Fun Facts About December Born Babies

Christmas babyDecember is such a wonderful time of year to welcome a new bundle of joy. Throughout the month, countries and cultures around the world celebrate various holiday festivities. And regardless of which holidays your family celebrates, these festivities become even more special with a beautiful newborn baby.

What can your child’s birth month tell you about your baby? A lot, actually. Here are some interesting facts about December babies that you may want to know.

Baby’s first winter

December is the 12th and final month of the year. It has the shortest daylight hours of any month, and it marks the beginning of winter in the U.S. on December 21 or 22.

Known as the Winter solstice (or Southern solstice), this date is the shortest day and longest night of the year (though those waiting for Santa Claus on the 24th might beg to differ).

Although it’s not the coldest month yet, December can certainly bring snow. Folklore suggests that if it snows on Christmas Day (commonly known as a “White Christmas”) then Easter will be warm, green, and sunny.

Meaning of the word ‘December’

In Latin, “Decem” means ten. At one time, December was the tenth month on the Roman calendar, because the calendar started with March (there was no January or February at that time).

Later, when January and February were added to the calendar, December fell to the twelfth position, but the name did not change. (The other “–ber” months follow this same rule. For example, October and November get their meaning from the numbers eight and nine, because they were the eighth and ninth months on the original Roman calendar.)

December Holidays & Notable Dates

December is, of course, known for the “big” holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, but there are a few other fun dates you should know.

  • National Cookie Day (Dec. 4): Your December-born baby may be too young to enjoy cookies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t!
  • Human Rights Day: Celebrated across the globe on Dec. 10, this day commemorates the adoption of one of the most important human rights documents in modern history: the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  • National Ugly Sweater Day: If your baby is born by Dec. 21, you can celebrate this fun holiday together by wearing your most funky winter sweaters.
  • Hanukkah: Known as the Festival of Lights, this eight-day Jewish celebration commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt. It begins each year on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (typically falling in December, but sometimes November, as it will in 2021 and 2032).
  • Christmas: One of the most actively celebrated holidays of the year, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th.
  • New Year’s Eve: Did you forget that the biggest party of the year is actually in December, not January? While the New Year begins at midnight on Jan. 1, most of the celebrations take place on the night of Dec. 31. If you’ve got a newborn at home, you’ll be forgiven for not staying up ’til midnight!
  • Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is a celebration of African cultural and historical heritage, established in 1966 and primarily observed throughout the Americas from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
  • Boxing Day: Celebrated on Dec. 26, Boxing Day originated in the UK as a public bank holiday and is now generally considered a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday, or a day for contributing to good causes. The name is believed to originate from the European tradition of placing an Alms Box in areas of worship to collect donations to the poor.

Astrological Signs for December

Babies born in December are born under the zodiac signs of Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 – January 19). Here’s what astrologers say about their personalities:

  • Sagittarius: Those born under the sign of Sagittarius love to ask questions and live for the future. As your little one grows, you can expect him or her to ask “why” quite a bit. Sagittarians are also known for their idealism, as well as their impatience. They live to explore and understand their role in the world, and they don’t like to be held back.
  • Capricorn: Those born under the sign of Capricorn tend to be very determined, practical, and helpful. A study in the UK found that babies born in December were better behaved than kids born in other months – something to make December parents smile. Like Sagittarius, they can be very ambitious, but they approach their ambitions with more logic and discipline, and thus don’t take as big of risks.

December Birthstones & Flowers

The birthstone of December is turquoise. Considered one of the oldest stones in history, this blue-green stone is mined all over the world, including right in the United States. Known as the symbol of wisdom and protection, turquoise was used in jewelry to provide power, luck, and protection. One legend suggests that those who wear turquoise will always have a friend.

The birth flower of December is the narcissus, also known more commonly as the daffodil. Though it may seem odd that a Spring flower represents December babies, it won’t seem so odd when you understand the Victorian meaning of the flower – rebirth and revival – which is the perfect flower for those thinking about the future, like Sagittarius.

Seasonal Personality Traits

Not everybody believes in astrology, but research shows that your baby’s month of birth can indeed predict some potential personality traits.

It all has to do with the seasons and how humans have evolved over the last several millennia. For example, the abundance of food and nutrients at the end of the year’s harvest is believed to have benefits on health and personality that may influence your baby even today!

In 2017, Time magazine highlighted this research, saying that early-December babies can grow up with lower levels of depression and bipolar disorder, as is the case for other fall babies. However, those born in late December, when the nights are longest, tend to share characteristics with winter-born babies: more depression and a higher risk for more extreme mood disorders.

Keep in mind this research is still in its infancy, and there are numerous other factors that will influence your happy baby’s personality.

Famous Birthdays in December

Was anybody famous born on the same day as your baby? You bet! From Hollywood celebrities to historical figures, here are some December babies you may recognize:

  • 4, 1969: Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter)
  • 5, 1782: Martin Van Buren
  • 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson
  • 12, 1915: Frank Sinatra
  • 18, 1947: Steven Spielberg
  • 21, 1935: Phil Donahue
  • 24, 1974: Ryan Seacrest
  • 25, 1642: Sir Isaac Newton
  • 28, 1856: Woodrow Wilson
  • 30, 1975: Tiger Woods

And here’s another fun fact: a 2011 study found that more dentists have birthdays in December than any other month. Who knew?

Significant Historical Dates

You don’t have to be a history buff to know that your baby’s birthday has historical significance. It’s just another fun fact that you’ll enjoy sharing with family and friends over the years.

Here are some of more significant dates in December history:

  • 1, 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man and is subsequently jailed. Her courage that day would eventually earn her the title of “the mother of the civil rights movement.”
  • 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor, the U.S. naval base outside Honolulu, is bombed in a surprise Japanese air attack. The attack led to the United States entering World War II.
  • 15, 1791: The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution is enacted with the Bill of Rights, guaranteeing personal freedoms and rights to citizens.
  • 21, 1937: Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first full-length animated feature film, premiers at theaters.

Your Baby’s First Milestones

It won’t be long now! While your newborn may seem so tiny and, well, baby-ish … he/she will start reaching big development milestones pretty fast.

Here’s when your baby will …

  • Smile: Baby’s first real smiles (not the gassy kinds) will occur by February or March, in about 6 to 12 weeks.
  • Laugh: Here come the giggles. Between April and May (about 4 to 5 months), your baby’s first big laughs will begin to erupt.
  • Crawl: Between July and October of next year, your baby will probably be on the move. Most infants begin crawling in about 7 to 10 months.
  • Talk: Your little one could be saying her first words before the end of spring! While every baby is different, babies generally form their first words in about 6-7 months.
  • Walk: Get the camera ready. In about 9 to 15 months (likely sometime next fall for December babies), your baby could be taking his/her first steps.

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Fun Facts About October Born Babies

October born babyCongratulations on your special October arrival! Whether you’re still expecting or already caring for your newborn, this is truly a special time for you and your family.

Equally special is the month your baby is born! There are lots of neat facts about October babies, and you may even be able to learn a little bit about their future personality, based on their birth date. In this post, we take a close look at all the unique and interesting things that make October a special month for childbirth.

Breathtaking fall color and a change of the seasons

October is the first full month of fall and it’s a beautiful time to be born. In areas where autumn leaves are changing, the sights are breathtaking. In the United States, for example, peak fall foliage typically occurs in October across a large swath of the country. Even in warmer climates without colorful foliage, the temperatures are just right for enjoying the outdoors – no more summer heat and too soon for winter’s cold.

Historically, October has often been used to determine how harsh the upcoming winter season will be.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, you can predict an especially “hard winter” by these signs: a large number of acorns falling to the ground; wooly caterpillars appearing more black than brown; deer displaying a grayer coat.

Also, in North America and increasingly all over the world, you can’t talk about October without also thinking about Halloween, cozy fall sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes – yum!

The meaning behind “October”

“Octo” means eight in Latin – just as octagon stands for eight sides and octopi have eight legs.

So, what does October have to do with the number eight? In the original Roman calendar (which lasted until as late as 153 B.C.), October was the eighth month of the year. Later, when January and February were added to the calendar, October’s name remained the same, even though it became the tenth month.

Holidays in October

It’s always neat when your baby’s birth falls on a holiday, or near it. And as they get older, they may begin to associate the two special dates with each other, depending on the holiday. For example, late October-born adults say that Halloween is their favorite holiday.

Here are some of the noteworthy holidays you should know if you’re having an October baby:

  • International Coffee Day (Oct. 1): Started in 2015, this “little” holiday celebrating coffee has taken off in recent years, as many major coffee retailers now use the day to offer a free cup of Joe.
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October): While Christopher Columbus himself is a controversial figure, Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and many get the day off from work. Columbus Day celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.
  • Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday in October): This obscure holiday is little known in most parts of the United States, but in select areas of the Midwest it is extremely popular. It’s a celebration of love and kindness for giving candy to the people you appreciate in your life.
  • Halloween (October 31): Once known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” Halloween was originally a Christian holiday for remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed. Today, in the United States especially, it is a day for costumes and children going “trick or treating” for candy at neighbors’ homes.

Did you know? October is also known as National Cookie Month, Chili Month, Pizza Month, and Dessert Month!

October Zodiac & Astrological Predictions

Babies born in October are either Libras (born between September 24 and October 23) or Scorpios (October 24 to November 22). Here’s what the stars say about each of these signs and what it might mean for your October baby’s personality:

  • Libra: Libras are known as peacemakers and have a strong need for justice. Finding harmony is a big part of a Libra’s makeup. They put others before themselves and they make excellent diplomats, helping others to find common ground and resolve conflict. Libras also tend to be artistic and often go onto creative careers. While not necessarily social butterflies, they are most content when surrounded by trusted friends and family. As such, your Libra baby may be very attached and clingy throughout childhood, and your unconditional love is what will help their independence blossom in later years.
  • Scorpio: Scorpios are known to be calm and cool, as well as a bit mysterious. Part of the mystery comes from the simple fact that Scorpios can be fiercely independent. They don’t need social circles to feel content or know which decisions to make: they prefer to go their own way. As such, Scorpios tend to attract more conflict than other zodiac signs. They aren’t afraid to voice their opinions and they tend to wear their heart on their sleeves. If you have multiple kids, you’ll probably notice that your October-born Scorpio expresses their emotions much differently (and with greater passion) than their siblings.

October Birthstones & Flowers

Those born in October have the choice of two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline. Rumor has it that it is bad luck to wear an opal if you weren’t born in October, and some believe that the opal is bad luck altogether. If you worry about the misfortune associated with the opal, then the beautiful tourmaline is for you. Tourmaline comes in blues, greens, reds, pinks, and even yellows—and according to an Egyptian legend, this range of colors is possible because the stone passed over a rainbow on its journey from the center of the earth.

The birth flower is the calendula, commonly known as the marigold. Though common in gardens throughout the U.S., the calendula was used by Romans and Greeks in ritual ceremonies, early Catholic events, and Hindu decorations for deities. In many cultures, it is known for its healing properties

Research-Backed Personality

Don’t believe in astrology? That’s okay – not everyone does. But you might be interested to know that your month of birth does partially dictate your personality. Science proves it.

It has to do with the seasons. While researchers don’t have all the answers yet, they’ve found significant patterns among people born in the same months and seasons.

So, what does October tell us about your baby’s future personality? Interestingly, the research backs up what conventional astrology tells us about “well balanced” Libras. Scientists found that a key pattern among October-born men and women was their low likelihood of severe mood swings and bipolar disorder. However, despite their steady emotional state, they tend to be more irritable than those born in other months.

Famous October Babies & Historical Figures

Who else was born in October? Lots of celebrities and notable figures! There are way too many to list here, but here are some of the most recognizable names of famous October-born babies:

  • October 1, 1924: Jimmy Carter
  • October 2, 1869: Mahatma Gandhi
  • October 9, 1940: John Lennon
  • October 16, 1854: Oscar Wilde
  • October 17, 1972: Eminem
  • October 21, 1980: Kim Kardashian
  • October 22, 1952: Jeff Goldblum
  • October 25, 1881: Pablo Picasso
  • October 26, 1947: Hillary Clinton
  • October 28, 1955: Bill Gates
  • October 28, 1967: Julia Roberts
  • October 29, 1971: Winona Ryder

If you have hopes that your October baby will someday be president, then you’ll like this fun fact … More American Presidents have been born in October than any other month. October-born presidents include Adams, Hayes, Arthur, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Carter.

October Milestones: When will my baby … ?

As an expecting Mom or Dad, you’re probably already thinking about your baby’s biggest development milestones, like walking and talking. And since you know the due date is in October, you can make some pretty good predictions for when these milestones will happen.

Here’s approximately when your October-born baby will:

  • Crawl: 7 to 10 months. Your baby will probably be crawling between May and August of next year (and then you’re in trouble!).
  • Walk: 9 to 15 months. Babies begin walking at different ages, but chances are good that yours will take his/her first steps between July and the New Year.
  • Talk: 6 to 7 months. Sure, you’ll hear an occasional “mama” or “dada” as early as two months. But your baby’s first real, post-babbling words probably won’t come until next spring or so.
  • Smile: 6 to 12 weeks. Aside from those little gas smirks, your baby should be smiling for real after the New Year, if not sooner.
  • Eat solid food: 4 to 6 months. Solid foods will become much easier for your child to eat between February and April of next year.
  • Laugh: 4-ish months. Ready for cuteness overload? Baby’s first giggles should come before the end of winter.

Significant October Dates

You don’t have to be a history buff to like knowing that your baby was born on the same date as a significant historical event. Here are some notable dates in October:

  • October 1, 1908: Ford’s Model T car went on sale for the first time.
  • October 3, 1863: Thanksgiving Day was officially designated for the last Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.
  • October 13, 1775 – United States Navy was established with the purchase of a fleet of ships by the Second Continental Congress.
  • October 29, 1929 – The great stock market crash of 1929, which was followed by the American Great Depression.

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Fun Facts about September Born Babies

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Baby on the way in September? Congratulations! Welcoming a little one into the world is a life-changing experience. And, there are lots of fun facts about September-born babies. In this post, we uncover what makes September babies unique – from their astrological signs to science-proven personality traits. Plus, learn important September dates in history, as well as birthdays and more.

Let’s dive in!

Welcome, fall! So long, summer.

As you know, September is the 9th month, which begins the final quarter of the year.

In the Northern hemisphere, it marks the beginning of autumn and the end of summer. In the Southern hemisphere, in countries like Argentina or South Africa, it’s the start of spring.

The autumn equinox typically falls on September 22 or 23. It is a wonderful month to have a baby, as it’s a time of change. Colorful leaves fall from the trees. The last of the hot air of summer is stirred by refreshing fall breezes, promising new possibilities and a path to a new year ahead.

Get ready: September also means that the holidays are just around the corner. By December, your newborn will already be a 3-month-old infant—so remember to capture lots of adorable holiday photos while you can!

What does September mean?

The name September comes from the Latin word “septem,” which means seven. Why seven? Because September used to be the seventh month in the old Roman calendar, which began in March.

The old Roman calendar was used until as late as 153 B.C. Even though the calendar was eventually adjusted to add January and February, turning the seventh month to the ninth, the name September was not changed.

September Holidays and Special Dates

September has its fair share of significant dates and celebrations. Here are some of the most interesting dates that parents like to know when they’re expecting a September baby:

  • Labor Day: Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day is a U.S. national holiday that honors workers. It’s also considered the unofficial end of summer, when many American children go back to school after the summer break.
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19): Ahoy! Among the more bizarre holidays, this one has become one of the most well-known around the world. The celebration involves just what you think: talking like a swashbuckling pirate.
  • Rosh Hashanah: A 2-day holiday, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish civil New Year. It’s a celebration of the creation of life, occurring each year 163 days after Passover.
  • Yom Kippur: Known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism and for many means 25 hours of fasting and prayer. Each year, it begins at sundown on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, 9 days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
  • Oktoberfest: Beer lovers know that Oktoberfest in Germany actually begins in mid-September, and ends the first weekend of October. So, your baby’s arrival is the perfect time for a toast—cheers!

Also notable in September: the start of the NFL season and “Baby Safety Month.”

September Birthstones & Flowers

September has several birth flowers: the forget-me-not, the morning glory, and the aster, all of which represent forms of love. Specifically, forget-me-not flowers represent love and memories. Aster also represents love and morning glory flowers represent unrequited love. These are all considered to be passionate flowers due to their vibrant colors and spectacular blooms.

The birth stone for the month is the sapphire. Sapphire is usually envisioned as a blue stone, but it also comes in green, pink, purple, and clear. The blue sapphire in particular represents clarity of thought, intuition, and peacefulness. In certain cultures, it has been believed to have medicinal properties and has been used to treat fevers and inflammation. Black sapphire is seen as a grounding and protecting stone. Some believe that sapphire reduces anxiety and procrastination and gives the wearer good luck.

Astrology & Zodiac

A baby born in September is either Virgo (August 23-September 22) or Libra (September 23-October 22). Here’s what this could mean for your baby’s personality traits in the future, according to the zodiac:

  • Virgo: Virgo is a mutable earth sign which is ruled by the planet Mercury. Virgos are well known for their industrious, reliable natures. If a Virgo is given a task, as a child or as an adult, he or she will work toward completion and excellence of that task. Virgos seek the same excellence in their interpersonal relationships as they do in their work and studies, but they tend toward being more critical of other people than they are of themselves. What do Virgos look for in others? They seek stability, and this is true in the workplace and in the home as well. If your baby is a Virgo, it will be your job to provide a stable environment as he or she grows up (the same for all zodiac signs, really, but your little Virgo will especially crave that stability). When your child becomes an adult, that stability will be carried on to his or her own family.
  • Libra: If your newborn is a Libra, he or she will likely have very clear ideas of what is right or wrong, and will seek for balance in interpersonal relationships. Libras work toward harmony at home and at work, and are very interested in the people around them. If you have a Libra child, make sure to remember that he or she may not express everything in the interest of preserving the peace—so you should take extra care that he or she is happy in the deepest sense.

Both Virgos and Libras are very harmonious signs, so you can look forward to a balanced and personable child!

Personality Traits Proven by Science

Not everybody believes in the tenets of astrology, and that’s okay! If you’re curious what other factors might contribute to your September baby’s personality, simply look to science.

Research has shown that people born in certain months do tend to display similar patterns of personality traits. So, what does this mean for babies born in September?

Here’s what the data tells us:

  • Low levels of depression: Babies born in the fall, including September, tend to be less depressed as adults, research shows. Similarly, they are less likely than people born in other seasons to develop bipolar disorder. Scientists don’t yet have a reason why this may be. But some believe it may have something to do with how our species has benefited from harvest season, when food and nutrients are most bountiful.
  • Irritability: They may not get as depressed, but September-born people can get irritable. Research shows that those born in the fall tend to experience higher rates of irritability.

It’s worth noting that this research applies to adults, not babies – and they’re based on patterns, not definite personality traits. Your baby’s personality will naturally blossom over the next few years, as influenced by a wide range of factors, from genetics to the other personalities in your home.

Famous September Babies

It’s always fun to know when your baby is born on the same day as a celebrity or historical figure. Here are some of the names you’ll probably recognize:

  • September 1, 1957: Gloria Estefan
  • September 2, 1964: Keanu Reeves
  • September 8, 1157: King Richard I, King of England
  • September 9, 1941: Otis Redding
  • September 16, 1956: David Copperfield
  • September 21, 1947: Stephen King
  • September 25, 1931: Barbara Walters
  • September 28, 1973: Gwyneth Paltrow
  • September 29, 1948: Bryant Gumbel
  • September 30, 1924: Truman Capote

Milestones: How soon will my baby … ?

Once you know your due date, it’s easy to predict when your baby will hit various developmental milestones. Yes, every baby is unique – and if you have multiple kids, then you know how differently their development can be in those first few years. Still, you can use general timelines to predict roughly when these big events will occur.

Here’s when your September baby will:

  • Crawl: Most likely between April and July of next year (7 to 10 months)
  • Walk: Probably sometime between summer and Christmas (about 9 to 15 months)
  • Smile: Not too long now! Your baby’s first smile (not from gas) should occur before the end of December (6 to 12 weeks)
  • Eat solid food: Probably sometime between January and March (4 to 6 months)
  • Laugh: Get ready! Baby’s first laugh should come by the New Year (approximately 4 months)

When was your conception date?

It’s fun to think about your baby’s earliest beginnings, isn’t it? And since you know that your conception is roughly 40 weeks prior to your due date, then you might be able to narrow down “when it all began.”

Figuring out your conception date can be fun for expectant parents, because sometimes it can tell you interesting things that were happening in your life at the time.

For example, if your baby is born in September, that means your conception date was last December or January.

Ring any bells? Your baby was conceived right around the holidays. Were you traveling? What was the weather? What were you watching on Netflix? Tiny details like these can provide an interesting backdrop to the “story” of your pregnancy.

September in History

Okay, so you won’t be able to tell much about your baby’s personality based on history. But it can be fun to know that your baby was born on the same date as significant historical events. Here are a few big ones in September:

  • VJ Day (September 2, 1945): “Victory over Japan,” which marked the end of World War II.
  • Patriot Day (September 11, 2001): Remembrance for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Treaty of Paris signed (September 3, 1783): The official end of the American Revolutionary War.
  • S. Constitution approved (September 17, 1787): Delegates from 12 states voted unanimously to approve the constitution.
  • Creation of United States Army (September 29, 1789): Congress created the first official U.S. Army following the Revolutionary War, consisting of 1,000 enlisted men and officers.

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