Curious little lady

Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter(20 months) seems to be a bit curious lately about her parts. I keep telling her no and that what she is touching is a no no but she keeps putting her hand down there whenever she get the chance. Ive spanked her hand to enforce the do not touch but she still does it. Any ideas on how to get her to stop. She does it when shes going potty on the potty

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every child does this. and punishing her will only make it worse. it will give her the wrong idea about her privates. my son is 2 1/2 and will play with his when he is naked. it is a natural thing and they will eventually grow out of it. just let her be but make sure to keep her hands clean so she doesnt get an infection.

Stacy - posted on 08/29/2009

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My son do the same, I just let him know what it is and that his peepee come out of there. I would suggest that you tell her what it is, you can make up a nick name for it if that is better for, but she is just curious in she's at the age where she is trying to figure out everything she just need your help.

Kim - posted on 08/27/2009

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My 23 month daugheter does the same thing. I think its just normal curiosity. We are starting potty training now, so I think she is more aware of her parts now. She will get off the potty, sit on the floor and look at and touch herself. At this age its just curiosity.

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This is normal behavior. All children are curious and will explore and touch. I ignored my son when he did it and eventually he stopped on his own. I was concerned that my attention would make him want to play with it more. If your daughter is doing it while she is on her potty then gently tell her that she may pee pee on her hand if she's not careful. I would also give her books or a toy to hold while is trying to go. My son and I always read books while he sat on the potty so he was distracted.

Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have told her thats where she goes pee pee at and ive told her its an ouchy. i only punished her because i had to try something. i dont know what to do anymore with it. she's been doing it since she was 10 months. enough is enough. its getting worse the older she gets.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2009

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Really, all kids do it. Boy or girl they are always curious about the world and looking to discover everything in it. What your daughter is doing is what most little girls do, and it is completely normal and okay. Maybe sit down with her, and instead of punishing her for being curious about herself sit down and explain to her what it is, and that you don't want her to touch because you don't want her to hurt herself by giving herself a scratch.

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