to ask what your toddler daughter calls her bits?

(63 Posts)
Meggymoodle Thu 31-Jan-13 17:42:24

I only ask as I was fairly mortified the other day to hear my (just) 2 year old refer to her "bits" as her fandango - she has obviously heard me say it in passing at some point in the past blush but she's got it totally in context.

Just wondered if there was any reasonable terminology. We always called it a vagina when I was younger but I hated it as a word - still not desperately keen.

familyfun Thu 31-Jan-13 17:43:58

dds say bum and bits. i would be embarassed if they said vagina at church/school, doesnt sound right from 2 yr olds imo.

My dd calls it her frufru, I have no idea why it didn't come from me, maybe from the childminder or one of the little girls at nursery LOL

KenLeeeeeee Thu 31-Jan-13 17:44:33

My dd (4yo) insists that she has "two bums" and won't accept any other terminology. blush

Snowflakepie Thu 31-Jan-13 17:45:16

We've always used bits, because I don't like vagina from a toddlers mouth even though it is anatomically correct. However, after a bath this week, my 3 year old informed me she was drying her 'onesie'. I'm ashamed to say I really was crying with laughter at that one, best stay away from fashion magazines until the trend is over for fear of embarrassment lol!

Feminine Thu 31-Jan-13 17:46:00


2 yo DD is convinced her bum and vulva are 'bum' and won't hear any different from me.

Booboobedoo Thu 31-Jan-13 17:47:28

My dd (2.3) calls it her fanny.

Seem to remember reading advice on MN yonks ago to teach them to label their body parts so that it would be recognisable to others. It was to do with the child being able to report abuse without causing confusion.

I know fanny isn't accurate, but people in this country know it means vulva, I think.

HeadFairy Thu 31-Jan-13 17:48:00

dd refers to it as her bottom. I'm not going to correct her, I'm happy for her to say front bottom or bottom for now. Ds (5) refered to her clitoris (she had her legs apart in the bath) as her willy. Umm now how to address that one? grin

meddie Thu 31-Jan-13 18:21:36

My daughter called hers her sugar puff.. because well it err looked like a sugar puff..

WellTravelledPrawn Thu 31-Jan-13 19:26:00

My DD aged 4 knows it's her vulva but generally prefers the term 'muffin', lord only knows where she got it from, but she often gives people quite funny looks in Starbucks!

Front bum/ back bum or just bits!

BarredfromhavingStella Thu 31-Jan-13 19:28:47


peppersaunt Thu 31-Jan-13 19:29:55

Front bottom in our house (though DD spent several years referring to both her front and back as her "bottom").

NickNacks Thu 31-Jan-13 19:30:42

Minnie (as in mini bum!)

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 31-Jan-13 19:30:55

Vulva here... Unless your DD is particularly exploratory vagina is not technically correct.

weegiemum Thu 31-Jan-13 19:31:23

In our house it's boy bits and girl bits.

3monkeys3 Thu 31-Jan-13 19:32:40

Tinkle. Sorry. My ds started it and I just went with it as I couldn't think of what to say myself.

kinkyfuckery Thu 31-Jan-13 19:33:04

A bit older, but my 4 and 7 year old girls call it a "weewee". My friend's 4 year old calls it a cookie - that was a bit awkward on our first playdate!

sukysue Thu 31-Jan-13 19:34:29

foof for girls bits, willie for boys simples!

digerd Thu 31-Jan-13 19:37:56

It was always" wee wee", presumably as that is the place the wee came from.
My younger sister for some reason called wah wah. My sil's nieces called it their fairy.

fosterdream Thu 31-Jan-13 19:38:00

Lady bits my end

IrnBruChew Thu 31-Jan-13 19:39:53

I hate the word fanny! Can't imagine a young child referring to it as that. Dd just says bottom, she's 5

purpleloosestrife Thu 31-Jan-13 19:51:52

My little girl has a tinkle and boys have willies

biglips Thu 31-Jan-13 19:54:18

front bum and back bum

nevermindthecrocodiles Thu 31-Jan-13 19:54:37

The last DCs I looked after, the little girls called it 'noofy'. DCs currently - "balls" but possibly as she is only 5 and has a big brother & may be a bit confused!

Beveridge Thu 31-Jan-13 19:56:50

Girls have bottoms and boys have winkies.According to DD age 3.

MrsPotato Thu 31-Jan-13 19:58:37

I so regret telling dd2 that she had a vagina. Ever since it's been yap yap yap, vagina this 'gina that.

Once we were watching the Wiggles visiting the Great Wall of China.

Cue dd bellowing I'VE GOT A GREAT WALL OF 'GINA

Cringe cringe shudder

Vulva - or rather, vuwva. (Thanks to MN of course)

Idocrazythings Thu 31-Jan-13 20:11:51

We say giny (as in tiny with a g) I know it's actually a vulva but vulvie sounds wrong and there is a vagina in there!

We use girly bits here.

IWantAnotherBaby Thu 31-Jan-13 20:21:33

Front bottom (DD aged 5) or 'bits'. But I like 'Minnie'. Very cute.

Meglet Thu 31-Jan-13 20:24:32

4yo DD sayd vulva or binky. Usually vulva these days, I'm quite impressed she cottoned onto it so fast.

RugBugs Thu 31-Jan-13 20:25:48

DD 2.2 is also yet to distinguish between front and back.
They are both 'bot bot'.

TheCountessOlenska Thu 31-Jan-13 20:26:04

Bot-bot. I don't know why. Her bottom is her bum though so it is differentiated!

Clawdy Thu 31-Jan-13 20:27:39

DD always said Crotch. Simple and pretty accurate. I always hated the "bottom" terms,it's not part of your bottom. It also makes it sound ridiculous when you're trying to explain about sex when they're older.

ByTheWay1 Thu 31-Jan-13 20:58:15

Girl bits and boy bits..... makes it easy if someone hurts them - "x kicked my girl bits" is different to a teacher to "x kicked my botbot" as is "x touched my.... girl bits" different to x touched my botbot"

BlackholesAndRevelations Thu 31-Jan-13 21:10:57

Good grief. I think "Vulva" sounds as wrong coming out of a three-year-old's mouth as "fanny", to be honest, anatomically correct or not. My daughter calls it her privates; trying to teach that it's a private place. Boys have it easy, as it's a willy (or penis). None of this foo foo and fru fru and tinkly tuppence malarkey.

BlackholesAndRevelations Thu 31-Jan-13 21:12:02

Oh and Minnie is a PERSON'S NAME! hmm

gazzalw Thu 31-Jan-13 21:13:30

She used to say "front bottom" but now says "minnie" instead! She's got that from one of her school friends!

jamdonut Thu 31-Jan-13 21:19:18

My gran always used to say it was "your penny"!! And that is what I used to call it when I was younger. But for DD I used to say front bottom and back bottom.

Doo da grin

mrswoz Thu 31-Jan-13 21:25:41

We say foofoo. Or sometimes just foo.

My family used the word mini for it when my sisters and I were growing up and I hated it, lots of people drove round in Mini cars at the time and all my friends called it a fanny, I wanted to be the same as them!

ledkr Thu 31-Jan-13 21:26:00

Dd2 who is 2 says wa wa as she pats the appropriate bit!!
Dd1 always said lulu which is nice expect that's my name!!

FarelyKnuts Thu 31-Jan-13 21:28:04

My 3yo DD insists its all her bum and laughs uproariously when I try to talk about vulvas grin

Arcadia Thu 31-Jan-13 21:28:29

My DP started 'bits and bobs' but that can backfire when I thoughtlessly say 'just going to get some bits and bobs from the car'!

Arcadia Thu 31-Jan-13 21:30:18

Was discussing this with a friend the other day. DD is 3.3 and will refer to it as her bottom which is confusing if she says her bottom is sore. Having read this think I am going to use 'girl bits'. When we were children we always said fanny but for some reason people seem to think that is rude now.

paddyclamp Thu 31-Jan-13 21:33:13

Nowt wrong with fanny imo...hate front bottom etc...poo doesn't come out of it! smile

Lostonthemoors Thu 31-Jan-13 21:34:21

Don't have a dd yet but if/when we do, I'm going for bits, I think.

SauvignonBlank Thu 31-Jan-13 21:41:37

Butterfly bottom! She came up with this herself but we both know what it meaans.

thebitchdoctor Thu 31-Jan-13 21:42:43

My 18 month calls it foofoo or foofie. I will explain the proper terminology (vulva) when she's capable of saying it.

ErikNorseman Thu 31-Jan-13 21:44:38

My DS learnt Minnie from nursery and I'm ok with that. He knows penis but calls his a willy. He asked me what the hole was called that babies came out of and I told him it was the vagina, but I don't think he realised it was the same thing as a Minnie confused explaining this stuff feels like a bit of a minefield.

Vulva here, although it was pronounced 'roller' until very recently.

HoneyDragon Thu 31-Jan-13 21:46:28

Day to day purposes

We have Fanjos and Willies here.

For lecturing purposes it is Vulva and Penis.

HoneyDragon Thu 31-Jan-13 21:48:04

Dd at 3 knows babies come out fanjos <<frowns dswards hmm>>

Thingiebob Thu 31-Jan-13 21:54:11

My 3 yr insists it is her old

ISeeSmallPeople Thu 31-Jan-13 21:57:21

No idea why, but she's 4 and has some funny ideas.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 31-Jan-13 21:58:44

Boys have willies
Girls have Wilmas !!

PartTimeModel Thu 31-Jan-13 22:00:48

Nu nu - I don't know where that came from. I quite like it. My 20 month old has picked it up too bless her grin

We talk about our 'privates' being the entire vagina/bottom region and breasts. that came out of necessity as she was evolving into a flasher aged 3. The concept of 'privates' has been very useful in keeping that under wraps (publicly at least).

grin at Glenda! Maybe I could start calling it Mavis, or some such.

I have struggled with this with DD (2.5) - vagina/vulva seems wrong at this age, maybe 'girly bits' will have to do for now confused

Vulva (2 yo DD)
Willy (4 yo DS, is aware it's also called a penis but prefers willy)

We've had a few pregnant friends and family members and lots of interest in how babies grow. I managed to get hold of a copy of this awesome book so they now know, in fairy graphic detail, what vaginas and uteruses (uteri???) are too. Never intended to teach them at such a young age, they just kept asking questions and I kept answering them.

BonzoDooDah Thu 31-Jan-13 22:18:32

"Great wall of GINA" is CLASSIC!!!! thanks

I decided that boys have "willy" that everyone knows what it is so DD would have "fanny" as everyone knows what that is.
I can't stand twee names like flower or tuppence as they are so ambiguous and almost give in to the view that women's bodies should be blushed about and mens bodies joked about.

Also - your vagina is the tube up to your womb. Your vulva is the stuff on the outside - so best to get that bit right if you're teaching them the medically correct name.

StuntGirl Fri 01-Feb-13 01:04:02

Good god @ some of these terms. If she decided to call her arm or her head or her nose some ridiculous made up word would you go with it? It's her vulva. It's normal. No need to come up with cutsie pie names.

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