February is the month of love, and the only thing that can make this month sweeter is adding a new baby to the mix. The cold air makes cuddling with your newborn that much better, and staying inside has never felt so serene (or productive). This month is also home to significant holidays, including the Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, and Presidents’ Day. And if your baby is born on the 22nd, be sure to whip out that tequila because, on this day, we celebrate National Margarita Day!
February is also the shortest month, and those born on February 29th, or Leap Day, may not even have a birthday each year. Pro tip: celebrate on the 28th to ensure your little one always gets a special day. Here are some more fun facts about babies born in February.
Fun Facts About Babies Born in February
1. Standing Tall
According to this study, babies born in the colder months are usually longer, leading some to believe that February babies grow taller than their summer-born counterparts.1 That same study also saw winter babies scoring higher on IQ tests.1 While whether or not these findings follow children into adulthood is up for debate, you can at least expect a higher percentage of having an above-average length when your little one is born.
2. Keeping Cool
If your baby has a due date in February, you may be in luck when it comes to fussy babies and tantrum-throwing toddlers. According to a study about how your birth season affects your mood, winter babies are often less moody than babies born in other months and may turn out to be easier kids.2 While all babies will cry and all toddlers will throw a tantrum or two, you may have a smoother ride than other moms. As your February baby grows, they are more likely to share, make friends easily, and concentrate better in the classroom.
3. Early Arrivals
If your doctor lets you know your due date is anywhere in the winter months, be prepared early! This study shows that children born in February have a higher chance of being born prematurely.3 While this shouldn’t be a cause for concern, it should prompt you to pack your hospital bag weeks before you are expecting your new baby to come!
4. Air and Water
February babies fall into two star signs: Aquarius and Pisces. Those born under Aquarius are said to be intellectuals and often very independent. Many humanitarians are Aquarius’ as this sign is said to have a love for others, specifically those in need. They are also known to be a bit weird (in a good way!) and full of energy.
Pisces babies are gentle souls that love being around others. They are known to be more artistic than their Aquarius counterparts, so if your baby is born in late February (starting on the 19th), you may have an artist or musician joining your family.
5. Shining Bright
February has two birthstones: the purple beauty Amethyst and its darker counterpart, Jasper. The Amethyst is a royal stone synonymous with power and authority. In ancient times people wore Amethyst stones to bring peace and calm fears.
Jasper shares the month of February with Amethyst and is said to be a guardian angel birth rock and a symbol of courage and strength.
6. Faithful Flowers
While many associate this month with red roses, violets and primroses are the February flowers. Violets signify loyalty and faithfulness. The soft purple bud is one of the few flowers to bloom in the chilly month of February, often causing it to be synonymous with courage and hope. Violets are given to loved ones to show that you will always be there for them, which perfectly fits new parents. They can also represent everlasting love–something we all inherently give our babies.
Primroses are also wintertime flowers and are known as the first flower to bloom in the spring. A primrose is given as a means of protection and offers safety and love, a true parental flower.
7. Famous Faces
According to a study, more babies born under the Aquarius moon end up being celebrities than any other sign.4 Because of this, your new bundle of joy will likely share a birthday with some famous names!
February 1: Michael C. Hall, Pauly Shore, Lisa Marie Presley, Lauren Conrad, Harry Styles
February 2: Shakira, Tom Smothers, Christie Brinkley, Abbi Jacobson, Julia Garner
February 3: Isla Fisher, Morgan Fairchild, Blythe Danner
February 4: Alice Cooper, Rob Corddry
February 5: Michael Sheen, Tim Meadows, Darren Criss, Henry Golding
February 6: Dane DeHaan, Tom Brokaw
February 7: Chris Rock, Eddie Izzard, Garth Brooks, Ashton Kitcher
February 8: Seth Green, Cecily Strong, John Williams
February 9: Tom Hiddleston, Michael B. Jordan, Joe Pesci, Mia Farrow
February 10: Chloe Grace Moretz, Laura Dern, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Roberts, Uzo Aduba
February 11: Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Lautner, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Natalie Dormer
February 12: Josh Brolin, Arsenio Hall, Christina Ricci
February 13: Mena Suvari, Kim Novak, George Segal, Kelly Hu
February 14: Simon Pegg, Florence Henderson
February 15: Jane Seymour, Amber Riley, Natalie Morales
February 16: Elizabeth Olsen, Ice-T
February 17: Michael Jordan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Bay, Denise Richards, Jerry O’Connell, Jason Ritter, Paris Hilton, Ed Sheeran
February 18: John Travolta, George Kennedy, Dr. Dre, Matt Dillon, Molly Ringwald, Ike Barinholtz
February 19: Smokey Robinson, Seal, Haylie Duff, Victoria Justice, Millie Bobby Brown
February 20: Miles Teller, Rhianna
February 21: Elliot Page, Kelsey Grammar, Ashley Greene, Sophie Turner, Joe Alwyn, Tituss Burgess
February 22: Drew Barrymore, Julie Walters
February 23: Emily Blunt, Peter Fonda, Kristin Davis, Dakota Fanning, Josh Gad
February 24: Billy Zane, Barry Bostick
February 25: Rashida Jones, Neil Jordan, Chelsea Handler, Sean Astin
February 26: Michael Bolton, James Wan
February 27: Kate Mara, Adam Baldwin, Josh Groban
February 28: Ali Larter, Robert Sean Leonard, John Turturro
8. Celebrations to Share
Of course, your biggest celebration this month will be the birth of your new baby! But, even though February is the shortest month of the year, it is also home to other significant celebrations, including Valentine’s Day. We also celebrate Presidents Day this month, which is fitting since two of our most famous presidents were born in February–George Washington (February 21 and the day we celebrate Presidents Day) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12).
Here are some other fun holidays your little one may share a birthday with:
February 1: National Freedom Day, National Dark Chocolate Day, National Serpent Day, National Baked Alaska Day, National Get Up Day
February 2: Groundhog Day, National Hedgehog Day, National Tater Tot Day, National Ukulele Day
February 3: Four Chaplains Day, National Missing Persons Day, National Carrot Cake Day, National Golden Retriever Day
February 4: USO Day, World Cancer Day, National Homemade Soup Day
February 5: National Weatherperson’s Day, World Nutella Day
February 6: National Lame Duck Day, Pay a Compliment Day, National Frozen Yogurt Day
February 7: National Send a Card to a Friend Day, Rose Day, National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, National Bubble Gum Day* (first Friday), National Wear Red Day* (first Friday), Give Kids a Smile Day* (first Friday)
February 8: Take Your Child to the Library Day* (first Saturday), National Kite Flying Day, Opera Day, Read in the Bathtub Day
February 9: National Pizza Day, World Marriage Day* (second Sunday)
February 10: National Umbrella Day, Teddy Day, National Clean Out Your Computer Day* (second Monday)
February 11: National Inventors’ Day, National Make a Friend Day, National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, National Make a Friend Day, Get Out Your Guitar Day, International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 12: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, International Darwin Day
February 13: World Radio Day, Galentine’s Day, National Tortellini Day
February 14: Valentine’s Day, National [Organ] Donor Day
February 15: National Gumdrop Day, Susan B. Anthony Day, National Bagel Day, Singles Awareness Day
February 16: Do a Grouch a Favor Day, National Almond Day
February 17: Presidents’ Day* (third Monday)
February 18: National Battery Day, National Drink Wine Day
February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day
February 20: National Love Your Pet Day, National Muffin Day
February 21: International Mother Language Day, National Sticky Bun Day, National Caregivers Day* (third Friday)
February 22: George Washington’s Birthday, Be Humble Day, World Thinking Day, National Margarita Day
February 23: National Banana Bread Day
February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day
February 25: National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, Let’s All Eat Right Day, National Clam Chowder Day, National Pancake Day, World Spay Day* (last Tuesday)
February 26: Tell a Fairy Tale Day, National Pistachio Day
February 27: No Brainer Day, International Polar Bear Day, National Chili Day, Digital Learning Day* (last Thursday)
February 28: National Public Sleeping Day, National Chocolate Souffle Day, National Science Day
February 29: Leap Day (every four years), Rare Disease Day (either 28 or 29, depending on the year)
As the shortest month of the year, having a baby born in February feels extra special. As your baby gets closer to its due date, it’s time to get excited about all the things your new little one can be. Whether they become president one day or take the more artistic route, you’re guaranteed to have a beautiful child you will grow to love and adore.