Where Do Babies Come From? The Baby Tree {#Giveaway}

by Dawn

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It’s a universal experience for parents, the first time your child asks the classic question: Where do babies come from? In the new, absolutely adorable picture book by Sophie Blackall, The Baby Tree, a young child hears a wide variety of answers to this question. After his parents tell him that there will be a new baby in the family, the boy mulls over this question and decides to ask a bunch of people, including his babysitter, his teacher, his grandpa, and even his mailman! The answers he receives are all over the place, so the confused boy decides to ask his parents after all, who finally help him understand the real story of it all.

My eight-year-old daughter was only 18 months old when her little brother joined our family, so I’m not exactly sure what she thought of it all. After reading this delightful book together, we chatted a bit about the book and what she used to think about how babies originated. Take a look:

We took our cue for the giggly conversation from the official book trailer video, which my daughter has loved watching a few times now. (My younger son, too, though he was a bit camera-shy when it came time to make our own video!) Get ready to giggle along, too:

Head over to my full review post on 5 Minutes for Books to hear more of my thoughts on this new picture book. I can tell you that as both a parent and an early childhood educator, I’m giving it two BIG thumbs up!

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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Wehaf May 19, 2014 at 2:26 am

I can’t remember believing anything other than the truth – my parents were very honest with us.


2 Adrien Beatty May 19, 2014 at 3:48 am

Mommys tummy they have not quite yet asked that question.


3 Jennifer Thorson ( May 19, 2014 at 7:48 am

I’ve been very straightforward with my kids, which meant at least one uncomfortable lunchtime for the teachers at preschool when another child asked where babies come from and my kid gave them the full story.

I don’t remember believing anything but the truth, which is funny because my mother loved all the other stories from childhood. She still writes from Santa on some of my presents.


4 Bernadette May 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

I don’t remember where I thought babies came from, but so far, I have been honest with my own children. I could use a book though!


5 Mami2jcn May 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

I don’t remember where I thought they came from. I’d love this book for my daughter.


6 anne May 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

I don’t remember but this book looks lovely.


7 Rebecca Parsons May 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

When i was little I thought the stork brought them! Goofy me!


8 shelly May 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

When I was little I thought they came from the cabbage patch.


9 Debbie May 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

I thought you went to the hospital to get a baby. I guess I thought hospitals were baby stores!


10 Liza Vladyka May 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

not really sure but i have a cute story when i was 7 months prego my 3 yr old son loved my son kicking so i was craving lobster my son saw the lobster walking on the ground and freaked out that it would eat his baby in my tummy


11 Heather B May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

My parents were always honest about it with us, I don’t recall my children ever thinking anything differently either we always told them.


12 Anita Yancey May 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

When I was little I just thought the doctor brought the baby with him.


13 Debra May 20, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I don’t remember if my parents ever really had a sit down chat with me about, where baby’s come from. But, I always recall the stories of baby being delivered by storks in diapers. I don’t know how to exactly bring up the stories of babies to my young son, but I’m sure we will come up with something and hopefully this book will help as well.


14 Alvina Castro May 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

munchkin knows its from mommys tummy but he still wonders more about where babies come


15 Meagan bs May 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

i cant remember what i thought, my daughter just says from mommys tummy. she may have her own thoughts on it though, that i don’t know of.


16 Vickie Couturier May 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I was always as honest as I could be,,without going into too much details,,I told them as little as I could get by with until they were older and could understand more


17 anita May 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

My daughter knows that babies come from Mommy’s tummy. She also knows that Daddy’s sperm fertilizes Mommy’s egg. Luckily, she believes that happens through kissing and that’s why she’ll NEVER kiss a boy! Hahaha!


18 Antonia May 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

When I was younger, I knew that women for pregnant, but I just thought that it “happened”. The men on television always seemed so surprised, and my sister and I are only 15 months apart, so there really want much asking on my end.


19 Cassandra Eastman May 28, 2014 at 11:32 pm

My 5 year old just asked the other day, and I wasn’t sure how to answer. Right now he just knows they come from mommy’s tummy!


20 Terry Maigi May 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

My little girl just says they grown in mommies tummies! So I’m just gonna leave it at that for now :)


21 Nancy May 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm

When I was little, I think I just thought they grew inside a mother’s tummy.


22 Les Johnson May 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I knew that babies came from mama’s bellies, but I didn’t understand quite how they got in there. I thought it was from kissing a lot. haha


23 Diana Hatch May 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

My children always knew that Heavenly Father sent them


24 Kimberly May 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

We just welcomed a new baby and I’m not sure where my daughter thinks he came from. We prepared her for his arrival and she would say hi to him in my stomach, but she never really asked how he got there.


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