Does anybody elses baby touch themself in the bath?

Chelsey - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Is it normal that my 9 month old will touch her self while she is taking a bath? Does any other baby do this or is something wrong =(

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Alisa - posted on 03/07/2010

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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).

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Lisa - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son is nearly 10 months old and touches himself in the bath it's normal they are exploring everything around them

Adriane - posted on 03/09/2010

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No nothing is wrong, my son does it every time i change his diaper. I use to move his hand away but now i just leave him alone.

Alexandra - posted on 03/07/2010

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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

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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.

Janice - posted on 03/07/2010

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That is totally normal for babies to do that. Check the toddler book from your health care provider or public nurse, for more things to expect. :)

Tara - posted on 03/06/2010

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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! :)

Claudia - posted on 03/06/2010

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Chelsey, Ryan is does not miss an opportunity to touch himself! I thought it was because he was a boy....

BELINDA - posted on 03/06/2010

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exactly what my 9 month old girl does. Mum tells me it is perfectly normal and it's just what they do! We don't make a big fuss over it we just let her do what she's gotta do at bath times/nappy changes.

Fiona - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son does it every time is naked. It is normal for your baby to explore their own body

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2010

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My 9 month old son does it everytime I change his Diaper ,everytime he touches he starts laughing hysterically .I figure if he's not hurting himself let him do his thing.lol

Rhina - posted on 03/05/2010

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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.

Kolie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My Son does it too, but he laughs and the other day he stood up in the tub and grabed it and then peed!!! I thaught there was something wrongs so when we had our nine month check up I ask the doc. and she said that it is normal.

Lori - posted on 03/05/2010

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Oh my goodness, mine grabs himself as soon as the air hits it! It's completely normal...if it feels good....do it!!!! LOL

Kaisa - posted on 03/05/2010

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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.

Bobbi - posted on 03/04/2010

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its normal :) my son does it constantly and if you move it he goes right back to it lol...i think it maybe the sensation or the different feel of the skin.

Margaret - posted on 03/04/2010

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Yes, my son also does it everytime his diaper comes off, when i went to the clinic i told the nurse about it. She told me not to worry and that it is something very normal. So now i just watch and laugh cause it is funny

Jenny - posted on 03/03/2010

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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

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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

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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

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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!!

Abby - posted on 03/03/2010

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Both my 9 month old daughters do this. They are just exploring their bodies. It's totally normal for them to do this.

Rebekah - posted on 03/03/2010

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Yes, both my kids touch themselves too. I thought it was just a boy thing, but sure enough my 9 month old DAUGHTER does it too. Very normal.

Line - posted on 03/03/2010

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Yes my daughter does it sometimes. i just ignore it beacuse i know she needs to explore her body.

Krystal - posted on 03/02/2010

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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 :)

Jenny - posted on 03/02/2010

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It is ok kids are learning about there bodies they need to explore just like they eplore there world.

Katherine - posted on 03/02/2010

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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.

Carol - posted on 03/02/2010

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Absolutely normal :) My guy has been doing it since he was atleast 6 months (he is 10 mths now). Obvioulsy as long as there isn't any sign of 'hurt' then no worries at all.

Tina - posted on 03/02/2010

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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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