Despite winter officially being another month away, it’s getting darker earlier and the snow has already started to fly in certain parts of the country. All signs, winter is coming.
If you are one of those who dreads the winter, there is a bit of good news for moms who are expecting to have winter babies.
A new study out from the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology reports that babies born in the winter start crawling, on average, five weeks sooner than babies who are born in the summer months.
The reason? Their wardrobe. That’s right. According to authors of the report, the ability to crawl earlier than their counterparts has nothing to do with athletic ability or smarts, it simply boils down to seasonal outfits.
The journal article says that babies born in the winter are ready to start crawling in the summer months and have the advantage of wearing less layers and less restrictive clothing. They also spend more time on the ground which gives them extra strength in their limbs and muscles. Summer days are also longer, making way for more time to play.
Babies born in the summer months, by contrast, are often heavily bundled and found in the arms of caregivers at the 7 to 10 month-mark when most babies typically start crawling.
The study classified “winter babies” as those born between December and May and “summer babies” as those between June and November.
The winter or spring babies began crawling in an average of 30 weeks while the babies born in summer and fall began crawling at 35 weeks.
So if you are due in the next few months, get ready to start baby proofing your house by early summer.
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