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5 reasons May babies are special, according to science

Mamas with May due dates have a lot to celebrate: A baby born in May will have a spring in their step and can expect lots of good fortune in their future. Here are six ways a May due date can affect your bundle of joy for years to come:


They're pretty lucky

A 2004 internet survey of more than 40,000 people found that babies with May birthdays tend to be luckier than those born in any other month. According to British psychologist Richard Wiseman, who led the research, that could be because of the "changes in how some parents interact with their babies during summer and winter."

They're more optimistic

In another internet survey, this time involving nearly 30,000 people, Wiseman discovered that people born in May also have a more positive outlook on life (a 2011 Journal of Affective Disorders study came to a similar conclusion). Swedish psychologist Jayanti Chotai, who helped Wiseman with his research, says your little Taurus or Gemini may be more optimistic, in part, because of the influence of daylight hours on dopamine, the brain chemical that controls our reward and pleasure centers.

They're night owls

I always wondered why my son refused to go bed before 8 p.m. and now I know why: A 2009 study published in the journal Sleep showed that spring and summer babies are more likely to go to sleep later than fall and winter kids. On the other hand, the researchers found your kiddo's birth season doesn't affect what time they'll wake up.

They have a lower risk of respiratory disease

Babies with May birthdays are better protected against respiratory conditions than little ones born in any other month, according to a 2015 Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association study. That means springtime kiddos are less likely to develop asthma or respiratory infections, the findings show.

They have fewer allergies

If you're a fall or winter baby, you're probably dealing with a bad case of allergies or asthma right now. But your May-born little one? Not so much. According to a 2016 University of South Hampton study, spring kiddos are least at risk for developing allergies, hay fever, asthma and eczema.

There are so many reasons why May babies are special, but these five are proof that mamas will have so much fun with their little ones born during this month.

[This post was originally published on May 1, 2018.]

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

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