Fun Facts About July Birthdays
July-born kids get to celebrate their birthdays in the sunshine — but that's not the only reason they're lucky!
Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns
There's always an undeniable sense of excitement leading up to one of our most favorite months of the year. July is the first full month of summer, the forecast says sunshine and warm days ahead, and the school holidays are in full swing. But the highlight, of course, is it's the birthday of someone rather special — yes, your kiddo!
All July babies will be pleased to know there are some major advantages to being born this time of year — and it goes way beyond getting to celebrate your birthday in good weather. Word is, July kids are more likely to be happier and healthier — and it's backed by science! Keep reading to find out what else science says about people born during this month.
1. July kids are HAPPY
Do brighter days mean brighter smiles? Perhaps! According to a study by Vanderbilt University, summer babies are less likely to be depressed compared to their winter counterparts. The reason: The season in which we're born could have a persistent effect on how our "biological clock" cycles function. Summer babies are imprinted by the summer's light cycle, which, research suggests, could explain why they are at lower risk of a number of neurological disorders, including seasonal affective disorder (winter depression), bipolar depression, and schizophrenia. Alexa, play “Happy” by Pharrell Williams!
2. July kids STAND TALL
Perhaps a basketball career is in the cards? Or at least reaching for things on the top shelf will be a piece of cake! According to a University of Cambridge study, kids born during the summer months are more likely to be taller than those who weren't. Why? Mothers best absorb exposure to vitamin D during their second and third trimester, and the extra dose of vitamin D could give summer babies an extra boost!
3. July kids are HEALTHY
Fortunately for July-born kids, they're at an advantage when it comes to their health — according to a study by Columbia University Department of Medicine. Researchers looked at the records of more than 1.75 million patients born between 1900 and 2000 and found people born during the month of July had a decreased risk of diseases compared to those born during other months, including cardiovascular and reproductive disorders as well as ADHD, asthma, and ear infections.
4. July kids MAY NEED GLASSES
While we can thank the sunshine for many increased health benefits, we don't have all that extra sun to thank when it comes to July kids' eyesight. According to an Israeli study of 300,000 military applicants, it found people born during June and July have a higher risk of suffering from short-sightedness. Research suggests, the more sunlight a newborn is exposed to, the higher the risk of myopia, in other words — short-sightedness. The answer? Wear your sunglasses, people!
5. July kids LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
July kids might be short-sighted, but at least they look on the bright side of life! People born during the summer months (like their spring pals) are the definition of natural-born optimists! They're found to have something called a "hyperthymic temperament," which essentially means an upbeat disposition. Sign us up!
6. July kids have GREAT SELF-CONTROL
According to a study in Japan, kids born during the summer months demonstrate more "effortful control" compared to their winter peers at around 18 months. This is linked with greater emotional and behavioral regulation skills.
7. July kids are BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME
Summer is not only a popular time to travel — but it also happens to be the most popular time to be born. According to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July, August, and September see the most amount of births, with August taking the number one spot overall.
8. July kids have a CREATIVE STREAK
It's time to get those paintbrushes out — or maybe even a hardhat. Word is, kids born during the month of July are more likely to be artists, according to a UK census study. (Other popular careers for July babies include bricklayer and train conductors!)
9. July kids are more likely to be LEFT-HANDED
Studies show kids born during the months of May and July are significantly more likely to be left-handed. Researchers aren't 100% sure why the month you're born is linked to whether you're right-handed or left-handed, but they put it down to "seasonal variation in other factors." Future scientists will just have to work on figuring this one out!
10. July kids are in A LEAGUE OF FAMOUS PEOPLE
The likes of Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, and FOUR former presidents (John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush) all have July birthdays, so your July baby is hanging with the best!