How To Explain to Your Toddler Where Babies Come From

where babies come from


As much as we want to avoid them, the questions will always come. The question about where babies come from can be scary if you don’t know how to respond. Kids are inquisitive and won’t stop asking questions until they get an answer that satisfies them but that doesn’t mean you have to sit there sweating over the appropriate response.

Where Babies Come From

where babies come from

Tell The Truth

Use age appropriate language to tell your toddler where babies come from. You can even talk about sex because a four-year-old isn’t going to be weird about it. As long as you are calm and comfortable with your answers, your child will be too. You can even explain to your child that it is something grown-ups do like drink coffee and drive cars.

Read A Book

There is plenty of reading material out there that is age appropriate and saves you from having to explain everything. Age-appropriate is relative, however, so depending on how you raise your child, these books may be reserved for older children. Still, if you are having trouble finding the right answers, maybe a book is the way to go. Just like there are books for potty training, there are books for where babies come from. Pick one that will look appealing to your child.

Keep It Simple

Sometimes all your toddler needs is to know that daddy planted a seed in mommy and a baby came. Maybe the stork came or the baby came from a cabbage patch. Every child is different and how we raise our children is different so it’s really up to you as parents to decide what is best for your toddlers. If you want to use the technical terms like umbilical cord then go ahead. All your child wants if for you to give them an answer. As they get older they will understand more.

There are no right answers to how to explain where babies come from. Sit down with your child when they ask, take out a book or just talk with them. If it’s something they’re not ready to talk about in great detail chances are your child will just lose interest and walk away. This isn’t something that needs to be stressed about. Just be honest with your children.


  1. This is so helpful, I think my oldest is becoming more curious about where babies come from so will need to remember these! Pinning 🙂

  2. Great tips! Talking to your child about where babies come from doesn’t have to be stressful! I agree that you have to stick to what you are comfortable with and what your child is ready for. As long as you’re being honest, however you choose to explain it is fine!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  3. I still remember when my parents told me! I was three! How on earth do I remember that?
    My kids are six and three and we totally think that telling the truth and using books helps a lot.

  4. Good tips! i think the answer to that question will depend on the child – as a parent, you have some sense of what kind of information they can handle. my 3yo hasnt asked, but my 7YO has.

  5. Oh my goodness, my 3.5 year old daughter just asked about this! Specifically, she asked how the baby gets out of the mommy’s ‘tummy.’ I told her the natural birth method and her reply: ouch. Yes… 😉

  6. I think its important to be honest my girls havent really asked yet and I’m not sure the route i’d go down they knew my youngest was in my tummy and I went to hospital to have her thats about the most they have asked so far! thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

  7. Great post. I know G would be totally fine if I explained sex in a basic way like planting a seed. However I always worry that she would start talking about it and other parents would have a problem. The whole of society needs to loosen up I think. Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x


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