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Littles and Little Space: An Introduction

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Littles and Little Space are aspects of age play kinks and often a form of BDSM and BDSM relationships.

What Is a Little?

A “Little” is what the adult submissive becomes during age play. A Little is when an adult enjoys regressing to a certain age and acting in that role. A Little wants to play, be cute, be cared for, be secure, and be nurtured.

A Little may be an adult baby, baby girl, baby boy, a middle (tween or teen), or a young girl or boy of any age in between.

There are as many ways to express Little kink and Little Space as there are people.

What Is Little Space?

Little Space is a mindset where an adult can regress and feel relaxed, safe, and free of responsibilities. It is a headspace that is often compared to subspace, but perhaps it is more of a destination than an effect.

Little Space is fun, playful, sweet, and carefree. It is full of affection, cute surroundings, snuggles, and laughter. It can involve playing with toys, wearing cute toddler outfits, accessories like pacifiers or stuffed animals, wearing diapers, sitting on Daddy’s knee, being fed baby food or kid’s cereals or Popsicles, and wearing bows or cartoon t-shirts.

It might be helpful to explain that all of these can be Little Space triggers or Little Space accessories, but the Little Space itself is in the mind of the little. It could be described as the ultimate “safe space.”

Little Space exists outside of kink and BDSM, as a mindset or place to play, something most adults instinctively do on occasion to relieve stress or manage life. For example, many enjoy adult coloring books or Hello Kitty accessories or a Happy Meal. Age Regression Therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses this premise to help adults relieve stress and access and repair parts of themselves by giving access to their younger selves.

In a sexualized context or the context of a romantic relationship, Littles and Little Space are part of age play kinks. Regressing is called “Little Space” and usually matches best within a dominant-submissive relationship where one party is the dominant, the Mommy or Daddy, or the caregiver.

Read: 11 Age Play Fetishes and Kinks

There are a variety of “littles” from adult babies (sometimes called infantalists) to middles, who enjoy the headspace of tweens. The dominant and submissive paradigm is usually about helplessness and naivety and nurturing/caregiving/guidance rather than traditional kinds of bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism.

The Little enjoys Little Space where their most basic needs for comfort, warmth, nourishment, nurture, play, and wonder can be met by a nurturing caretaker.

Littles can manifest their age play roles through playful props from an adult-sized crib to a onesie. They might simply enjoy toys, blankies, or cute apparel. They may style their hair in a child-like way and use accessories that are cute. They may enjoy snuggling, being bathed, having their hair brushed, being dressed, changed, or praised.

The Little and Little Space lifestyle can be episodic—occasional expressions of kink—or they can be part of an ongoing relationship that uses the play in daily life as well as in the bedroom.

As with many other BDSM relationships, some prefer occasional age play experiences or ongoing experiences of an episodic nature. They are not a “Little” when they go to work, mow the lawn, or take the kids to soccer practice. Others are in little space on an ongoing basis, reporting to “Mommy” or “Daddy” and wearing little apparel in daily life.

Just to be clear, “Littles” and “Little Space” are age play, with adults only who play at little games or age regression or roleplays of youthful ages, getting in touch with a self that they once occupied. It is never about actual babies, toddler, or children. All adults are consenting adults.

Read: Age Regression & Little Space: How to Get There

Little Space Triggers

Little Space triggers can take someone into Little Space.

There are as many Little Space triggers as there are Littles, but commonly include foods, toys, clothing, and affection.

Little Space triggers are deeply personal to the individual, as well as common to the age group that the Little regresses to inhabit.

Some of the many potential Little Space triggers could include toy transformers, cute puppy dog pictures, crayons and coloring books, vintage games, cute ponytail accessories, fruit roll ups, Captain Crunch cereal, favorite childhood books, fingerpaints, apple slices or other lunchbox snacks, adorable lunchboxes or thermoses, Lego, glittery nail polish, diapers, pacifiers, teddy bears, bobby sox, Lip Smackers, Dinky toys, bubble gum, bedtime story, and princess outfits.

Little Space Rules and Punishments

Little Space rules are any instructions that the nurturing party gives, designed to protect their Little from harm, fatigue, illness or discomfort.

Just as a parent or babysitter would have rules for the toddler or infant or child they are in charge of, the Little has rules for Little Space given by Mommy, Daddy, Nurse, Nanny, or designated caregiver.

Examples of Little Space Rules

  • Brush your teeth before bed
  • No candy if you don’t eat your veggies
  • Television time limits
  • Clean up your room
  • Don’t talk to strangers
  • Going to bed on time
  • Changing your underwear every day or when soiled
  • Participating in pet care
  • Don’t talk back to Daddy

Little Space Punishments

Little Space punishments are the consequence of not minding the rules, and can include being grounded, cartoons being restricted, taking a bath, going to your room, and spanking of course!

Read: Brat BDSM and the Brat Kink Explained

Little Space and DDLG

One of the most common variations of Little Space relationships is the Daddy Dom Little Girl (DDLG) kink

The Daddy Dom is the dominant, nurturing caregiver role and the Little Girl or baby girl is his princess. She lives to please her Daddy, and he takes protecting her very seriously!

Read: Introduction to Daddy Doms and DDLG Relationships

Are you in a kinky Little relationship? Tell us about in the comments below!

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