When you're expecting a new addition to the family, the 20-week ultrasound, which is when most people find out their baby's gender, can seem like a lifetime away. Many expecting parents resort to alternative methods to predict if they're having a boy or a girl. One popular option is the Chinese Gender Calendar, which is simple to use and steeped in tradition. Once you've discovered your baby's gender, consider celebrating with a fabulous gender reveal party, made perfect with premium products from Poof There It Is.
History of the Chinese Gender Calendar
The Chinese Gender Calendar's actual history is somewhat unclear, as its origins date back several hundred years. There are two prominent stories surrounding the calendar. One legend suggests it is over 700 years old, discovered in an ancient tomb, and based on the I Ching, or the Book of Changes. The I Ching relies on Yin and Yang, the Eight Trigrams, and the Five Elements to predict a baby's sex.
Another story claims the Chinese Gender Calendar is just over 300 years old and was used by the Qing Dynasty's imperial family. They preferred boys, as they could work, provide money, and ensure the continuation of the royal family line. The calendar was believed to have been looted from the palace during the Boxers Rebellion and later translated and given to the King of England. Eventually, a Chinese scholar brought it back to China.
Despite the theories, there's no concrete evidence on the calendar's origins, and some experts have debunked certain claims regarding its existence. Regardless of the origin, this ancient tradition has inspired countless parents to host fun and memorable gender reveal parties using Poof There It Is's high-quality products.
What Makes the Chinese Gender Calendar Popular?
The Chinese Gender Calendar's popularity stems from parents' desire to know their baby's sex as soon as possible. It's similar to popular wives' tales that claim to determine a baby's gender based on factors like pregnancy symptoms or how the baby is carried.
How Does the Chinese Calendar Gender Prediction Work?
The calendar uses lunar cycles to predict a baby's sex. It considers the mother's lunar age at the time of conception and the lunar month of conception. By intersecting the lunar age and month, the calendar provides a prediction of "girl" or "boy."
Accuracy of the Chinese Gender Calendar
Although some people believe the Chinese Gender Calendar is about 90% accurate, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. At best, the calendar has a 50-50 chance of being correct, which is no different than guessing or flipping a coin.
Can You Use the Chinese Gender Calendar to Select Your Baby's Gender?
Some people believe it's possible to use the Chinese Gender Calendar to select their baby's gender, but there isn't any scientific evidence to back this theory up. There's always a 50% chance of having a girl and a 50% chance of having a boy, regardless of what the calendar indicates.
Does the Chinese Gender Calendar Predict Twins or Triplets?
The Chinese Gender Calendar does not predict the likelihood of having twins, triplets, or multiples, nor does it predict the sex of multiple babies.
Chinese Gender Calendar vs. Mayan Gender Predictor
The Mayan gender prediction method uses the mother's age and the year of conception instead of the lunar month and age. If both the mother's age and year of conception are either odd or even numbers, the baby will be a girl. If the mother's age and year of conception are a mix of odd and even numbers, the baby will be a boy.
Neither the Chinese Gender Calendar nor the Mayan Gender Predictor is more accurate than the other. They both have a 50-50 chance of being correct. If you want accurate results, you'll need to wait for your ultrasound appointment.
The Chinese Gender Calendar should only be used as a fun tool to predict your baby's sex before an ultrasound. Ultrasounds are far more accurate, with studies indicating less than 1% error rate in gender prediction after 14 weeks of gestation. So, while
the Chinese Gender Calendar is an entertaining way to pass the time as you wait for your ultrasound appointment, don't start planning your gender reveal party or buying gender-specific items until you've had a proper scan.
Please explore our Gender Reveal Ideas for more creative and exciting ways to welcome your newest family member! Remember, regardless of the method used to predict your baby's gender, the most important thing is to have a healthy and happy baby. Enjoy the anticipation and excitement of this unique journey and cherish every moment.