When Does a Leap Year Baby Celebrate His Birthday?

A baby born on February 29, 1980 will not have another February 29th birthday until 1984, the next time a Leap Year occurs. What does he do then to celebrate his birthday in 1981, 1982, and 1983?

A Leap-Year baby can choose his own birthday from either February 28 or March 1, two dates which DO occur every year.

Every person in the world shares his or her birthday with at least 10,000,000 other people. So the next time you celebrate your birthday and your friends sing “Happy Birthday to You” 10 million other people are hearing that same song sung to them all over the world. Some might be only 1 year old, while others might be 100!


  1. tru dat says

    Not every person shares his/her birthday with 10 million others! That is true if you are born in the 365 days of every year, but if you are born on the 366th day of every fourth year (Feb 29), then you share your birthday with only 2.5 million people. Quite an exclusive CLUB!

  2. Judy says

    My granddaughter is a leap day baby and today is her 14. We usually celebrate on the 28th. But this year we are celebrating her 1st official birthday but also her 4th. So she gets 2 cakes and lots of fun

  3. Greta says

    wish all leaplings a wonderful birthday, enjoy it. We have to wait again for 4 years now.

  4. Mikaela says

    I’m not a leap year child, but, if I was..would i be 4? Meaning since i was born in 1998 [i’m 13], and every four years..or so, i’d be 4?..am i correct?.. [Getting it straight, i’m a Halloween child, not a Leap Year child. I was just wondering]

  5. Debbie says

    I love it that you a 2 day birthday….lucky you.
    Happy Birthday to all the Leap Year babies!

  6. Oswin says

    I’m a leap year baby I was born on the 29th February,1998.I celebrate my b-day on all two days march 1st and Feb 28th.Its much more fun,gifts are doubled and a cake on each day………..

  7. bernadette says

    i just had a leap year baby named layla, was worried what people might think, but now after reading all those comments we will celebrate her birthday on the 28 feb and also the 1 march, happy days for layla. x

  8. Angela says

    i had my leap year son last year 29/2/12 and this year i will celebrate his birthday on Feb 28th.even though he wasnt born on that day still he wasnt born on march..so i will keep it
    February..these comments have really made me feel good

  9. Chris says

    I am a Leapling (the Germans call me Schaltjahrkind). I was born in 1964. I am currently 12, though I have lived for 48 years. I have always embraced the uniqueness of my birthday and have these few comments:

    1. When I go to the toy store, I am allowed to act my age.
    2. I have a special relationship with the space-time continuum.
    3. (THIS IS THE GOOD ONE) The 29th of February is the day after the 28th and the day before march first. On the non-leap years this qualifies both days to be used for celebratory purposes.

  10. sue says

    If you check the Leap Year Baby site, just about everyone celebrates on February 28th. Although it’s the day AFTER, it is also the day BEFORE March 1st. On March 1st, most of us feel it’s over. A different month.

  11. kandy says

    my son is a leap year baby of 04 and I always do his march first because he was born feb. 29 not 28. so its a feb 28 evey year n he was born after that. so I feel its fair to do sooo march first after the 28

  12. happydoc says

    If your birthday is before12:00 pm celebrate it on feb if it is after celebrate in march

  13. Nathan says

    For people born on February 29, celebrate on March 1 due to physics. March 1 the year before a leap year is 365 days before February 29, while March 1 the year after is 365 days from both February 29 and March 1.

  14. Vicky says

    I’m a leap year baby born on the 29th Feb 1996, so I’m only 4 and quarter! It still annoys me to this day when people ask me why I don’t celebrate my birthday on the 28th but instead the 1st March. It’s down to fact. On the 28th I was still inside the womb and wasn’t born, but on the 1st I was, and when you think about it, the day when the 29th would be on a non-leap year is always the 1st, basic maths.

    ps. You can’t be born on a leap year day if you’re gonna turn 14 in a leap year?! You’d only be either 4, 8, 12. 16, 20, 24…etc. NOT 14!

  15. Marilee greenfield says

    I am a leap year baby born February 29, 1944. My son is also a leap year baby born on February 29′ 1972. We were even born in the same hospital, of course 28 years apart. We try to always celebrate together on leap year birthdays. We always celebrate on Feb. 28th when it isn’t a leap year as we were born in the month of February…not March!

  16. Ben says

    I’m a leap year baby.
    Born on the 29th February 1980.
    Even though I have a birthday every year, it only feels like a real birthday when it falls on the 29th……..Hard to explain unless your one of us.

  17. moldyjello says

    The correct answer….a leap year baby can celebrate their birthday whenever they wish can can choose Feb 28, March 1st or both.

    I am a leap year baby of 1984 and I choose to celebrate my birthday after on march 1st. Reason? Why celebrate my brith before my actual birth. But again, to each his own.

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