I accidentally called a boy a girl :(

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1244 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Babies often look ambiguous when it comes to gender…it’s no reason for her to get all upset.

Post # 4
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some people need to relax…She should of just taken the compliment and smiled. You’re not an awful person, don’t even worry about it.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

LOL   Yesterday I told a woman her baby boy was “so beautiful” because without thinking I assumed he was a girl.  She laughed and said, he’s a boy, but told me not to worry it happens all the time.

Post # 6
1116 posts
Bumble bee

@MrsPanda99:  lolol. I do this with animals, like unless your dog wants to roll on it’s back and let me know which gender they are, I always say “she”. Idk why I always say she, because both of my cats are he’s but whatever.

Maybe her husband was like “you need to dress him in boy colors when you take him out.” And she was like “no! evrryone in their right mind can tell little Johnny is not a little Julie!! *slams door on the way out*” and then you proved her husband was right haha. 

Post # 7
573 posts
Busy bee

Oooops, well you can’t really tell if the baby is dressed in neutral colours.  People either already know the gender, or guess based on accessories and clothing.

Post # 8
3213 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@MrsPanda99:  It does tend to bother mothers a lot. Especially when they are clearly dressed in boy or girl clothes though as many mothers want it to be quite obvious what the sex of their child is. My friends all complain a lot when their daughters who are dressed in all sorts of pink frills and have bows in their hair are called boys. Unless it’s super obvious like that though, I like to ask before I assume because I know that it can be very ambiguous. Sorry she flipped on you like that! Most people I know would simply correct you.

Post # 9
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  I was called a boy by teachers until 4th grade. Apparently I was quite androgynous.

Post # 10
3637 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

People always thought I was a boy when I was a baby. My mother found it funny! How the hell are we supposed to know what gender your child is. Jeeze woman! She was just trying to give you a compliment. 

Post # 11
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

People always thought I was a boy when my parents dressed me in this blue and gray striped overall outfit. Duh, mom! 

But really, babies all look like fleshy little blobs to me so if those parents are so concerned about what people think their baby is, dress it like that sex. She sounded crazy to react like that.

Post # 12
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I get where the mother is coming from honestly.  I have had people call my son a girl when he was wearing blue. Seriously um he is in blue and has the word boy on the shirt he was wearing. It is annoying as shit. 

Post # 16
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsPanda99:  I’m sorry that happened to you! Then again, how could you know if the baby was dressed in neutral clothes?

Not that it’s the same, but people assume my cat is a girl all the time even though he looks super manly. My FI always smirks when people assume that – it could be his hot pink nametag heart and matching hot pink leopard print collar, lol.

I’ve learned to try to speak in “gender neutral” terms. “Oh, your baby is so cute! What a cute kitty!” and “How old are they?” – that’s not grammatically correct obviously, but I’d rather just use bad grammar than be in some akward situation like that, lol.

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