. So many ppl cover up privates for photos, this trend wants you to show it all!


  • Doesn’t appeal to me but, regardless of if it’s considered cute or not, I don’t think it’s appropriate to share it far and wide over social media – but that’s a decision for the Mum’s that do it to make, not me :)


  • I was not aware of this trend ! But yeah, it’s inappropriate.


  • I am not a fan of this and to post to social media , so that it is there forever no thanks. If you do this maybe keep it in the family and remember that child will grow up one day. Yes I have some photos my older children do not like but these are kept away from view. At the time it was cute or funny but not when they are grown up.


  • so has the writer destroyed the change table pics that horrify their children so much? Get over it, not your child not ypur concern and no faces shown. Did I paint my kid’s bums? No but I don’t care if my friends do as long as the bub isn’t getting distressed


  • I do not like it all – think it is odd in every way and the child has no rights or respect.


  • I am not a fan at all!


  • They are seriously cute but knowing how difficult it would be to get that picture I wouldn’t bother even attempting it. And I would never post it online.


  • I think its cute! And with all the other serious matters going on in the world at the moment why take it so seriously? I would however not post it on social media as it opens another can of worms.


  • Not sure if it’s weird or cute… but I do know that if I thought it was cute I wouldn’t put it on the internet.

    • There is way too much over sharing of photos on social media and discretion needs to be used more widely by people; particularly parents.


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