A singular term for a baby who was birthed by parents who were considerably older (like 45 to 70)?

Apparently I'm being pressed to give a "sample sentence" so here it is...

"My third son John is not as smart as my first one Paul...maybe it's because he was a [???] baby"

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    I doubt that such a word exists. My late father had an expression autumn crocus for a child of elderly parents, but I've never heard anyone else use it. Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 11:34
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    Google actually autocompletes a question "What is a late in life baby" and one of the results mentions "late-life baby", although (if the context is clear) "late baby" might also do.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 12:47
  • From the SWR tag: "This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be use" Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 13:06
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    In some contexts oops baby can work. But while the parents are typically older when an oops baby is conceived the emphasis is on “unplanned” rather than “older parents”.
    – Jim
    Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 15:12
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    @RichardKayser Dad's explanation was simply that it was a child born in the autumn of its parents' lives. Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 8:16

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Such a baby may be a menopause baby or a change of life baby. This expression technically refers to a baby born to a mother who is undergoing menopause, but may refer to a baby whose mother is of menopausal age. I am not aware of any term that refers to the father's age.

  • I guess the male situation isn't unusual enough to need a name (although there are claims of health problems in children with older fathers reports just seem to refer to "older fathers" rather than a term for the children.)
    – Stuart F
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 14:53

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