A great way to help explain a new baby to a child is with the use of some children's books about pregnancy.
And luckily for us parents, there are some fantastic books that have been written about pregnancy and birthing. Or to put it your child's words... books about how babies grow and how babies come out.
You might have a toddler who doesn't quite understand what having a new baby might mean. Or a preschooler who wants to know what the baby is eating. Or a middle schooler who wants to know all the technical details of birthing. LOL, lucky you 😉
If you are unsure about how to start talking about this topic, you can read this article to learn more about how to start explaining where babies come from. If you are wanting some more specific guidance, then my book Let's Talk About Sex: How To Get Started And What To Say To Your Child About Sex, will help you to get started.
There are a lot of books that talk about pregnancy and birthing. Some of them are older (but still vey popular) and only talk about vaginal births, whereas others will also talk about caesarean births and even surrogacy or adoption. Some of them are very diversity friendly and don't make the ssumption that a child's parents are a male and a female (or a man and a woman).
You will find two types of books listed here. The books that primarily talk about pregnancy and birthing. These are a better choice if you are expecting a baby or if your child is very curious about the subject. Then there are the more general sex education books that have also talk about the subject in some detail (but usually only over 1 -4 pages).
You will only find pregnancy books in this list that are readily available at bookshops today.
You can find more books about different topics in the main list of Sex Education Books for Children.
And if you find this list a little overwhelming, you might want to look at the age-appropriate list of sex education books.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
These are some of the many children's books about pregnancy for children that have been written. As I find more, I will add them to this list. They are all really good books that you will find useful for starting to talk about the private body parts.
My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.
Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.
My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.
My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with talking to your child about growing up.
You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.
You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents!
If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, Let's Talk About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body.
You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.
If you're worried that talking to your child about bodies might lead to questions about sex, then you can relax. Let's Talk About Sex, will help you to explain sexual intercourse to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!
If your're unsure about how to answer your child's questions about sex, then The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands.
I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.