And THAT, Is Where Babies Come From

Where Babies Come FromAnd this, my friends, is how I learned about the birds and the bees. When I was seven years old, my parents gave me this book to learn how babies were made. Illustrated naked people – an illustrated penis entering an illustrated vagina. And of course, the above. *shudder* BUT it did show me how things worked.

Are you reading this post, or just staring at the picture? Can you even look away? While you’re staring at the picture, does anyone know why the doctor is carrying a hammer? And why is no one ready to catch the baby?

Anyway. In the last week, my six-year old daughter has been asking me how babies are made. I don’t think my daughter is ready for images like the one above. She is a sensitive soul, and I worry that these kind of images would scar her for life. After all, to this day, I have never been able to kiss a man with a beard.

So I sat Moozles down for a Rated-6 version of how babies are made. I told her that ladies and girls have vaginas. I had been calling it a front-bum as I was worried that vagina was too clinical a word for a toddler. But she’s six and I thought she should know that she has a vagina. Natch.

Moozles is quite interested in science, so I grabbed her Human Body Encyclopedia. Near the end of the book, which she hasn’t gotten to yet, there are a few pages dedicated to reproduction. I think that these pictures, along with my words, have helped explain where the baby grows, how the baby develops and how the baby comes into the world. Although I mentioned the egg and sperm, I did not mention any need of a penis. After all, in these modern times, making babies happens in many ways.

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Have you explained how babies are made? How did you do it? Does your child know that they have a penis or a vagina, or are you still using ‘cute’ names?

If you fancy a giggle, have a look at this video version of the The True Story of How Babies Are Made. The video is made from the pictures from the actual book.


*Photo credit: top photo: from ‘The True Story of How Babies Are Made’, written by Per Holm Knudsen
Bottom two photos: from Human Body Encyclopedia, published by DK

22 thoughts on “And THAT, Is Where Babies Come From

  1. Eek! My daughter is 8 and always asking where babies come from, but I really struggle to tell her. She knows which bit of the body they come out of and she knows the Daddy puts a seed in the Mummy – but I just can’t tell her how the seed gets there! It’s very silly, because I learned at school myself when I was 8, which was very useful as my mum was pregnant with my sister at the time. As it happens, my sister is now pregnant, so my daughter would really like to know where the baby came from!

  2. Oldest is only three so we’ve not gotten to this topic yet, although, when my husband and his two siblings were small, my in-laws gave them an illustrated book, not dissimilar to this one, that went into FAR too much detail. It described orgasm as “a delicious shudder” with cartoon illustrations to accompany it!

    Sounds like you did a great job. xp

  3. My daughter turned 2 in August and knows that girls have vaginas and boys have penises. I was taught the proper terms from the first and could never really bring myself to call them any ‘cutesy’ names!

    When she asks where babies come from, I’ll tell her. Or maybe just show her the video…! 🙂

  4. I don’t enjoy the expression in those men’s eyes at all……disturbing. This has made me chuckle very much indeed!! xx

  5. That picture is so funny! It must be from the same era as “The joy of sex” with such a full beard! I had to tell my oldest when I was pregnant with N°2 as he was asking so many questions. He was 5. He then told all his friends at school which got back to me via their parents! It was slightly embarrasing but luckily he understood and got his facts right so he did tell his friends the proper scientific version!

  6. Great post! My twins are 8 and apparently Sex Ed starts this year in school…… couldn’t believe it as they are so not ready!! In some ways cartoons are easier for kids though as it’s isn’t quite as real. That’s how Gt Ormond St have introduced procedures to them and it’s made them less scary.

  7. My 5 year old told me her friend’s mummy had gone to hospital to get a baby the other day. I assume she wasn’t stealing someone else’s so have left it at that! Think I’ll avoid illustrations like those in the book though as they’ve scarred me already!

  8. That video is even more scary than the original photo! Not sure I will forget the baby waving! Seriously though its a discussion that has gone on for years. I took my two when they were very young to the Natural History Museum which had a whole exhibition on Human Reproduction. We walked through it and I read everything to them and answered any questions – including from other children who became hangers on as my daughter was slightly deaf so my explanations were of necessity quite loud! I thought some of it would stick and it was a basis for further discussion in the future. Though it was a bit off putting when my (then) six year old daughter looked at me and said very seriously ‘hmm so I could do this with ***** from school then?’ No!!!!!

  9. Oh lord I’m dreading this conversation! I remember when my parents sat me down to talk about the birds and the bees – I was horrified!

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