Part of a young child’s growth includes curiosity about their and other’s body parts and functions.  Games like “Simon says” and songs like “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” focus on body part identification and learning body parts is an important part of childhood education.  

Unfortunately, not every conversation about body parts and body functions has a neat song or game to go with.  Questions from your young child about body parts can feel daunting.  The same goes for sharing about what goes on in a woman’s body as she carries a baby.   

I get that question a lot when I speak, “what do I tell my 2 year old when they ask how their baby sister is going to get out of my belly?”

There are many ways to share about what is going on during pregnancy in a woman’s body as well as how the baby will “get out”.  I have found that the easiest and most concise way to tell your curious child about what is happening inside mommy’s belly and details about how a baby is going to be born is to utilize books.  Two of my favorite are “It’s NOT the Stork!” and “Before I Was Born.”
It's Not the Stork!
Before I Was Born
These books utilize pictures to narrate a story about the way a woman’s body works and grows during pregnancy along with simple details about different ways a child is born.

Sharing details in an age appropriate way to develop a healthy view of sexuality can look as simple as saying,

“A woman’s body was made to carry a baby and it was made to open up in a special way for the baby to be able to come out on their birthday.”

(What do you think was told to these children about making babies? 🙂

As with any transition, it is important to prep your child for change.  No matter how exciting or joyus the change may seem, change is stressful.

A young child may act out or have “irrational” fears about pregnancy and childbirth if you don’t tell them what is going to happen when mommy has their sibling.  

Be honest and simple in the sharing.  Give your curious child right sized answers to their big questions!

Susan Stutzman

Susan Stutzman

Owner | Child Therapist | LCPC, RPT

Parenting is hard! But you don’t have to do it alone. I work with children and parents to resolve emotional conflict, cultivate healing, and nurture hope.
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