Chinese Gender Predictor Tool

Chinese gender predictor chart

After finding out you're pregnant, there are so many more exciting steps to come! Are you having a boy or a girl? Use the Chinese Gender Predictor tool below to find out!

Predict your baby's Gender

Pick the month in which you conceived


What is a Chinese gender predictor chart?

From the moment you find out you are pregnant you will be wondering if it's a boy or a girl and even if you decide to find out at your scan, you still have to wait twenty weeks. But that is where the Chinese gender predictor chart might be useful. As you might expect, a Chinese gender predictor chart guesses your baby's sex if you want to know if you are having a girl or a boy. It works by using the mother's birth date and the estimated date of conception (or the baby's due date) before converting these numbers into the mother's lunar age when she got pregnant and the lunar date of conception. The result will then predict whether you're supposedly having a baby girl or a baby boy.

Of course we know there are lots of myths about how to tell whether you are having a baby boy or girl and perhaps this is just another one to try. Old wives' tales say you can tell your baby's sex from your pregnancy cravings, with sweet tastes indicating a girl and salty or sour tastes indicating a boy. Another option is to examine your baby bump, if it is high, you might be having a girl, or low and you could expect a boy. Finally, try swinging a a ring on a string above your belly and if it moves back and forth then old wives' tales say you are having a girl, whereas if it goes back and forth it suggests a boy. Whether they work or not, they provide a bit of entertainment and will distract you during that twenty (or forty) week wait.

The Chinese gender predictor has ancient beginnings and while there are many myths surrounding the origins of the Chinese gender predictor chart, it is said that the chart dates back over 300 years ago. Back then, it was protected by dedicated eunuchs in the Qing palace and was not showcased to others and so even if you think it is just for fun, it does have some serious history behind it.

Apparently, this chart is derived from I Ching and time projections and created for the imperial family to help them conceive a baby boy. During the Boxers Rebellion towards the end of Qing Dynasty, most of the empire’s treasures were stolen and this chart was brought to England. Later, the chart made its way to Austria before a Chinese scholar studied the chart in detail, and finally returned it to its homeland of China.

How accurate is the Chinese gender predictor?

With some claims of up to 90 per cent accuracy (although there is no proof of this) in predicting your baby's gender, many parents have actually found it to be correct for them. Either way it definitely has a 50 / 50 chance of being right!

It is important to remember that there is no real scientific evidence that the Chinese gender predictor works. This tool is just for fun, and cannot confirm for definite whether you are expecting a baby boy or a baby girl, so don't start picking out your gender reveal ideas just yet! With only two outcomes - boy or girl - the majority of methods will always end up right about 50 per cent of the time.

For a much more accurate confirmation of your baby's gender, during your second trimester, you can ask your sonographer at your anomaly scan to have a look for you. And really, it's not too long to wait. Or perhaps you prefer to be surprised, and want to wait until baby is born, and you can calculate your due date with a due date calculator.

How does the Chinese gender predictor work?

The chart that this gender prediction method is based on was founded in an ancient tomb near Beijing more than 700 years ago. The prediction method is based on the chart, which uses the Lunar age of the mother and the month of conception.

The chart is also said to be able to predict how feminine or masculine your child will be based on the 1st, 5th and 9th columns of the mother's age. If the chart shows more boys than girls in these spaces, your baby is more likely to be masculine - more girls, and they are likely to be more feminine. Use the chart below to see if the appearance predictor is accurate for you and your child!

Should I use a Chinese gender calendar?

There's certainly no harm in trying it. Provided you don't take it too seriously, the Chinese gender predictor can be a lot of fun and can make you feel even more excited about meeting your baby. Just don't use it to make any big decisions such as what colour to paint the nursery...

Chinese Gender Chart Reviews

If you still can't decide whether or not to give it a go, then read on to find out what other mums thought and how accurate (or not!) it was for them.

• "The calendar said we're having a girl and it's a boy" - Tina

• "Right for all four of mine" - Mary

• "I didn't use it (and didn't find out gender before birth), but I just checked it and it was right. I know it's a 50/50 chance but I was still impressed" - Julianne

• "Right for two out of three of mine!" - Nicola

• "Wrong for me. Predicted boy but I'm having a girl" - Leila

• "I have 3 and it was wrong each time! That's a run of bad luck!" - Cora

• "I used it twice and twice it was correct. But there is no any scientific base behind it." - Alba

• "I used it and it was right both times (two girls).” - Lauren

• "Did not work for me. Every single prediction said we were going to have a boy for our third child, but we were blessed with another girl." - Jennie

Real mums are divided on whether or not the Chinese predictor tool actually works, but it doesn't hurt to try, as long as you don't take it too seriously.

How can I determine my baby's sex for sure?

While your 12-week scan is the first time you will get to see your baby inside you, their sex won't yet be able to be seen at this point.

At around 18-21 weeks you'll be invited for an anomaly 20-week scan. This is to check for any abnormalities with baby. At the end of this scan, the sonographer will ask you if you want to know the sex of the baby (if they can see it!) and this is the only accurate way to find out your baby's sex.

But if you're too keen to wait until then, why not give the Chinese gender predictor tool a go? Of course, the tool is just a bit of fun, but who knows, maybe the chart prediction will be right for you! There are also other methods you can try such as the Ramzi Theory which predicts the gender of your little one based on the location of the placenta at an 8 week scan. Or, perhaps try the skull theory which uses the photo from the 12-week scan to look at the baby's skull because, according to the theory, girls and boys have different shaped skulls. Finally, there is the nub theory which claims that when you look at an early scan of the baby’s genital area, although both girls and boys have identical-looking little ‘nubs’, the male ‘nub’ sticks up at a different angle from the female ‘nub.’ Of course, none of these are guaranteed to be accurate, but there is no harm in giving them a go.

Laura Healy is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby. She is a mum-of-two girls and loves writing about all things parenting, she is particularly interested in the toddler years and eco-friendly baby products, as well as children’s literature. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and has published short stories in the UK and Ireland, as well as previously writing freelance for her local paper.