Whenever a couple decides to once and for all start expanding their families, they often do consider the time of year that they would prefer when their babies are born. And, it would make sense for most couples to aim to have a baby that is born during the spring or summer because of the fact that they don't have to worry about having to make it to the hospital during a blizzard. This is really more of an issue for those couples who live in colder climates such as in Canada, the northern parts of the US, and in most of Europe and Asia.
Additionally, many parents would prefer not to have a baby right around the holiday season in December because of the fact that their kids would not like having a birthday so close to the festive time. However, many times it takes couples a lot longer to get pregnant than they had anticipated, and as a result, they are not able to be that picky about the time of year that their babies are born.
Moms must be aware that there are many differences between what winter-born babies face and what babies born during the summer deal with. This has nothing to do with astrology. Here is an opportunity to learn about 15 things that happen when babies are born during the winter, and 5 ways that summer babies are affected differently.
20 Born In The Winter: Increased Chance Of Developing Food Allergies
If you have a baby that is born during the winter months, or even during the late part of autumn, then there is a greater chance that they will develop food allergies than babies that are born during the warmer months. According to BabyCenter, it is not known as to why this happens. However, it is believed that the exposure to sunlight during pregnancy as well as the extra vitamin D may possibly be a factor.
It is one of those things that researchers have found to be true, but the actual cause for this is still quite unknown. But at the same time, if you have a winter baby, don't panic that food allergies will be in the picture. The odds are just higher that it could happen, but it does not mean that is always the case.
19 Born In The Winter: Increased Chance Of Developing Asthma
Another dilemma that many moms find if they have a baby during the winter is that their odds of having a baby that has asthma are higher than their counterparts that have babies during the summer or during the warmer months in general. According to BabyCenter, the link between babies born during the winter and the development of asthma is due to being around too many allergens such as dust and dust mites. That is because of the fact that winter babies are spending most of their times indoors during their first few months while their immunities are being built up.
18 Born In The Summer: Odds Are Higher Of Having Short-Sighted Vision
For those who have babies during the summertime or during the warmer months, there is a good chance that their kids will end up becoming short-sighted. And, according to BabyCenter, the reason for this is because of the fact that the baby is around to a lot of natural sunlight considering the fact that the sun rises early and sets late during the summer months.
Additionally, during the last trimester of pregnancy, the baby can see the light which appears to be a glow since the eyes are already open at that point. However, in my case, I was born in the summer and my vision has been fine until I had gotten older. With that said, not all summer babies will end up becoming short-sighted. But, the odds are greater they do end up with this issue than they don't.
17 Born In The Summer: Increased Chance Of Developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Babies that are born during the summer have an increased chance of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) than those that are born during the winter. According to BabyCenter, the probable reason for this is because the natural sunlight that newborns are around too may program their nervous system.
And, if you have a child that was born in the summer that is starting to display symptoms of SAD, it is best to have a consultation with your child's pediatrician to talk about what kind of safe treatments that can be done to help your child feel better regardless of the time of year.
16 Born In The Winter: Have Earlier Bedtimes
If your baby was born during the winter months or during the late fall, then there is a good chance that their bedtime will be earlier than their peers that were born during the summer months - or even the spring or early autumn. According to BabyCenter, the possible explanation for this is because their internal clocks or their circadian rhythms are influenced by the sun exposure that they had when they were born.
With that said, this is possibly why kids that were born during the warmer months tend to stay up later than those that were born during the winter or during the colder months with less sunlight.
15 Born In The Winter: Tend To Be Better At Academics
If your baby was born during the winter, then there is a good chance that your child will do really well in school and may even become the teacher's pet. This has nothing do with them being born due to lack of sunlight. According to BabyCenter, the reason for this is due to the fact that kids that are born in the summer are the youngest in their peer group for when school resumes again in the late part of August or in early September after Labor Day.
Additionally, according to the same source, winter-born kids end up scoring higher on developmental tests than their peers that were born during the summer months.
14 Born In The Winter: They Are Larger Babies
The chances of any baby born during the winter months are high when it comes to them being generally larger at birth than their counterparts that are born during the summer or the warmer months. According to The Stir on CafeMom, this reason behind this phenomenon is unknown.
However, studies that have been conducted at Harvard and at the Queensland University in Australia by scientists have found that this is the case. They found that babies born during the winter are usually taller, heavier, and have a larger head-circumference than their peers born during the summer months. And, with more research that is being done on this phenomenon, the reason for this should be uncovered at some point.
13 Born In The Winter: Less Likely To Have MS
It is pretty much known that there is a tie between multiple sclerosis cases and having very little exposure to sun and Vitamin D. And, according to The Stir on CafeMom, babies that are born during the winter months are less likely to end up developing multiple sclerosis when they are older.
According to the same source, studies that have been done by scientists at Oxford University had some interesting findings. They found that during the time of conception which happens during the spring or summer means that mom gets quite a bit of sunlight and vitamin D during the pregnancy.
However, babies that are conceived during the colder months receive a lot less sunlight exposure which means they don't get as much Vitamin D. Babies that are conceived during the colder months will be born during the warmer time of the year. This means during their mom's pregnancy, there was less sunlight and from that alone is why the chances of them developing the condition are higher.
12 Born In The Winter: More Likely To Be Premature
Babies that are born during the winter have a greater chance of being premature than their counterparts born during the warmer time of the year, according to The Stir on CafeMom. As it was noted in The Stir, researchers at Princeton have found that the one reason that winter babies are at a higher risk of being premature is that of the viruses and bugs being circulated a lot more often during the colder months than the spring or summer.
With that said, if any pregnant mom ends up getting sick with a virus, then there is a higher chance that her baby will be born early. Since the incidence of this kind of situation occurs most of the time over the winter, then this is one risk that moms of winter babies may potentially face.
11 Born In The Winter: Better Behaved
Babies that are born during the winter months are more likely to be better behaved than those that are born during the spring or the summer. The reason for this is somewhat unknown, but according to The Stir from CafeMom, studies over this were conducted at Queensland University. And, it has been found that there is a link between good behavior and kids born during the winter.
One possible reason that was expressed for this is that babies that are born during the winter received a lot of vitamin D due to mom being around a lot of sunlight. And, it is known that babies that received a lot of sunlight exposure in utero have many advantages over their peers who did not, and this would also affect their overall behavior.
10 Born In The Winter: More Likely To Have Weaker Bones
Weak bones are not just caused by insufficient calcium intake but also by not getting enough Vitamin D. And, according to The Stir on CafeMom, because moms don't absorb enough Vitamin D during the later stages of their pregnancies due to the lack of sunshine, this means that their babies will end up having weaker bones. And, the timing for less sunshine to be around is during the latter part of the fall and during the winter months.
In fact, according to the same source, studies that have been conducted at Bristol University by scientists have found that babies born during the later part of the spring and during the summer are a quarter of an inch taller than their peers that were born during the winter months.
9 Born In The Winter: More Likely To Have Depression
It has already been said that babies that are born during the summer months are more prone to ending up with SAD when they are older. However, babies that are born during the winter are more likely to end up with depression or other mental illnesses.
According to The Stir on CafeMom, the reason for this being an issue is because when these babies are born, they are not getting a lot of sunlight. And, there is not a lot of sunlight exposure to them during the first few months of their lives either. And, this can have an effect on their neurological makeup. Unfortunately, depression and other mental illnesses often result from this issue.
8 Born In The Winter: More Prone To Sickness
The one truth about babies being born in the winter is that they are more prone to illnesses more so than their summer-born counterparts. According to BabyCenter, due to the fact that their immune systems are extremely immature is the reason that these babies are more likely to contract germs and become sick. Even more so than a baby that is six months old.
Think about it. During the wintertime is when you stay indoors the most, and this is how germs and bugs circulate. And, this is how it is more difficult to keep newborns healthy at the coldest time of year for this reason alone. If you do what you can to keep your hands sanitized before touching anything, then that in itself will reduce the odds of your baby getting sick.
7 Born In The Winter: Must Be Dressed In Layers
It is a known fact that babies that are born during the winter need to be wrapped up in a lot more layers to stay warm, as their summertime-born counterparts don't need to be bundled up for obvious reasons. According to Parents Magazine, newborns have a hard time regulating their temperatures so they need extra bundling.
However, at the same time, you don't want to overheat the baby either. The rule of thumb is if you are kept warm by wearing winter clothing, then the baby needs only one more layer. That means all that needs to be done is to even put a blanket over the baby. Anything more than that can possibly lead to overheating
6 Born In The Winter: More Likely To Have Dry Skin
The air during the winter is cold and dry, and this can easily lead to the newborn ending up with dry skin and may end up having skin conditions such as eczema or cradle cap. According to Parents Magazine, the best way to keep your baby's skin hydrated is by giving your newborn a bath by using warm water, but not too warm, and do not exceed the time spent in the tub after 10 minutes.
And, while you are drying the baby off, apply organic and natural moisturizer to your baby's skin, and that by itself will reduce the chances of your newborn ending up with any kind of skin issue.
5 Born In The Winter: Need To Be Swaddled More
All newborns need to be swaddled regardless of the time of year that they are born because that is how they stay feeling secure after entering the cold world. However, babies that are born during the winter need extra swaddling because of the air being cold, they need to get some extra security. According to BabyCenter, winter babies need an extra swaddling blanket around them and to be wrapped a bit tighter.
However, not too tight that their circulation can be interrupted. If your newborn is swaddled and seems to be content, then its been done correctly and it is sufficient.
4 Born In The Summer: Poorer Concentration
It has been found that babies that are born during the summer end up performing not that well in school and their winter-born counterparts do better, which was already discussed previously. However, according to BabyCenter, babies that are born during the summer seems to generally have poor concentration levels and don't focus all that well.
This may once again have to do with the fact that winter babies are more mature than summer babies due to the timing of when they start school. But, this is one key difference that has been found when it comes to babies born during the winter versus babies born during the summer.
3 Born In The Winter: Out Of Rhythm
During the winter because of the fact that you are spending so much time indoors that if you have a newborn during this time, they end up getting cabin fever during the first few months of their lives. And, according to BabyCenter, this can cause a lot of issues with their personality, overall mental health and psychological makeup, and sleeping patterns. This is how winter babies definitely can start their lives off as out of rhythm.
Not to mention, this issue can affect them lifelong. This can also mean that they are less active than their summer counterparts, and would prefer to stay indoors and go to bed early as well once they are older which affects them during adulthood as well.
2 Born In The Summer: Better Crawlers
Babies that are born during the summer end up becoming better crawlers. It is likely due to the fact that their motor skills development is better and starts happening quicker. According to BabyCenter, summer babies start crawling by the time they are 30 weeks and winter babies begin to crawl about 35 weeks.
The exposure to Vitamin D and sunshine, once they are out of the womb, may be the reason behind this phenomenon which summer babies have the advantage of having during the time they are born. And, it is known that winter babies lose out on this big benefit so this could very well be the reason behind why summer babies start crawling sooner.
1 Born In The Summer: Become Used To The Outdoors Quickly
Babies that are born during the summer are going to be taken outdoors right at the time they are newborns because of the time of year they were born. They were born during the warm time of the year which means there is less cabin fever that these babies face, and are going to be outside a lot more often than babies that are born during the winter.
This right here is the reason that summer babies become used to the outdoors quite quickly, and according to BabyCenter, the advantage of this is that babies born during the summer are that they are more prone to be active and are more likely to spend more of their time playing outdoors and getting plenty of exercise as they become older. Their winter-born counterparts are a lot more likely to become homebodies which have already been mentioned.
Sources: BabyCenter.com, TheStir.Cafemom.com, Parents.com