asalam u alaikum,
Not an easy subject, nevertheless, one that is affecting my family.
My niece is nearly 3 years old and she rubs, stimulates, (reluctantly wanting to use the word) masturbates and she has been from nearly 1.5 - 2 years old.
When my sister "catches" her (as she now does it in secret) she tells her off which leads to my niece feeling embarrassed and teary.
When my brother in-law "catches" her, he calmly and nicely calls her name and asks what is she doing - she responds by trying to change subject or distract my BIL by playing games.
Our concern is: is it normal? Is it something we need to address with a doctor/psychologist? Is it a passing faze? How shall we, the family, address it - ie should it be the womenfolk or the men or both?
Please note: My niece has never been left alone with anyone but my sister (mum), brother -in-law (dad), my parents (grandparents) and myself so we are confident that this was not anything relating to sexual abuse of any kind.