Leap Year Babies Are Cool ... For About a Second

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Most people would rather not give birth on leap day (February 29) with good reason. It's a day that only comes around every four years. For most of us, that means we would do anything not to pop out a baby. But for a select few, today is THE day to give birth. Why? Because it's special.

On CafeMom, a woman says that she is considering being purposely induced today in order to give her baby a unique birthday and many think it's a great idea. Personally, I am not so sure.

CafeMom user The Amy asked:

Me, my teenage daughter and my father all think that would be a cool birthday. My husband and my mother aren't so sure. Would you think it would be cool or awful if your birthday was on Feb 29, a date that only comes around every 4 years?

The answers are wild and all over the place with some (like user Mrs.Hahn_09) saying yes:

Basically you choose February 28 or March 1 to go on their birth certificate so she shouldn't have issues when it comes to job apps etc... my opinion I think its unique and I'm for being unique. My mom also knows someone who was born on the extra day and he said he celebrates his birthday from 12 p.m. February 28 until 12 p.m. March 1.

This is a very unique solution and I love it. But not everyone thought it was so cool. User M3Love said:

It's cool for about a second, and then it's complicated and annoying to think about. I would tolerate this birthday if it were mine, but I would be kind of upset if my parents chose it specifically for me.

So there you have it. People feel very differently about this very unique birthday. So what does it all mean? It's probably, like anything, sort of individual. For some people it would be really cool. For others, it would be very sad and depressing. The way my 5-year-old anticipates her birthday every year, I can't imagine she would be OK with only really celebrating every four years. But clearly there are solutions.

Personally, I wouldn't want a leap year baby, but if my baby were on his or her way, I wouldn't clench my legs until March 1. But trying for one? No way.

Would you want a leap day baby?


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Hecate9 Hecate9

I have a friend with this birthdate. She turns 8 today, lol.

DebaLa DebaLa

The prospect of being 'cool' every four years is a life-threatening emergency to warrant induction?? Crazy AND adolescent. 

Eques... EquestrianMom

Yeah, if it happens, cool. If not, who cares? My SO has his birthday today. First time in four years he's had a birthday! LOL! He as an adult doesn't think it's "cool", it is what it is, but sure would be nice in his opinion to have a solid, never changing birthday! 

kschle kschle

I have a friend who was born on February 29th. He said that as a child he didn't understand why God would sometimes skip his birthday. I think that is really sad! Poor kid!

Angela Mack

I was born on Leap Year in 1984! I turned 7 this year. I've always loved the fact I was born on such a unique day. No matter what, everyone I've ever met remembered my birthday. Even strangers. It's always a good conversation to talk about when a lull occurs. Everybody always asks me the same questions. "What do you do on the years that your birthday doesn't exist"? To that I say, since I don't get a real birthday this year, I celebrate it on the 28th and the 1st, I deserve it. LOL When I turned 21 however, I had to wait until the 1st to get a drink. I'm so blessed to have been born on Leap Year. I wouldn't change it for anything. :)

godde... goddess99

I wouldn't mind either way.

MamaM... MamaMandee

I would not try for the date but do think it would be cool if it happen. 

MamaM... MamaMandee

Did you all hear of the mom who has 3 kids all leap day babies? I think one was not planned but the other 2 were if I remember right. 

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