7 Reasons That Having a Winter Baby Rocks

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Winter babies hold a special place in my heart. My son was born in the middle of January and, in the months leading up to his due date and during the snuggly newborn months after, I could not have been more grateful that he was a winter baby. Mamas of summer babies may have their adorable spring baby showers and cute maternity sundresses, but there are all kinds of reasons why being the mommy of a winter baby is awesome.

No one expects much of you during the holidays

When you have a winter baby you're either very, very pregnant or the mommy of a newborn as the holidays roll around. Because of this, no one expects you to be the one to cook or clean up after holiday gatherings, or to do the extensive planning, shopping, and decorating that can suck the fun out of the holidays – for this year at least, you'll get to sit back and relax.

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You've got the perfect excuse not to let anyone hold the baby

When you have a baby, especially a cute one, it seems like everyone and their mother want to hold them. While a break is nice from time to time, sometimes you just don't want to give up your snuggle-time. Here's the perfect excuse: “It's cold and flu season people – no one gets their hands on that baby without a thorough scrub down!” If you just don't want to share that baby, no one can argue with a mom looking out for baby's health.

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The food

The only person hungrier than a pregnant woman is a mama who's nursing. Don't hesitate to share just how starving you are as you make you way to the front of the buffet line. Holiday foods aren't known for being particularly calorie-conscious, but pregnant and nursing moms need the extra calories, so please, this year, indulge with abandon.

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Your ankles are, thankfully, out of view

Almost every mama I know had a moment, sometime in the last few weeks of pregnancy, where they had to leave their shoes unlaced or opt for the clogs. Luckily, for the mama of the winter baby, no one will be gawking at those sausage ankles since the cooler weather keeps them under wraps in long leggings or knee high boots.


Adorable winter party themes to daydream about for years to come

Sure, summer moms might get to plan pool parties, but winter mamas get to drool over Pinterest's winter party themes as they plan birthdays for years to come. I pinned somewhere close to a thousand Winter Wonderland party theme pages long before my son even emerged from my womb.



Time to get back in shape, at least a little bit, before the summer

Though I firmly believe that women should take their time and not stress about losing baby weight, I know that I would have had a hard time feeling comfortable in a swimsuit the first few months after my son was born. Having a baby in the winter means that you've got a few months in more forgiving clothes before jumping back into summer style.

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Lots of quiet, snowed in bonding time

Though a cold, stormy winter can make even the most introverted mama go a little stir crazy, there are great benefits to being snowed in. A cold winter provides ample opportunity to build a fire, cuddle up with your hubby and your new baby, and enjoy the simple pleasures of hot chocolate, warm blankets, and a perfect newborn to love.

Congratulations to all the moms-to-be with winter due dates this year! What season is/was your baby due?

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7 Reasons That Having a Winter Baby Rocks

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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