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To have mistaken a baby girl for a boy

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mzS1990 Fri 15-Jul-16 19:50:14

The mum seemed reaaaaally offended over a genuine mistake blush

MollyTwo Fri 15-Jul-16 19:50:49

Yanbu I've done it a few times too.

Sparklesilverglitter Fri 15-Jul-16 19:52:56

Yanbu I have done it many times.

Can anybody tell a newborn girl and boy apart?

Cynara Fri 15-Jul-16 19:54:00

It happens. Don't worry about it. My beautiful little boy was born with a full head of black hair. I couldn't bring myself to get it cut until three weeks ago (he was 19 months old by then). We've lost count of the number of times we were complimented on our lovely little girl. It used to bother me, and then I got over it. As long as you were saying something positive about the baby, it really doesn't matter!

mzS1990 Fri 15-Jul-16 19:54:38

Baby was around one- but dressed very 'boyishly'
Not that there's anything wrong with that but....

If you would be THAT offended .... Surely you'd make it more obvious she's a girl?

It was very awkward grin

mzS1990 Fri 15-Jul-16 19:56:15

Oh yeah- boy or girl the baby was lovely either

MollyTwo Fri 15-Jul-16 19:59:05

I remember being on holiday and a little girl doing twirls in her dress and the mum got offended when people commented how cute she was, when actually the child was a boy . She actually was annoyed people thought that was a girl hmm

mzS1990 Fri 15-Jul-16 20:01:09

Yes! Id understand if the baby girl was dressed in traditional girly stuff- pink dress with a glitter tiara. But she had actual boys clothes on.

The look could have killed I swear .

squoosh Fri 15-Jul-16 20:01:31

People mistook me for a boy until I was about 7. So unless the baby in question gave you a raised eyebrow and said 'do you mind!' (and I'm guessing they didn't) who cares what the mum thinks!

LouSavage Fri 15-Jul-16 20:03:41

Don't worry about it. I don't know why people get so offended. They all look like little potatoes with wigs on anyway.

Notso Fri 15-Jul-16 20:16:20

DS3 always got mistaken for a girl. I dress him in a lot of red which is apparently a girl colour hmm. The usual comment on me saying he was a boy was "but he's too pretty to be a boy".

switswoo81 Fri 15-Jul-16 20:20:08

Dd (17mo)has been called handsome boy lots of times. Don't dress her in clothes marked boys but neither does she wear pink or dresses. It amuses me now because she has two pigtails but they are usually under buggy hood.

AWaspOnAWindowInAHeatwave Fri 15-Jul-16 20:21:41

DS was always told he was "too pretty to be a boy" too.

DD is forever dressed in boys' clothes as there's a small age gep between them, so I'd still got all DS's clothes - it seemed silly to buy all new for DD when they'd only been worn a handful of times.

So as someone who's had a boy mistaken for a girl, and a girl mistaken for a boy, YANBU - I can just about tell my babies apart from someone else's, but everyone else's babies all look the same to me, boy or girl!

I get asked if DD is a boy or a girl even when she is wearing more girly clothes. I don't get offended. Actually, most people (before seeing her) think she is a boy anyway as I have a blue pram hmm

liquidrevolution Fri 15-Jul-16 20:24:07

Funnily enough I was told red is a boys colour. weird.

I dont see why people have to dress their babies with indicators of their sex. But then I dont see why mums should get snarky about it when a mistake is made. I got angry a few times - DD in a blue rash suit with cartoon crabs on made her a boy, despite the fact she had a hairclip in and once because she had tights with cars on under her dress hmmconfused.

Perhaps babygros with genitalia printed on to make life easier for everyone.

Ifailed Fri 15-Jul-16 20:26:17

They all look like little potatoes with wigs on anyway


But not mine, obviously. They were beautiful.

chocolateismyweakness Fri 15-Jul-16 20:26:35

YANBU. The mum was being over sensitive. I get asked all the time if DS is a boy or a girl and I usually have him in blue stuff. I'm never offended. People are trying to be nice.

I once offended a colleague because she said her 4month old baby didn't stop feeding and I said something like "are you a hungry little lady" she told me, in all seriousness, never to call her daughter fat again shock

AuditAngel Fri 15-Jul-16 20:27:13

I used to get asked if DD2 was a boy, she was wearing pink and had pierced ears.

Sparklesilverglitter Fri 15-Jul-16 20:28:10

No chocolate over reaction much

Heatherbell1978 Fri 15-Jul-16 20:29:59

My 23 month old DS gets mistaken for a girl a lot because of his lovely blond curly locks that I refuse to cut! Mainly it's older people or different cultures that find it strange that a boy would have so much hair. I don't mind, I think he's very pretty! But maybe it's different for afire to be mistaken for a boy? Not sure...

mzS1990 Fri 15-Jul-16 20:30:25

Chocolate- what did you reply to that!

2nds Fri 15-Jul-16 20:31:54

I don't see why people get pissed off about this, people mistake my two for boys sometimes. Some people get offended over any old shit!

jamhot Fri 15-Jul-16 20:32:24

DS gets mistaken for a girl regularly. I don't mind, because it's not like gender is an insult. It's no big deal.

MiaowTheCat Fri 15-Jul-16 20:37:50

DD1 used to get mistaken for a boy as she had a red coat on and apparently that's "boy colours".

I was pissed off only when they also mistook me for her grandmother!

Havingkittens04 Fri 15-Jul-16 20:41:10

DD and I were frequently mistaken for boys until about a year old - albeit very pretty boys - I just think it's funny grin

The amount of people who came up to us in supermarkets, and on hols etc to tell us we had 'a very handsome little boy' is unbelievable. I just smiled and said 'thank you, she is very beautiful' - at which point they'd shuffle away looking very embarrassed. Oftentimes she was dressed in a skirt ffs! confused grin

Now she's 3 with a mop of curls down to her waist and there's no mistaking she's a gal wink

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