What Science Says About Babies Born In October

Just like the signature color-changing leaves of fall, October babies also come with a host of uniquely autumn-specific traits. While science tells us that babies born in different seasons may have varying degrees of physical, mental, and health-related benefits, October babies appear to be bestowed with personality traits that set them up for success.

According to a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, children born in the month of October proved to be stronger than children born in spring, summer, or winter months in terms of athletic performance. For this reason, parents may find that their October-born babies excel in sports activities throughout their early and adolescent school years.

Why is this? Experts say that for children to be born in October, the individual would have to have become pregnant during the spring. Therefore, with the duration of their pregnancy taking place in the summer months, mothers have increased exposure to vitamin D over mothers whose pregnancies take place primarily during colder months (via The Cut). "With children born in the Northern Hemisphere, those born in autumn tend to have slightly bigger bone and muscle mass," Dr. Gavin Sandercock, lead author of the study, told The Cut.

The physical and mental benefits of being an October baby

Aside from physical ability, research indicates that October babies also seem to have a longer life expectancy from age 50 onward, compared to those with spring birthdays (via Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America). Not only are these individuals expected to live longer, but science indicates that October babies are likely to spend those extra years living a full and contented life. For example, according to Motherly, those with October birthdays are more likely to maintain a good state of mental health. They may even have a leg up when it comes to a career in politics, citing that throughout history, more U.S. presidents have had October birthdays than any other month of the year.

Additionally, those born in October are thought to be loving and affectionate in nature, according to Motherly. Armed with charm and positivity, these individuals show a unique ability to connect with others. They also possess an innate ability for analytical thinking (via Parenting) — a great skill set for those considering a career in law!

Lastly, the October-born may also be at a decreased risk for health conditions, such as heart disease and allergies, according to Romper. Whether it comes to physical health, mental health, or career success, autumn babies seem to be as distinct as each brightly-colored fall leaf.