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This is my first shot at parenting, so I'm not exactly sure what I should expect and how I should react to this. My 1 year old son has lately been going through a phase where he only wants to wearing dresses and he even goes through my makeup when I'm not looking. I've turn my eyes from him for 10 minutes and when I look back he's changed into the dress of one of the dolls in the room and has my lipstick on his lips!<br><br>
Is this something i should be worried about?
 

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Not at age one. Makeup is fun. It's like art.<br><br>
Really, I promise. He will have so many stages that if you don't take a lot of pictures of this one, you'll forget about it in a few years.
 

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Wow, he's 1 and he can dress himself and put on lipstick? My 1yo would probably just eat the lipstick!
 

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Yeah, what the others said. He's only 1 and he's just exploring the world as any other 1yo would <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Children learn alot through imitation, and he's just imitating mommy.
 

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I am guessing he is just curious about the world around him and trying things on since he is only one and probably doesn't know what 'boy' and 'girl' is but I've thought since my daughter was all of a couple months that someday she might tell me she is a he. I sometimes forget she is a girl and picture a boy... I also thought I was having a boy at first when I was pregnant. I changed my mind shortly before finding out although part of that was just WANTING to have a girl. for now I just have fun putting her in dresses... I think you should have fun getting blackmail pictures for now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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A 1 year old has no concept of gender what so ever. DS <i>loves</i> dressing up, this includes dresses his big sister made for him because he wanted them.<br><br>
It's perfectly normal.
 

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My son wants to do whatever mommy does....so that for a while meant putting curlers in his hair and attempting to use makeup...now it means insisting to sit to go pee pee and wearing a headband. It's nothing to be concerned about. It's just exploration and copying mommy.
 

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I'm impressed your one year old can put a dress on?! What coordination!<br><br>
Ds used to love to walk around in my high heels with a bra on when he was around 2. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have some great blackmail photos, and he couldn't be any more of a "boy" now.<br><br>
I wouldn't think twice about it.
 

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My sons like to play with purses and put on Mamas shoes and put on Meemas big ole HOOP earrings (just around their ears of course). They also like race cars and dump trucks and little baby dolls. They are 1.5 and 2.5.<br><br>
Seriously, I wouldnt worry about it.
 

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Add me to the pile who think it's impressive that your 1 year old can put on a dress and lipstick. My nearly-2 year old doesn't dress by himself yet.
 

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Wow, when my nearly-4-yo encountered lipstick she put it all over her face, literally, plus on the mirrors, walls and carpet in my room. Definitely not on her mouth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Equally, she still can't put dresses on at 4, unless it's a very simple t-shirt style she can pull over her head.<br><br>
I'm impressed by your son's dexterity, and not at all concerned about his gender identity. Though i also think that if he was 5 and thought he was a girl there's not a lot you can do about it - he is who he is, you get to discover who that is, but not dictate it.
 

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I know! My 13 month old couldn't come close!<br><br>
There is no reason to worry... he's a baby. He's just copying mama.
 

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I would also want to caution you that it is probably not safe to take your eyes off a 1 year old who has the coordination to take dresses off dolls and put them on himself. 10 minutes is a long time for any 1 year old to be unsupervised, especially one so advanced!
 

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He's imitating mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Would you be concerned that your toddler girl thought she was a boy if she were playing with toy trucks and tools?
 

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My son was just like that lol now he is 11 and he is the only one that is sure he is a boy lol<br><br>
My daughter refuses to call him a boy, because she loves him so much and boys are yucky, so she says ethan is a girl.. I say No, hes a boy and she says "but he has a beautiful voice". totally logical to a 5 year old little girl lol
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A 1 year old has no concept of gender what so ever. DS <i>loves</i> dressing up, this includes dresses his big sister made for him because he wanted them.<br><br>
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Also this.
 

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My two year old DS plays with dolls, puts on make-up, carries a purse, put on my bra and started saying milk (breastmilk), etc. He also plays with trucks and tools. I think this is totally normal. Your son just wants to be like his mama!
 

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Whoa! That's really early. Z is 1.5 and she can barely keep her drawings on a sheet of paper, nevermind something as small as a mouth! W can dress herself in T-shirt styled dresses...but she's 3.
 

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I teach 4 and 5 year olds and my boys wear dresses when they play dress up all the time. Then in the afternoon they play with the trains. It is normal, IMO <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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