Why do people count baby's age in months after 1 year?

Why do people count baby's age in months after 1 year?

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I don't understand why people insist on counting a baby's age in months after 1 year. But, that never happened.

Now that I’m a mom of two, I still don’t get it. This has also become a hot topic within the our site May 2016 Birth Club community.

stefanie0423 writes, “I stop counting in months after a year old. And at that point the child is no longer a baby/infant. It’s a toddler.”

I couldn’t agree more. The older a child gets, the more brain power it takes to convert from months to years. Who has time for that?

My husband is great with numbers and can figure it out in a split second. I, on the other hand, had to work a lot harder to maintain my A average back in high school. After all these years, mommy brain has taken over.

Whenever I’d ask someone how old her baby is and she'd tell me in months, it always takes me a while to figure it out the years.

That doesn’t necessarily make me mathematically challenged. I just don’t feel like having to work that hard at something so simple.

Other parents have chimed in and also offered up some explanation regarding why people would rather count a baby’s age in months instead of years.

One mom comments, “I don't get it either. Half the time if someone tells me their child is 32 months or whatever ridiculous number, I'm too lazy to calculate years.”

Another mom specifies, “If I said DS2 was 2 1/2 that's not accurate, he's 29 months. Sometimes you have to clarify to people, for example daycare. I've noticed since DS1 that when you say your child is 2 1/2, they think they're about to turn 3 instead of being closer to 2; but if you say 2, they think they just turned two.”

She definitely raises some great points. However if my child is a little older than 2 ½, I’d just say he’ll be 3-years-old in July. According to most parents in the community, 18 months is a good stopping point. I happen to believe that there’s no point after 12 months.

I’ll probably never quite understand why some people insist on counting a baby's age in months after one year. But if you decide to go beyond that point, and notice blank stares or looks of confusion after telling people your child’s age in months, it’s because they’re probably just trying to do the math.

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Stacy-Ann Gooden is a freelance weather anchor in New York City. But her most important roles are being a wife and mom. She writes about raising children to weather the storm in her blog, Weather Anchor Mama. You can also follow her on Facebook, twitter, and Periscope.

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