Friday, 6 May 2016

Boy babies v girl babies

Boy babies v girl babies: The difference between the sexes at an early age

After writing this post earlier in the week about the horrific gender inequality that is the rubbish clothes available for baby boys, I thought I would delve further into the differences I have observed between the sexes. 


These are, obviously, huge generalisations; as I have already pointed out, having one girl and one boy myself is not a large enough sample to satisfy the scientific method. So, please, take this in the light-hearted spirit in which it was intended* (and feel free to add your own).

1) Weeing


Babies love to wait until the nappy is off and then go for it, something about the change of temperature I suspect. Girls flood the area, meaning a good wipe down, possibly a bath, and an immediate change of clothes for them. As I would hope you are aware, boys have a different method of urinating and they can miss their own clothes whilst hitting you, the wall behind you and possibly the stranger next to you in the baby change area with a nice warm stream of wee. Awkward.

2) Fiddling


Wow, they weren't lying when they said boys liked to play with their willies were they? Literally as soon as the nappy comes off, the hands are down there; especially fun when there is a squelchy poo to deal with.

2) Chatting


I could be imagining this because the toddler literally Never Shuts Up but I'm sure she started babbling a lot earlier than the baby, and although it was mainly nonsense she sounded like she knew exactly what she meant. Until very recently he basically just shouted. This one is actually a well documented fact - boys do start speaking later than girls. The bad news is, they catch up fairly quickly.


4) Concentrating


My daughter would always happily sit and devote her full attention to something. She can now immerse herself in hours of pretend play with tea sets, play food and dolls  The baby cannot amuse himself for more than a minute, requiring constant entertainment (fortunately the toddler is often there to provide it!).

5) Staying still


My daughter is, as I write, in her bedroom, listening to the Frozen soundtrack and 'reading' a book. Honestly, I'm watching her on the monitor.
She hasn't moved in ten minutes and is certain she doesn't want to play downstairs. I've checked.

The baby has never been fond of staying still. He has two modes; crazy and asleep. Actually three if you include eating. He doesn't do 'sedate' activities like playing with a toy or watching television, not even that bloody Pig. It always surprises me to see photos of my daughter at this age, sitting and smiling. There are very few pictures of my son that aren't blurred.


6) Feeling fear



The toddler doesn't like going down steep walkways for fear of falling; I'm fairly certain the baby would happily crawl straight off the edge of a cliff. I sincerely hope that he doesn't, but I won't actively discourage his bravado as I really hate having to climb to the top of soft play because, even though I told her not to go up there, my toddler has decided to do just that and she simply cannot go down the slide by herself and is crying again and everyone is judging me.

7) Problem solving


The baby may be too young to draw an effective comparison but even when the toddler was very small you could definitely see her brain working, puzzling things out. At two, she has worked out how to unlock the baby gate and the iPad, and she has a lot of questions, although they mainly come about at bed time; she has shrewd and calculated bed-avoidance plans. The baby is more likely to act now, think later or not at all.


8) Being a diva



No one can throw a strop quite like a girl and that includes very small ones. The boy shouts, the girl shrieks in an ear splitting fashion. The foot stamping is a real treat. I really hope he doesn't pick this skill up from his sister.

9) Being a bossy boots

The toddler is what a diplomatic teacher might call 'leadership material'. Only yesterday I was handed a plate of plastic food and treated to a rousing rendition of 'I AM NOT BOSSY MUMMY. NOW SIT DOWN AND EAT YOUR LUNCH! RIGHT NOW'. Yes m'aam. I obviously have yet to see how this pans out for the baby but I can't imagine he's going to get the opportunity to be bossy with her around.

10) Throwing stuff


Food, toys, whatever really; the heavier or messier the better. The toddler had a plate with food on it at every meal time and she never used to upend it or throw it across the room. I was, I now realise, very spoilt there. I think the baby enjoys the motion. Or maybe the sound. Or maybe he just really enjoys watching me pick stuff up off the floor.

*As a student of psychology (some er... ten years ago. And the rest) I have actually got a book on the differences between the sexes in terms of their brains. I dug it out as I thought it might be a good place to start, but when I read that the male brain is bigger than the female brain and this could imply superior intelligence I realised it must be very out of date and quickly burned it. I jest - of COURSE it actually said that this 'theory' had been debunked. But it did confirm that by a year old, there were notable differences between the sexes and that, on average, boys prefer trucks to tea sets. They are easier to smash against a wall after all.

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27 comments:

  1. Haha, very interesting! I only have a boy, and though he babbles a lot and has a logical approach to many things, he also has no fear happily throwing himself of beds, tries to climb stairs (if allowed) and he smashes up things with great amusement. No quiet time - the bloody pig doesn't work for us either! - maybe it's a good thing - and he will rarely sit still for more than a couple of minutes. #bigpinklink

    Nadia - ScandiMummy x

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    1. Yes, stay away from the pig if you can! It's too late for us.

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  2. Fascinating post very enjoyable read and very true #bigpinklive

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  3. I have a little boy and can relate to the boy bits (well almost - he's definitely not fearless)...if my next child is a girl I'll watch out for these differences...sitting still and concentrating sound good! #bigpinklink Lucy at occupation: (m)other

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    1. I think having a little fear is a good thing. Less likely to fall out of his high chair I should imagine... Ho hum.

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  4. Really interesting post and can definitely vouch for the boys peeing on strangers awkwardness!! And I cracked up at "that bloody pig"!! xx #bigpinklink

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    1. We went to a weigh in when my daughter was a baby and my friend's baby did a big wee straight onto the baby being weighed next to him!

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  5. I'm a mum to a boy and lots of this rings true! He's a fearless little whirlwind, and definitely acts before thinking! He does love his tea party set though - very concentrated when making me a cup of pretend tea! #Bigpinklink

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    1. I live in hope that he will put his mind to more sedate pursuits - he is still young...

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  6. Hmm I have a girl after a boy and I think some of these are first/second baby things. My first (boy) is a complete bossy boots and will try to boss adults and older children despite being only 2! The baby is only still when she's asleep. She wriggles her arms out of the sling, bounces in her high chair and I gave up on the bumbo because she kept getting out of it. My first at that age wouldn't even reach for a toy that had rolled away.

    My first, although lively is actually pretty careful and is also good at problem solving. He has locked himself in the bathroom a few times and then got himslef out again. He can use a mousepad better than my Mum! It's a bit too early to tell with the baby but she seems pretty brave and takes all the knocks and bumps which come with being 2nd child very well.

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    1. It could well be! The movement thing - very possibly. Nothing like a sibling nicking your toys to encourage you to move...

      Or it could be that they're all individuals ;) When she's in a big group of girls and boys, all firstborns, the girls definitely boss the boys around. Maybe your little guy is destined to be a leader!

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  7. Love this post! As the mom of one boy one girl I agree there are differences! Such a hoot to read! #KCACOLS

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  8. As a mum of two boys, I found this really interesting. I have wondered what the differences are. Every little girl the boys age seem so calm, yet the boys also only have the same two settings: crazy and asleep. Unfortunately for one of them the 'asleep' mode is a rare event! :) x #bigpinklink

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    1. Yup, same here. Could do with more of the asleep mode.

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  9. I have a toddler girl and a toddler girl and baby boy and can definite echo some of these, the fiddling in particular? I will be very keen to see if the differences remain the same as the boy becomes a toddler! I must say though my girl is crazy can keep still one and the boy is generally more stationary...but I don't believe that is through choice. Great post. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. I hope you can come back again next Sunday xx

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    1. Thank you - I didn't know the fiddling started so early. Gracious.

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  10. I am mom to a boy and a girl. they do not follow these rules, my daughter is the wiggle, daredevil and my son the one who stays still and is reserved. Loved reading this from a mom's perspective. Thank you for sharing. #KCACOLS

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    1. At least we both have one sensible one :)

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  11. Great post - I am a mum to a litle girl and totally agree with everything you've written here! My little one is a little wriggler who loves anything with wheels and I love it! #KCACOLS

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    1. Wheels are another thing - he bloody loves cars already. Not even 11 months!

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  12. I have two boys (3 and 6) and they definitely do not sit still for very long, are always running around (never walking) and love talking about wee and poo! I'm actually envious of my friends who have girls! Lol

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday

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    1. Oh god, poo and wee discussion... that's something I can look forward too then...

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  13. This is so funny! I have one boy myself and he is a little destructor! He loves nothing more than to go around banging on things, making loud noise, and knocking stuff over. I swear he's out to destroy! And yes, he LOVES his willy as well. #KCACOLS

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  14. This kind of great photograph and also this is indeed amusing! We have a single child me personally and also he could be slightly destructor! This individual adores only to look about bumping about items, creating deafening noises, and also slamming products above.

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