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December Is the Worst Month to Have a Baby

by Michele Zipp on December 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

santa babyBabies are awesome no matter what time of year you have them. I think we all can agree the pros of parenthood completely outweigh the cons. But I do believe there are more ideal times to give birth. I guess I'm kind of lucky for avoiding a third trimester pregnancy in the extreme heat of summer. I sweat a lot as it is and carrying all that extra weight and twins in 90 degree temps with humidity would have been sticky. But having December babies comes with its own set of issues. For any ladies about to have a baby -- this month or even early next month -- I'm sorry. Truly. I have December babies -- two of them -- and it's just the worst month to have a little one. 

To delve into why, we have to take a walk back to the end of October and go from there.

The end of October gives us Halloween! My favorite holiday ever, and a favorite of kids, too. As a parent, you've probably spent much of October thinking about, making, or trying to find the perfect Halloween costume. Maybe you even have a kid who decided she wanted to be a princess, so you took care of that and got the most amazing princess costume ever only to get you to October 29th when she decides she wants to be Dora instead. A few snips, pastes, and you have yourself a Dora princess!

Then you need the candy, or the non-candy treats, the plan, the parties, and then deal with the aftermath of the candy explosion. And now it's November!

Thanksgiving. All that Halloween candy has been finished just in time to bring on the copious amounts of starches and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Burp! And now it's December! Holiday time in full swing! In a flash!

My twins were born on December 1st. Those Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? I'm buying my kids' birthday gifts or dealing with the aftermath of a toy avalanche from all the gifts they received for their birthday. When the grandparents or aunts and uncles ask what my kids need for Christmas I say nothing. Because they don't need anything. They just had a birthday. But what little kid ever got really excited opening boxed up pajamas and socks for the holidays?

What might be the worst part of having a kid or kids with December birthdays is that mom and dad are exhausted by the time it gets to December. And then we have to plan a birthday party (or parties) around everyone's holiday or school days off and what if their best friend isn't around, and on top of all of that we have to try to figure out how to make sure everyone on your gift buying list is taken care of in addition to your kids. It's. Just. Too. Much.

Obviously we can't stop birth. Baby is going to come when baby is ready, and it just may be December. And it's an fantastic month -- I love me a Sagittarius. But if you are thinking of trying to have a baby, you may want to think twice about procreating during the month of March.

Moms with December babies ... solidarity! I feel your pain. May we get through the birthdays and the holidays with as much ease as possible!

Do you have or are expecting a December baby? Do you agree with these unique challenges? Spill 'em!


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  • Deanna
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    December 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    My son and I both have December birthdays. Mine is the 3rd and his is the 17th. December is a really expensive month for us! The biggest issue for me is not letting his birthday get lost in Christmas. He gets birthday and Christmas gifts from us, they are not combined and are wrapped in birthday paper. And I try to hold off on decorating so all of his birthday pictures don't have Christmas decorations in them.
  • Allis...


    December 16, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I have a two day after Christmas baby and am currently pregnant with number 2 right now, due in Jan, but I have a feeling will be making an appearance pretty soon. I will die if I have 2 December babies!

  • JennyM87


    December 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Seriously?? You're an Idiot!! I'm a December baby and I love it. I always had amazing birthdays as a kid. Those parents who are too tired to do something for their kids are pieces of shit! 

  • Foley...


    December 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    My birthday is Christmas Eve, and while it sucks that some people will only give you one present for birthday and Christmas (cheap skates, everyone else gets two!) it is nice never having to go to school or work on my birthday! And my family (most of them) always tries really hard to make sure I don't get screwed on the gift front. Sucked for my mom though, cause I was a c-section baby, so she was in the hospital over Christmas, and all the doctors and staff were having their party the day I was born and were all hopped up on eggnog (it was a different time then I guess), and my poor mom could only have ice chips!

  • Pinkmani


    December 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I have Capricorn parents and I'm an Aries, so that's one reason why I think December is bad. Another problem if your child is born around Christmas is that their chances of having all their friends show up at their birthday party is slim.

  • Starla
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    December 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    We have a Dec. Baby, and a Nov. Baby and a Jan. Baby. Haha! Nov. 6, Dec. 18 and Jan. 9. And we still have tons of fun for all! There's not any reason that their Birthday's should impact Christmas or vice versa, it isn't their fault they were born when they were. They didnt have any control over when Mommy and Daddy 'made them'. It can be stressful, but we must march ahead and after all, we have nearly a year in between! Yay!
  • Julie...
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    Julie Petrenko

    December 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    My son's b-day is Jan 8 and I always have to remind grandparents to get his b-days gifts now because there is nothing good left on the shelves come January. 

  • jenn
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    December 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM
    My sons birthday is November 23. its far enough away to not get mixed up in the hoopla of Christmas yet just close enough to cause me to stress because Christmas is right around the corner! With stores putting out Christmas stuff before Halloween had finished this year he made sure to remind me his birthday is bedore Christmas. lol Like I would forget.
  • jalaz77


    December 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    It is a little rough having a December bday. My 2nd child is a December bday and we rarely celebrate on the actual DAY of his bday cause its Christmas break so his buddy's are not around. This year we are very busy so his bday will be celebrated in the middle of Jan and also on the 20th with close family. So this time he gets 2 bday parties for his 5th! It is hard.
  • Vegeta


    December 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    Plan to have your kids in October its the best month.
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