Even though you know the time is going to come when your child starts asking about how babies are made, you can still feel unprepared when it actually happens.
You feel like stuttering “um… well, these birds called storks with great BIG beaks carry little babies in their mouths and drop them under a bush, then the mummy comes and collects them!”
When you know someone who is heavily pregnant and the child can blatantly see that no, there is no stork with a baby parcel and the baby is actually inside the mummy, that kind of explanation just isn’t going to wash.
How much should you actually tell an 8 year old who wants to know how the baby gets into the mummy’s tummy? When the child wants to know if the mummy goes to the hospital to get an injection that makes them grow a baby inside them, do you arm them with the basic facts suitable for their age range or say:
“Um, yes, something like that. Now, what do you want for tea? Ooh look, it’s all raining and cold outside. Is that the doorbell?!…..and run away quick?!
As much as I’m tempted to go with the latter, the amount of questions I’ve got today shows that it’s definitely a few facts time.
He wants to know how the baby got into the tummy in the first place. So far he’s been told the mummy has an egg in their tummy that mummies and daddies can turn into a baby.
Now an age appropriate book (from age 5 so definitely ok) from Amazon is on order, which tells the basics without all the gory details – the nitty gritty bit apparently describes as ‘a special cuddle between the mummy and daddy.’
Hopefully that will satisfy any burning questions and I can get back to less taxing questions like football or Super Mario related ones!