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6 reasons April babies are special, according to science 🌼

If you’ve got a due date this month, you might be welcoming a future CEO. 

6 reasons April babies are special, according to science 🌼

Winter is over and the world is beginning to bloom again. Mamas with April due dates can consider themselves lucky to be so in sync with Mother Nature. Being born during this month of renewal will have a lasting impact on springtime babies, because science shows your birth month matters.


Here are six ways an April due date can impact your little one for years to come.

They're more likely to stay up late

A study in the journal Sleep found people with spring and summer birthdays generally go to bed later than those born in the fall and winter, so your little April chick is more likely to grow up to be a night owl.

They'll likely have a positive outlook

A 2014 study of Hungarian university students found that babies born in March, April and May are more likely to rate higher on the hyperthymic scale later in life. A person with a hyperthymic temperament is optimistic and positive. Your April baby is more likely to be an optimist if you live in a place with dry summers and cold winters, like Hungary (or a lot of northern states). Your mileage may vary in equatorial climates.

They learn leadership skills early

According to researchers at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, April babies (and those born in March) are more likely to become corporate leaders later in life than those born in the summer. After analyzing the birthdates of 375 CEOs' S&P; 500 companies between 1992 and 2009, researchers concluded that this is due to the way we structure the school year. April babies are more likely to be the oldest in the class and therefore singled out as leaders early in life.

They have a lower risk of asthma

A 2015 study of New York City babies found kids with springtime birthdays have a lower risk for these medical issues. The decreased asthma risk could be because dust mites are more abundant in the spring, and if a baby is exposed during the first two months of life, that might strengthen their immune response.

They have a lower risk of ADHD

That same study notes ADHD is more commonly diagnosed in babies born later in the year, but this has nothing to do with dust mites and everything to do with the way the school year is structured, as the youngest kids in class are often perceived as not being as calm as the spring-born babies.

They should start wearing sunscreen early

An April due date means you'll want to be mindful of early sun exposure. Studies have shown spring babies are more at risk for melanoma in adulthood, maybe because they get more sun exposure in the earliest months of life. So make sure to slather the sunscreen on your little Aries or Taurus this summer and protect their skin while developing their sunny personality.

[A version of this post was originally published March 30, 2018.]

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

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

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

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

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

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$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

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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