Toddler Sex Development

A toddler learns new skills like walking, running and climbing as he is growing up. This can make the child more adventurous. However, at the same time, your child’s new awareness of the consequences of independence can result in separation anxiety.

During these months of anxiety and separation, the developmental milestones vary widely. Unless your child lags in several areas, there is little need for concern. For toddler’s sex development, you must keep in mind that a child who is born prematurely may reach milestones slightly later than a child who was born full-term. By the time the child reaches age two, both the premature child and the full-term child will even out when it comes to toddler’s sex development. Apart from that, there are several delayed milestone achievements and there are signs that a parent should be concerned about. These include a toddler who is often irritable, seldom smiles or makes few or no sounds.

By age two, as hand-eye coordination improves, most toddlers enjoy activities including games like puzzles, blocks, scribbling and coloring. When the toddler reaches age three, the language skills develop rapidly. Reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs and reading books become very exciting for the child during this age.

The anatomy, gender and the function of the human body is the foundation of development. The awareness about the sexual self as an integrated aspect of identity begins in infancy. This happens with the attitudes about the physical body which is communicated by the caretakers.

In infancy, there is manual and oral genital stimulation of children. This happens in both the sexes. During early childhood, masturbation leads to exploration and experimentation among children. This can happen both alone and also in groups. This happens in the same and opposite gender. During late childhood it is characterized by heterosexual role modeling and attempted intercourse. During pubescence, girls rapidly accelerate into a phase of sexual experience. It would seem to appear that human sexual expression follows a logical and self regulating developmental pattern. This is pretty much similar to the way the human behavior changes with age and time. Psychosexual disorders may be the result of the interruptions of that sequential growth process.

Children were commonly used and abused physically and psychologically in days of Victorian age. Eighteenth century tradition imposed a barrier between parent and child. During those days infants were removed from their parents and taken care and fed by wet nurses. The mortality rate was high during those times, even for children who were well cared for. Infanticide was the major method of population control. Infants were abandoned, neglected and intentionally killed by methods like drowning, burning, scalding and overlaying. Some children who managed to survive were often maimed or crippled. This also made them more poignant beggars and they were often at the mercy of unscrupulous and exploitive adults.

In the western culture, there has been a great controversy over the adult’s attitudes over children’s sexual expression.