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Fully Illustrated Children's Book Showing How a Baby is Made. Would You Buy This Book For Your Child?

By Devan McGuinness |

My kids are at the age now where they are really curious about babies. A month or so ago they came into my bedroom and asked my husband and I to tell them where babies come from. I know this topic is one that many parents struggle with just how much to tell their kids — we did too.

What we ended up doing was finding one of the books I had from when I was pregnant — detailed with photos we tried to answer their questions in a way they could understand. Not getting into too much detail, because they are still young, but not scaring them away from asking us anything.

This is a discussion I am sure we will be having again and again as their curiosity increases with their age. I was searching the web for books to talk to kids about sex, pregnancy and birth and came across this one from the Danish author, Per Holm Knudsen titled “The True Story of How Babies Are Made.” The author does not shy away from answering straight up the mechanics of sex, pregnancy and birth while keeping it light enough for children to understand. Still, I wonder if I would be comfortable with reading this to my kids. Part of me is totally for it — another part wonders if I am uncomfortable only because I don’t think a book like this would fly here.

Click through to see some pages of the book and an animated short created narrating the book and let me know your thoughts:

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Educational Book About Pregnancy and Birth For Kids

Page 4

"When the parents are not wearing any clothes, you can see that the Mother has an opening between her legs. It's called a vagina. The Father has a penis and testicles."
Photo Credit: Scribd

I also found an animated short narrating this movie with a few added extras.

Take a view — it’s fun too:

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/27847934[/vimeo]

To read the whole book — you can purchase it here on Amazon

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46 thoughts on “Fully Illustrated Children's Book Showing How a Baby is Made. Would You Buy This Book For Your Child?

  1. Courtney says:

    I don’t understand why the man is still naked after sex.. And, honestly, pages 17 and 18 creep me out. That baby’s eyes are way too big.

  2. Ruth says:

    Um. No way! There’s nothing wrong with explaining in a simple and clean way how babies are made but this book is just too much for me. And what age group is this meant for?

  3. Honey says:

    I agree that’s it’s just too much, not sure what age group they are targeting. My daughter is almost 5. I wouldn’t dare show her this book.

  4. Reese says:

    Dislike the birth scene, Doctors do not help babies be born, their job is to watch for safety while the Mother and baby birth. Also wish they would have mentioned the mothers vagina also swells and opens – though they did say it gets ready for intercourse. I think it is a good book, kids can learn about sex from their parents or they can learn it solely from the media, their friends, and teachers in school. Talking about it – especially at a young age also normalizes it so that it doesn’t seem so weird. I am in favor of abstinence until marriage but think if it’s kept mysterious and shameful it can drive young adults to it sooner or with someone that isn’t really so special which can be really harmful.

  5. Ash says:

    I thought the same thing about the continuing nakedness after sex..?

  6. sarahh says:

    LOL. That was hilarious. Maybe they’re nudists during pregnancy. They put clothes on to go to the hospital…
    Also, I kind of hope my baby waves like that on the way out. Kind of a “HELLO BOYS, I’M BAAACK!” sort of thing. Creepy, yet funny.
    Though, no, I don’t think I’d show that to a small child – possibly in a middle school health class just to lighten the mood a bit when sex ed starts, if just for the “read for lovin’” bit, but not a small child.

  7. plunderb says:

    It looks pretty similar to “Where Did I Come From” by Peter Mayle, which is widely available in the US. I remember reading it with my parents when my mom was pregnant with my brother (I was 5). I can remember being satisfied with the answers, but not particularly fascinated by it. I don’t know why anyone would think these types of books were bad for little kids but ok for older kids. Trust me, I was much more interested in looking at the naked pics when I was a middle schooler than when I was a kindergartener.

  8. Stacie says:

    I am ok with medically accurate nudity, but these pictures are kinda strange. I’m not big on how the mom’s vagina is disembodied…even women who give birth on their backs still are usually sitting sort of up. They have heads and are active participants.

    I like “It’s Not the Stork.” It is medically accurate, but also acknowledges not everyone comes into the world the same way, or has opposite sex parents who love each other. And the drawings are far less weird.

  9. Diana says:

    Too much info for little kids and older ones would probably laugh.

  10. Steph says:

    Omg way too much info… Totally un needed… Unless your kid is around 13… I would absolutly NEVER show my daughter this (shes 4 now). I dont think its aPpropriate at all… You want your kids going to school “my daddy sticks his penis in mommys vagina to make a baby”

  11. annie says:

    I think I could do a much better job of explaining things to my children without all the nitty gritty details and creepy pictures. I mean, do the parents have to be nude for almost the entirety of the book? I think at the age they first become curious it is inappropriate to share all the details of sex, especially illustrated.

  12. Jenna Sexton says:

    WTH NO WAY- My sisters daughter was molested outside/playground by a fellow student both (8-9 years old) this is why stuff like that happens. I get kids are becoming pregnant sooner and they need to be aware that sex isn’t for dummies and to be smart about it. But also there is no approach of God’s Idea of being married first. I truly believe that message being left out is why our kids are having kids at 9 years old. Think back to our grandmothers age they were taught to wait. Now with all the liberal ideas it isn’t taught in homes as it was back then. Back in the 50s if you were young and pregnant you were married or sent away so not to corrupt the other girls or to shame the family.

  13. Laura says:

    No No No!!!!! My Daughter is only 1 year old and there is no way in hell I would buy this book for her it would confuse the hell out of a child and take away there innocents. When she is old enough and ask’s me this question “where do babies come from” I will tell her the same story my parents told me. The birds and the bee’s are the best way to explain it to a child because then their not confused. All that other stuff they will learn about when there older and getting ready for puberty. Then I believe that their a little more mature and can understand better. Mother’s need to just simply teach there daughter’s to respect themselves and not to give it to the first guy that says I love you to them to wait until they’re ready rather it’s before marriage or after. And we need to teach our young men to respect women and treat them right teach them that it’s wrong to make a girl feel like they have to do something to keep them around that’s not love…. Over all no this is the wrong kind of book for kids of any age

  14. Heather says:

    Ahwe.. I think the little sperm and egg at The End are cute! :3

  15. Andrea says:

    Why do they need to tell you that the clitoris is at the top of the vagina??? Does that have anything to do with making a baby??
    Also, I’m pretty sure the mother wouldn’t really be having that shit-eating grin as the baby is coming out.
    I had a c-section….are they gonna make a version of that birth experience? LOL

  16. Alicia says:

    Wow, Jenna, you really think a book like this leads to molestation and sexual abuse? Sounds like you need to take a class on how those things happen and not blame it on a book written by a Dane (as in a person from Denmark, and not a *gasp* American liberal). Also, if you think that innocent girls who did something we are biologically designed to do being treated like nothing more than shameful cattle is a good world to raise girls in, I am so glad you don’t control things!

    As for the book, not a fan, but mainly because of the illustrations (a bit creepy to me), and the rather inaccurate way the birth is shown.

  17. Jenna says:

    I’m all for giving kids as much honest information as they want, but, aside from the nudity, the pictures look like they’re ment for kids young enough that I don’t they even care enough to want that much information.

  18. Esther says:

    I came upon that very book (in its Hebrew translation) on a public library shelf when I was about 7 or 8 years old, and read it right there in the library, completely unaware that its content might be something my elders would have liked to have revealed to me themselves.

    Oh, boy, did my mother have some splainin’ to do that evening…

  19. daisychain says:

    Actually in our grandmother’s day, teenage girls who got pregnant just got sent off to homes to hide their “shame” and then had their babies taken away from them. Premarital and underage sex weren’t invented by the current generation.

    The pictures are a little goofy but I agree this book is very similar to the old “Where did I come from?” title. It’s not really anything shocking.

  20. Roslynn says:

    Eh. It’s a little much for my taste. I know kids are curious, and I’m all for honesty, but the details of this are a bit over the top for anyone under 13 years old or so. I could easily see using this to explain sex/babies to mentally handicapped adults with a younger mentality though, as I taught special education before being a SAHM, and the details would be good to use with young adults who are curious about the subject.

  21. Sammi says:

    Did I just watch porn?

  22. Young Kim says:

    When is the perfect time to show this book to my son? My son is 6 1/2 now.

  23. Jennifer Yarbrough says:

    Wow, I’m a little bit creeped out by this book, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the illustrations. The language is really young and the pictures are pretty mature… maybe that’s what is bothering me. I think, as a childbirth educator, that I could do a better job of explaining this to my children. We have always called body parts by their correct names (a penis is a penis, not a doodle) and I think that will help facilitate education.

  24. Jessica says:

    Um…probably too graphic for young children.

  25. TK says:

    Having been raised by a mother who was a Public Health Nurse and taught sex-ed for a living, I’m in the boat that the more information you provide your child with, the better off the child is later in life. By being open and willing to discuss stuff like sex, and provide honest, truthful facts, your child is more likely to come to you down the road when they have questions and need answers.
    I have a similar type of book that I LOVE – “It’s not the stork!”. It discusses all aspects related to “where babies come from” (including different family types, adoption and IUI/IVF), and also includes things like “good touching/bad touching”. I think the age on it is 4+, but I have started with some sections early than that.

  26. Vanessa aka mamascribble.com says:

    The only ‘strange’ part for me is that the ‘mother’ looks like a little girl. Pig tails with bows? Come on?!

    Also, the way the mother is ‘giving birth’ is not too pleasant looking. I’m all for children’s books ‘educating’ our young on human reproduction, but I’d probably pass on this one for better layout and illustrations. My two cents.

    Vanessa

  27. Susan says:

    What I’ve always done whenever a child asked me the question on where babies come from (I was a nanny for a few different kids), I would turn the question back on them and ask them where they thought babies came from. Their answer then helped me figure out just how much they were ready to hear. I do this with my own child as well. Sometimes parents tell their kids way more than they are ready to really hear.

  28. Charli says:

    Yup, too much even for me. I’m creeped out by how happy the baby is and once the baby is made put your clothes back on, geez. I don’t think I’l tell my kids that we “moved happily together” either. Pass. On the other hand, I don’t think it will royally screw up my kids if they saw it, just lead to more questions that could be spared them until they want to know another day, no need to overwhelm them all in one sitting.

  29. Steven L. says:

    Personally, I think this raises more questions than it answers. Not to mention that explaining physiology and anatomy through poorly drawn cartoons, only serves to complicate things further. I’d keep this away from my kids at all costs, but that’s just me.

  30. Heather says:

    I would pass on this one..kind of creepy and I don’t think very young children need to know ALL the details. The part that bothered me the most is at the end when it says “They were happy because they were a family”. Like they weren’t a family before? I struggled with infertility for years before I had my miracle. We were always a family.

  31. Jess says:

    Hadn’t even started thinking about how to deal with educating my 1 year old about sex and childbirth. Definitely some weird aspects of this book. And maybe a bit too graphic?

  32. Merrill says:

    I like the idea of the book but think it could have been made better. I wouldn’t have portrayed childbirth that way and the wording throughout the book could be improved.

  33. Workingberlinmum says:

    My parents had this exact book and left it ‘hidden’ somewhere where I could easily find it and I would often look through it as a child. I plan on having such a book too. Children are learning earlier and earlier about sex and this shows it in a far less glamourised way. There’s nothing obscene about it, my son see’s me naked and his dad so he’s used to nudity and it shouldn’t be seen as a shameful thing as far as I am concerned.

  34. G. Elkins says:

    I Absolutely would not show this book to young children…….. Maybe an 11 or 12 year old. When my girls were little (around 4-5 yrs. old) and started asking questions, I bought a book called Mommy Laid An Egg (OR Where Do Babies Come From) by Babette Cole. It was simple, accurate, humorous. The illustrations are wonderful without being questionable.

  35. JOLYNN says:

    …The first part of the book, I think mightbe to much info for my 4-5yr old, but after page 7, I think would be okay reading, explaining how a baby is formed in mommys belly. The nudity isn’t bad, I think that the intercourse would be the 2nd part of explaining; but when, I don’t know. Don’t know if you explain intercourse to them at a young age (3-5 yrs.) they won’t think any thing of it and if you try to explain to 6-10yr. old would they be curious, and I don’t want my 9yr old getting any ideas… not till later in life.

  36. crazyShilo says:

    Wow, not sure how to respond to this… I couldn’t even watch it so I just listened to it while reading the comments. I can honestly say I never got told the birds and the bees theory/ story whatever it is. I’m the baby of my family and yet even without the stupid bird and bees nonsense and yet still knew where babies come from. Even without anyone explaining it to me and when I was around 7 I asked my mom, just for fun and she told me, “the mother’s uterus” and surprisingly I was satisfied with that answer. Then during the time I was in 8th grade my oldest sister had a baby but I can honestly say I don’t care how my sister’s child got here on earth because I loved them no matter what. *Just saying*

  37. Debbie says:

    Young kids aren’t ready for that kind of information. I had a friend in high school who’s parents thought it was a good idea to explain the details of sex to their preschooler. Then one day they found him on top of a little girl, both half naked and trying to squish their little parts together. It was concentual between the two kids and I thhink it may have even been a cousin, but not only was it highly inappropriate, the parents of the little girl could have been farless understanding and claim he sexually assaulted their daughter. Then he would be concidered a sex criminal and required to register (don’t laugh, its happenedto kids this young in modern times). I would rather give my kid the bare essentials of the details, just enough to satisfy, than have him going off and experimenting (and face it, if you tell a young kid something is just for adults, they will want to try it even more).

  38. Jordan says:

    I think it’s a good way to explain it. I think it definately covers all questions, but may make for more questions. I think it’s a good ice breaker though!

  39. I wouldn’t buy that book because a) the illustrations are poor quality, and b) no way in hell am I teaching my child that birth happens passively, on your back. But, the premise is fine with me. In fact I think it’s a great way of answering questions.

    I would imagine the intended age group would be 6-10 year olds (obviously depending on your child’s own development), rather than preschoolers.

    In regards to the nudity, I believe it’s to highlight how much the woman’s body changes, while the man’s stays the same. Also, @Andrea, the clitoris actually does affect the baby making process. The more aroused a woman is, the more natural lubrication her vagina produces, protecting the sperm and increasing the chance of pregnancy.

  40. Catherina says:

    This book is from the 70ies – I had that when I was little and it is for young primary school age kids. In actual fact, in countries that do sex education young, sexual health is significantly better than in countries that do it very late, above all, teen pregnancy rate is much lower. Knowledge also protects them from abuse.

  41. Juliann says:

    Just more things for people to complain about. Teach your children yourself and they won’t have to find out else where. That is the problem with the world. No-one wants to take responsibility for what they are suppose to be doing. Pass it off on someone else, daycare, school, the police, your child’s friends mom etc etc. Then you bitch because it is not what you would have said or done. People take care of your business and stay the hell out of others.

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