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I was playing my old Hearthfire save in Skyrim when my kids were only wearing their underwear. I attempted to give them clothes, but they didn't do anything with them. Anyone else have the solution?

EDIT Now the rest of the Skyrim kids aren't wearing clothes.

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Anyone know how to add a pic? I got one –  DaveTheGamer Jun 6 at 11:35

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The "definition of insanity" solution

There appears to be a glitch in Hearthfire where giving your kids clothes can make them naked. The solution to this appears to be to give them more clothes.

It's possible that an unrelated glitch made them naked in the first place, and then giving them clothes made them naked-er. Giving them another set might be enough to fix the problem.

The "abandonment" solution

Many bugs in Skyrim can be rectified by leaving the area long enough that the area resets. For this to work, you've got to leave the house (and the general area - get far away for best results) and then take it easy for about 10 consecutive days. You won't win any parent-of-the-year awards, but you might get your kids clothes back on them.

The "put that down" solution

If you're playing on PC, you can try emptying out their inventory and then giving them clothes again to see if they'll wear them. As always, back up your save before playing with the console!

  1. Open the console by pressing the ~ key
  2. Click on the child.
  3. Enter the command removeallitems player - this will put everything in the child's inventory into yours.
  4. Disable the child with disable
  5. Enable the child with enable

Now try giving them their clothes back, and seeing if they put them on.

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And now I'm probably flagged in some government database for searching for "naked kids" in a video game... –  agent86 Jun 5 at 17:11
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thanks the "put that down" solution worked –  DaveTheGamer Jun 5 at 18:05
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Ok the tedious part is going to so this to every skyrim kid –  DaveTheGamer Jun 5 at 18:08
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Yeah, the part where you disable your kids is going to raise some eyebrows, too... –  GalacticCowboy Jun 5 at 19:12
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@agent86 I decided to do a bit of testing with that, and it seems I may have found the bug mentioned for the question. I tried putting adult clothes on a child, and it would remove the related part - IE, armor caused them to appear with just underwear, boots caused them to appear barefoot. Using setrace caused them to gain the armor I had added. So, it seems that the issue is caused by the children trying to equip items which are not allowed to be equipped by children. –  Namfuak Jun 6 at 1:06

I've managed to fix this bug.

All you have to do is make sure you've given your kids a wooden sword and child's doll (sometimes they will be in the hidden chest in Salvius Farm outside Markarth).

Give them the clothes while they're in action either playing with toys or sitting down. But you cant rush through, after you give them the clothes let the dialog run its course completely and they should put their clothes back on.

It took me forever to figure this out, I hope it helps you.

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If you're using the command "equipitem", then you have to put a "1" after the command to ensure it stays on permanently. Command should be "equipitem (item id) 1".

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