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10 Fun Facts About January Birthdays

January babies are special — it’s a (scientific) fact!

Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns

Scientific facts about January babies

It goes without saying — and we think you'll agree — January kids are very special! As it so happens, science also agrees. Does your kiddo have a creative flair? Or does tearing up the field, court, rink, or ring come naturally to them? These are just some of the many scientifically-proven traits that make people with January birthdays sparkle and shine. To celebrate your January baby's birthday month, we've rounded up fascinating science-based facts about what a January birthday could say about them.

1. January kids are CREATIVE

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They say, "great minds think alike, but creative minds think like no other," but we don't need to tell January kids that! Opening up their imagination and unleashing their creativity comes oh-so-easily, and studies suggest their birth month could play a role. A 2012 study found that January (and February) babies are more creative!

2. January kids are LEADERS

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According to research, people born during the month of January are among those most likely to become CEOs. A 2012 study found January is among the top five months for a CEO's birthday to fall on — in other words: get ready for your January kiddo to join the next generation of boss women and men charging the ranks.

3. January kids are GREAT AT SPORTS

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What is one thing your child and Muhammad Ali — one of the greatest athletes of all time — have in common? Both were born in January — which scientists say improves the chances of becoming a professional athlete! An Australian study found that the Australian Football League had 33% more players born in January than any other month. These results are mirrored internationally in other sports like football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, and ice hockey.  

4. January kids have STAR QUALITY

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Stay in school, kids — but a life of fame and fortune could well be in the cards! A survey of 300 public figures found that late January (and early February) babies — or those born under the Aquarius sign — are more likely to become celebrities than any other zodiac sign. You heard it here first, now... please can we have an autograph?

5. January kids are SMART

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While things are already looking bright for January babies, perhaps nothing’s quite so bright as they are! Scientists studied the development of 21,000 boys and girls, and their results suggest winter-born kids had higher scores in several intelligence exercises than their peers.

6. January kids are CHILL

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Maybe being born during the cooler months is what gives your kiddo an edge when it comes to their cool-factor!  A study finds babies born during the winter months don't run as hot — they're less irritable and prone to mood swings than other months. Besides, why sweat the small stuff when you're born during the gifted month of January?

7. January kids are more likely to be LEFT-HANDED

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They don't have two left feet when it comes to sports, but research suggests January kids are more likely to be left-handed. A study out of the University of Vienna found that men (not women) born during the winter months, November, December, and January, are more likely to be left-handed, joining the exclusive lefty club made up of only 10% of people worldwide!

8. January kids are more likely to become DOCTORS

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Doctors make the world a better place. According to a UK study from the Office of National Statistics, people born during the month of January are more likely to pursue this career than any other month! 

9. January kids are HEALTHY

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Health is everything, and studies suggest January babies are at no major disadvantages when it comes to their health. Researchers at the Columbia University Department of Medicine found that people born during the month of January are no more likely to contract disease. Phew! 

10. January kids are in good COMPANY

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January-born people share a birthday month with Martin Luther King Jr., Michelle Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Oprah Winfrey — need we say more?

Happy birthday to all the January kids!

January Birthday Kids Are...

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Celebrate Your Child's Birthday With CAMP!

Hold on to your party hats: CAMP wants to help celebrate your kiddo's big day. Our magical spaces and incredible counselors make it all happen! Find out more about how to host a birthday party at a CAMP location near you.

Originally published January 2021, updated January 2022.