What is Ageplay?
Ageplay allows people the ability to connect with and express their inner child, providing an opportunity to return to their childhood or simpler days. It provides the chance for someone to enter a safe place to escape/regress where they can leave their worries and responsibilities behind to be themselves without fear of judgement from the adult world.
Ageplay can be 24/7 lifestyle, a periodic escape, and/or a sexual kink, depending on the person and situation. Ageplayers will often refer to themselves by either the age they identify most with (adult baby, little, middle, etc.) or the role they choose in a relationship (caregiver, mommy, daddy, big sister/brother, babysitter, etc.). It is common to see ageplayers with items related to the age they prefer, such as make up and/or school uniforms for middles, coloring books, blankets, and/or stuffed animals for littles, pacifiers, sippy cups, onesies, and/or diapers for adult babies.
People in the community often have other interests in addition to ageplay, which may include other lifestyles/kinks. Common crossovers with ageplay include:
BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism)
ABDL (Adult Baby Diaper Lovers): This is a combination of two things which may or may not be found together with all people. First, it encompasses infantilism (Adult Baby) where the ageplayer prefers a very young age for escape/regression. People who are Diaper Lovers, may or may not identify with that age category. This may tie into other kinks such as humiliation or exhibitionism with the realization that other may notice that they are wearing a diaper. People with incontinence may wear diapers although they may not associate as little.
Pet Play (Pups, Kitties, Furries): In this setting, the same concepts can be applied from ageplay with people that prefer to be pups and others that prefer to be Alphas/Handlers instead of those that prefer to be little and others that prefer to be caretakers.