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!

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 fun 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.

 

Baby’s first gift? A diaper cake, of course!

 

If you’re planning a baby shower, or searching for unique gifts for the parents, then be sure to check out our handmade diaper cakes.

 

You’ll find styles and sizes for every budget. Each is made to order, by hand, with real Pampers diapers and topped with extra gifts for baby and his/her parents. Diaper cakes make great gifts for anyone expecting a baby, and the beautiful arrangement makes them perfect for baby showers.

 

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!