12 Jun 12
Ask Lorna: sex education for toddlers
Lorna Bradbury highlights the best illustrated stories showing how babies are made.
Q My son, who is three, has been asking how babies are made. “How did I get in there? Did you eat me?” is a frequent inquiry. Are there any books you’d recommend?
David, via email
A The guiding principle on matters of sex education, whatever the age of the child, is to answer simply and directly whatever is asked but not to give more information than the child demands.
So you need to listen carefully to the question. As Sophie Dauvois, a former biologist and co-creator of the children’s science comic Okido, told me recently, it might be that a child isn’t asking for a biology lesson at all: “If a child asks where he came from, he might just mean a hospital in central London.”
If you’d like a more general introduction to the human body rather than a book which focuses on babies, I’d strongly recommend My Head-to-Toe Body Book (Thames & Hudson), a spin-off from the Okido comics, which includes a spread on babies