The Lifelong Impact of your Baby’s Birthday

The Lifelong Impact of your Baby’s BirthdayThe time of year when your baby is born may not seem significant but scientists now believe that it plays a pretty large role in who your child will become. The lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday extends beyond whether she has a summer swimming birthday party or a winter indoor playground birthday party. From behavioral tendencies and mental illnesses, to intelligence and success, the time of year your baby is born might very well make a difference.

Here’s the scoop on the lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday:

The scientific evidence behind the lifelong impact of your baby’s birthday has nothing to do with astrology and everything to do with what you were exposed to in your mother’s womb and as a baby. Even with so much emphasis placed on prenatal care, there are some aspects of seasonal pregnancies that can’t be controlled.

In general, research indicates that there’s a lot riding on your baby’s birthday season. The findings may not hold true for each and every person, but statistically speaking this is what studies show:

Winter Babies: Winter may be the hardest birth season for babies. This group is most likely to have mental disorders possibly because mothers of winter babies rounded out their pregnancies during colder months of less sunlight. Once the babies were born, they probably didn’t spend as much time outdoors due to chilly weather, and even if they did they had less sun exposure. This can potentially contribute to neurological disorders and possibly brain degenerative disorders as well.

To top it off, winter babies tend to have more allergies including food-related allergies and asthma. And their bones are weaker. However, some studies show winter babies are more creative problem-solvers, more intelligent and are better behaved.

Spring Babies: Contrary to winter babies, spring babies have many favorable attributes. They are known for their hyperthymic temperaments which is another way to say they have a positive outlook thanks to higher levels of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. Additionally, spring babies might have less risk of asthma and ADHD.

But it’s not all sunflowers and roses for babies born in spring. Environmental factors may cause an increase in heart problems and diabetes among spring babies. Plus, sometimes the highs of being extremely optimistic come crashing down leading to major mood swings and depression.

Summer Babies: Summer babies carry similar optimism to spring babies although maybe not to the same extent. Perhaps this is why they are less likely to be depressed or have mental disorders than babies born in colder months.

Summer babies are usually the youngest in the class so they tend to be less academically successful and have more behavioral problems. They also have lower than average birth weights and may be clumsy. One study showed summer babies are more likely to have vision problems.

Fall Babies: Fall babies are perhaps the most balanced of all. They’ve had the benefit of sunlight both in the womb and once they were born and are not subject to harsh seasonal weather as their introduction to the world. Babies born in fall have longevity on their side too – they tend to live the longest. And they are quite athletic thanks to strong bones and great height, and they are usually academically successful, maybe because they are among the oldest in their class. However, fall babies may be more irritable and likely to have allergies include asthma and food allergies.

Sources: CafeMom, Time Magazine, Business Insider, Health and SheKnows