Our little guy is almost 3 years of age, and as much as he's 'our little boy' (or to him 'a big boy') we still project the image of a baby on him. But we both know he's not a baby any more, 'cause he's definitely gone past that. But I thought I'd ask and see what the community thinks. When is a child officially not a baby any more?

asked 29 Aug '10, 22:55

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When you get a new one?

(02 Sep '10, 14:28) Neen

Just to bring the "scientific" and official naming guidelines:

  1. Newborn (Neonate): the first 28 days
  2. Infant: Up to 1 year
  3. Toddler: 1-3 years
  4. Child: until adolescence

Source: Wikipedia

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answered 30 Aug '10, 18:21

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I guess I can't argue with that! thanks :-)

(30 Aug '10, 18:53) DaveDev
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+1 wow that's impressive!

(30 Aug '10, 19:41) Emi

Impressive? Not so much. More a non-native speaker trying to make sense of all those tags here :)

(31 Aug '10, 04:15) brandstaetter
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And during and after adolescence, you call them all kinds of names.

(02 Sep '10, 14:29) Neen

Personally I've always thought they were a baby until they could walk and a toddler until they were out of nappies. Of course, that's specific to cultures that use nappies.

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answered 03 Sep '10, 15:52

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@Meg subjectively that's close to how I always thought about it too. Baby until they walk and say a couple of words. Toddler until they walk/run well (stop toddling), maybe until about 3. A 3 year old I'd refer to as a preschooler. Not sure about the diapers. I've know some children out of diapers at 18 months but I'd still think of them as toddlers.

(03 Sep '10, 17:22) Tammy ♦♦
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Me too Tammy, babies crawl, toddlers toddle, and then you look up one day and realize that they walk like a pre-schooler and you have make a mental adjustment.

(03 Sep '10, 23:43) Neen
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