Fun Facts About May Babies

Is your baby going to be born in May?

Congratulations! May is a wonderful month to bring a new life into this world, and there are lots of fun facts about May that might interest you. In this post, we look at what makes May a special month for childbirth and what it means for your new bundle of joy.

Summer’s Just Around the Corner

May is a spring month in the northern hemisphere, one of the warmest spring months just before the heat of summer sets in. In most places, the chill of winter is officially gone by May. In the southern hemisphere, May is a pleasant autumn month and offers a relief from the hotter months.

If you like planning ahead, note your baby will be about 7 months old by the holiday season—a wonderful age for baby’s first holiday.

What does “May” mean?

May takes its name from the Greek goddess Maia, whose Roman equivalent is Bona Dea. Maia was considered a symbol of spring and fertility, both themes relevant to your childbirth.

Maia was a nurturer, whose children included Hermes—a brilliant but mischievous infant. On his first day home, Hermes matured rapidly. He snuck off at night, stole his half-brother Apollo’s cattle and made a lyre out of a tortoise shell, which he then used as a bargaining chip to convince Apollo to let him keep the cattle. Sneaky!

So be ready, parents. You could have a smart (but rascally) baby on the way!

Holidays in May

There’s plenty to celebrate in May, in addition to your newborn. Here are some of the most well-known holidays this month:

  • May Day (May 1): This is a celebration of spring, or a day to honor workers, celebrated in many countries around the world. In Ireland and Scotland, these festivities are also known as the Beltane festival.
  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5): A celebration of Mexican-American culture, or more specifically: the observance of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • Mother’s Day: One of the odd surprises of being a new mom is the sudden realization that you’re able to celebrate Mother’s Day—for yourself—because now you’re a mother, too! Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
  • Memorial Day: A day to honor fallen military servicemen, this U.S. holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It’s also considered the unofficial start of summer, as many families celebrate with backyard BBQs or by going to the beach.

May is a heritage month for South Asians, Asian Pacific Americans, and Jewish Americans. There are also some fun pop culture events like Zombie Awareness Month and the annual Eurovision contest!

May Birthstones & Flowers

If you’re a May baby, your birthstone is the emerald and your flower is the Lily of the Valley. Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness, innocence and purity. Emerald symbolizes love and fortune. Emerald is considered a deflector of negative energy and an attractor of abundance, harmony, and love. Emerald is worn to bring inspiration and to provide healing, patience, truth and wisdom in relationships. If worn with a diamond, the power of emerald can be amplified. In folk remedies, emerald is recommended for blood and heart problems, childbirth, and detoxification. It is a stone loved by ancient cultures for thousands of years.

Zodiac & Astrology

Your baby’s zodiac sign will be either Taurus (April 20-May 20) or Gemini (May 21-June 20).

• If you are a Taurus, you are an earth sign, and you share the stability of the earth. You may tend toward conservative choices, but you make a loyal and lasting companion. In intense situations, you keep a level head, but if pushed over the line, you can explode. If you have a baby in May who is a Taurus, you can expect him or her to perform well in school and later in work, particularly if a stable environment is provided which matches the Taurus personality.

• Gemini is a mutable air sign, and in many ways quite the opposite of Taurus. If you are a Gemini, odds are you are energetic, fast paced, and constantly striving to learn new things. You draw information and people together and can entertain and inform others. You may become easily bored with tedious tasks or leave tasks unfinished unless they are very compelling. If you have a Gemini baby in May, you can look forward to a child who will master the skills of communication early and learn at an incredible rate. Your Gemini child will have a magnetic personality, but may neglect school tasks or chores (or relationships) unless constantly given new, exciting aspects to keep him or her engaged.

Whether your baby is an energetic Gemini or a grounded Taurus, he or she will bring a unique inner strength to life as a child and later as an adult.

Personality Traits Proven by Science

Don’t believe in astrology? That’s okay. You can also use science to predict the future personality of your May baby.

According to Time magazine, a growing body of scientific research has found patterns in personality traits among people born in various seasons. Here’s what we know about those born in May:

Optimism: People born in May rate highest for optimism and positivity (also known as hyperthymia). Other spring babies, born in March and April, score high in hyperthymia too, but May tops them all, according to a 2012 study of 58,000 people.

Depression: The flip side is that people born in May are also most at risk of depression, according to the same study. Unfortunately, those born in May were more vulnerable to dark moods than people born in other months.

But don’t put too much weight into these studies, which were focused on adults (not babies). Personality traits are influenced by many other factors. And we’re certain you’re going to have a happy baby no matter what!

Famous May Babies & Birthdays

There have been numerous celebrities and notable figures born in the month of May. And if you’re into astrology, you can see how some of these figures fit into the zodiac personas above.

Here are a few notable May birthdays to know:

  • Wes Anderson: May 1, 1969
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: May 2, 1972
  • Audrey Hepburn: May 4, 1929
  • Karl Marx: May 5, 1818
  • Chris Brown: May 5, 1989
  • Orson Welles: May 6, 1915
  • George Clooney: May 6, 1961
  • Enrique Iglesias: May 8, 1975
  • Florence Nightingale: May 12, 1820
  • Tina Fey: May 18, 1970
  • Janet Jackson: May 16, 196
  • Mr. T: May 21, 1952
  • Drew Carey: May 23, 1958
  • Bob Dylan: May 24, 1941
  • John F. Kennedy, May 29, 1917
  • Clint Eastwood: May 31, 1930

When will my baby … ?

Since you know when your baby is due, you can make some educated guesses about when he or she will reach important milestones over the coming months and years.

If your baby is born in May, he or she will …

  • Start smiling: Likely between July and August (6-12 weeks)
  • Start laughing: Probably by around September (4 months)
  • Start eating solid foods: Likely between September and November (4-6 months)
  • Start crawling: Probably between December and March (7-10 months)
  • Start walking: Most likely by February to August of next year (9-15 months)

Your Conception Date

Let’s face it – we all want to know exactly when we became pregnant. After all, the conception date was the beginning of Baby’s journey (and your journey as a parent). But as time goes by, it’s easy to forget how and when things happened on that fateful day.

The good news is, you can always approximate your conception date with a little math. Even if you don’t know the exact date, the month and the season of conception tells you a lot. Was it hot outside? Was it during a blizzard? Was something big happening in the news?

If your baby is due in May, your conception date was probably between Aug. 1 to Sept. 1 of last year.

Historic Events in May

What can history tell you about your May baby? Well, it may not be able to predict personality traits, but you can win some trivia points by knowing which historic events happened on your baby’s birthday.

Here are a few significant events that happened in May:

  • May 5, 1961: Alan Shepard became the first American in space, experiencing weightlessness for about five minutes inside the Freedom 7 spacecraft, then returning to earth and parachuting into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • May 7, 1945: V-E Day – World War II ended in Europe as Germany surrendered in France (the entire war ended in September).
  • May 8, 1794: The United States Post Office was established.
  • May 10, 1869: The final “golden spike” was hammered into the First Transcontinental Railroad, completing the connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
  • May 18, 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte became emperor of France in an extravagant coronation that was referred to as a “masterminded piece of modern propaganda.”
  • May 20, 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Congratulations on Your New Bundle of Joy!

We’re so excited to hear about your May baby. Leave a comment below when your bundle of joy arrives, and feel free to post a picture too!

Know someone else who is having a baby? If so, be sure to check out our collection of unique handcrafted diaper cakes, which make great gifts and adorable centerpieces for baby showers.

Congratulations to all expectant moms due in the month of May.

Know someone else who is having a baby?

If so, be sure to check out our collection of unique handcrafted diaper cakes, which make great gifts and adorable centerpieces for baby showers.

 

Fun Facts about April Babies

spring babyIf you’re expecting a baby in April, congratulations!  April is the first full month of spring and is a time of renewal and growth.  Easter generally falls in April.  Both the religious and secular celebrations of Easter symbolize new life.  Baby chicks and bunnies are symbols of Easter and also make wonderful plush toys for your new baby!

April is believed to take its name from the Latin word aperire, which means “to open.”  April is the month when blossoms open and new leaves appear on barren trees.  Colour and life return to the northern hemisphere as the southern hemisphere moves into autumn.  It is also thought that the name may be a reference to Aphrodite and that the month may have been originally called “Aphrilis,” or “Apru,” after the goddess’s Etruscan name.

Along with Easter, there are many other holidays in April, quite a few of them with religious significance to various traditions.  These include Passover, Buddha’s Birthday, St. George’s Day, Good Friday, and St. Mark’s Eve.  Other holidays that fall in April include April Fools’ Day, Earth Day and Arbor Day.  April is National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month.

If you were an April baby, your birth flowers are the daisy and sweet pea which bloom in April, spattering the earth with color and adding their sweet scent to the air.  Your birthstone is the diamond.  The diamond is believed to be a great amplifier of the energies of other stones and of the wearer.  You can use diamond to amplify the positive effects of aquamarine, emerald and amethyst, as well as your own energy.

An April baby can be either an Aries (April 1st-19th) or a Taurus (April 20th-30th).  Aries is a strong fire sign.  Most Aries are curious, energetic, ambitious and restless.  In approaching their goals they act with confidence and in their dealings with others they are direct.  If you have an Aries baby, be ready to raise a bold and competitive child.  Aries usually retain their competitive natures into adulthood and carry the force of their personalities into the workplace and their relationships.  Famous Aries include Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15).

Taurus is an earth sign and generally a Taurus is a stable, grounded person who is conservative with decisions and makes a deeply loyal companion.  Taurus is generally level headed even in intense situations but can be explosive if pushed over the brink.  As a child, Taurus is usually pliable and reasonable but also can be intensely stubborn.  They usually fit well into school and work situations, and thrive best in a stable environment which reflects their own inner natures.  Some well known Taurus figures include Ulysses Grant (April 27) and Audrey Hepburn (May 4).

Whether your April baby is a fiery Aries or a grounded Taurus, you are sure to find yourself with a strong willed and energetic child who will grow into a powerful adult.  As the first full month of spring, April is an encouraging month to be born indeed!

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Creative Ideas for a Book-Themed Baby Shower: Board Books, Diaper Cakes & More

Planning a baby shower? Make your event even more memorable by designing the theme around a beloved gift: books!

Book-themed baby showers have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and even Martha Stewart has raved about them. They're perfect for any expectant mom (we all want to inspire little readers, right?), but especially for book lovers.

Whether you're planning a baby shower for a coworker, a friend or a family member, a book theme will make your event super-cute—and it's easy to do, too.

Here are some tips on how to do it right.

Why consider a book-themed baby shower?

Let's start with the basics: what makes a "book baby shower" so special, anyway?

  • Life is better with books

    Books already make great gifts for moms-to-be and their newborns. And by creating the theme of your shower around books, you can get even more creative with the decorations, invitations, shower activities and other aspects of the event.

  • Books make future readers

    Reading is a great way for parents to bond with their baby, starting right after birth. In fact, research shows "reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Much-needed gifts

    Brand-new books can be expensive for parents, so they tend to get de-prioritized below more urgent items, like diapers and clothes. A book-themed shower ensures that the new parents will have lots of books for their baby as she grows.

  • What book lovers want

    If there's one gift that book lovers love more than anything else, it's books! Naturally, that goes for their babies, too. If you know an expecting mom who is also a bookworm, then you know she'll adore a book-themed baby shower—because she can't wait to begin reading to her newborn.

  • Themed parties are so much fun

    Books aside, baby showers are so much better when there's a theme. Using a theme makes the event feel more special than a generic shower. And, it allows you to create a consistent look and feel across every facet of the event. More unique, more creative, more "awwws!"

  • Super simple
    Book-themed baby showers are easy to plan—even if you're planning it at the last minute. The books themselves, and the characters within them, offer limitless ideas for decorations and gifts. And you don't have to spend a lot of money either.

12 Book-Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Ready to get started? Let's dive in!

Here are several easy ways to make your baby shower more special with books.

1. Start with the invitations

Let guests know! Use the baby shower invitations to introduce the theme and briefly explain the idea. You can incorporate book images (or famous characters from children's literature) into the design.

Some ambitious planners choose to make the invitations look like a book cover or even an old-fashioned library card. Both are wonderfully creative ideas, but don't feel obligated to go that far if you don't have time or design skills.

2. Ask guests to gift a book

On the invitations, suggest that books are a recommended gift for the mom-to-be. Important: if they choose to buy a book, it should be in addition to the items already on the mom's registry. The idea isn't to ask people to spend a ton of money. But if they can afford to spend a few extra dollars on a board book, that would be wonderful!

3. Word play!

Consider making a cute message for your shower that you can incorporate into the invitations, decorations and so on. Sort of like a tagline, but with a play on words about books.

Here are a few adorable examples we've stumbled across:

• "Jenny's Next Chapter"
• "Turning a New Page…"
• "A Storybook Beginning"
• "Every Story Has a Beginning"
• "A Little Bookworm is Coming!"

You get the idea. The cuter, the better!

4. Get creative with ink and paper

Books offer so many possibilities for your baby decorations. Beyond book characters (see #5), you can create a more minimalist vibe by decorating with light-colored paper, hung on clothesline-like string to create a garland. With strong enough string, you can even hang books.

We love this description from Martha Stewart of one such shower: "The space was shimmering with the magic that happens in books, where simple materials -- ink and paper -- come alive as the imagination touches them, and the future appears when you turn a page."

5. Use characters in books

Need some more inspiration for decorations? You can't go wrong with images of beloved characters from classic children's stories, like Winnie the Pooh, Madeline, The Cat in the Hat, Paddington, Stuart Little, and so on. You should be able to find pre-made decorations with these characters. Or, if you're feeling crafty, you can make them yourself.

No need to go overboard. You can even make the theme around a single character to keep things simple.

6. Copy and hang memorable pages from books

Once again, the books themselves provide a wealth of inspiration for decorating! Consider scanning pages from classics and print them to use as table decorations, garlands, wall décor and so on. There's something so inviting (and adorable) about walking into a room decorated with images of beloved book characters from your childhood.

7. Use a diaper cake as a centerpiece

Baby diaper cakes make great gifts for expecting parents and wonderfully unique centerpieces for baby showers. Plus, you can even find some diaper cakes that include actual books and are designed with themes from children's literature—so that it matches the theme of your shower. Jump below for even more reasons why these cakes are so special.

8. Decorate with the books

If guests are bringing books, they why not incorporate them into the décor? Books are perfect for dressing up the food table, gift table and guest tables. They fill in those annoying bare spots without requiring you to buy additional decorations.

9. Have a food menu? Make it a "story"

For larger showers, where lots of food will be served, let people know what they're eating with book-themed menus. We've seen some showers that used a stack of books, covered with paper and listed with the menu food items on the spines. Or, you can include a paper menu on every table, written in prose like a story.

10. Whip up some book-inspired snacks

It's easy to create an impressive spread of food and snacks at your baby shower, especially when you use children's books as inspiration. We've seen some very clever ideas related to classics like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Blueberries for Sal and so on. Use a book holder to display the book next to the food, so guests can see the connection.

11. Don't forget nursery rhymes

Classic nursery rhymes and songs are more great sources of inspiration for decorations and themes. Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Little Bo Peep, The Muffin Man and Three Blind Mice are just a few of the many stories that lend well to shower motifs, foods and games.

12. Remember the party favors

Thank your guests for coming (and for playing along with your book-themed antics) with book-themed party favors. These could be anything from custom-made bookmarks to $5 gift certificates to the local bookstore.

Why diaper cakes are always a win

Diaper cakes have become a must-have for baby showers—and for good reason! Here's what makes them such a hit:

  • A well-made diaper cake, like those from Lil' Baby Cakes, makes a beautiful decoration for baby showers (and a cute addition to the nursery, too!). But it's not all about looks…
  • Diaper cakes aren't just nice to look at. They're made with real diapers—the items parents need most! This makes the cakes practical in addition to being beautiful. The cake serves its decorating purpose at the event, then continues being useful to the parents when they take it home.
  • They're adorable! Few things evoke more "awws" than diaper cakes. When they're designed with cute colors, gifts for baby and other whimsical embellishments, their adorableness is almost too much!
  • As we mentioned above, you can coordinate your diaper cake with your book-themed baby shower by choosing one that is designed with books! At Lil' Baby Cakes, we've offered numerous book-themed diaper cakes, such as our Peter Rabbit Diaper Cake, Goodnight Moon and others. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for, you can choose another style and add your own book-themed decorations to it.

Diaper cakes are great for work/office baby showers, as well as showers with friends and family. Even if you're not throwing a shower at all, the cakes make great gifts that you can send directly to parents.

Which children's books are the best?

Don't worry if you're not familiar with the classics. We've mentioned a few popular titles above, but you can find lots of recommended lists online.

Scholastic, for instance, has put together a handy list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids. It includes titles for all ages, from Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter.

Don't be afraid to give some books that a child won't be able to read until they're much older. Moms and Dads—especially the bookworms—will love being able to read to their child as soon as they're born.

Final thoughts

Remember, a book-themed baby shower doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. If there's a limited budget for decorations and gifts, ask guests to bring a gently-used book that their own children don't use anymore. You can also find inexpensive books at thrift shops and used bookstores.

No matter how adventurous your theme, the idea is to have fun and help the proud mom to-be celebrate the exciting next chapter of her life.