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Baby Boys Vs. Baby Girls: Which Gender Is More Fun?

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I recently read a post entitled, "10 Reasons Why I Wouldn't Trade Having a Daughter for a Son," and having one of each myself, I got a pretty good chuckle. I've always wanted a girl, and I enjoy the hell out of her. But I do have to say: Boys are pretty darn cool, too.

I know people are always saying they prefer one gender over another. Still, I have to admit I was surprised by a recent Gallop poll that said 40 percent of adults would prefer a boy and only 28 percent would prefer a girl. Really?

So it got me thinking ... there are a lot of benefits of both genders, but a lot of downsides, too. If we compare the two, which gender is cooler?

Let's take a look at the "pros" and "cons" of boy babies vs. girl babies:

Genitals at Birth

Boys: Swollen scrotum, often discolored, and the eternal question of "To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise?" that will get you called names no matter what.

Girls: Swollen labia, and often some vaginal bleeding.

This round goes to girls for less controversy!

 

Diaper Changes

Boys: Erections that can make it awkward, ability to pee on their own heads ... and yours. 

Girls: Many folds to clean out carefully, and I don't care what anyone may tell you, they can squirt pee far, too.

This round goes to boys for having all visible parts and quicker cleanup.

 

Milestones

Boys: While boys tend to be much more wiggly and fidgety, they usually don't walk sooner than girls and end up in the ER more often. 

Girls: Often talk sooner than boys, but that also means they learn to talk back sooner as well.

Girls win this round because ER trips suck, and knowing what a toddler wants when they have a good vocabulary is SO helpful.


Clothes and Shoes

Boys: Sneakers, robots, dinosaurs, blues, reds, and yellows. 

Girls: Mary Janes, bows and ribbons, princesses, fairies, pinks, greens, and browns.

Okay, so you don't have to adhere to any gender stereotypes, but you know what? I have fun with it and love girly stuff even for myself. Girls win!

 

Hair Care

Boys: When it gets long, shave it off or cut it short. Home trimmers work great. 

Girls: Fights over brushing, clips, hair ties, etc., but it looks super-cute.

Boys win this one too, just for taking less effort.

 

Social Tendencies

Boys: Male infants tend to prefer items and manipulating them to staring at a single face, though they do love crowds and tend to be better team players. 

Girls: Social even at three hours post-birth, little girls are much more likely to notice -- and stop -- when you make a scared face when they're about to do something that would get them hurt.

Honestly, this one evens out pretty well, don't you think?

 

Of course eventually those babies grow up, and then you have to deal with: Puberty

Boys: Wet dreams and gross sheets, stinky pits, and awkward facial hair. 

Girls: Boobs, bras, and periods with mood swings.

Honestly? Puberty is just kind of gross and messy in general. This one is a draw.

I don't think either gender is better than the other. Even people with preferences often find that there's so much variation in KIDS, period, that you'll never know what to expect. So while there might be more likelihood of, say, a boy pretending his stick is a sword, that doesn't mean little Lisa isn't going to turn her magic wand into a lightsaber, too.

Which gender do you think is more fun?

 

Image via Michele Zipp

baby development, milestones, poop & diapers, siblings, boys, girls

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nonmember avatar me

I can't believe only 28% prefer girls. I think a lot of people are scared of girls. I'm scared of boys. Especially that puberty thing. I guess boy stuff is all foreign and scary to me.

KBW2 KBW2

I have one of each. Honestly, I couldn't imagine the 2nd would be as fantastic as the first, but the 2nd is. Both my boy and girl are wonderful and I feel so blessed to get to experience both, even though I would've been thrilled with two of the same sex.

angry... angrybabykitty

I have one of each. Both are very close in age (10 months apart) but both are equally fun. There is a lot of difference in their behavior such as my oldest, the girl (2 on Saturday) is more quiet and my son (13 months) squeals like a dinosaur for his enjoyment! I feel like my hubby & I get the best of both worlds having them & wouldn't trade them for anything!

Megan Grande

I have two boys. After seeing all of my friends have little girls, I get jealous of the sweet little dresses, bonnets for infants, and pretty shoes. Even the hair clips. I always wanted to get little matching things for me and my never-to-be daughter. But now that I see those baby girls getting older... they are much more articulate, but clumsly! My boys are super coordinated, thank goodness. And, frankly, I was an unpleasant, moody, never satisfied little girl/teenager/probably still am when PMSing. I don't want that to come around ten fold. Plus, nothin' wrong with a momma's boy (from momma's point of view! LOL)

nonmember avatar Cynthia

I have 1 boy and 2 girls and it's hard to say which is "better". They're very different. I have several older nieces and nephews and my sister's who have all gone through raising their kids with some of each always tell me that boys are harder to raise when they're little and girls are harder when they're older (like teens). I have to say that while my boy is the daredevil himself, my oldest daughter is the one who's had us rushing off for stitches and such. I have to say they all have their challenges so far, but so many unique rewards come with each also. I look forward to and fear what the next 10-16 years will bring us!

nonmember avatar nicole

Boys love their mamas and there is nothing better than that!

ArmyW... ArmyWife8297

girls- paint the nails cute clothes dolls


boys- there is just something amazing connection that cant be described


its a tie for me and i have one of each and my love is so different with each

Amand... Amanda_Jeanne

I already have a 2 year old son, and the past 2 years of raising him have been a LOT of fun. When I got pregnant again this time I had wanted a girl so I could have one of each, but found out we are having TWO more BOYS. In a sense, it's kind of a relief in that I already know how to deal with little guys and taking care of their "equipment" and their mannerisms and whatnot, and we saved all of DS's things so we get to reuse (and save money) lol. I'm so excited to have 3 boys. Having a little girl does kind of scare me a bit, because I know what I was like growing up... can't even imagine trying to raise a mini-me! Plus, some (not all) girls can be EXPENSIVE... all the accessories, clothes, fashion stuff, etc that they can get interested in and want... thankfully boys are pretty basic. :o) (Although again, both genders can go either way... a girl could want to be a tomboy and care less about hairbows, and a boy might want the latest and coolest shoes all the time, etc!)

JAFE JAFE

I have 2 sons and I was very happy with that and still am. I don't enjoy the drama of girls. Of course it goes without saying that if I'd had a daughter, I'd have loved her to death. I just enjoy the "boy" stuff and they seem so much easier going.

Kimmy Moran

I also have one of each. I think they they are so different that there is no way to truely compare them. I think they are both equal fun and exciting to be around in their own unique way!!!

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