In episode 350, we see that the Third Hokage took on to take care of Naruto. But towards the beginning of the anime Naruto is seen to be living alone.

Did Naruto live with the Third? If so, why did he leave there?

  • "take care of" and "live with" is not the same... – UwF Feb 21 '14 at 16:28
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    @UwF Seems hard to take care of a baby without him living at your place. – Dimitri mx Feb 21 '14 at 16:29
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    Yeah, you figured it out, the old geezer even invented a new lactation jutsu (人乳術) to physically take care of Naruto... :P – UwF Feb 23 '14 at 22:44

Third Hokage promised Kushina, when she was dying, that he would take care of Naruto, and he did.

Whole villagers knew that a monster fox was inside Naruto. This news also spread to the other villages. If it weren't for the astute care of the Third Hokage, other villages would have kidnapped Naruto and would have absconded him out of Konoha.

The Third may not have sheltered him at home, but he did keep an eye for Naruto. That is what taking care means.

Besides, Iruka and others were there too. However, the main role was still played by the Third.

  • His Anbu guard mostly, and Minato`s private Anbu is a high probability. . . – Tanya von Degurechaff Feb 15 '16 at 4:37
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    Doesn't really explain his early years, e.g. 0-5. There was no Iruka until the Academy. A 1,2, or 3 years old cannot fend for itself, etc. – VISQL Apr 6 '17 at 20:01

There is no canonical answer for this.

Naruto lived alone as a child.

As for who took care of him while he was a baby, no one knows.

The people that took care of him in his childhood were people like the Sandaime, Iruka, and the ramen guy. However, they did not fulfill the roles of parents. The closest person Naruto had as a parent was Jiraiya.


We've seen that the concept of orphanages and adoption exists in the Ninja world. Case in point Kabuto who we know grew up in Konoha's Orphanage.

For further reading, http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Konoha_Orphanage

So in my opinion, though not supported by any canon information, it is reasonable to assume baby Naruto would've been taken cared of in the orphanage. Unknown to him, he was guarded by Anbu from direct orders of third Hokage who kept a personal eye on him.

We know for sure that once he was big enough he started living alone. Since I am speculating I'll go further and say this can also be because the adults in Konoha hated Naruto and no one was ready to adopt him as their own.


He probably had a caretaker to take care of him. But she probably got irritated at his energy and left when the series started. Thus the we see Naruto has no caretakers. The third and Iruka did watch him and gave him money as we see in episode 350, the third says to Naruto:"here is this months fee."

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    Unless you have some sources to back up this statement, this answer is to speculative. – Dimitri mx May 31 '16 at 14:12
  • Nice reference. Still would be nice to know about much younger ages. – VISQL Apr 6 '17 at 20:02

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