odd question...

Stephanie - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Let me start by saying that my daughter is very curious about her body and that anytime she is naked she is touching her bottom. This is very disturbing to me and I have been constantly telling her to stop doing it and she will not. We are in the middle of potty training so she is naked alot. Does anyone else's toddler do this....

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Nicole - posted on 01/31/2011

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My son loves to explore his body and investigate every nook and cranny from his head to his toes. When it really got weird was when he wanted ME to touch him or he wanted to touch daddy. We indulged him for a bit then told him that he shouldn't touch other's personal areas :) He is much better now. He still likes to explore himself though and that is perfectly normal, just learning about himself :)

Jade - posted on 10/19/2010

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the more you tell her not to do it the more she wil for attention etc just ignore it she will find something else to do soon enogh my son likes to empty the potty on the floor lol

Melissa - posted on 06/05/2010

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yes my toddler has done it before and ive tryed to stop her but i think its their way of checking out their body my theory is they are majority of the time in a nappy so when they are free they want to know what they have i suppose, good luck with it

Pamela - posted on 05/31/2010

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my son LOVES to be naked all the time and its getting to winter here .. he touches all his parts when he is on the potty I say HANDS ON KNEES DO THE WEES in a rhyme so he doesn't wee on his hands . but Im okay with it only if he tries to touch his bum hole do I say no thats yukky and he will stop.

Jamie - posted on 05/24/2010

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Yes its very normal!! My daughter does it too, but she grabs the frount part. I tell her what the body parts are called n tell her its not ok to play with them because thats where she goes potty from, So she tells me know when shes naked thats her V n she goes P from there n its yucky. Shes know all her body parts and knows the diffrence between boys n girls(lil bro) Yes, I taught her the real names of those body parts, Im not ashamed of it at all, I feel that a child needs a healthy understanding of the body, n as she grows n the questions get more detailed, I'll give her the correct information,

Andrea - posted on 05/19/2010

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Just make sure she (or you) washes her hands to ward of her getting sick from ecoli. It's in all poop. All kids do it (I have 3 and all 3 did + many nieces and nephews) If you make a big deal out of it she'll keep doing it. If you tell them touching is bad you can make them self consious about their bodies. Just let her be and keep her hands clean and she'll grow out of it.

Beck - posted on 05/11/2010

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I had this same question on another page and I have had t said to me many times just to let them explore. I'm still not sure how I feel about my toddler touching herself but I have to just let her go. I've been told to maybe tell them its not something you do in public and only do it when you are going to go to the toilet or are in your bedroom.
I'm sorry I can't give you any personal advice but I hope something might help. But as a lot of other people have said, I'm sure she will grow out of it once the novelty of having a bottom goes away :)

Sophie - posted on 04/20/2010

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hahaha this is so funny!!! im potty training my two year at the min and thr other day i walked in the front room to find her havin a good look! it freaked me out a bit but now i just tell her to stop and tell her to wash her hands. your not alone lol!!!!

Haley - posted on 04/14/2010

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my daughter constantly does it... you just have to pull her hand away and say not

Susan - posted on 04/02/2010

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Haha, my son always 'plays' with himself when tub, potty or changing the diaper. I think it's funny, I always say 'son like father..lol'. I don't think it's a problem now, like someone else said he is 'exploring' things and I'm sure it feels good to him. I think if you make it a 'big deal' then they will dwell on it more than if you just let them figure it out and get over it likes it's no big deal. Alicia my son pulls hard on his too, but again I don't say anything, I figure if it hurt him he wouldn't do it. But it really bugs my hubby when he does that.

As for the bottom, my son is just getting more interested in that because he now realizes that's where the poop is coming from and he too is 'feeling' for it. I try to catch him before gets a hold of any, if I see his hand going back there I rush him to the potty. Then make him hold his 'pee pee' down to preoccupy him from his bottom business, but I guess you can't do that with a girl....

Bonnie - posted on 04/02/2010

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I once read something that said, "you aren't bothered when they explore their toes, elbows or ears, why is some of their body off limits?". I try and remember that everytime they touch someplace society says is taboo.

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2010

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It only really bothers me because we are trying to potty-train and instead of her trying to practice on the potty she is touching herself. It would be differant if it was only occasionally but it is constant every time she is on the potty. I am just trying to be patient, I'm sure it will pass.

Alicia - posted on 03/30/2010

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Yeah my son also pulls at his most private parts. I don't like it because I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself, but it's perfectly normal. He does it mostly when I put him on the potty. I just tell him not to pull on it so he doesn't hurt himself and to go pee and he usually stops and watches himself pee.

Heather - posted on 03/30/2010

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Why does it bother you so much? It is perfectly normal for two year olds to explore their bodies.

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