Mummy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole, is a really fun but educational read about how babies are made!
There aren’t many sex education books out there that are a pleasure to read, but Babette Cole has managed to do it!
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You can watch a video review of Mummy Laid an Egg, just below.
Mummy Laid an Egg, is all about how babies are made. It talks about:
So, as you can see, Mummy Laid an Egg, is pretty comprehensive. It is over 20 years old but is still quite relevant for this day and age.
But, it does just talk about the traditional way that babies are made ie ‘penis in vagina’ sex. Now a days babies are also made in other ways, such as IVF, with egg and/or sperm donation, adoption and/or surrogacy. So if your child wasn’t conceived the traditional way, you will need to let your child know that babies are also made in other ways eg IVF.
When we first start talking to kids about sexual intercourse, we tend to keep it pretty simple and talk about it in a very general way. We don’t fill in the details until they become more interested and begin to ask for more details. Talking to kids about sex, is a bit like learning to read, you need to understand the sounds before you can begin to sound out the words.
Mummy Laid an Egg is ideal for kids aged between 5 and 7 years of age.
By the age of 5, some kids will be more interested in how babies are made, rather than where they come from. Which means that it is time to talk about ‘penis in vagina’ sexual intercourse.
Make sure you have a look at the book, Mummy Laid an Egg, first (before you read it to your child)! That way you will know what to expect. You can find some tips on how to read ‘sex ed’ books here.
This book does talk about sexual intercourse. So do make sure that you go and have a look at it first – before you read it with your child! Don’t do what I did, and read it without looking at it first. I almost died when i came to the sex page!
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Mummy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole, is the only book that I know of, that makes a story out of how babies are made! It is a fun read, factual and well worth owning!
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.