Having a baby is simultaneously very exciting and very nerve-wracking. You never really know how it's going to turn out. No matter how prepared you are for the impending arrival of our bundle of joy, there will always be some kind of curveball that comes out of nowhere that spoils your plans.
You might think that there is no time of the year that would be "better" for having a kid, but according to scientists, that's not true.
Apparently December is the ideal time to have a baby for a few different reasons. While that may not be your initial instinct, mostly because anyone you know with a December birthday has probably explained how much it sucks to share their celebrations with Christmas, but apparently they've had some advantages all along.
There are multiple studies that have shown that being born in December is actually the best time, here's why:
December babies sleep better
A study found that babies born in December actually fell asleep faster and earlier than babies born in the summer. Not only that, but another study suggested that December babies seem to be statistically more likely to be "morning people" than those born in the other eleven months out of the year.
December babies live longer
If you want to give your baby the best chance at living to see 100, apparently a December birthday is the key. The study found that there were actually a surprising number of December-born people who lived to 105+ years old.
December babies have healthier hearts
Studies have shown that people born in September - December had a lower rate of cardiovascular disease than the rest of us, which probably is part of the reason why they live so long!
December babies are friendlier
According to one survey, people born in December are reported to be less moody and irritable than people born in other months - specifically July.
December babies are more likely to become dentists
While this one is a bit of a strange point, it is interesting nonetheless. December babies are statistically more likely to become dentists, and while that may not be a selling feature to some, at least it's a good career that will probably always have work?
December babies are usually the smartest in their class
While being the youngest in the class may make you physically smaller than the rest, it turns out that studies show the younger students are usually the smartest in the class.