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What words should I use when teaching my child about genitals?

I want to teach my toddler about her body parts, but using the real words for genitalia seems too advanced for her; plus, frankly, it makes me feel self-conscious (they’re not exactly words I say aloud very often). Do I have to use the actual words, or would it be okay to make up nicknames for those body parts instead?

Re: I want to teach my toddler about her body parts, but using the real words for genitalia seems too advanced for her; plus, frankly, it makes me feel self-conscious (they’re not exactly words I say aloud very often). Do I have to use the actual words, or would it be okay to make up nicknames for those body parts instead?

The Bump Expert

Most experts agree that making up cutesy names for "private" parts when talking about the genital area gives toddlers the impression that their parents are too ashamed to call them by their real names. Generally they advise parents to talk about vaginas and penises the same way they'd talk about ears and toes: You wouldn't make up a nickname when discussing ears and toes, so why would you do that for vaginas and penises? If you’re not embarrassed when talking about these body parts, your children won't be either.

The Bump Editors

What words should I use when teaching my child about genitals?

We call it his "pee-pee." I feel like it's a fairly normal, accepted term for boys or girls. My sister, however, uses the term "Twinkie" with my niece, and I find it creepy. Reminiscent of the type of name someone would give for their significant other's genitalia.

reDrea |

What words should I use when teaching my child about genitals?

Frankly, there isn't a good word that is all encompassing for 'girl parts' - Vagina is obviously only a small part - and most of the total package words are derogatory. One sister and I taught our girls 'Uni' and my other sister uses 'Privacy'. Bottom for the back end. I wish there was a better option.

AmandaMo3 |

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