Winter Babies are ... Dumb?

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My baby was born in December and I happen to think she's the most brilliant creature on the planet. So do her grandparents. But according to recent research, we might just be imagining things. A number of studies show that babies born in winter—January, February, and March to be exact—are not as smart as babies born in other months.

The research shows that winter babies grow up to be less educated, less intelligent, less healthy, and lower paid than those born in spring, summer, and fall. But the scientists found that it's not so much when a baby is born, as it is who is having the baby. Babies born in the winter are more likely to have moms who are unmarried teenagers without high school diplomas. Scientists speculate that these are "prom babies" since they're born about nine months after most proms. They also think that since these babies are born during flu season, their moms are more likely to be sick when they're born, putting them at a disadvantage.

Should you be concerned? Daniel Hungerman, one of the scientists who led the study, says no. "Mothers should not worry about their children's fate just because they were born in January, February, or March." After all, he was born in February!

Do you have a winter baby? Are you a winter baby? What do you think about the results of the study?

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JoNanner JoNanner

I don't know if I should laugh or cry.... The money that was wasted on this "study"..... I wish I could waste money like this.

michi... michiganmom116

I'm a January baby, born to a young mother, preemie at that.  I was valedictorian of my high school class and graduated with a perfect 4.0 in college.  I could believe the environmental influences on a baby's lack of development in the intelligence area, but certainly not the TIME OF YEAR THEY WERE BORN!

MadsM... MadsMom04

I am a winter baby...and to be honest my Mother was unmarried, but not a teenager. I also have 2 winter babies! I am not a teenager nor am I unmarried!


My DD was born in Feb and she is very intelligent. Her preschool teacher just told us she is at a kindergarten level and is already learning how to read. Our DS was just born 2 weeks ago, so we'll see about him! :)

Crazy... Crazy-Steph

This is the silliest thing I have ever heard!

bvona bvona

Well thats just rediculous.

emhain emhain

I'm with JoNanner.


Any idea how many inner city schools could have funded an arts program with the money used in this "study"?

Princ... Princess_Ariel

That's is just silly, all 3 of my kids are winter babies and my oldest is on the high honor roll. My other 2 also do really well in school, they are only in kindergarten and 1st grade, but their teachers say they are getting good grades.

josip... josiphene

I was born Jan 6 and was taking college courses in the 6th grade.I am also a Realtor and make more money than money then most people so I think this study is ridiculous and a waste of money .

revsw... revswife0519

oh wow that is the dumbest thing i have ever heard!! i have three kids two are summer babies adn one is a winter baby!! she has done everything earlier than the older ones!! so i guess that means she isnt DUMB!!  i am a winter baby also (jan.) and i have a college degree so i cant believe people actually wasted money on research like this!! haha

quet quet

I think that this study is that of BULL.my only daughter was born in march and she  now 09 years of age.  Girl,     she's very smart.   I finished school, been in the military and was married for 19 years .   I guess that blows the toplightbulb off of that study 

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