MONTH BY MONTH BIRTHDAYS
I was born in August making me the youngest in my year group. I was the last of my friends to learn how to drive, to be able to order a beer, and after scraping through school – I became the youngest at university.
Despite the odds being stacked against me (August babies are the lowest performing due to playing catch up), I used this to my advantage. There’s something about being the underdog that makes you work harder to prove people wrong.
My friend, born two weeks after me in September had a very different experience. She was always three steps ahead of me, and a lot more mature.
This is not a new phenomenon though. One of my favourite books by Malcolm Gladwell suggests that babies born at the start of the school year (September in England, January in USA), tend to do better at sport. Which is obvious when you consider older children are bigger – ergo.
But is there ever a good month to be born? I got researching, here’s what I found…
The benefit here is for Mum – start your maternity leave at Christmas, then hibernate in the cold months and have the summer to enjoy. In USA, January babies are more likely to make the sports teams.
February is the month everyone starts to socialise and start drinking again. So, your birthday celebrations will probably be very well attended. As an added bonus, people born in this month are most likely to go on to become artists.
Being born slap bang in the middle of the school year, means you’re never the youngest or oldest in your year group. Well, it’s something!
Well, there’s Easter, so along with the chance to eat lots of Easter eggs, you’ll also get a few extra days off this month.
According to research, May babies suffer less with common diseases. It is also the month with the most Bank Holiday, which is never a bad thing. A survey by Psychologists Jayanti Chotai and Richard Wiseman found that people born this month considered themselves the ‘luckiest’ of all months.
The official start of summer – everyone’s in a good mood. Plus, with it being the middle of the year, you’re least likely to suffer from a dual birthday/Christmas present. Interestingly, more Nobel Peace Prize winners are born this month…
There’s lots to be happy about in July. The school term ends this month putting everyone in a good mood. It’s also the warmest month of the year (along with August), so you’re best placed for having an outdoor party.
For all the downsides of being the youngest, there are a few upsides of being an August baby. First of all, you’ll never be at School for your birthday. Secondly, it’s one of the warmest months, meaning you’ll be able to celebrate with an outdoor party!
September children (in the UK) have the distinct advantage of being the oldest in their class, and therefore more likely to perform better at school, and do better at sport.
You might have a brainbox here – research found that October born babies had a 30% more chance of going to Oxford and Cambridge than their July counterparts. Also did someone say joint Halloween party?!
Queen Mary’s college, London found that babies born this month are less likely to develop immune diseases such as MS, due to the Vitamin D exposure in the womb. If you’re in USA, you’ll have the bonus celebration of thanksgiving this month too.
While it may seem a downside to have your birthday so close to Christmas, it’s party season, so when you get older – there will be no shortage of people around ready to drink and celebrate with you.
Some interesting further reading here: Babies born in winter are bigger, brighter and more successful
My baby was born in February, read more here: A boy is born through the sunroof