People often assume summer is the best time to have a baby, and they may have a point, but there are also advantages to having a baby in the winter as well. So, if you are planning to get pregnant, or are expecting a baby in the winter, here are some things to consider.
In winter, it’s cold, so perhaps there may not be so much motivation to get out and about with the baby. However, this is not always a bad thing. Getting out and about can be healthy for the mother and the baby to an extent, but in the early weeks of having a baby, it can be useful if the mother gives herself plenty of time to settle into being a new mum. If the mother is breastfeeding, she may find herself feeding almost all the time. This stage does not last forever, yet many new mothers find it hard. When it’s cold outside, it can feel much more normal to stay in, get a good box set of DVDs and relax on the settee; not worrying about how much time you’re spending resting, just being with your baby.
Snowsuits are cute
Really, there is nothing cuter than seeing a little baby all snug and warm in a little snow suit. This is perhaps a silly reason to have a baby in the winter but it is something to look forward to all the same. Many new babies enjoy being swaddled and parents find it a useful tool for comforting them. In the summer, some babies may find the swaddling blanket too hot and constraining. In the winter it feels much more natural to be all tucked up tight.
Of course new mothers often get lonely and need company and good friends will brave any weather, but a bit of bad weather may put off the onslaught of visitors many new mothers receive just after the baby is born. As it is a time of exhaustion mixed with excitement, it can be easy to overdo it and visitors can often outstay their welcome, leaving parents feeling drained. Sometimes the fewer the visitors in those early weeks, the better.
The child’s age in relation to the school year
With children starting school in the UK as young as four, if you have your baby in the winter, you can be assured that they will have been four for at least half the year before they enter school. Summer babies often enter school just days after turning four and parents often worry they are not ready. Obviously, all children are different, but there is no harm in having a little more time on your side.
Babies of course come when they come and you cannot plan these things to the letter. But if you were dreading having a baby this winter, these are a few positive things to keep in mind.