Sorry to break it to everyone born February to December: people born in January are the best, full stop, end of article. Thanks for dropping by!
In all seriousness, January-born Canadians have plenty to be thankful for. We’re the only babies who make headlines for being born first and the oldest in all our classes. Sure, our birthday festivities can suck (holiday spending + freezing weather = budget gifts and low turn-out), but there’s plenty of reasons why it rocks to be born early in the year.
If you’ve been blessed with the presence of a January baby in your life, you’ll be happy to know there are lifelong advantages that come with popping out of the womb before everybody else:
They’re likely to be doctors or bosses
If you’re born early in the year, chances are you’ll have a successful career. A 2012 study shows that January is among the top five months likely for a CEO’s birthday to fall on.
If they’re not owning the boardroom, the January-born can be found in hospitals, too: UK researchers found that it was the most likely birth month for doctors (as well as debt collectors, for some reason).
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They’re destined for fame
There just might be a reason for that. A survey of 100 public figures revealed that Aquarius was the most common sign for celebrities, meaning they were born in late January to early February. Acting classes might be worth investing in.
They have the best horoscope
Canadians born in January are Capricorns or Aquarius signs. There’s a lot of tea about which signs are the worst (Scorpios especially get a bad rap), but you’ll rarely see drama over these two.
2020′s shaping up to be a great year for the pair of Astrological signs. Capricorns are predicted to take on big responsibilities and get wealthier, as long as they relax. Aquarius signs are expected to thrive if they feel secure and open up to people they love. The forecast for both signs looks bright relationship-wise, too.
January babies have big jock energy
Professional sports might be where your kid’s star rises. Australian researcher Adrian Barnett found that a high percentage of professional athletes are born earlier in the year. He theorizes that it’s probably because January-born are more physically developed than younger kids in their class.
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“If you were born in January, you have almost 12 months’ growth ahead of your classmates born late in the year, so whether you were born on December 31st or January 1st could have a huge effect on your life,” Barnett told Science Daily.
There’s one sport in particular that draws January babies: Canadian hockey players who play for the NHL tend to be born in the first three months of the year. Lace up those skates early!
Winter babies throw less tantrums
Kids with summery origins aren’t all sunshine and roses: they’re more likely to have mood swings and throw tantrums than kids born in chillier times. Out of all the seasons, winter babies tend to have the calmest demeanours.
Scientists think this might be because the seasons affect neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
...But we get ridiculous allergies
For all of our perks, there are some downsides. A Boston study found that kids born in the winter are more likely to have an ER visit related to an allergic reaction. It’s theorized that this might be a deficiency issue: studies that compare summer and winter babies suggest that the latter have less Vitamin D, which contributes to a strong immune system. As far as drawbacks go, we’re not complaining: the universe needed to nerf us or we’d be way too powerful.
“Blizzard babies” can be a hassle
Giving birth is stressful enough, but trying to get to the hospital in a snowstorm? No thank you. Januaries babies have the misfortune of being born during one of the coldest times of the year. The pregnancy leading up to their arrival can be tough on parents too: worries over slipping on ice and medical services being harder to access over the holidays.
We’re in short supply
According to Statistics Canada numbers, fewer Canadians are born in the winter months. Most babies are conceived around Valentine’s Day, but if you want your kid to be destined for greatness try for a spring fling: if everything works like clockwork, conceiving in April will be your best bet for a January kid.
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