Planning Your Baby’s Birth Month

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Melissa Hale, now married with three kids, was born on August 30th and was given the choice between starting school at the age of five or six, as her birthday was so close to the cut-off date. “My parents chose to put me in school early, because my mom didn’t want me to be taller than all the boys!” she said. “I think it’s good that I started school earlier, as I was able to start learning better. I didn’t plan any of my children’s birth months.”

I don’t want to scare any future mothers away from having summer babies, but it may prove beneficial to be aware of what having different birth months can mean for growing children. From the information that I have found,it seems that certain factors, such as parental involvement with a child's education, play a much bigger role in how successful a child is, more so than simple the month he or she is born in; but some parents may prefer to avoid even slight risks.

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If you’re hoping to conceive a particular gender of child, there are people who swear by Chinese Birth Charts, which claim to help manipulate whether your baby will be a boy or a girl. The legitimacy of this tool for determining your potential child’s gender is pretty questionable, but it might be something you’re intrigued to learn more about!

What are your thoughts on birth month planning – is it something you care about, or do you just leave it up to nature? Have you seen any benefits of having your child at a certain time of year?

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  1. Naturally it never worked out. Even went as far as ivf the month i wanted…i mc’ed. My oldest is born in april. I want an aug baby. It gives me four months between bdays n xmas. I heard a lot of kids dont like to share bdays or their parties.

  2. Kenzi says:

    My son was due 2 days before my husband’s daughters birthday, which I really wasn’t happy about, so we planned on trying to induce 2 weeks before which would have been the 4th of July. Well my son ended up coming a month early, Father’s Day, and luckily didn’t have any issues. Didn’t even have to try he just knew lol

  3. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t plan this one’s birth month but I glad it is during the winter so I will not be huge this summer

  4. Christy says:

    I want my first child’s birthday to be in the month of March. This is the birth month that I have planed for. I did not want my baby to be born near December because of Christmas, or in the summer months because he/she will not be able to celebrate his/her birthday in school.

  5. kirsten says:

    I’m due This month of August.

  6. Samantha says:

    I’ve never tried planning for my child’s birth month but it’s cool.I wanted it on valentine’s day.planmybaby.com

  7. Christina says:

    I wanted to avoid the birthday/Christmas overlap many of my family members have but still wanted a baby born during the school year (it makes a difference to them in elementary) and either in the spring or fall (obvious with the avoidance of winter holidays). We got what we wanted because we are now expecting our first daughter on September 9th, and even better she will one of the older girls in her class, so my husband hopes she won’t want to date any of the boys when she is young because all the boys are younger and less mature, but we will see.

  8. Terra says:

    I wanted to have my baby after April 15th cause I work at a cpa firm. However, we got pregnant faster than we thought, and now by baby girl is due April 10th. I’ve enjoyed my pregnancy. It has been a cold winter, but I still get the occasional hot flash. I just step outside when this happens. I couldn’t imagine being this big in hundred degree weather!

  9. Caitlyn says:

    I planned which month to ttc so i would have a summer baby and hopefully a girl by using the chinese gender chart and eating certain foods.

  10. LIZ says:

    i want my baby to be an april baby, but nature wants her to come before, in march, im happy with that too, because she was born after my father’s 60th bday

  11. Maria says:

    We are thinking of starting to actively try at the end of the summer because I do not want to be pregnant throughout the summer. I’m uncomfortable in my own skin in the summer let alone carrying a baby

  12. Cait says:

    I originally wanted a summer baby because our daughter is in January and having Christmas then birthday just stinks money wise wanted to spread the expenses out a little

  13. TaKeisha says:

    I never thought about planning which month to give birth, I just want a healthy baby.

  14. Rebecca says:

    Always wanted summer babies to much snow in our winter just makes it risky

  15. never planned the month.

  16. Amanda says:

    I was just aiming for not being pregnant through the Summer. I didn’t want to be big and hot when it was that hot out.

  17. Mommyuv2<3 says:

    I never planned the birth of my two girls as a result I have two November babies 10 and 4 yrs old not to mention that my birthday is also in November. It’s a very hectic month I’m currently TTC and it’s taking a little long I want to have a June/July baby. 🙂

  18. If all goes as planned, I will avoid being giving birth during the summer time. Being pregnant during a Florida summer does not sound appealing…

  19. Timothy says:

    now thats just cheating..

  20. Rachael says:

    Our first was a surprise. Had him first week of November. Only time I had Christmas shopping done by December 1st. Our new one is now due mid may, planned it that way. Get to spend the month on June home with my son during his summer break from school. I am looking forward to this.

  21. sayhola says:

    I wanted to have a baby Jan – May with our first; he was born January 13. With our next, I also wanted Jan – May, but when were weren’t able to conceive as instantly as with our first, I ran beyond that time frame and took it month-by-month. June? OK. July? OK. August? OK if it would be early in the month. Sept? Well… hunting might be a factor. October? OK. Then…. maybe time to take a month or two “off” from ttc, as a holiday baby might not be the best. What did we get? Due Thanksgiving week! 😉

  22. Flo says:

    Our pregnancy was a surprise so he will be a winter baby, but I am grateful to God that the summer months were earlier in my pregnancy.

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