When 3-year-old Adela shared her mom's pregnancy news by saying, "A baby's coming out of mommy's vagina," it stirred up the debate on whether or not vagina was a good word for toddlers to know. For the record, I think it's a great word, simply because it is a real word for the real thing that it is. Not everything has to be a watered-down "toddler version" of a word. We're not talking about curse words here.
Lots of kids know babies come from our bodies. Aurora, 4, said that babies "come out of mommy's vagina." Five-year-old Jack told his mom that "they come from you. They come from your stomach. I don't know anything else." Finn, 3, thinks like Jack -- "they come from our bellies," he said. Jillian, 4, knows they come from mommy's tummy "not daddy's tummy." Summer, 5, rolled her eyes when asked, then muttered, "Baginas."
Some kids though think babies come from some seriously strange places.
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