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My oldest is 6 and I was curious to know around what age they start asking about how babies are made etc. Also how do you go about explaing it? My eldest knows the baby was in my tummy and came out my privates. But she hasn’t seemed to ask how the baby got in there, I think she just thinks it magically starts growing.

Posted by keeleynme, 18th November 2014

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  • It struck me that you call this awkward questions ! I don’t think these are awkward questions as all

  • I remember around that age my daughter started to walk with her dolls under her dress, pretending to be pregnant. I told her that there are already eggs in her tummy which later become babies. She was happy & delighted to hear that. I told that the eggs in her tummy only can become a baby when she is older and need a special sperm cell for that. I bought an anatomical model of a baby in the mums tummy. I answered every question she had

  • I think children can start asking questions at any time. My daughter and I had “the talk” when she was about ten years of age.

  • Maybe she’s already heard some wrong horror stories at school and us too scared to ask for more information :/

  • Pretty sure kids are capable of asking awkward questions at any age :/ There’s just different levels of awkwardness

  • I haven’t had the how are babies made question yet and my little girl is 7 however we’ve been asked many awkward questions. We believe in honesty, but also putting a “g” rating on things. They don’t need to know the ins and the outs of everything…..it only confuses them anyway. We try to answer and not avoid but do it sensitively???

  • Children start asking questions at different ages; just make sure you have got the answers! ;)

  • My nephew started sex-ed at school around age 9-10 I think and then the questions started coming! Its an interesting time, but hey, its all natural and a way of life. Hopefully they dont get too curious until they start learning a bit at school and you’re more equipped with answers they will understand.

  • Are you sure that she hasn’t been taught sex education at school. My niece was in her first year at school when she came home and said something about it. Her parents were furious and had a word or two to say to the School Principal as what her class had been taught was fairly graphic.
    The other thing that happened was the kids were watching a childrens’ program and an ad. for condoms came on. Their Mum was driving, had to stop at traffic lights and there was a Police Car next to her. The windows of both cars were open. Suddenly Miss 4 year old asked her Mum “What is a condom” She said to her daughter that she would explain later. She could feel her face going red, looked across at the Police Car and she doesn’t know what the Police Officer was thinking but by the expression on his face she knew that he heard what the youngster said. They were on their way down to Grandma’s so she warned her what Missy had asked. Apparently Grandma was speechless, caught her breath and said that she wasn’t telling her. We don’t know how long before Missy asked again. I am the child’s Auntie and heard about it later.

  • Mine are 6 and 7 and also know how babies are born but haven’t asked how they get in there yet. When they do I will sit them down and have a talk with them. I’m expecting this to be a year or two away

  • i agree- age appropriate answers are the go.

  • I guess those questions come at any age! The important thing to remember is to give them as much information as they need…as in do not give them too much. They will take in as much as they need to hear and won’t ask any more If they are satisfied with the first answer. I tend to start of simple and see where that leads. You can always buy a book which helps explain those tricky questions, that is possibly not too far away. You can read the book together.

  • They can start at any age. When they are young keep the explanation simple.

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