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.
If you have looked at these children's books about pregnancy , you may also be interested in books on other topics too. You can find many of them listed in my sex educaion book review site.
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 to empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. You can join my online parent support group here and visit my shop for helpful resources.