Lately, I’ve been thinking about age counting, and wondering: What age should you stop counting your child’s age in months?
99% of the time, when someone asks me how old my son and daughter are, I’ll reply that they are “1 and 2 years old.” But sometimes people want to know their specific age in months. That’s when it gets tricky.
When is Counting by Months Perfectly Acceptable?
If your child is less than 1 year old, counting your baby’s age in months is the best way to communicate your child’s age to others. In fact, it is expected. You wouldn’t say your child is 0 years old when she is 9 months old.
But when children are between 1 and 2 years old, and especially between 2 and 3 years old, counting by months becomes more complicated.
When Counting by Months is Required
When my husband and I go on date nights, we often drop our toddlers off at a drop-in daycare center. On the sign-in sheet for the Cub Room (which has kids 3 years and younger), it asks for each child’s age in months.
Without fail, every time I look at that sign-in sheet, I draw a blank when asked how many months old my children are.
Take my 1-year old daughter for example. Her birthday was on September 20, 2016. So then I start thinking how many months it has been since September. Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan. Using my fingers, I count out the months since Sept. That’s 4 months. Is it Jan. 20th yet? Yes. So that makes her 16 months old.
The process to determine my son’s age is the same manner. If I were smart, I would remember that there are 11 months between them, so adding 11 months to 16 months equals my son’s age, 27 months. But then, I also have to consider that their birthdays are on different days of the month, and on the 13th of every month, he is a month older.
My Thoughts on the Month vs Year Debate
I don’t particularly enjoy performing math equations in my head every time someone asks my children’s age in months. Maybe it is Mom Brain, or maybe it is my own laziness, but it is not something I care to remember.
In all honesty,
I can’t think of any reason why it would make more sense to tell someone your child is 27 months old as opposed to 2 years old.
At what age did you stop counting your child’s age in months? Tell me I’m not the only parent who struggles to remember her child’s age in months.