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Autonepiophilia: Understanding the Arousal of Infantilism

Autonepiophilia is a fetish where an individual is aroused by being treated like or imagining themselves as an infant. This fetish is also known as adult baby syndrome or infantilism. While it may seem unusual to some, it is important to understand that it is a valid kink and should be respected as such.

What is Autonepiophilia?

Autonepiophilia is a type of paraphilia, which is a condition where an individual experiences sexual arousal to atypical stimuli. In the case of autonepiophilia, the stimuli is being treated like an infant. This can include wearing diapers, using pacifiers, and being fed or cared for by a partner.

It is important to note that autonepiophilia is not the same as pedophilia. While both involve age play, autonepiophilia is focused on the individual themselves being treated as an infant, while pedophilia involves sexual attraction to prepubescent children.

Origins of Autonepiophilia

The origins of autonepiophilia are not fully understood. Some experts believe it may be linked to childhood experiences, such as being comforted by a caregiver or experiencing trauma. Others believe it may be a way for individuals to cope with stress or anxiety by regressing to a simpler time in their lives.

Understanding Consent in Autonepiophilia

As with any kink or fetish, consent is crucial in autonepiophilia. It is important for all parties involved to discuss their boundaries and desires before engaging in any activities. It is also important to establish a safe word to ensure that any activity can be stopped at any time if one partner becomes uncomfortable.

It is also important to note that while autonepiophilia involves age play, it is not the same as pedophilia. All activities should involve consenting adults and should not involve any actual children or minors.


Autonepiophilia may seem unusual to some, but it is a valid kink that should be respected. It is important for individuals with this fetish to understand their desires and communicate them clearly with their partners. As with any kink or fetish, consent and safety should always be a top priority.

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