Baby is synonymous with infant. Often, when people say baby (other than as a term of endearment), they are typically referencing an infant. I find that infant is a bit more descriptive than baby. Can we make "baby" a tag synonym of infant?

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Yes, make a synonym of .

My initial thought was to agree with Karl. However, upon looking at , I see it has only been used 21 times. Every one of those would seem to do better with one of our age-specific tags (, , or ).

I believe making a synonym of one of the age specific tags. I'm not certain which tag makes the most sense, though. I'm inclined towards agreeing that makes most sense, so I consider a vote for this answer to be a vote for making a synonym of .

However, since there are other synonym possibilities, I'll post separate answers. If you feel one of the other choices is a better synonym, don't vote for this answer; vote instead for the other.

Regardless of which synonym we choose, this would require some cleanup, first.

In some cases, replaces one of our age-specific tags, in which case the question isn't tagged appropriately (e.g. the question is about an 18 month old, and it is tagged , so someone searching the tag won't be able to find it).

In other cases, it is present in conjunction with an age-appropriate tag.

In a few cases, it relates to a baby that has not yet arrived: Querying a database for baby names within popularity range? and Adopt before giving birth or give birth before adopting?.

Cleanup Suggestions

In any case where is used with an existing age-specific tag, it should simply be removed.

In any case where it is used instead of an age-specific tag, it should be replaced with the appropriate age-specific tag.

In the two examples for a child who has not yet arrived (the database on baby names, and the adoption vs. birth questions), I think the tag should be removed altogether.

  • Have you added votes for infant and I just can't find it? May 6, 2014 at 14:06
  • @ChristopherW This one is for "infant". The others are for "toddler" and "newborn".
    – user420
    May 6, 2014 at 15:08
  • Oh wow. Sorry. I should stop coming to meta late at night. May 6, 2014 at 15:11
  • No worries... I do use a dozen different tags in this one answer, so it doesn't stand out nearly the way the others do. Poor formatting choice on my part, in retrospect.
    – user420
    May 6, 2014 at 15:17
  • Can we declare this vote closed? :)
    – Joe
    May 8, 2014 at 20:17
  • @Joe I'm not comfortable saying it is a clear consensus when there are only 2 votes between this answer and a conflicting answer. This is why we need more meta participation :(
    – user420
    May 12, 2014 at 12:03

I think "baby" is a broader term. Most people I know use the term "baby" up until around age two or three, whereas "infant" refers specifically to a baby who is younger than around a year, before they learn to walk, which is when they become a "toddler".

  • What would the implementation for this be, then? "Baby" should be included in all questions also tagged "newborn", "infant" and "toddler"?
    – user420
    May 6, 2014 at 12:32

Vote for this if you agree with my synonym reasoning and cleanup suggestions, but feel that makes more sense as a synonym, instead of .


Vote for this if you agree with my synonym reasoning and cleanup suggestions, but feel that makes more sense as a synonym, instead of .

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