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Old 07-08-2012, 04:47 AM   #1
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At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

I'm always surprised when people say 1-3 year olds are still babies. Me personally, after their first birthday they are a toddler, not a baby. So, when do you stop seeing a child as a baby? 12 months, 18 months, 2 yrs, older?

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:50 AM   #2
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

Our kids are babies until they potty train around 2 1/2. We make a big deal about not being a baby anymore because they go in the potty now. This is just our milestone. I also refer to my kids ages in months until around this time.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:58 AM   #3
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When they start walking. My daughter was no longer a baby at 9 months when she was walking and talking. My son just started walking at 14 months and is now a big kid. (he's still not a great talker)
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:28 AM   #4
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I think around 18 months? Mine were both talking in full sentences by then but were pretty small in size. Many people thought they were younger than they were based on size but astounded when they opened their mouths, haha. I still think 12-18 monthish is a baby, for me, anyway.
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

I generally call anything 12 months-3 a toddler. But, I refer to my own 2 year old as a baby in certain contexts. I have 5 girls, 3 school age and 2 "babies" (really a toddler and baby). But it is easy to refer to the school-agers as "the girls" and the toddler and baby as "the babies". Like, "can you tell the girls to get dressed", or "can you get the babies dressed". I don't actually THINK she's a baby, or refer to other people's 2 year olds as babies, it's just the dynamic. However, she is becoming more of one of "the girls". If I yell "girls!" she will say "yes?" and come running like her big sisters So, she thinks she's definitely one of "the girls" hehe.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:40 AM   #6
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

My mind tends to naturally make the progression from "baby" to "toddler" sometimes between 12months and 18 months.
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

12 months here! Once they have that first birthday they aren't a "baby" anymore. My friend still calls her two year old "baby". She doesn't even use his name.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:32 AM   #8
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

I think technically any child over a year is a toddler. That said, we tend to call our kids babies till the next child is born around 2.5. I think it's out of habit and because I find baby easier to say than toddler. Also, they are still the baby of the family till the next is born. My toddlers are 27 months and we are trying hard to get out of the habit of calling them babies, but it's a habit.
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Re: At what age do you stop calling child a "baby"?

I think toddlers are toddling babies. I think of children under 6 as babies. I think that puts me in the minority.

I tell my own children they will be my babies until the day I die. I have heard a woman in her 80s refer to her 60 something daughter as her baby.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:52 AM   #10
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A say toddler once they are walking. Until then it's baby. Preschooler is 3 and 4, At 5 they are a child.
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