Fun Facts About February Born Babies

Winter is always a great time to have a baby and February is no exception. Above the equator winter offers expectant mother’s an opportunity to stay cool and refreshed instead of hot and sweaty like those humid summer months. February is the shortest month of the year so it would only stand to reason that fewer babies are born during this month. February has only 28 days, except for the leap year thrown in every four years. The true term is intercalation which is the insertion of a time interval, one day, to align the phases of the moon and seasons. For all you February babies, the Latin for your month is februum and it is translated as purification. This is due to a purification ritual that was held in Roman times on the 15th of the month, always on a full moon.

Some of the events around the world shared with babies born in February are Black history month, the Chinese new year, and of course our favorite, Valentines Day. February children have the birthstone of the amethyst and their flower is the primrose although some would disagree and say it is the violet. It is not a surprise then that the color for February is purple. Purple is he color for the season of Lent and Advent which makes sense because these seasons usually begin in February. Pancake Day, fat Tuesday or Mardi grass are all events that normally fall in the month of February but sometimes end up in March.

The Zodiac sign for February is Aquarius until mid month, the 18th and then it changes to Pisces. For the Aquarians, this sign literally means water carrier and it is the eleventh astrological sign of the zodiac. The babies born in the first 18 days of February posses strong and attractive personalities. Buying any books on a strong willed child might help in understanding your little Aquarian. These guys are frank, speak what is on their mind and very self assertive. The Pisces on the other hand are very compassionate, selfless and sympathetic. Pisces means circle of life and is the twelfth astrological sign of the zodiac. Two fish are the symbols for this sign. They are more weak willed and are easily led. There is quite a difference in the two zodiac signs of February children.

For a few fun facts about February, it is the national cherry and chocolate month, which is good for the celebration of Valentines Day. Several of the founding fathers of the United States of America were born in this month. George Washington, the first president of the USA and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president were just two of them. And finally, February 2nd is ground hog day where thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if the ground hog produces a shadow when he crawls out of his hole. For some reason people believe that if he does produce a shadow there will be six more months of winter. Go figure.

Fun Facts About January Born Babies

Although we know January as the first month of the year, it didn’t even exist in the Roman calendar where the first month was March! However, January was eventually added to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, which is perfect given its position in the calendar year.

Janus was often depicted with two faces because he looked both forward and backward. The month of January also has two “faces” depending upon your location. If you are in the northern hemisphere, then January is the coldest month of the year. In the southern hemisphere, January is the hottest month. To those living in Europe centuries ago, January became known as Wulfmonath (wolf month) because the wolves would come down from the mountains into the villages to search for food. In Germany, January is known as schneemond or snow month because of the record amounts of snow falling during these 31 days of the year.

As the first month of the year, it is fitting that January is a month of firsts. The first Super Bowl game was in January of 1967, the first heart transplant was in January of 1964, the first national flag of America was unveiled in January of 1776, and the first female governor of the US was inaugurated in January of 1925.

Babies born in January are Capricorns if born by the 20th and have the sign of Aquarius if born in the latter part of the month. As such, you can expect your January baby to have many wonderful traits including intelligence, patience, self-motivation, and determination.

January babies have the garnet as their birthstone. Though the most common color is red, garnets can come in a rainbow of colors. Garnets symbolize peace, prosperity, and health. Some legends suggest that a person wearing a garnet will have eternal happiness, health, and wealth.

Continuing with the theme that January has two “faces”, we find that January has two birth flowers: the snowdrop and the carnation. The snowdrop, a delicate white flower, symbolizes hope and beauty. The carnation adds love, fascination, and charm to the list.

January is best known for New Year’s Day and the ensuing resolutions. However, there are more reasons to celebrate. January is the month for celebrating hobbies, blood donors, books, and thankfulness. During the month, you can also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr (third Monday), World Peace (1st), J.R.R. Tolkien (3rd), Three Kings Day (6th), Winnie the Pooh (18th), and Rubber Duckies (28th) to name just a few.

If you are hoping to have a doctor in your family, you may just be in luck. Statistics show that a high number of General Practitioners are born in January, along with accountants. Hoping for a different profession? Never fear, January is also full of celebrities like Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Timberlake, as well as famous author Tolkien, politician Alexander Hamilton, scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

No matter what occupation your child chooses, those born in January are usually successful because of their attitude to persevere. Don’t be surprised if getting them to change gears from one activity to the next is difficult, but be ready to see great things from your January baby.

What is a Diaper Cake?

Pink Monkey Diaper CakeDuring the holidays, we always run into folks who are friends of our friends or friends of family members. As part of the typical conversation, the question is invariably raised asking what I do for a living. When I reply that I make diaper cakes, most of the the time, the response is “huh” or “what’s a diaper cake?”. So, I usually give my standard elevator pitch that goes something like this, “A diaper cake is an arrangement of diapers made to resemble a traditional tiered
Cake. It is then decorated to match a particular baby theme with ribbons, bows, and baby care items. I then like to add a plush toy for the baby to enjoy as they grow older.”

The response is usually something like, “Oh, that’s cool, I have never heard of those before,” or “Wait a minute, are those the things people bring to baby showers? I think I know what they are.” Either way, the conversation continues on from there, and I either explain more (if they ask) or we move on to different topics. It got me thinking about how there are many people who have never heard of a diaper cake, and don’t even know that they can make some of the most memorable, and unique baby shower gifts that you can possibly give. So, with that in mind, I want to take the opportunity to set the record straight, explain what diaper cakes are, and put the word out there for those of you looking to learn more about them.

Traditions and Origins

Well, I think it’s fair to say the diaper cake is a “girl” thing. There aren’t many men who are aware of them, primarily because they are popular at baby showers, and traditionally, the baby shower is about the mom and her friends. This isn’t universal, of course: more and more dads are starting to take an interest in the planning and attendance of the baby shower, because they truly want to share every aspect of their baby’s life with their spouse.

I did some online searches and research, and where baby cakes first originated from, and who first made them, isn’t abundantly clear. However, it’s assumed that they were made even before disposable diapers became mainstream. Of course, back then, cloth diapers were used and probably glass baby bottles, as plastic bottles were generally not available at the time. It’s also assumed that the inventors of diaper cake were woman who enjoyed crafting, and as such, made these for friends and family members who were pregnant. Finally, it’s pretty safe to assume that there weren’t any for profit businesses making diaper cakes like there are today. I went back to the earliest days of Lil Baby Cakes (Oct 2, 1999) and pick up the diaper cake image shown on the right. This was one of the first diaper cakes created on the site at the time. Back then, you can see a baby bottle, Q-tips, ribbons and bows, and a cellophane wrap to present as a gift to the new mom. We’ve come a long way since then, but what makes us truly unique and special today was true, even back then. We crafted that cake with extra care, paying special attention to even the tiniest details, and made it as beautiful as we could. We do the exact same thing today, with every cake we make.

The Evolution of Diaper Cakes

Over the years, the designs have evolved to include plush toys and a host of other “goodies” for the mom. I’m sure you may have seen pictures of diaper cakes made with a champagne bottle in the center, along with the diapers, as a way to give the mom something to care for the newborn, plus of course the champagne for the parents to enjoy once mommy can start drinking again. I’ve seen motorcycles, airplanes, topsy-turvey, and a host of other designs all cleverly created with diapers. However, just like a traditional wedding cake has its tiers, so does the “traditional” diaper cake, and I feel most comfortable with this style for many reasons.

For one thing, styling a diaper cake in the “traditional form” makes it instantly recognizable as a cake, even if guests are a little startled when they discover they can’t eat it! We tend to associate these cakes with special occasions, like weddings, anniversaries, and of course, new babies. By intentionally keeping that same shape, I’m able to capture the emotions that these cakes foster, and enhance them even more with a fun twist of my own! More practically, the tiered system allows me to craft some amazing, gorgeous looking cakes that won’t fall apart the minute they’re touched. Since we have to ship our wonderful cakes to many different places, I want my customers to know that their cake will arrive in perfect condition.

So, a Lil’ Baby Cake diaper cake for now is a collection of diapers arranged as a traditional tiered cake. We use Pampers Swaddler diapers in the standard size 1 for our designs, and look for quality plush toys to include in our cakes. Each diaper is perfectly usable as if it just came out of the package. (I do get asked every now and then if all the diapers are usable.) And just like in the “ole days” each cake is handmade from scratch when the customer places the order. The Our Lil’ Monkey Pink 4 Tier design shown on the right highlights the main characteristics that goes into every cake I design. For instance, I love Mambo from Gund. It’s a great product, with a cherished history, that new parents will come to love and appreciate just as much as the baby as she grows older. We put together an overview of this diaper cake that you can find on our main website entitled, “Why buy a Diaper Cake?”

In closing, I thought I would address one final comment that I tend to get from folks I have talked to since I started Lil’ Baby Cakes. Believe it or not, I still get the occasional question asking whether or not you have to refrigerate the diaper cake. Now, maybe these folks are just pulling my leg, or maybe they are just making wise cracks. However, it has happened enough times that I sometimes wonder if people do get confused about exactly what a diaper cake is.

By the way: the answer is no – you don’t have to refrigerate them.

As 2018 closes down I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. I look forward to creating many more new designs next year all Lil’ Baby Cakes style! Best wishes for a great 2019!