5 Best Things about Summer-Born Babies

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When I was trying to conceive my fourth child, my husband and I planned on having a baby in the early summer months, to space out our three older, winter-born children. Infertility struck, and almost 18 months later, we welcomed our fourth winter baby.

I have always wondered how my fourth trimester would have been different if my kids were born in the summer. It just seemed the warmer weather would have been able to perk me through that period faster than being stuck indoors in front of a heater.

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Check out what I think the 5 best things about summer-born babies are and tell me I'm wrong. (I'm not.)

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You don't have to figure out a car seat with puffy snow gear.

It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned car seat buckle-upper or if you're new to the game, it's always hard with a newborn. It is slightly easier in the summer, though, because you don't have to deal with all the bulky layers needed to keep them warm or the rules that go along with snow coats in car seats.

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You can start walking early.

Walking can be good for your healing, provided you've got your doctors OK to do so and you listen to your body so you're not doing too much. Walks are also good for your baby; the fresh, warm air and being lulled by the movement of the baby carrier or stroller puts children to sleep like magic.

Having your baby in the summer means you can go outside, even if you're just sitting in your backyard–unlike winter, when you're shut in until all that snow goes away (or you have a really warm infant snowsuit).

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Lowered risk of SIDS.

According to research, babies born in the winter have a higher rate of SIDS than those born in warmer months. While it's not something that new parents should obsess over if born in the winter — especially if they're following guidelines to lower the risk — it is a bit of a relief for summer babies.

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Complete onesie outfits.

Here's a confession for you: I think onesies are the cutest things ever. I love that they cover the body, but you can still see the adorable leg rolls of newborns and see their tiny toes. I had only winter babies (yes, all four of them), and if we wanted to go anywhere outside our over-headed house, I had to layer the onesie with pants and a sweater, rendering the cuteness of that outfit no longer.

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In the summer, you can take your baby out and about in only the onesie, saving time and sharing the adorableness with the world.

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You're not pregnant in the summer.

When you're eight or nine months pregnant, it can be challenging to find anything that fits comfortably. Also, your internal heater is already on high. Being that pregnant in the summer will just throw your body into overdrive, and while I've not experienced it myself, others tell me it's the worst. So, if you have an early summer-born baby, you got out (well, your baby got out) just in time.

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What do you think is the best season to have a newborn in? Tell us why in the comments!

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5 Best Things about Summer-Born Babies

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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