When can I tell my child where babies come from?

Q: When will my child be ready to learn where babies come from?

A: Most kids become curious about where babies come from by age 4 (and even sooner if Mom is pregnant again). When your child brings it up, keep your answer simple and use the correct terms for genitalia. Say something like, "You grew in my uterus and came out of my vagina." Answer all your child's questions and never suggest that he's "too young" to explore a subject. After all, you'd rather he hear it from you than from another kid on the playground. If you're really squeamish and need some help (or every question you answer leads to three more) use an age-appropriate book to help you explain things better. --Deborah Skolnik

Copyright 2005. Reprinted with permission from the April 2005 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009