VENT!!! Why can't you just say the years?!!

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do you have kids?  For the first about 3 years, they change a ton.  There is a huge difference between 12 months and 18 months.  There is not a huge difference between, say, 5 and 5 and a half.  But an 18 month old child is totally different, developmentally, than one who just had his first birthday.  I think that is why people refer to months with very young children.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 3
44593 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

eecuadrado:  I think it’s because there is so much difference developmentally between a 12 month old and a 23 month old. They are both 1 , but there is absolutely no comparison in their developmental stage. The developmental difference between a 301 month old and a 311 month old is nil.


Post # 4
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA


eecuadrado:  I think it is because there is a big difference developmentally between a 12 month old and an 18 month old.  They change so much in even a month.  As adults, we don’t change much in the timespan of one year.  

Post # 5
5730 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

A lot of baby related items/events are tied to the child’s age expressed in months (food, clothing, shots, teething, etc).  It becomes second nature to express the child age this way, especially for first time moms; I used to do it.

Post # 6
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Once you have your baby, you will understand. I never “got it” either, but now that I have a 2 and a half year old, I do.

Once she reached two, I stopped measuring her age in months…but like others have mentioned. the difference between a 12 motnh old & 18 month old is crazy…plus everything for that age range is measured in months anyhow.

Post # 6
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

Fifty two years and 4 months.  🙂

Post # 10
6880 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Why would I be mad about that? Honestly up until 2 I like hearing it in months. To me it seems like there are a lot of changes that take place between 1-2 so I can understand why a parent would specify their age in months.

Post # 11
44593 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

eecuadrado:  Hopefully you will gain some understanding through your education.

Post # 12
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Ya i feel you! i hate it when they do that!

And about the developmental differences between a 12, 18 and 24 month…just say “a year”, “A year and a half” or “2 years”……

Post # 13
2180 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

For pretty much the same reason people give their pregnancy date in weeks instead of months.  Developmentally and growth wise, there are vast differences in the minutia of months vs years.  Would you refer to a 6 month old as 0 years old?  

Post # 14
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

When you have children you will absolutely understand the enormous difference between a one year old baby and a two year old child!

Even a very few weeks can bring about quite huge developmental developments – like my youngest granddaughter who, at 7 months old is so different from how she was at 5 months old.

Sure, there comes a time when it makes sense to transfer to years rather than months or weeks. But that stage rarely comes before 2 and even then, there’s a deal of difference between a two and a half year old and a three year old.

People don’t count in months in order to annoy others y’know! They do it because it is a meaningful measure of age in babies and very young children. 

Post # 15
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It’s kind of annoying when I first thought about it a few years ago but I guess it’s just what they do. You should totally buck the system and refer to your child in “days” vice months. It’s such fun to watch other moms try to figure it out! 🙂

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