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Parents: how old was your child before you stopped referring to him/her as "the baby?"?

Asked by jca (36043points) December 1st, 2010

My daughter is 3½ and I refer to her as “the baby.” That is, when I speak to my parents or friends, I will say “I have the baby” or “The baby is sleeping.”

I have no idea when this habit will end. How old was your child before you stopped calling him/her “the baby?”

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Jeruba's avatar

I called my children by name from three months before they were born and kept “the baby” phase as short as possible (“Where’s the baby?” “I thought you had him.”), ending well before they reached the language acquisition stage.

I don’t know if it does any harm, but I didn’t want them to think of themselves that way: ”The baby means me.”

JustJessica's avatar

I can’t really put my finger on the age I stopped referring to mine as “the baby”.
I think you’ll know when the time is right though.

WestRiverrat's avatar

For some people it doesn’t end until they have another child. My aunt always referred to her youngest as the baby. My cousin hated it as a teen, and still does at 40+.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t remember ever referring to my son as the baby other than before I knew what I was having. Once I knew he was a boy and picked a name, I always said his name. Right now, the baby I’m pregnant with is the baby, but as soon as we know if it’s a boy or girl we’ll be using his/her name.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

My two little girls are 7 and 5, but I still call them “my little babies”. And both of them still call me “Da-da”. ;)

casheroo's avatar

Cash was “the baby” when we were talking about him (not to him). But, he stopped being “the baby” when we had our second baby…who is now the baby. I guess we’ll stop with him once we have another baby….That cycle will end eventually!

dubsrayboo's avatar

My mom still calls me her baby and I’m 32 years old. My girls are 12 and 10 and they are still called my babies. But the term “the baby” stopped for each of them around 3 years old.

john65pennington's avatar

I have never stopped calling my daughter, “my baby”. she is my baby and always will be until i die. now my son is a different story. we stopped calling him “baby”, when he caught his first football pass and ran for a touchdown in peewee football.

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t think there is a specific age. The older child becomes (his name) as soon as a second child is born, but the baby only becomes (his name) when he starts walking.

DominicX's avatar

I think there’s a difference between “the baby” and “my baby”; my parents still refer to me using “my baby” and I’m 19…

But “the baby” probably ended around the time I was a toddler…

perspicacious's avatar

Not really sure, but they were still very little when I stopped calling them “the baby.”

mattbrowne's avatar

When they seriously investigate electrical power sockets.

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