Meet Stanley. He’s an adult baby. He’s one of the “stars” of National Geographic’s forthcoming documentary series Taboo.
Adult babies are the kind of so-called “taboo” TV execs go nuts for. I know, because I once made a documentary, about 10 years ago, that included adult babies, and believe me the powers that be couldn’t get enough. One adult baby I interviewed was a plummy ex-public schoolboy, who filled his nappy during filming. It was perhaps a comment on my line of questioning. I didn’t ask. But that was nothing compared to the woody he got afterwards.
Now here’s Stanley, and as the SF Gate explains:
Stanley’s a 29-year-old man who wakes up in the morning and puts on typical clothing before going to work. But when he returns home he slips into a diaper and fuzzy pajamas with feet. He also sucks on a pacifier, drinks from a bottle, and sleeps in a giant customized crib.
Stanley likes to pretend he’s a baby and his unusual lifestyle, referred to as infantalism, was featured on National Geographic’s “Taboo,” a show that explores the line where fantasy and reality blur.
Stanley’s roommate enjoys playing the role of Stanley’s mother, even though the two aren’t related.
Often infantalism is a sexual fetish, but that’s not the case for Stanley. “I like to play or be treated as a baby to get the love and affection and safeness,” Stanley tells “Taboo.” For some people it’s a sexual thing but for most of us we’re doing it to relax. You come home from work and you change into baby mode. You put away your adult stuff and that life gets put on hold.”
Stanley has found a community of fellow infantalists online. When he first started having the urge to act like a baby at age 14, he says that he was really scared and thought his feelings were strange. But now that he has connected with others like himself he’s comfortable with his lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the Nat Geo link is only available in certain countries, so I’ve added a couple of bonus clips, which were put on YouTube in response to the original.
With thanks to Tara McGinley