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

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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