My 5 year old daugher wants to know what is a birth canal and where it is......

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Ok, so, my daughter comes home about 1 month ago and says "babies come from the birth canal! Mommy, what is a birth canal? Where is the birth canal?"

My kids go to a very good private school, and I believe one of the teacher must have been asked that question, and gave them such answer, which is totally fine with me. However, now.....how do I explain about the birth canal, and how much detail (if any) should I go into, because my daugher won't let go- she keeps asking, she wants answers.....

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September - posted on 07/28/2009

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I would tell her the truth. I've heard that once your child starts to ask those kinds of questions it's time for you to explain. You could always use pictures to help explain. Why not be honest...now's a good time :) Good luck!

Manda - posted on 07/28/2009

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It really depend how mature you think she is there are books out there that deal with the whole baby process with pictures and all on a kids level. I have seen these and even I get embarred. However I would answer truthfully and directly each question until she quits. For example, the birth canal is what the baby uses to come out of my belly, and leave it at that unless she askes for more details.

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Jill - posted on 07/31/2009

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I would be honest but let her lead the conversation. For every question she asks give an honest answer but not to in detail. My daughter is three and wants to know how the baby's going to come out (i was due yesterday) and i told her the doctor is taking it out at the hospital. That answer was fine with her. Sometimes the simplest explanation is all they want.

Tricia - posted on 07/28/2009

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I'd answer her honestly, but without too much detail. Something like... "You're right! A baby comes out of a mommy's birth canal. That's how it got it's name. It's hiding inside the mommy's belly, and doesn't get used until there's a baby inside the mommy who is ready to be born." You can point out your lower abdomen if she wants to know where in mommy's tummy it is. There's no need to make the connection between birth and "private parts" unless you really want to (like, one end is inside mommy's tummy and the other end is by her private parts).

Funny story, one of my pastor's 4 year old daughters saw me changing my son and asked "What's that big thing on his butt?" I just said "Boys have boy private parts." That seemed to satisfy her. To her later question of "How did the baby get inside Sarah?" I said, "God let the baby grow there." Again, problem solved.

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