Do you know someone who has a January baby? If they had a due date on or around January 1, I wonder if they googled natural ways to induce or stall labor? Why would they do this you ask? So their bundle of joy could be crowned New Year’s Royalty of course, the first baby born after the stroke of midnight on January 1. A tiny fresh face delivered closest to midnight is eligible for a moment of fame and a whole lot of gifts.
Although no one can pinpoint exactly when newspapers and television broadcasts began announcing the arrival of the year’s first baby, the image of a new baby to represent a fresh start dates back to Ancient Greece. The Greeks celebrated the rebirth of Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine, by parading a baby around in a basket.
Although New Year’s babies are no longer paraded around town in a basket, there’s still a lot of attention when it comes to this bundle of joy with impeccable timing. Gift certificates from local stores, baby accessories, diapers, meals for parents and even saving bonds are just some examples of the gifts showered upon these little ones. In smaller communities being the New Year’s baby can also mean your face on the front cover of the local newspaper.
If all the attention is not your thing and your little one is due around this time, here are some ideas to put on your baby Wishlist, so you know, friends and family can shower these gifts upon your New Year’s Royalty.