bathing with baby boys

Kimberly - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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now i dont know if this is where i should start this conversation but my son is seven months he just started grabbing at his daiper and being able to pull it off. my friend has an eleven month old and he is starting to play with himself more during bath time and trying different things i am worried when my son might be doing things like that. what do i do. i dont want to over react causing emotional problems but i would think there is a point when they should stop. any suggestions.

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Amber - posted on 04/19/2011

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Is there a specific reason why you think they should stop? Grown men still play with themselves....

My son is 4 years old. If he wants to explore himself, he's allowed to do so in his room or in the bathroom/bathtub. I've taught him that it's okay to explore, but that there is a time and a place for it. I didn't even address that issue until he was about 3 years old.

It's completely natural to explore your body. It feels different; it's stimulating. To teach him that it's bad or shouldn't be done could make him ashamed in the future and effect their comfort with sexuality.

I asked a child psychologists who we are friends with and she told me that this is a good way to handle it.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/19/2011

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Agreed. We all have raging hormones. When I was 10 me and all my girl friends used to hump stuffed animals. I've talked to lots of guys about it too, they said they did just as riddiculous as stuff when they were young, like going behind couches to touch themselves with their friends. Everyone who posted before me is absolutely dead on- there is a time and a place for it, you gotta let them be :)

Raychel - posted on 04/19/2011

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I wouldnt be so worried about it now. I have my degree in child behavior and education and we are taught in college that it is okay at younger ages for boys and girls to explore those areas. However when they are older you just teach them that doing that is something they need to do in the bathroom or their room where others aren't. That way you aren't telling them that it is bad to do that and just that you arent suppose to do that in front of other or in public.

Susan - posted on 04/19/2011

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I have 3 boys 1 age 12 yrs and 2 age 2yrs it's a natural thing for the to do and it will pass in time! Iwould just let it be for now they are to young to understand right now with my 12 yr old i started to distract him from this when he was about 3 by getting his atention onto other thigs that would need his hands like coloring or laying ball and eventually he just stopped without even realizing it! just don't overreact because this could cause them to think they are doing soething wrong when they really aren't the are just exploring their bdy to see how it works!

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