Parents should ask their babies for permission before changing nappies, expert claims
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Parents should ask their babies for permission before changing nappies, expert claims

PARENTS SHOULD always ask their babies for permission when changing their dirty nappies, according to a leading sexuality expert.

Deanne Carson is a sexuality educator, author and speaker. She firmly believes establishing a framework for consent from an early age is crucial to helped foster good communication skills that can be taken through into adult life.

Carson outlined her theory during an appearance on ABC News. It's based on her work with children aged three and up and parents with newborn babies.

Though it sounds like a rather odd proposition, given the fact babies are unable to communicate on a verbal level, Carson is keen to stress that she doesn't expect any baby to respond.

The practice is more about fostering an environment where a child's opinion is valued and listened to in the home.

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Carson is evidently hopeful that the approach will, at the very least, spark debate about how parents educate their children on issues like consent.

Most small children do not begin to use words until they are between 18 and 24 months old. Most, but not all, can say around 20 words by the time they hit 18 months.

That number jumps to around 50 words by the time they hit 2-years-old. From there, children begin to combine two words to create simple sentences.