It's perfectly OK to refer to a baby as "it"
Nicht unbedingt. Es ist eine persoenliche Vorliebe und einige Leute reagieren **sehr** empfindlich auf die Verwendung von "it" fuer Babys. Unten einige Beispiele von Kommentaren im Netz.
Falls du diesen Satz irgendwo gefunden hast, dann mache dir keine Sorgen, der Schreiber dachte sich nichts beim "it".
Wenn dies dein Satz ist und du sicher gehen willst, nicht irgendwo anzuecken, dann vermeide "it". Die meisten Babybuecher wechseln alternativ zwischen him and her, um nicht erboste Briefe zu ernten. (Den "it"-Akzeptierern ist das ganze Thema meist eher egal.) Hier koennte man den Satz einfach in den Plural setzen, um das Problem zu vermeiden: When you have babys you have to take care of them. You must not think that they are a objects with which you can play if you want to...
Btw. Wenn dies dein Satz ist, dann wahrscheinlich besser "...whenever you want to" oder "...only if you want to".
- Drives me absolutely INSANE when people refer to a baby as an "it". The baby is a baby, if you do not know they gender say BABY. When I was pregnant anytime someone would refer to my child as an "it" I would correct them, I think it is rude.
- Do you get mad when people call babies "It"?
I've heard so many people call babies and other young kids "It". How come they think it's acceptable to see a baby as an it but not a grownup? I have never heard anyone calling an older child or teen or adult "It". What's with that? It's unfair. Why are kids seen as objects? I even used to cringe inside when I heard people calling an animal It.
- I am surprised that several contributors think calling any human being "it" is OK. I'm not usually a prescriptivist, but this seems more a matter of politness than grammar, and I would try to avoid using "it". The only exception to that is the example (already given) "Is it a boy or a girl?" - when the whole point of the question was to find out what "it" is so you can use the the right pronoun afterwards!
- Whether the rephrased sentence should be "outlawed" or preferred really depends on whether it's customary to refer to babies as "it"… which in turn seems a cultural thing. In some places it's considered affectionate, in some offensive.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_%28pronoun%29
In English, words such as it and its genitive form its have been used to refer to human babies and animals, although with the passage of time this usage has come to be considered too impersonal in the case of babies, with many usage critics arguing that it demeans a conscious being to the status of a mere object.