Every four years a new batch of ‘leapers’ are born – and this year is no exception.  

Due to the leap year yesterday was the extra day we have to have, every fourth year.  This quirk in the calendar means that babies born yesterday, will not celebrate their first birthday until 2020.

Jennifer and Lars Andersson are proud parents of their daughter, who rushed into the world yesterday morning to officially become just one of the new ‘leapers’ in the world.

“We got [to hospital] about 10:20, and she was born by 10:45,” Ms Andersson said told ABC news.

The new parents have already begun discussing how they will celebrate their daughter’s birthday in 2017.

“I was saying to my husband, we’ll have to do half her birthday on the 28th at dinner, and the other half of her birthday at breakfast on March 1,” Ms Andersson said.

“She’d probably want two of them [birthday parties] ,” Mr Andersson said.  “There’ll be some teasing going on when she’s a teenager.  When she’s sixteen I’ll be able to say ‘stop acting like you’re four’.”

Ms Andersson said the family, including the couple’s two boys, would find a special way to celebrate each year.

“It’s always a good topic of conversation when you meet someone with a 29th birthday and you ask them how they celebrate,” Ms Andersson said. “Most people have funny stories about things their families have done, so I guess we’ll try and make it special for her.”

ACT Health projected that around a dozen babies would be born in Canberra on February 29th.


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  • I guess it would have pluses and minuses.


  • Hahaha! That’s awesome! :D A friend of mine is a Leaper, and she thinks it’s hilarious telling her students that she was born on the 29th Feb! They’re 8, so heaps of them just don’t believe her! :P They always have small parties on the 28th feb, and on the leap years, she has a huge bash. LOL! Awesome fun! Thanks for sharing :D


  • I wonder when the figures of the number of babies born on 29th Feb. in Australia


  • Congratulations to all the new “leapers”! I think it’s so special to be born on February 29th!!


  • She’s one lucky girl. Just think how special it would be to be born on a leap day. I also like the idea they have for her birthdays.


  • Lke hz


  • My husband has twin cousins that were born on the 29th. I like Jennifers idea of celebrating both days. We have started celebrating our kids birthdays over about a week, depending when their grandparents can make it. They love having two cakes and one present here and another a few days later, they aren’t overwhelmed by lots at once then.


  • I think having a birthday on the 29th of February would be great. I’d never really have to grow up and when people say act your age I could say well I am only 8 (now really actually 32).


  • Congratulations to them. I like their idea of celebrating on the 28th and the 1st


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