Q. Is it normal for my 18 month old to touch their private parts when I change their diaper?

A. The short answer is yes! At this age they are still discovering their own bodies and in medical terms, they do feel pleasure when they touch themselves. This doesn’t mean they are masturbating. They are simply making a new discovery about themselves that they hadn’t noticed yet! The best action is to let them explore, but if they begin to do it in public, more conversations will be needed.  Also see about teaching your children the proper names for their private parts.


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