• Rob

    We’ve got a little boy (4) and a little girl (2). We decided to refer to their “privates” as their “peepee”. If only because they will inevitably refer to it at one point in the future (like at a dinner party or in the middle of the mall) and you want it to sound cute and innocent like the kid who says it. My daughter will often tell me “My peepee hurts” if her diaper is giving her a wedgie. This is cute and not terribly embarrasing to anybody. We figure they can learn the proper terms for it when they get older.

  • suzi

    Boys: Cahchi
    Girls: Hoohar

  • http://www.sheilaomalley.com red

    I have enjoyed reading these comments immensely!! What a great topic!

    I didn’t call my vagina anything, as a girl. It was never ever referred to, in my household. A bit of a shame.

    A great boyfriend I ended up having years later broke the spell for me, and came up with many pet names for my “AREA”.

    My favorite was “Si senor.”

    Obviously I don’t recommend this for a child!

  • m.

    Your “Whoha”! But now there is that darn kids show, PB and J, and they live on Lake Whoha. . and even have a little song about it. So..that may be out.

  • Carolyn

    When I began parenting my stepdaughter (now a first grader) somehow her mother (my husband’s ex) and father (my husband) had come up with “Budgie”. Somehow, telling her to wash her budgie (I have been a part of her life since she was 18 mo. old) came naturally.
    Our nearly 3 yr. old daughter is aware that she has a vagina and boys have a penis, but she also uses the term “budgie” interchangeably for the v-word. Works for us.

  • amarettiXL

    I *knew* the term ‘vagina’, of course, but the only word we really used around the house was ‘cucciniddu’ or “little kitchen” in Sicilian. I still think it’s a great term, and it’s the one I taught my daughter.

  • http://snarkypants.diaryland.com snarkypants

    My little one knows hers as her “parts” (as in “parts is parts,” from a 1980s commercial) or her “bits.” Technically, aren’t the female’s “outer bits” known as the vulva, while the “inner bits” are known as the vagina? In college, we called it the “foofy.”

  • http://www.r80o.com mark

    When my daughter was a toddler my wife and I referred to mine as “thunder” and hers was “who-who”.

    But my favorite euphemism for a vagina was courtesy of my grandfather. He only mentioned it once and then he referred to it as “the hairy end of a gut”.

    Hell of a guy.

  • Sonja

    Vagina was a “popo” and penis was a “doodler”. Imagine the horror when as a lil’ girl I was sitting at the table coloring, and a visitor asked me if I was a doodler!?

  • Amanda

    We called the penis a “wing wong” and boobs “tootie fishes”. There was never a word for the vagina. Everything to do with it was emphasized. Did you WASH, did you WIPE….things like that.

  • http://wingsofpaper.tsarina.org karina

    well, since i was born in brasil my mom had a really ugly word for it. “xoxota.” personally, i cringe every time she says it. she still does, btw.

    but a friend of mine told me her mother called it her music box. go figure.

  • http://www.unhipblog.blogspot.com Andrea

    I’m with the ones that call it Yoni (though I pronounce it so it rhymes with Johnny). I heard it came from Hindi…??? I don’t know. I just like it because it sounds more affectionate than “vagina”, which sounds a little clinical. However, I’ve taught my daughter (3 1/2) to call it her “Pigu” (pronounced peegoo), which is the Chinese general word for bottom. Not very specific, but when I refer to her bum, I call it her “bottom” (in English), so hopefully she’s aware of the difference. Finally, when I was a kid and my cat was washing her privates we would call it her “Po Po”, which always made me crack up.

  • Lori

    Well we use “muffin”, I don’t know why but it works and my daughter has not associated it with and english muffin or a bakery muffin, so all is well.

  • Shannon

    my oldest daughter calls it her front bum or pp (private part) for my youngest we refer to it as a pp, i also grew up with the term pp, and vagina as i got older

  • anna jr.

    mine was called a “wee-wee” and my brother’s was called a “pee-pee”.

    my ex called his penis “tucky” which i thought was ADORABLE – and could be used for either sex.

    as a grownup i generally will use the word “cooch” – but i will say vulva and vagina if i am referring to either in specific.

    but i vote for “betweens” or “poogie” of all the ones i have read so far.

  • Sue

    Girls had a ‘koochy’ and boys had a ‘tinker’ when I was a kid. BUT when referring to it for my 6 yr old daughter, she has a private part and her 4 yr old brother has a ‘thingy’

  • Point Blank

    Hootie – works for boys or girls. As they get older, they need to understand they are private parts, then learn the real names.

  • http://beck82.blogspot.com beck

    I learned it as vagina or during early years, simply “bottom.” My mother is a nurse and all terms we were taught were anatomically correct. We had “bowel movements” and “urinated.” None of that silly poopie pee pee stuff.

  • a.march

    A girl has a pogey (pronounced “poe-gee”) and a boy has a doobie doobie. Also, if you have to urinate, you can say “I have to go she she.” That applies to both boys & girls, of course.

  • Penny

    My parents had my sister and I calling that “area” our pee pee. After all, that where pee comes from, right?

  • absolut di

    Your “business”

  • http://www.rightmoon.com moon moon

    I called it my “front butt” or my “pee pee”.

    Boys had a “pee-pee” or a “peanut”.

    It’s no wonder I have blossommed into such a sophisticated young woman.

  • K

    I honestly don’t remember what my folks used. My dad never used any words, and I believe my mom used “down there” and “privates”–nothing too fun. However, a friend who is Portuguese said that the word for vagina in Portunguese is “vaguege” (va-juhj’). I have no idea how to spell it and it’s hard to explain how to pronounce, but the G’s are really soft, like french J’s (Je t’aime). I think it’s really pretty, and a real word. PS Tried to translate it on Google translations, but apparently Google thinks “vagina” is a bad word. Good luck!

  • http://aplaceforme.blog-city.com Stacie

    Girl: cooch or puffy
    Boy: peanut at first but now we’re using the word penis

  • http://www.hypotheticalproductions.com Carrster

    Can you believe “thing-a-majig” is what my sister & I called it!? No that’s not difficult for a little kid to say!


  • Heather

    When I was little I had a “big bottom” and a “lil bottom”. My kids now, both a boy and girl, have “packages”.

  • lise

    Girls: “Coolie” (I think my family altered the Italian —as in “Va fa un cuolo”, go fuck yourself.)

    Boys: “Doodle”.

    Ass: “Heiny”

  • perl

    growing up, we did the whole vagina/bagina thing, too. my favorite terms now that i’m all grown up are schmooie (or schmoo) and pamplemousse (so descriptive) :)

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  • http://beetilda.diaryland.net Bee

    When we were young, my sisters and I called it the fan fan. I think it was a variation of fanny. Which does not mean the bum in Europe, so call it a bum bag instead of a fanny pack, or you’ll get some odd looks. When we were older, we said bits. Now with Miss Baby I’ve just been absentmindedly calling it her front parts.

  • portia

    cheeseburger is pretty cute, but with mad cow disease it might be odd in a few years. i like “tookie” – my boyfriend uses this word, and it’s great because it won’t ever have an association with anything else. also it’s damn cute.

  • fara

    I always referred to mine as my “teetee.” My best friends mother is a very sweet southern woman who says things like “bless your heart,” but she taught my friend and all her sisters to call it a “twat.” For some reason that just creeps me out…and to hear her say it so matter of fact, just weird. My nephew called his a “dinger,” and I always thought that was precious.

  • cst

    turkey. because, obviously, the parts look like a turkey’s neck.

  • Ivana


  • http://www.shellybeans.org/blogger Michele

    My mother called our vagina’s (oldest of 4 girls) a tush, and our butt was your bottom. I was in utter horror when in middle school and some said that got something sticky on their tush, in public mind you. I was going to die; I turned three shades of puce.

    As we got older we called them privates, now I call it was it is, a muff. ;)

    My son is 6 I tell him his Penis is just that, but in public we call it a pee-pee and honestly I don’t refer to it that much publicy. He on the other hand invented a world for his testicles, “Peanuts”. As in careful mom, don’t zip up my peanuts in the zipper with my penis!”

  • HB

    My mom was a nurse and insisted on always using the “proper” terms. She said that people sound stupid when they use cute names to describe their vagina and penis. So just to spite her we use Po-Po at our house. I think it is cute and it sounds a lot better coming from the mouth of a three year old.

  • jenn

    My friend calls her a LA-LA but then again she is in her 30′s and is still calling it that…

  • http://suffer-never.diaryland.com Lisa

    The kid (Stuart) on MAD TV called it his “Daaaanger Zone”. Heh. I like that.

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  • amy

    Our daughter calls hers “peeper” which I think aludes to peeing. As a funny aside, she (my daughter, 3 1/2) was pooping on the potty the other day and became very concerned and asked “Does it hurt daddy when he poops” and I asked why she thought that and she said “because out comes out of a tiny hole in his penis”. Cute kid. But since she said “penis” I had to paint her genitals with iodine and lock her out of the apartment for an hour so she could repent.

  • http://anacarna.blogspot.com M.AnaCarNa

    coming from my oh so latin up bringing. . my mother and grandmother referred to my vagina as “periquita” and male genitals as “pinga”. . .even though “pinga” is sort of a crude word of saying penis in spanish but they had no shame. . i was in a house filled with woman so “pinga” didn’t come up much. . no pun intended. . and the bottom was referred to as “culito”

  • dilly

    My 2 yr old daughter that her “china fell out on the furniture”, when I asked what she was looking for on the couch. Recently I heard the term “ladybits” and hate to admit that I took a fancy (not fanny) to it!

  • http://www.xanga.com/tammygrrrl tammy

    i have a little girl, and when we bathe her or wipe her, we refer to her “nether regions.” it has a classy, literate sound to it. i kinda like it.

  • Suki

    Why not a hoo-hoo? It is relatively safe from associations with other “actually” items… only thing I can think of that it comes close to is a Ho-Ho.

  • Sarah

    With 3 girls in the family, and only 1 boy, we had several terms for vagina: veegee (laughed the first time I heard the name of golfer Vijay Singh), bagina (much cuter than vagina), and (I don’t know where this came from) nu-nu. We normally called it nu-nu, but had to change it when my brother became best friends with a girl named Nutan, or Nu for short. I giggled everytime I said her name in the beginning. (I really am mature.) So, we changed nu-nu to nonnie. Now we always call it nonnie(rhymes with bonnie) or non (also spelled nawn/nohn) for short.

    I love this word for several reasons:
    1) it sounds cute
    2) generally, nobody has any idea what you’re talking about, so you can use it brazenly in public
    3) it sounds like a pet name for your vagina, complete with a nickname.

  • http://www.darkglass.org/ Tamara

    When I was little, my mother referred to vagina as yonnie. The funny thing is that when I was a freshman in college, I met one of my friends for the first time in my dorm and he introduced himself as Yoni, an Israeli nickname for Jonathan. He followed that by saying “not yonnie” and when I chuckled a little, we began talking more, which led to one of my best friendships at school. I believe he said that it’s a Hebrew word for vagina.

  • http://starrbrite.blogspot.com JaxVenus

    Wow! That’s a heck of a lot of comments! I knew vagina and penis kinda early on, but girls mostly had a pee-pee or a coochie and the boys had a wee-wee or a winkie. Or privates was interchangeable for either sex. Then I learned from my friends on our street words like business, tu-tu, girly bits, treasure, loo-loo, cho-cha and toolie, and peter, dick, jo-jo, dingle, and willy. I use crotchal area, naughty bits, girlie parts, or coochie a lot, and my nieces call it their squishy or girlie.

  • Raevyn

    When I was a wee one my bits were called my Pee-pee or just private parts.

    NOW I tend to call them my happy bits, my kitten, and my beloved vulva.

    I think I have to add my vote in for “Twiffy” when it comes to a cute nonsense euphamism for her, but only if sha also understands that her bits are also a vulva with a vagina in…

    Kids are smarter than anyone ever expects. I think she’ll get it if the dialogue is kept open.

    And good onya for thinking so hard on this!

  • http://www.pluckthepetal.com/blackdaisies ‘daisies

    There is, of course, no correct spelling but my guy apparently learned that girls have ‘weegees’ and boys have ‘whoajoes’. I personally prefer whoajoes and have taken to calling my vagina, my whoajoes which ’causes me much fun as he says over and over again, no weegees weegees weegees. They are fun names and I like them better than vagina and penis which was the correct term in our house with the occasional ‘privates’ thrown in for good measure.

  • catdog

    growing up mine was refered to as my private part… and my brother had a john-willy