The Best Time of Year to have a Baby

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While pregnant, I received a lot of comments re: the season of our baby’s birth. Quite a lot of people told me that Spring was their preferred time to have a baby. One mother who had four children (who were all born in different seasons) told me that Spring was by far her favourite time to welcome a little one. The following are my quick reflections of each season, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

SUMMER: This season has the advantage of outdoor birthday parties. How fun! But you essentially miss out experiencing summer’s glory that first year. A couple of friends had summer babies and they described that time of year as “a waste” re: mat leave. We only get 2 solid months of summer in Canada, so to miss out on soaking up that time can be a real bummer.

FALL: Autumn seems like a pretty great time to have a baby. Especially in Canada if you are taking a 1 year mat leave. If you have a fall baby that means that you’ll get to enjoy having your child be 10-12 months old the following July and August (while you are still off on leave). But it also means that you have to experience being HUGE and HOT during the last trimester. Being someone who is fairly heat intolerant, I was glad that I was at my largest over winter and early spring.

SPRING: I wasn’t convinced that I’d love having a Spring baby but now that the night times/mornings are cooler, I’m glad that I did the bulk of the getting up in the night when the house was fairly warm. We all know that it’s hard to get out from under the covers when the room air temperature is so cool (before you start heating your home). And while I spent quite a few beautiful weather days inside looking out, it was nice that when the newborn fog lifted I had good weather motivating me to get outside.

WINTER: I’ve always thought that a winter baby would be nice. Based on the observations of family and friends (that life is just a blur with a newborn for the first 3 months), I liked the idea of being trapped inside during winter time when you’d rather be indoors anyways. And what’s cozier than sitting by a fire with a swaddled newborn? You could live off crockpot soups and chilis. But then there’s bundling up a newborn to go places. And cold and flu season.

My conclusion? There’s never a perfect time to have a baby. Each season has its pros and cons. We are lucky to welcome a baby any season of the year. But there’s nothing wrong with recognizing pros and cons of each season. What are your thoughts? Any experiences to share?

6 thoughts on “The Best Time of Year to have a Baby”

  1. Summer was hard for me this year with the heat. Although the first 3 months over winter makes sense, I’m worried about depression due to being cooped up from the cold/snow. I know I’ll have to be mindful to get myself out of the house.

    1. You’re right. I found it hard to get out of the house at times even with good weather. Good for you for recognizing that you’ll have to be mindful about getting out of the house. I think being aware of it now will help.

  2. My two sons were born in opposite seasons, one December, the other August. I don’t remember thinking one season being better than the other. It just was as it was. The summer baby likely got outside sooner than the winter one. Plus I was working with the winter baby and had to return to work when he was three months old. ( short mat leaves then. We’re talking the previous century 😉).

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