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Birth to 2 years

Birth to Two Years Mother holding child

What to expect

Sexuality for a baby is not like sexuality for an adult.

Feeling closeness, safety and love is the start of learning to expect and to have loving relationships. 

Babies learn about the world through touch. Just as they enjoy playing with their fingers and toes, they will play with their genitals too, because it feels good. It’s normal and healthy.9

Baby boys have erections and baby girls’ vaginas lubricate (get wet). These are reflex responses and part of healthy development.

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