3 Old Wives Tales About Being Born On The New Year


As if celebrating a child's birthday wasn't already enough pressure on parents, the amount of hype goes up just a little bit (OK, maybe a lot) when you have a New Year's baby. Along with having your little one on one of the most celebrated days of the year, there's a lot of superstition that comes along with the day too. Some moms might come across old wives tales about being born on the New Year and be a little weirded out about what the future holds for their little one. Luckily, you can put those myths to rest, because most of them just simply aren't anywhere even close to being true.

Whether someone tells you that your baby will be fertile beyond belief, or that they will carry an insane amount of luck with them, there are oddly very specific old wives tales that are attached to babies that are born on New Year's day. Sure, there will definitely be some individualism that surrounds having a baby born on such a big day, but when all of the uniqueness of having a New Year's baby is said and done, at the end of the day, they are just like every other baby: awesome in their own way.

However, what does hold true for New Year's babies is that their birthday parties might be a little harder to plan for because at least one fundamental immediate family member might be hungover from the previous night's festivities, and because you'll be broke from all the holiday presents you bought. Another item to keep in mind is that unless you want a Christmas or Happy New Year themed birthday party, you'll need to plan your decorations in advance. Otherwise you'll end up with NYE party hats and sunglasses with the year carved across them instead of that adorable under the sea theme you've been pinning for the last 6 months. Lastly, you may have been looking forward to the holiday festivities ending, but you have to remind yourself that you are in the final stretch and that even though you are exhausted and poor, your kid's birthday is just as, if not more, important than planning Christmas and New Years. In other words, it's going to feel chaotic but hang in there.

In the meantime, here are the most popular old wives tales about babies who are born on New Year's day, that you probably shouldn't bet all your money on.

Myth #1: They're Super Duper Lucky


According to India Parenting, one superstition parents love to buy into includes the idea that babies born on New Year's day are "extremely fortunate and lucky." Not only will babies born on the first day of the year have good luck in their own life, but the old wives tale goes on to include that they'll bring luck to their family too. Although it would be awesome to know a New Year's baby brought good luck, babies born on this day are just as much of a good fortune as babies born on any other day of the year.

Myth #2: They're Immune To Evil Spirits


Life with Gremlins shared that one of the most well-known superstitions surrounding New Year's babies is that they won't be "visited by evil" and more specifically, can't be drowned or hung. Um... good, I guess? I'm sure you were really fixated on those exact unfavorable circumstances already, so you must be relieved beyond belief. In all seriousness though, although these tragedies are statistically few and far between, no person is automatically immune to them because they were born on the first of the year. Just always be cautious, okay?

Myth #3: They Are Fertile Myrtles


Because the Greeks celebrated the rebirth of Dionysus at the beginning of each new year, according to Mental Floss, it's not a stretch that the final New Year's baby myth has to do with one of the two things the god is known for: fertility and wine. New Year's babies are said to be extremely fertile. Since there is no scientific evidence to support this myth, it's probably safe to ignore. Really, only time and circumstance will tell if your kid turns out to be fertile, and even then, it probably doesn't have anything to do with their birth date at all. If only it were that easy.

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