“New Year, New Me!” is a cheeky little saying we hear so often during the calendar change. It couldn’t be more accurate than for the Mom who is giving birth to ring in her new year. What a fun month to welcome your little one!
There is something so cleansing and light about January. In most areas of our country, we are bundled up in blankets to keep away from the cold yet feel the warmth of positive outlooks and new beginnings. Move over New Year’s resolutions; we have a new list in town! Here are 7 Fun Facts about Babies born in January.
Fun Facts About January Babies
1. Boss Baby
January feels like there is potential – but could that be something passed on to your baby? A study published in Economic Letters found that being born in January could give your child a leg up on leadership! The entire piece focused on how age can affect the business world, focusing on positions in companies. They concluded that relative age does indeed have a long-term effect on business. January lands among the top 5 months that CEOs popularly were born in. March, April, November, and October are the others listed. So, perhaps your new little one will be eyeing up a corner office when they grow up!
2. Calm and Collected
When we think of such a high-ranking job, we typically think of stress playing a considerable role. As protective and loving Moms, this may worry us already! But, luckily, as I’ve mentioned in other winter-born articles, your January baby may not let the stress get to them! An article titled “How Birth Season Affects Personality” focuses on how weather and seasons can affect pregnancy, therefore contributing to our babies’ possible personality and hormonal traits. “Those born in the winter were significantly less prone to irritable temperament than those born at other times of the year,” according to associate professor Xena Gonda. There are plenty of factors, but a large part is just exposure to the sun during pregnancy! So, your first month of the year little one may win an award for the most laid-back boss ever!
3. The Goat and The Water Bearer
Your new January baby will be one of two zodiac signs representing the month. If they are born from the first of the year through the 20th of the month, they will be an Earth sign; Capricorn. Capricorns don’t mind a hustle. They are very goal-oriented, organized, and have big dreams. This zodiac signed, paired with the statistics we discussed before, you can assume this kid will do big things! When they’re young, focus on building up these skills and traits they may want to explore. The Capricorn child is rumored to be fussy as well, but something tells me they may need a lot of stimulation!
If your little one comes earthside during the second half of the month, born on the 21st or later, they will be an air sign. The water-bearer represents the Aquarius zodiac. Aquarius children are clever and optimistic, with a tendency to be self-reliant! This could be good for eating and sleeping habits early on and hopefully foster an environment of happiness when it comes to independent play! They can also be stubborn and hesitant, so encouragement will be essential.
4. Brightening up the Winter
It’s still quite cold in January, but a bouquet of your new baby’s birth flowers could brighten up your day! The Carnation and the Snowdrop both represent January as the official flowers. The Carnation, a deep-colored, petaled flower, symbolizes love and remembrance. It’s often used for Mother’s Day and is referred to as “the flower of the gods.” It’s found in reds, white, pink, purple, yellow, and mixes. A pink carnation would be the perfect gift for a new January Mom as it represents “a mother’s love.” Legend has it that this flower can treat fevers and be used in aromatherapy. That seems like a lovely flower to have around in this hectic part of your life with a new little one to care for!
The Snowdrop is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the garden, even rising in the winter sometimes! You may not even see it popping through the snow because this flower is also pure white. It’s a beautiful symbolism for a winter-born baby, as Christians believe that an angel took a snowflake and turned it into this flower to give to Adam and Eve. They are used in times of celebration and have a look of innocence to them. They are almost like a pure, innocent, new baby!
5. Red and Green aren’t retired yet!
January is represented by two gorgeous stones, the garnet and the emerald. It makes me giggle a bit because they are one red stone and one green stone! After a busy season, you are probably trying to get away from that palette. But they are a special representation of your new baby. The garnet stone is most notably a deep red color, called almandine. But it can come in a variety of colors. Myths behind the stone say they are healing and can cure rare diseases and prevent blood disorders. It’s also said to help regulate hormones and help to improve circulation!
The emerald is a more well-known stone and classically comes in a gorgeous green color. It’s considered a powerful energy stone. It is good for eye, heart, and immune development – all super important compounds in infancy! It is also a great stone to have around a new baby because it is said to promote peace and domestic bliss. Those are two things we can only pray we have when our home life is turned upside down in the first few weeks of parenthood.
6. Famous Birthdays
Oprah Winfrey at Stanford GSB (Photo by Toni Gauthier)
With all of the traits we’ve seen January babies are said to possess, it’s no surprise that so many of them have gone on to occupy the big screen! Let’s look at some famous actors born during the first month of the year.
January 1st: Morris Chesman, Frank Langella, Verne Troyer, Sophie Okonedo
January 2nd: Tia Carrere, Cuba Gooding Jr, Paz Vega, Dax Shepard, Kate Bosworth
January 3rd: Mel Gibson, Robert Loggia, Danica McKellar
January 4th: Dyan Cannon, Julia Ormond, Harmony Korine
January 5th: Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Vinnie Jones, Carrie Ann Inaba, January Jones, Kristin Cavallari
January 6th: Eddie Redmayne, Norman Reedus, Rowan Atkinson, Rinko Kikuchi
January 7th: Jeremy Renner, Kenny Loggins, Sammo Hung, Katie Couric, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca
January 8th: Sarah Polley, Stephen Hawking, David Bowie, John McTiernan
January 9th: J.K. Simmons, Jimmy Page, Imelda Staunton, Dave Matthews
January 10th: Sarah Shahi, Rod Stewart, Linda Lovelace, Pat Benatar, Jemaine Clement, Walter Hill
January 11th: Amanda Peet, Naomi Judd, Kim Coles, Mary J. Blige, Darren Lynn Bousman
January 12th: Gemma Arterton, Kirstie Alley, John Lasseter, Oliver Platt
January 13th: Orlando Bloom, Liam Hemsworth, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Trace Adkins, Patrick Dempsey, Nicole Eggert, Michael Peña
January 14th: Jason Bateman, Faye Dunaway, Carl Weathers, Emily Watson, Dave Grohl, Zach Gilford
January 15th: Regina King, Mario Van Peebles, Chad Love, Shane McMahon, James Nesbitt
January 16th: John Carpenter, Sade, David Chokachi, Roy Jones Jr., Richard T. Jones, Kate Moss
January 17th: Jim Carrey, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Steve Harvey, Naveen Andrews, Zooey Deschanel
January 18th: Jason Segel, Kevin Costner, Takeshi Kitano
January 19th: Logan Lerman, Paul Rodriquez, Tippi Hedren, Larry Clark, Dolly Parton, Katey Segal, Antoine Fuqua, Shawn Wayans
January 20th: Rainn Wilson, David Lynch, Bill Maher, Stacey Dash, Melissa Rivers, Skeet Ulrich
January 21st: Geena Davis, Izabella Miko, Booboo Stewart
January 22nd: Diane Lane, Piper Laurie, John Hurt, Jim Jarmusch, Linda Blair
January 23rd: Mariska Hargitay, Rutger Hauer, Richard Dean Anderson, Tiffani Thiessen
January 24th: Ed Helms, Kristen Schaal, Nastassja Kinski, Matthew Lillard, Tatyana Ali, Mischa Barton
January 25th: Alicia Keys, Etta James, Tobe Hooper, Mia Kirshner
January 26th: Ellen DeGeneres, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn
January 27th: Rosamund Pike, Patton Oswalt, James Cromwell, Mimi Rogers, Frank Miller, Bridget Fonda, Alan Cumming
January 28th: Elijah Wood, Alan Alda, Frank Darabont, Ariel Winter
January 29th: Tom Selleck, Oprah Winfrey, Edward Burns, Heather Graham, Sara Gilbert
January 30th: Christian Bale, Gene Hackman, Vanessa Redgrave, Phil Collins, Charles S. Dutton, Wilmer Valderrama
January 31st: Kerry Washington, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Lynch, Minnie Driver, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter
7. Reasons to Celebrate!
There is no doubt that your family’s new favorite day to celebrate will be the baby. But January is packed with events and holidays! January starts our new calendar year. It is also home to special awareness campaigns such as Cervical Health Awareness Month, National Mentoring Month, National Blood Donor Month, and more!
January 1st: New Years Day, World Day of Peace, Global Family Day, Play Outside Day
January 2nd: World Introvert Day, Saint Basils Day, Motivational and Inspiration Day
January 3rd: Women Rock! Day, International Mind-Body Wellness Day, National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, Festival of Sleep Day
January 4th: World Braille Day, National Missouri Day, National Spaghetti Day, National Trivia Day
January 5th: National Bird Day, National Screenwriters Day, National Whipped Cream Day, National Keto Day
January 6th: National Shortbread Day, National Cuddle Up Day, National Bean Day
January 7th: National Tempura Day, National Pass Gas Day, Distaff Day, Orthodox Christmas Day
January 8th: War on Poverty Day, National English Toffee Day, National Bubble Bath Day, Earths Rotation Day, Argyle Day
January 9th: International Choreographers Day, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, National Apricot Day
January 10th: Peculiar People Day, National Save the Eagles Day, National Houseplant Appreciation Day, National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
January 11th: National Milk Day, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 12th: Kiss a Ginger Day, National Hot Tea Day, National Pharmacist Day, National Youth Day
January 13th: National Sticker Day, National Gluten-Free Day, Korean American Day
January 14th: Organize Your Home Day, Ratification Day, International Kite Day
January 15th: Indian Army Day, National Bagel Day, National Hat Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday
January 16th: National Religious Freedom Day
January 17th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Blue Monday
January 18th: Mahayana New Year, National Thesaurus Day, National Winnie the Pooh Day
January 19th: National Popcorn Day
January 20th: National Penguin Day, National DJ Day, National Cheese Lovers Day
January 21st: National Hugging Day
January 22nd: Celebration of Life Day, National Hot Sauce Day
January 23rd: National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day
January 24th: National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day, National Beer Can Appreciation Day, Community Manager Appreciation Day
January 25th: Burns Night, National Irish Coffee Day, Opposite Day
January 26th: Australia Day, National Spouses Day, Indian Republic Day
January 27th: National Chocolate Cake Day, International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 28th: National Daisy Day, National Fun at Work Day, National Lego Day
January 29th: National Puzzle Day
January 30th: National Croissant Day
January 31st: National Hot Chocolate Day, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
No matter what day you turn into your labor day, this month is jam-packed with fun and family, and hope. You’re able to take the new year on with your new baby and make the year exactly what you want it to be! Welcome, January babies!