Where do babies come from? At some point in your parenting journey, you might hear this question from your young child. What do you say? Where do you start to explain how babies are made?
If your little one is asking this question, then they are probably at a stage where they will be able to understand and absorb an age-appropriate book that explains it to them. A book could help you navigate this conversation with your child more easily.
As young as 2 years old, children can start to show some curiosity about how babies are made and where babies come from. Their curiosity does not always match their actual level of readiness for what any book will teach them though. You should always flip through these yourself before you introduce them to your child. You may have a different perspective on whether your child is ready for the information in them.
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5 of the highest reviewed books for kids on how babies are made
What Makes a Baby is written for preschoolers up to 2 year old. The book explains things in quite simple terms. Exactly what you need. You might also like the fact that it takes a non-gendered approach to explaining how babies are made. If you are bent on having a book on sexual reproduction with pictures, this one has illustrations but not graphic photos. It explains that there are different ways for a baby to be conceived and to come into the world. It is great for toddlers or preschoolers who are starting to become curious.
This also contains illustrations. It goes into quite a bit of detail about the technicalities of how babies are formed but in a way that children will be able to understand. It is straightforward in its approach which you might appreciate. Consider this book for your child if they are between the ages of 8-12 years. The book is targeted at children all the way up from preschool.
If you want a combination of facts and humour, you’ll find it in this book. You can get this for a child of around 10 years old. It is, however, at a reading level of 7-10 years old. It also goes into what is appropriate and inappropriate touching for children in a clear and easily understandable way. It will make having “the talk” with your kid a lot more fun for both of you.
This does exactly what it says it will do – explains how babies are made. It is quite a visual book with beautiful illustrations. The book uses illustrations to explain things in a fairly direct way but it is not too explicit. It does not get into any more detail than it needs to. At your discretion, anywhere from age 5 or 6, you can introduce this book to your child. It is also straightforward and children find it easy to understand.
Pre-schoolers are the target of this book. Parents who approve of this book agree that it really is “just enough” of what your child needs to know about how babies are made. It does not include any information that your toddler or preschooler would find it difficult to understand and neither does it over-complicate anything.
Many parents of multiple children find that their first child, for example, will suddenly become curious when a second child is about to arrive.
Have you used books to speak to your little and younger children about how babies are made and where they come from?
If so, which books did you use?