What It’s REALLY Like To Have A Baby Face And Look Younger Than You Are, In GIFs

I’m 25-years-old (shh, don’t tell), but if you ever met me and didn’t know that, you would probably assume I was about 17, maybe 18-years-0ld. Maybe you would even think I was younger than that – hey, it happens. A few months ago, a woman asked me what grade I was in high school. This is because I have a major baby face and I’m short at only about 5’0 feet. I look years younger than I am, which is something I’ve been dealing with my whole life.

I’m completely aware that this isn’t a serious problem – I know that a lot of people out there have it worse than I do – but still, it’s annoying. There have been many times in my life where I have seriously resented my baby face. Looking younger than everyone else your age isn’t always fun. Sometimes it sucks. So, for those of you who can relate, here’s what it’s REALLY like to live with a baby face.


So, you look like years younger than you are? I feel your pain, girl. 

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It sucks and here’s why. 


You have the round cheeks and big eyes of a baby and you’re probably pretty petite, so everyone automatically refers to you as “cute” and “adorable.” 

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And sometimes you’re just like, “MAYBE I WANT TO BE HOT AND SEXY, OKAY?!” 

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It started young. When you were in middle school, the older kids were always like, “Go back to kindergarten!” and it was sad.

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It doesn’t get much better. Whenever you meet people, they assume you’re at least five years younger than you are. You tell them your real age and they’re like, “REALLY, I never would have known!” and you’re just like: 

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Then you try to flirt with guys and they get creeped out because they think you’re too young. 

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You go to the movies, where your friends effortlessly get into the R-rated ones when you guys aren’t old enough, but you get caught right away.


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Oh, and forget about fake IDs. Everyone else is going nuts and you’re just like, Not gonna happen. 



You think it gets better when you turn 18-years-old and you can do stuff. But you go to buy matches or something little and you still get asked for your ID. 

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Sometimes, cashiers really don’t believe your REAL ID is real, which is like: 

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When you meet new people and they’re like, “You look SO young,” you’re just like: 

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Whenever you complain about looking so young, older people are like, “When you’re my age, you’ll appreciate it” and you’re like: 

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And whenever someone tells you they wish they had your problem, you’re like:



No one ever takes you seriously because you don’t look like an adult. 

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Anytime you try to look more mature with a new haircut or something, it’s like:

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Everyone assumes you’re really innocent and sweet just because you look young, so it sort of makes you want to rebel. 



And when you get really mad at someone and you’re furiously yelling at them, they can’t help but laugh and say “you’re so cute when you’re mad” which is like: 

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The worst is when you’re with a group of people who are, like, 10 years younger than you but YOU look younger than all of them. Embarrassing. 



But I guess it’s not always that bad. Since people assume you’re innocent, you can usually get away with anything. 



You can totally get away with spending less money on children’s movie tickets, clothes, kids meals… it’s great. 

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Sometimes it’s nice to be called cute… especially by cute guys.

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You have the opportunity to totally surprise people with how mature and awesome you are after they assume you’re a child. 



And, really, years from now you’ll still look young while all of your friends look older. So, you’ll win! 




Do you have a baby face? Do you look younger than your age? Which of these can you relate to? Tell me in the comments!


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  • babyfaceshortie

    A thousand times yes to everything you just said! I’m 21, looking 17. I work in a bar as well.. Sigh. People treat me like I’m just 18 on my first day. It blows. I also seem to keep liking guys who are tall and who actually look their age! and I’m just like ‘oh my god people might think I’m his kid sister.. ACT OLD AS’ and then just being weird. It works for me but I just… The struggle! And trying to look ‘sexy’ still ends up with ‘aw you look hot. Cutie. ‘ seriously?!

  • faery moon

    Hi I am struggling with the same problems I’m 28 but I look like I’m 15-18. I just got told by a girl that she thought I was 17, she goes oh I didn’t know. Then a few guys actually back away from me thinking I’m a minor. Guys that are 19-23 years old ask me out then men my age. And sad part is its online dating not physical dating. I am also jobless right now wanting to be able to have a career jobs ask me if I am of age. Its just so annoying. I cry ever night. Cause I think I’m a failure at everything. It sucks I don’t have children either so its like my friends with kids go oh you wouldn’t understand I’m like really. Win win there. Sigh…:/

  • Blêh

    I’m a 16 y/o girl who looks like a 12 y/o girl.
    Sometimes I can take advantage of it, but how older I get, how more embarassing it gets..
    A coupe of months ago, I went buying schoolsupplies and when I wanted to pay there was this woman who asked me if I was nervous to go to highschool. I slowly said; ‘Next year I’m going to college…’
    A guy behind me laughed so hard. It was so akward.. >.<

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  • Suyash jadhav

    I’m 18 now and look like 13-14 plz plz tell me to look like 18 years old

  • misty

    im 25 yrs old, im married with two children. people often think im somewhere between 17 and 19 years old and it drives me crazy! I identify myself as a wife, mother and woman, but other people look at me like im a teenage mother. I hate it! I get hit on by teenage boys who think i’m around their age and it’s very uncomfortable. I try to dress older I even cut my hair short to try to look older but it does no good. the only time people treated me like my age is when I was over weight after having my kids, but I don’t want to be a size 16 I like being a size 4. I just want people to treat me like a woman not a child but idk how to fix it.

    • Autum

      Omg!!! I 100% agree with you. It’s very annoying. And it sucks even more when you’re still in college and you get hit in by younger guys. I’m 25 as well. I went to the barbershop to pick up my younger brother and the barber ask “are you even old enough to drive” Idk know what to do at this point. My mom even teases me and goes “oooohhh, look at the little 8th grader. Girl you can go for a middle schooler” I’m so sick of it. I hear this crap everyday. Ugh! It’s like after I hit 16 I never aged after that.

  • lanie

    I look 5 years younger then I really am I thought it was a bad thing at first it is but looking young is a good thing look on the bright side you just have to try harder to look older like make up hair Dos clothes for your age

  • Amanda

    I’m 18 and people say I look like a 13 year old :/ sigh, I have a BFF from high school who is younger than me by a year and a few months, she’s 16 now cuz she was born on October. She looks like an 18 year old, so I always call her big sis just for fun(we are friends who are like sisters) even though she says “but you’re older than me” and we always plays the guess my age game with other people I’m always 13 but I graduated to 15 the other day! the sad part it was in college by some girl in my class.

  • Ninda

    i have a gen from my mama. my mama 49 years old. she looks 18 or 19 OMG! im jealous ._.

  • Ninda

    Me, i have no “line-smile” at all. i have big head and small hands like a real life anime. im not childish. i’m 154 cm ._. . i have a face palm still like a baby still pink and soft(in fact i am always helping my mother do all home’s work like sweeping,washing w/hand,cooking etc. >o<). but my nails so mature, pinky,big, really big(wanna look my IG?). i have yellow skin. and mybe sometime all people said that,"you like a children because your style use a bang and long hair like japanese and you are so childish". no im not. im using hijab so im not fake. just ask for your question, my IG : @babyclouds001, im masha and the bear realife =)

  • Ninda

    Me, i have no “line-smile” at all. i have big head and small hand like a rel life anime. im not childish. i’m 154 cm ._. . i have a face palm still like a baby still pink and soft(in fact i am always helping my mother do all home’s work like sweeping,washing w/hand,cooking etc. >o<). but my nails so mature, pinky,big, really big. i have yellow skin. and mybe sometime all people said that,"you like a children because your style use a bang and long hair like japanese and you are so childish". no im not. im using hijab so im not fake. just ask for your question, my IG : @babyclouds001, im masha and the bear realife =)

  • Char

    I have always looked younger chubby cheeks, baby fine hair. People still pinch my cheeks and rub my head. I have always been cute but I am glad I look younger now.

  • Kelly

    I’m 26 but most people think I’m 20 and some have thought 16-17. I have had this too nearly all my life. I’m actually average height and weight but I guess it’s my young face. When I was up to age 19, I was given the kids menus as restaurants. They would immediately hand it to me and I’d say “sorry, I’m not under 12, I’m 19” and some would just smile or laugh like I was joking.

    I think I’m happy for this though as I have been very ill for most of my 20s and am still in recovery. I hope that soon I’ll be able to live again and that the pros to looking young will be good for doing crazy young things in my late 20s and just being able to live again.

    The only con can come with job interviews/ getting a job. Despite knowing your age, you’ll still be treated a whole lot younger because that’s just how they see you. They see you as a newly turned 20 year old so they feel you’re not as experienced or professional enough for their 30+ environment.

  • Rebecca

    Not just short people with this problem I’m 5 foot 9″ and I still get this as I have a moon face and round eyes. I’m 27 and I look about 19/20 I’m getting married and I constantly get “your a bit young to be getting married aren’t you?” Or people asking me what I study at uni or getting asked for a job in a petrol station by someone younger than me if I was even old enough to work there or ID-ing people buying alcohol and them asking if I was even old enough to serve them so I just replied “I’m 25 years old so I guess it’s hard to judge someone’s age by just looking ain’t it?” Worst was last year I had to pick my my little sisters GCSE results for her as she was on holiday when waiting for the bus with her results with genuine 16 year olds the bus driver turned round to me and said “you can’t get on unless you got an A” I said “I’m a bit old for GCSE’s” to which he said I couldn’t be that much older…. Hmm try a decade since I took mine. I think the worst is because your never treated like a grown up most of the time you don’t feel like one either. I’m still waiting to feel like an adult… Hopefully when I get married my pictures won’t look like a teen bride…

  • Ever

    Hi! I’m a 17 year old teen who looks like an 10 year old. 11!! 12 at best. i’m 5’3 and to make it worse my voice sounds like those main girl characters from studio Ghibil films -_-.heck, i even look like those little girls from the studio ghibil films. round-ish, heart shaped face, big eyes, little button nose, etc.
    I recently moved to a new state and spent the summer hanging around the swing set at the park most of the time. some kids came around and asked me if i, too, was going to attend the same middle school as them. and then proceeded to try to bully me into giving up my bike(they were 12 and thought they could intimidate me).
    in my old hometown i was treated as the ‘child’ because i was so ‘cute’. even my best friend who is a year younger than me treats me like she’s the older one.. *sigh
    I met this cool guy and i really want to get to know better but he says he’s kinda put off by me because he feels like a pedophile when he thinks about getting it on with me -_-
    last month my best friend showed me a picture that she took of us back in 7th grade and I was like ‘awwwwwwwww i look so…..actually no.i look exactly the same right now as i did in the 7th grade’ and she started laughing.
    I TOO WANT TO LOOK HOT AND SEXY but i dont think i’ll ever be take seriously T_T!!!!!! the only good thing that consoles me is that when im 40, i will probably look 20. so i’ve got that going for me, which is nice
    listen, i know i shouldn’t be complaining and that im not alone when it comes to Baby Face Syndrome
    but do you gals have any tips and stuff to make me look older? to at least look like a 13 yr old? T_T

  • nikitha

    I am 31, but I look may between 15-19,only!even I feel very disappointed…happy to know there are lots like this….when I sent a picture of me with my 3 year old daughter.my friend asked me”who is the baby”:(

  • NotaChildandNotImpressed

    People knocking on the door and asking ‘heloo there, is mum or dad home?’ Answer – I d’know, have about you try knocking on their ****ing door…?

    Being chatted up (almost exclusively) by boys instead of men. Most recently, a guy in a bar who was underage tried to chat me up by flashing a fake ID and offering to buy my drinks so I could get drunk with him. Very generous, but I’m not a peadophile.

    Chuggers who stop me in the street, asking if I’m ‘over 16’ – one even once asked ‘are you over 12?’. Hint – if you want my money / time, don’t start the conversation with an insult.

    People who tell me I’ll be grateful in twenty years. So tempting to smile in the same condescending way and reply, well, if you’re the age YOU look, you probably won’t still be around then to find out. *sigh Its acruel life, huh.

    Anyone who knows my age, but still treats me as though I am younger because I look it. Just don’t. Not unless you want me to treat you like the **** you insist on looking.

    Y’know when you’re a teen and everyone discounts any imput, feelings, thoughts or ideas you may have because ‘you’re just a kid’? Well, try still being in that position when you’re nearly 30. A neighbour recently assumed the loud music he could hear was coming from my place because I ‘look like a teenager’. So, he stormed round, screamed in my face and then when I calmly said ‘do not point your finger at me. It is aggressive, unnecessary behaviour;’ he simply shouted louder, telling me ‘how dare you tell me what to ****ing do, you jumped up little ****. You ****ing kids get away with murder these days! where’s your ****ing parents, eh?’ and then he supposed they’d thrown me out so the council must’ve had to house me and that I was bleeding the state dry and probably spent the money I got on the dole on weed…along with playing loud music. . Lastly, he screamed across the street, ‘you may be too old for a hiding, missy, but you’re not too old for a ***ing asbo!’

    A few days later I got speaking with his wife in the local shop and when she asked if I was a student (obv’ trying to find out if my place was a student house) I replied ‘Not since 2010 when I graduated with my master’s degree.I’ve always meant to do my phd since, but d’know how to fit in with managing a business, y’know?’

    When people assume my friends are my parents. EG, was in a shop with my mate. She was served before me and got chatting to the checkout assistant about her adolescent children choosing their gcse subjects. Instantly, the assistant threw me a smile and asked ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ I could’ve asked her the same question.Instead, I told her this was my friend, not my mother.That’s why I’m buying my own condoms and whiskey.

    People in the street stopping me to tell me I’ll regret ‘all those tattoos’ when I ‘grow up’ Aside from the fact it is 2014 and my body is mine to tattoo as i please…I haven’t even had a bloody tattoo done in almost ten years…and I wasn’t even at school then…and I don’t regret any of them. What I regret is the time, effort and portion of my life you just stole from to expose your ignorance and narrow mindedness. I’m not a priest or a shrink and if I was a child I would definitely not be the person upon which you should be thrusting your problems.

    The list goes on.

    The list is endless.

    I look young and i am very slim. So i face some sort of situation in which my appearance is pointed out to me usually everyday.