Baby in Mommy's Tummy Question

Teresa - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son, almost 4 years old, is going to be a big brother in June 2011. He's very excited to have a new baby (we think) and is very curious about everything. My husband and I have been very open about him asking questions because we want him to understand what's going to happen. He comes to most of the prenatal appointments and was there (with Daddy) for the 20 week ultrasound.



On two separate occasions he has asked me 'how did the baby get into your tummy?' and I don't know how to respond to him other than, 'what do you think?' which is followed by, 'you bought the baby and put it in there to grow'



What should I tell him without sounding too scary or technical?

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Donna - posted on 03/30/2011

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Kids at this age don't need all the specifics. I usually just said that a mom has a special place where babies grow and that usually was enough information. If you are religious, you can say that God put the baby their because we wanted another baby because you are so special.

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Jodi - posted on 03/30/2011

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My daughter just looked at me and went "Ewwwww, that's GROSS" and laughed her head off. She hasn't pushed the issue about exact detail on anything yet, but I'm sure she will. But I've already had the talk with my son, (he's now 13), and it went fine. You just know when they are ready to hear it - and to be honest, I think WE make a bigger deal of it than they do!

Lissa - posted on 03/30/2011

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lol Jodi I know what you mean, my daughter was absolutely appalled it was possible for a vagina to stretch like that and my son thought it was hilarious. I am certainly not looking forward to the day when they ask EXACTLY how the baby gets there.

Jodi - posted on 03/30/2011

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I pretty much went with what Lissa said.....

Then she asked how it gets out :P

Lissa - posted on 03/30/2011

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I went with Mummy has eggs and when a Mummy and Daddy love each other the egg can grow into a baby. So far my five and six year old have been happy with that.

Jenni - posted on 03/30/2011

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How about buying him some plant seeds and have him grow them in a pot. Explain to him that mommy has an egg in her that's kind of like this seed. Show him how the seed grows into a plant and tell him the baby in mommy's tummy started out as a small seed and now it's growing into a baby like your seed is growing into a plant.

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