Any useful sex/pregnancy education books for youngish kids? I have a 3 and 5 year old. They have a friend whose mother is pregnant and they are starting to ask pregnancy and “how babies are made” type questions. I want to be prepped and not super awkward about this. Any advice? The book “It’s Not the Stork” seems too advanced for 3 and 5 year olds, but maybe I’m mistaken.
I vaguely remember getting a very clinical description of where babies come from when I was five and my sister was on her way. (I feel like it was connected to my mom’s Bradley classes? Or maybe it was something specific for older siblings, I don’t remember… I just vaguely remember pictures of a woman’s reproductive system and one of those 3-d models of a pregnant woman’s belly). I did not at all connect that with the naughty “sex” thing that showed up on tv all the time that my mom would say was a bit old for me and maybe I shouldn’t be watching. (See: Three’s company reruns, Moonlighting, etc.)
I don’t think we did anything for DC1 when DC2 was on the way. Or maybe we checked out a bunch of stuff from the library? I can’t actually remember! So… not the best advice here. Looking at some of the lists a lot of those covers look familiar, so I think we did get the Facts of Life by Miller and Pelham from the library and Baby on the Way by William and Martha Sears, though I think there was something off about it (and it’s for the situation where you are the one having a new baby, not a friend’s mom), and Being Born by Kitzinger and Nilsson. The first and last are quite clinical. I think we got Where do babies come from by Sheffield, but I feel like there was something off about it as well.
Here’s some lists of suggestions from Dr. Google:
In short: Libraries are awesome– see what your library has on the topic and what works for you and your kids.
Grumpy Nation, do you have better recommendations?