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2 year old says "What's this?" - pointing to lady bits. What to say?

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notenoughlicorice Sun 06-Oct-13 13:50:23

My 2 year old says "What's this?" - pointing to her lady bits.
I am not sure what to tell her.

I don't want her to grow up ashamed etc, though also want to be careful what words I try to teach her.

What are polite words she wouldn't get in trouble for using at school?
What words are considered acceptable for a young girl to use?

There is also a distinct possibiity that she will adopt the word I tell her, but in her own way (she calls her bottom 'bumbie' - which is cute though).

I realise that "fanjo" seems to be popular on Mumsnet but don't think I want her running about saying fanjo... (or is it commonwith littlies?)

Any tips from others who have been down this road?

What to say?

sweetiepie1979 Sun 06-Oct-13 13:53:47

My DD is 2 I say front bum and breasts. I know if I said vagina shed be trying to say it all the time and it's too much! Fanjo is rather vulgar I would never use it.

moldingsunbeams Sun 06-Oct-13 13:53:53

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5madthings Sun 06-Oct-13 13:55:20

I have told my dd also two, it is her vulva but she also calls it her 'girly bits' bit she knows its a vuvla and I will tell her the correct names so she knows them.

What she chooses to call it is up to her but I think it's important she knows what it is called.

sweetiepie1979 Sun 06-Oct-13 13:58:42

Vulva I'd a good one I hadn't thought of that I'll probably do that after front bum

BurberryQ Sun 06-Oct-13 14:00:48

sorry but the terms 'front bottom' and 'lady bits' make me feel ill - what is wrong with vulva? or fanny?

DropYourSword Sun 06-Oct-13 14:02:37

I also think front bottom is horrible!

valiumredhead Sun 06-Oct-13 14:03:38

Private parts seems to cover it.

5madthings Sun 06-Oct-13 14:05:09

Burberry dd uses both interchangably, she knows it's a vulva, I tell her that but she has fpru brothers and knows they have a willy but they also call them 'girls bits/boys bits or 'Winkle' for willy, its just words they have used/use but they know the correct names and use them as well which I think is important.

sweetiepie1979 Sun 06-Oct-13 14:07:39

Yes I've never liked front bottom buy I have to admit I didn't know what to say. I'll use vulva from now on maybe fanny is crude though

plentyofsoap Sun 06-Oct-13 14:09:13

My ds decided that it should be called a lady feather. I have no idea where this came from!

sweetiepie1979 Sun 06-Oct-13 14:15:58

Lady feather is nice!

mummybare Sun 06-Oct-13 14:22:35

We have decided to go with twinkle and winkle, as it seems fitting that genitals should comprise a matching set grin

DD is only 17mo and only has the odd word but is doing a lot of pointing with a questioning look on her face.

The only trouble is that when anyone sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, she points at her bits blush

We will, of course, tech her the proper names as she builds her vocabulary, but have decided to go with the more toddler-friendly words for now.

drawsofdrawers Sun 06-Oct-13 14:32:09


Bearing in mind you shit out your arse I think front bottom is horrid.

birdybear Sun 06-Oct-13 14:35:13

this topic comes up on average once a week! i mean, people, is it so hard? are you going to post every time your kid points to its knee or head or toe or any other part of the body and ask what should you call it?

dear me ...

drawsofdrawers Sun 06-Oct-13 14:39:39

Was just thinking the same birdy. Also just thought OP has said 'lady bits' herself...

moldingsunbeams Sun 06-Oct-13 14:40:45

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VinegarDrinker Sun 06-Oct-13 14:42:43

Vulva. It's what it is.

moldingsunbeams Sun 06-Oct-13 14:42:49

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VinegarDrinker Sun 06-Oct-13 14:43:50

My DS (2.5) also has a penis (with glans & foreskin), scrotum and perineum.

I don't see the point in twee euphemisms.

valiumredhead Sun 06-Oct-13 14:53:30

I'm 43 and have never ever heard vulva used not even by doctors,MN is the only placegrin

crochetcircle Sun 06-Oct-13 15:03:56

Our dd (2.3 years old) calls hers her jina (vagina). Not as accurate as vulva but a more common name for it I think. She came home from nursery calling it her nonnie but I thought that was ridiculous so we called it a vagina.

I think the right answer is it's whatever you feel comfortable with. There's no right or wrong, just what works for you.

BillyBanter Sun 06-Oct-13 15:17:37

Same, valium.

Jina is good, actually.

Is it ok if I say I got hurt on the bonce instead of saying the skull or even parietal bone? Can I say I've got a keeker instead of saying I have a circumorbital haematoma? (providing I'm in Scotland at the time)

I think it's worth telling children the real names for things but we nickname all sorts of things in our daily language so not sure what the problem is with nicknames for vulvas and penes. It won't lead to shame unless we behave as if it is shameful.

bouncingbelle Sun 06-Oct-13 15:23:54

We grew up using 'front bottom' but my sister uses 'vajayjay' with her little girl (for now).

ZingWantsCake Sun 06-Oct-13 15:39:11

having been involved in a recent thread you could

a, call it a vulva, which is a term to describe the external female genitalia that consists of the clitoris, labia major, labia minor & vagina (and urethra? am I forgetting something? )

b, call it whatever you want for now.the choices are: fanny, nuni, puni, girlie bits, girly parts, minnie, front bottom,betweens or tweens, foof etc.

when she is older introduce the term vulva.

c, let her call it whatever she wants.
a friend of mine used to call her vulva "little squirrel". why not?smile

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