Does anybody elses baby touch themself in the bath?
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Alisa - posted on 03/07/2010
I have a 9 month old son, and he's been doing this for a few months now. At first I thought maybe something was wrong because he did it all the time and would be pulling at it and rubbing it, but my doctor said its normal for babies to touch themselves. They are just exploring their bodies and just as adults feel good when they touch their parts, babies do too, and its nothing to be alarmed about. I was a bit taken back when my doc said that, I think babies had that kind of feeling yet, but apparently they do. My doc said that its a baby's form of masturbation, touching because it feels good, or to explore what it is and how it works. She also said that as the child gets older he/she may start to touch more often, even while wearing a diaper/nappy/underwear, and this can be troublesome when in public or for daycare/preschool age children. Just explain to him/her that its something they should only do at home or in the bath and not in public. She said don't condemn the behavior because its a form of sexual exploration, but rather teach them to only do this in private, unless your beliefs/morals/religion teaches you otherwise. Personally, I don't mind it and when he gets older he will learn that its a private thing, not something you do in public. I'm not one of those parents who believe in teaching children sexual shame and nudity is wrong, personally I think its both healthy and natural, besides mental health studies have proven that teaching sexual shame almost always has a negative affect on their mental health as they begin to reach adulthood (especially in females).
Tara - posted on 03/06/2010
My mom is a retired sex abuse investigataor for child welfare. She had an article I read just the other day which told about all the normal and abnormal things babies do. For baby boys and girls..........totally normal and healthy to explore! :)
Alexandra - posted on 03/07/2010
Totally, totally normal. They are exploring everything, including their bodies and it probably feels nice. When she is older you can explain that it's something she should do in private but for now it's what all our babies are doing so don't worry at all!
Coral - posted on 03/07/2010
My daughter and both sons have done it. The only thing I watched out for w/my daughter was when she was a little bit older and understood. She was "exploring" with a bath toy...and I took it away. I didn't want her to scratch herself. She was old enough that I could explain it to her.
Rhina - posted on 03/05/2010
LOL. yesss my daughter does it and at first I was a little concerned. But I learned that she is just learning about her body and its something new. Plus she is learning to wash herself as she bathes so I just make it a song game and say ok lets wash our boody and arms, and legs, etc. etc. It will pass everything is new to them, don't worry I think all kids do it.
Kaisa - posted on 03/05/2010
As everybody else already said it is totally normal. The baby doesn't know that it is a "no no part" of her body. She probably explores her fingers and toes too, doesn't she? For her it's kind of the same. It is something that is on her body and she want's to figure out what it is and how it works.
My daughter, now 4 years old, did it and now my 9 month old son does it. I am one of those people that has got a little bit of a problem whit the touching but I try not to pas any of that down to my children. The body should not be a "bad" thing. They will get all of those feelings later on anyway.
Jenny - posted on 03/03/2010
Of course it is normal, Babies will touch themselves in that area, pull their ears, grab their feet, if you had to wear a diaper ALL the time you prob would too. The only thing that may not be normal is itching? yeast down there from constant moisture? touching gravbbing every second the diaper is off? during changes? check for yeast problem or some itchy rash.
Nicole - posted on 03/03/2010
completely normal. everyone seems to think that its ok for a little boy to explore himself and discover a little extra something down there, but then they think its weird when the girls do it. my little one is the same, she sits there cracking up laughing to herself.
Pam - posted on 03/03/2010
very normal, just like everything in their world, this is another thing they must explore. I also think it's a good thing, it shows they are individuals and it's sweet to see them explore their own bodies. It's just like when they realized they had hands. This is just another body part to them that has lots of nerve endings :D They have no idea of the social aspect of it
Crys - posted on 03/03/2010
my little boy touched himself ALOT when he was younger. He still does at 3. I think its just a facination of the stuff down there. If she isnt showing any form of discomfort I wouldnt worry, but do call your doctor to discuss this if it is really bothering you. I'm sure they would be happy to talk to you!!
Krystal - posted on 03/02/2010
yes it is normal, my son started doing that at 8 months and still does it now at 10 months okd, they are just curious about whats down there, and just want to explore, dont worry about it ok, all babies do it so your not alone on it, my son finds it funny to pull his bits when im changing him, normally i just move his hands away and say no or i give him something else to occupy him till the nappies on. hope this helps :)
Katherine - posted on 03/02/2010
My son does it too. I try to keep his hands busy when I'm changing his diaper but it doesn't always work. In the bath he plays with his toys and forgets about playing with his parts. It is totally normal for them to explore themselves.
Tina - posted on 03/02/2010
Hi Chelsey... My son does it any chance he gets...every time his nappy comes off...down goes the hand. At first i thought it was so grose but he needs to explore himself and in my opinion if we freak out he may grow up thinking his bits are grose....i have just starting ignoring him doing it and as he gets older and understands the concept of his boy bits then i will start explaining to him that we dont do that....i dont think its bad that they do it..they have to explore their bodies like they explore their environment i guess...thats the only way they will learn :)
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