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If you're expecting a baby this month you've got plenty of company. As many elementary school teachers have no doubt noticed, the first month of the school year is also the most popular month for birthdays in America.

The trend was first unearthed by data journalist Matt Stiles, who combed through birth stats from from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Social Security Administration collected between 1994 and 2014. He found that, statistically, mid-September is the most popular time to give birth—by far.

According to Stiles, the most common American birthdays fall on September 9, 19 and 12, respectively. Beyond that, nine out of the 10 most popular birth dates for babies in the United States are celebrated in September.

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Just why are maternity wards so busy this time of year? The reasons aren't as clear as the data Stiles drummed up, but the calendar does provide some pretty good clues: Turn back nine months from September 9 and we're looking at December 17, a popular day for post-Christmas party canoodling and fireside snuggles. The conception date for a September 19 birth would be December 27, a day often reserved for relaxing with one's significant other after chaotic Christmas schedules.

Studies show the popularity of Christmastime conceptions might have as much to do with biology as holiday vacation time. And, interestingly, Stiles found the days most popular for baby-making aren't popular for baby-having.

“The least-common birthdays in this dataset were Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day," he notes. “Dates around Thanksgiving aren't as common. July 4 is also at the bottom of the list."

Obviously some of the reasons for the Christmas slump are due to medical interventions—as inductions and c-sections are less likely to be scheduled on December 25. Apparently OBs don't mind working on Valentine's Day, though, because that's one holiday with a relatively high birth rate.

As popular as it is (the sixty-third most common birth date) V-day can't touch September 9 when it comes to the amount of love entering the world. Maybe we should add another holiday to the calendar to celebrate this yearly baby boom? We could christen September 9 “Baby Day" and everyone could take the day off—although stats show that may lead to the rise of another popular birth date. What's the date nine months after September 9?

[Originally published September 4, 2017]

Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

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