So you’re having a boy? Here’s what you’re in for…

Jessica Bosco

Jessica Bosco

Jessica is a writer, editor and professional wrangler of two boys. Working in women's lifestyle publishing for over 15 years she has written about everything from fashion and beauty to royal weddings and true crime. These days she loves helping parents navigate pregnancy and the early years of raising little ones...
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 · 6 mins read
So you’re having a boy? Here’s what you’re in for…

Whether you’re pregnant and you’ve found out you’re expecting a boy, or you are waiting for a surprise, you might be wondering what you’re in for. Here are a few things you can expect if you’re a boy mama: *Disclaimer: Sure all kids are different and they won’t all fit into these (some of your girls may even be more like this) but this is a lighthearted look at life with boys. There are many old wives' tales about predicting the baby's sex, but they are not scientifically backed.

Life with a baby boy

You will never think about, talk about or invest so much time in another human’s genitalia than your son’s penis (but it will make you understand men and how they tick a little more…). Little boys become obsessed with them from pretty early on (and never stop), so don’t be surprised to find them playing with it, talking about it – and very concerned when they can’t seem to find yours… And yep, baby boners are real, and kind of weird – but totally normal.

There is also a common myth about predicting a baby’s sex based on the baby’s heart rate, suggesting that a heart rate of 140 beats per minute or slower indicates a boy, while a higher rate indicates a girl. However, scientific evidence debunks this idea, showing no correlation between heart rate and the baby’s sex.

Also when it comes to nappy changes, prepare to wear the wee – and always ALWAYS make sure it’s pointing down and straight or you will be changing that nappy again very soon.

Ball sports

Nope, not actual ball sports (well yeah maybe some of those) but we’re talking testicles. It’s not just their penis, their little balls get some serious air-time in your life now too, whether it’s spending 20 minutes trying to wipe all the poo out of every little wrinkly crevasse, their appearance and texture that changes with the temperature, or the shock when they are born and they come out swollen and HUGE (don’t worry they’ll shrink back down to be in proportion). The sex of the baby is determined by male sperm, which contributes to a Y chromosome.

Toilet humour

Farts (real and otherwise) are now hilarious FYI. What goes in must come out and prepare to talk about it. A lot. Additionally, pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and weight gain can also be experienced by the non-pregnant partner, a phenomenon known as Couvade syndrome.

Embrace the pee

Because it’s going to be everywhere – especially when they start using the toilet and they’re still practising their aim. Additionally, some non-pregnant partners may experience Couvade syndrome, which can include symptoms like morning sickness, nausea, and weight gain.

Dirt is life

Your little one is going to love getting messy, you’ll go to the park and all he’ll want to do is dig in the dirt. Mud pies are life – your life. You’ll go somewhere you didn’t even think had any dirt, and he’ll come home dirty.

They never stop. Ever.

Little boys are always on the go, they run (jump, climb, commando crawl, leap, bound, roll – you name it) everywhere, so at least you’ll get a work out chasing after them. Keeping them physically active (a.k.a tiring them out) is key.

Prepare to learn every make and model of car, truck, train, plane etc

No matter how many gender-neutral toys they have at their disposal, there’s just something about little boys and modes of transport. The baby’s biological sex can often be determined through a mid-pregnancy ultrasound, typically performed around weeks 18 to 22, which provides a detailed view of the growing fetus.

You may need more extensive baby proofing for a boy

Little boys get into everything and like to touch, feel, poke, climb, swing, chew – you name it, they’re going to do it, so make sure you prepare your house accordingly.

Get a first-aid kit (and know where your local emergency room is)

Have a fully stocked first-aid kit on hand because chances are your little explorer is going to need it, think grazed knees, cut lips, broken bones… It’s also important to consult a healthcare provider for advice on first-aid and emergency preparedness.

Rough play will drive you mad

Whether with a sibling, your partner (or you) or their friends, little boys like to play rough and play wrestling pretty much becomes a daily occurrence.

Don’t stress, rough play is good for their development and attachment skills and to them, it’s fun (just make sure whoever they’re doing it with is a willing participant).

They can be divas too, FYI

Oh yeah, don’t think you’ll avoid the diva tantrums – theirs can be just as brutal.

They are sensitive little souls

Some even say little boys can be even more sensitive than little girls. Myths about sensitivity often compare male and female fetuses, but these are not scientifically backed. So just because they’re running wild one minute, don’t think they can’t stop and smell the roses with you the next.


And they can love pink, and glitter and shiny things too

Sure they might be all about cars and trucks one day, but don’t underestimate how much fun they will have in your dress-up box or playing with “girly” stuff too.

They give the best cuddles

It’s often said little boys love their mamas the most – and tend to be more cuddly and affectionate than little girls.

They don’t hold onto things

Like men, boys tend to be much more black and white than us females, who err on the side of grey… While we tend to hold on to things and hold grudges and overanalyse, they move on and forget pretty quickly. So they can switch from full-on tantrums to telling you how pretty you are within mere moments.

The boy clothing situation isn’t that bad

These days you can find some seriously cute options for boys, sure there might not be as much of a range as for girls, but it makes it easier to get them dressed when they’re screaming and running around the house naked refusing to get dressed anyway.

It’s worth noting that the accuracy of determining the baby’s sex through ultrasound increases with gestational age, as indicated by an OB-GYN.

Despite it all; the fart jokes and wee-stained everything, the boundless energy and trips to the emergency room – little boys are the absolute best.

They open your eyes to a world you weren’t privy to before and they make you look at things in a different way.

Like all children, they will have their own quirks, their own interests and show you who they are. That’s not bound to a particular gender. They will test you and push you to your limits, but they will love you harder, cuddle you more and make you happier than you ever dreamed you could be.

Congrats mama, you’re having a boy. Welcome to the club!

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