Based on the discoveries of researchers in the UK babies born in November are more likely to become a serial killer than babies born during other months of the year. January babies are apparently drawn to careers in medicine and debt collection, whereas December babies tend towards dentistry. Researchers at the Office for National Statistics looked at the results from the last census to see if there was any correlation between month of birth and future career. They tracked 19 career paths and found, along with the above, that summer children are more likely to become brick layers than babies born in other seasons and March babies have a tendency to grow up to become pilots. This got me thinking about other stories I’ve read about how the month or season of your birth affects your life.
A large body of research suggests that, on average, babies born during the winter months grow up to be less educated, less intelligent, more likely to drop out of high-school, less healthy and lower paid than those born during spring, summer and fall.
There has been a lot of speculation about why this may be so–Is it the school cut off age? But then a few years back a very large analysis of many millions of adults revealed that babies born in January were more likely to have been born to poor, unwed, teen and/or high school drop out mothers, suggesting that the winter baby syndrome is related to economic circumstances. Scientists wonder if the fact that January is nine months after prom has anything to do with it.
A Harvard study of boys and girls from around the world suggests, on the other hand, that those born in the winter are born bigger and more robust that than their summer peers. Why? Maybe because mom was eating more fresh, vitamin-rich food/getting more vitamin D and/or exercising more during the more crucial early months of pregnancy– all of these things are good for developing fetuses. The researchers also wonder if winter born babies are more likely to wean from breastfeeding during summer months when infections are less common, and less likely to affect general health. An animal study found that winter-born babies tend to be more depressed than summer-born babies– this may be because the winter babies are born into a darker world which has an effect related to SAD (seasonal affected disorder).
So what does this all mean? Your winter baby is going to be a robust, depressed, debt-collector less likely to graduate from high school than a summer baby??
Eh. I think it’s wonderful it is to have a baby in the winter. My daughter was born at the end of December and I thought the bleak, dark winter months were perfect for just going into the zone of life with a newborn. You sleep, you nurse, you sleep, you don’t sleep, you nurse, you sleep, you rock, you nurse… then it’s spring! Brand new babies don’t know night for day anyway. So, I take all this research with a grain of salt. If you’re having a winter baby bundle up, you’re in for a cozy ride.