When I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated to find out that my due date fell smack dab in the middle of October. The air would be crisp but not too cool, we could go for long walks admiring the fall colors, and I'd get to dress her up in an adorable newborn Halloween costume. She arrived right on her due date and my October maternity leave was just as good as I had imagined. Trust me, if you're expecting an October baby, break out in a happy dance. Here are 7 fascinating facts about October babies that will make you even more excited to have a fall baby headed your way.
My little October nugget is now almost four, and in preschool (cue up the 'Where does the time go?' head shake!). Yet, even though she's older now, my affinity for her fall birthday hasn't changed — in fact, it's grown. Because of where her birthday falls on the school calendar, she just missed the cut-off for 4k. That means that she'll almost always be one of the oldest in the class, and research has shown that there are academic advantages to being older in school.
"Children who start school at an older age do better than their younger classmates and have better odds of attending college and graduating from an elite institution," explained NPR, reporting on a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. So fellow October moms, maybe we shouldn't be stocking up on Yale or Harvard sweatshirts just yet, but the odds are in our favor that our brilliant October babies could be headed there someday.
In addition to academic prowess, there are so many more interesting things about October babies to celebrate. Here are just a few.