While much of the world is throwing confetti, clinking glasses of champagne, and smooching their loved ones at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, some parents-to-be are having their own sort of celebrations in the maternity ward. Welcoming a new addition to the family is certainly an exciting way to start off the new year, but what do the old wives' tales about New Year’s babies say? Will they bring good fortune or just some irritating media attention while mom tries to recover from delivery?
There are old wives' tales for just about everything, especially when it comes to babies. It’s not hard to find stories on figuring out your baby’s gender with a ring on a string, making yourself go into labor by driving down a bumpy road, or knowing if your baby will have hair based on your heartburn symptoms during pregnancy. They’re all in good fun, but rarely are they ever accurate (or scientifically backed, for that matter).
Even if they can’t be trusted, old wives' tales are still a lot of fun to think about, and there are some really interesting ones for New Year’s babies. Who knows, maybe they’ll even convince you to try and time your next baby’s birth with January 1st in the coming years.