can you chose the sex of your baby with the chinese calendar

After all of mankind’s technological advances we still can’t premeditate whether we have a baby boy or a baby girl!

But what if the secret has really been around for thousands of years?

Welcome to the second installment of influencing the gender of your baby!

We already covered the scientifically-based Shettle’s method and now it’s time to discuss the astrologically-based Chinese method: the Chinese Gender Prediction Chart/Calendar.

So, bottom line, does it work?

There are claims online that run from 50% all the way to 98% accuracy rates.

I think the most important factor for answering this question is the accuracy of the information you are entering into the chart–and we’ll get into all of that soon.

At the time of writing this article I was 10 weeks pregnant and conceived in the time frame to have a baby girl according to the chart I link to later in this article.  UPDATE: I had a baby girl–she’s 4-and-a-half now!  And boy oh boy was I over-the-moon happy to have a girl!

So, short answer, yes–it worked for me!  (But, I also doubled-up my fortunes by using the Shettle’s method too.)

choosing the sex of your baby with the chinese lunar calendarYou have to use the right chart, and input the right information–it’s not as straight-forward as you may think!

When this topic came up in conversation my sister-in-law astutely said: “If that chart really worked there wouldn’t be such a problem with baby girls in China!”

And that is an excellent point–it certainly makes sense that if they had the secret technique for getting the gender baby you want there wouldn’t be so many girls born in China that are unwanted.  Or maybe nature always finds away to even out the playing field when people tip the scales too dramatically?

Either way, for us superstition-loving-Westerners with a mighty-specific hankering for either a boy or a girl–why NOT give the Chinese gender chart a try?

Here are my tips for using the Chinese Gender Chart accurately:


None of this will mean anything if you’re using the wrong information.

The Chinese gender chart has been discussed, copied, interpreted and plastered all over the internet, so you can bet that there have been mistakes posted along the way.

In my own research I came across over 4 different charts!  No wonder no one believes this works, we don’t know which chart to trust!

Unfortunately, there is no real authority you can go to ensure that this is the chart passed down through the generations from ancient China (although the original copy is now in the Institute of Science in Beijing) but I believe I have come pretty close to finding an accurate chart!

My #1 recommended site for accurate Chinese gender predicting is (gong roll please…):

Sure, there are a few grammatical errors and blatant sexist remarks, but that only leads me to believe in its accuracy all the more 😉  After all, this is to be expected when it comes to true Chinese wisdom being translated into English (just check out your favorite Chinese take out menu if you don’t believe me).

Seriously though, this site has a lot of information on the gender calendar and most importantly it drives home the distinction between our Western age and our Lunar age (based on the Chinese calendar), and this brings us to the second tip…

how to choose the sex of your baby with the chinese calendarTIP #2: KNOW YOUR LUNAR AGE (AND LUNAR MONTH OF CONCEPTION)!

No wonder we’ve been getting this wrong!

Some post appears on BabyCenter about the chart, we scan down to our “age” and move across to the month and see if we’d have a boy or a girl–WRONG LADIES!

Unfortunately, your 7th grade Algebra teacher was right when he said that you will have to use math everyday and the Chinese gender calendar is no exception!  The fact is that the chart is based on Chinese months, years and days.  So, you will need to figure out your lunar age at the time of conception.

Luckily you can forgo the math and use my favorite site’s Lunar Age Calculator for a quick and easy answer to: “What IS my lunar age!?”

Maybe the reason we Westerners don’t like to use the chart correctly is because we are actually a year OLDER under the Chinese lunar calendar, ugh!!!  Think you’re still hanging on by a tread to your twenties–wrong you’re actually 30!  Think you’re not in the “high risk pregnancy” age column yet–wrong, you’re lucky you don’t have a Chinese OBGYN cause you’re really 36!

So there you have it, you are already a year old when you are born under the Chinese lunar calendar–and that may be why you don’t get the right gender when you breeze through with your Western information on the Chinese gender chart!

Also, the months are different.

According to what I learned on, the lunar calendar (a.k.a. the Chinese calendar) is actually indicated by the moon’s phases.   So, a lunar month is the period required for the moon to complete its full phasic cycle of 29 and a half days.

“This measuring standard makes the lunar year a full 11 days shorter than its solar counterpart.  This difference is made up every 19 years by the addition of seven lunar months, which is called leap month.”

So, when I used the site’s handy Lunar Age Calculator my results came up as: “You are 30 years old in the 10th lunar month (Oct. 27 ~ Nov. 24)”  I conceived somewhere between November 12th and 14th, well within the 10th Lunar month.  Which leads us to the next tip…


The site actually makes this a rule: “Don’t choose the first or last ten days of a gender period for conception.”  And as you read on in the site, you’ll see that if a specific gender probability ranges over several lunar months, you want to choose the lunar month in the middle of that period.

I guess my timing for conception of a girl was not ideal enough: my gender period for a girl in my 30th lunar year was from the 2nd lunar month to the 10th lunar month.  If I really wanted to play it safe for conceiving a girl I would have tried to conceive in the 6th lunar month–but, hey, I like to be risky!!  But I did make it into the safe range within my lunar month by not conceiving too early or too late–so we’ll see what happens with this baby!

how to choose the sex of your baby conception

Should you try the Chinese gender chart?

It was a personal decision to use the Chinese gender chart.  I personally love and am intrigued by astrological signs, dates and folklore, so to me it was an easy decision.

Also, trying this method is absolutely harmless, requires minimal effort and, to me, was a whole lot easier than the dedication and good timing required for the Shettle’s method of gender selection.

I also took the time to see if the chart worked for my first pregnancy.  I used the calculator and figured out my lunar age when I conceived Kysen (it was 27) and when I checked the month he was conceived, August, it was a Boy gender period.  So, the fact that the chart had worked for me in my first pregnancy (although retroactively speaking) I decided to give it a try with this baby.

I got the baby I wanted by using these two methods and I wish you lots of luck and success with your gender selection forays!

xo, Kristen

xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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  • hipchicka3 says:

    oh wow so happy for you and i hope you get your little girlie! ive havent heard of this chart before but i followed the link and plugged in my numbers for all three of my kids and it came up right! im def going to tell my sister to check it out thanks

    • Miley's Mommy says:

      Thats amazing that all 3 of your kids were accurate, i wonder if it has better odds after the kiddies are bornLOL

      • lisa says:

         Haha maybe it works better after the babies are born!

      • EllaYu says:

        That doesn’t make any more sense than it knowing before they’re born, come on now. It has to have something to do with women’s ages versus hormone levels at different times of year. Because I also reverse engineered it and the damn thing was right 90% (exactly) of the time. My husband and cousin should have been born girls. Otherwise, bang on.

  • Miley's Mommy says:

    How exciting Kristen Im so happy for your little blessing on the way! This is such an interesting post. Ive heard girlfriends talk about this but I never knew what it was really about. I put in my age and it was RIGHT for Miley!! Amazing! Im very interested to see if you get your little girl, either way I know you will love that little one up!

  • lisa says:

    Ive not heard of this before I read your post but it worked for Aiden and I had three blue lunar months in a row and he was made in the middle month! Im sending this to my sister !

  • SheilaSellsSeashells says:

    Plugged in my daughter and it was a girl month I was worried the calendar did not go back 14 years HA

    • EllaYu says:

      It was discovered in an ancient tomb… seriously?

  • Heatherbug_618 says:

    when I use the chart with my lunar age and month they both were wrong. when I used the chart with my currant age and month they were both right. so now im waiting to find out what my third one is going to be…..will it be wrong or write which way?

  • Ratana_lean says:

    Gender chinese chart it’s correct with my second child. First child i never know about it., But when i’ve second i check with chinese chart so now m having a princess girl. make me surprise cux i have 1 son first now i need baby girl. The god give me true dream. Thank chinese chart. next i will follow by it more.

  • Daen Riley says:

    I did this with my first two years ago and it turned out to be right, now I am expecting my second one and it says girl and tried a several different links and they all said girl except for one. Well my ultrasound says its a MAYBE BOY. I am so confused, especially because I want a girl because I want too have my little girl but then I want a boy so my son can have a little buddy he can relate to and have tons of fun with. ????? I don’t know I guess we will see in January if not sooner 🙂 wish time would go by pass by quick.

  • Aruses says:

    the chart was right for my co-sister …I am waiting for my turn..will let you know post Jan 2013…..
    however I have a question, how accurate has the chart been for women with lunar age 36 ?

  • EllaYu says:

    Reverse engineer it to see how accurate it is. I did.

  • EllaYu says:

    This thing is pissing me off. I don’t believe in this kind of thing. But for the hell of it, i reverse-engineered it. (Plugged in ages and conception dates of women who had already given birth)

    It was right 9 times out of 10. I did it with 20 prior births. 18 were right.

    So what is this nonsense?

  • millie says:

    All my 4 kids genders were accurately predicted. My sister-in-law s 6 kids gender were all predicted correctly as well! I am baffled! I was just doing it for kicks and was skeptical.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Millie!

      WOW!! That is awesome to hear! It worked for my little girl (that I wanted so desperately) so I believe!

      Thank you so much for sharing with us!

      xo, Kristen

      • Dasha Perez says:


        i dont understand the lunar calender lunar month thing.

        i want a girl, im currently 38yo date of birth 2-18-80, when shall i conceive?


  • charllet says:

    hey ladies
    I was born in 1995 November 16th and my time zone is +3 and I would like a baby boy by the end of next yr.
    so which are my most possible months for conception from now?
    al really appreciate the help

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Charllet!

      Up in the post there are links to all the info you need–just input your age int eh lunar calculator and check the calendar to know when to conceive!

      xo, Kristen

  • ALMA says:


    • Kristen says:

      Hi Alma!

      Yes, it was accurate for both my son and daughter!

      xo, Kristen

  • Emelia A says:

    Yes ,it really worked for me.
    I have a boy nd girl.

  • ShaliniSrinivas says:

    Hi I have baby girl and now I want to conceive baby boy in 2017 and my dob is 10-10-1990 please let me know which months are best to conceive baby boy in 2017

    • Kristen | Hello Nutritarian says:

      You can input all your information into the links above and it will let you know!

      xo, Kristen

  • Consykenny says:

    Am currently 30weeks pregnant and the chart says a boy but my ultrasound at 30weeks says a girl. It was current in my first pregnancy . This is my second although the legs were a little bit close.

    • Kristen | Hello Nutritarian says:

      Did you conceive well-within your gender prediction period? If you had alternating pink/blue months then the chances go down.

      Congrats on your baby!!

      xo, Kristen

  • Consykenny says:

    I mean it was correct in my first pregnancy

  • Amber says:

    I used this chart for two time before and it was 100% right both time.
    This time it is telling me boy but yesterday I had sonogram at 25 weeks she told” it is looking girl”. Whom should I believe now.

  • Anna says:

    Hi Kristen, congratulations on having a baby girl. I would love to have a baby girl as well. I was born in June 1985 (lunar age 33) and after reading your article I should not conceive in the first 10 and last 10 days of gender period.
    I need the accurate chart for 2018.
    Is the below correct one?

    Many thanks

  • Latanya says:

    Hello I am trying to conceive girl any tips please

  • Sonya says:

    My date of birth is September 27,1991. I want to conceive a girl this year what months would be good for me I already have 1 son 19 months old. Thank you.

    • lissi says:


      I was Born 21 May 1986. I want to conceive a baby boy. help me


  • Molly says:

    I’ve never really used this chart before. I have a baby boy and reverse engineered the chart and it was accurate. I really want a girl and just learned about the Luna age from you. You mentioned that we are actually 1 year ahead in Luna age (or in the Chinese Calendar). I just used the “Baby Selection.” I put all the correct information they asked for and it’s saying I’m 26. I am will be turning 24 in April 2018. My Luna age should’ve been 25. Not 26. Why is that?
    The “non-Chinese calendar age” seemed to be more accurate with me, both my sisters, and cousins. What do you think?

  • Sajma says:

    Hi my name is Sajma my date of birth is November 12 1985 I would like to conceive for girl this year,what mouths will be good for me I have 2 boys I really wants girl I need help!Thanks

  • Sonal j chauhan says:

    My birthday date is 25 /07/1987 I will want boy when I conceive

  • Darlyng says:

    My name is Darlyng, I am 38 years old, I have two boys and I want to have a girl, I know nothing is one hundred percent positive, but I will like to know which calendar to use or can you tell me my lunar calendar and when to have sex to make the girl. My birthday is September 19 1980. Thank you I enjoyed your website. Have a good day.

  • Dimity Houston says:

    It may be right or wrong but whatever the result is it’s always fun to guess or predict about the baby’s gender while someone is in pregnancy. It’s not science but only a predicting game for fun and then wait for the final day to know whether the prediction was made right or wrong ;-). There are so many resources online which could be a good read. Here I would like to suggest an interesting article “Chinese Gender Predictor” on “WhatToExpect”. Hope you all also enjoy reading

  • Abena says:

    It really works. I use it when l was pregnant with my boys and and the fifth one it predicted a girl and hold n behold it is a girl. I am soooo excited. Um

  • Meenu says:

    Hello mam, I m Meenu and I m 31+. I want baby boy first coz of some personal reasons. My DOB is -06/06/1987. Kindly help me.

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Just input your dates into the calculators I have linked above! I don’t offer personal service.

      xo, Kristen