Calling all September babies: Science confirms you're more successful than everybody else

You do everything you can to make sure your kid succeeds, but could that start before they're even conceived? Maybe.

According to new research from the University of Toronto, Northwestern University and the University of Florida, a child's birth month is a good indicator of future school success.

Apparently, babies born in September have the academic upper hand since, in 19 states, the cutoff date for starting kindergarten is September 1. That means September babies are often the oldest and most developed in their classes. On the flip side, August babies are often the youngest and least mature in class, meaning they might struggle a bit more than they would've had they been born a few weeks later.

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20 last names that make adorable baby names
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Sloane

Means “raider” or “warrior.” Guess we know who’s going to be champion of the playground.

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Carter

So presidential. So Beyoncé. So adorable.

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Taylor

Male… female… Swift, whatever…

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Jackson

Jack or Jackie for short.

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Lincoln

Honorable for a boy. Unique for a girl.

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Anderson

Perfect for budding journalists.

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Morgan

Gender-neutral names are totally having a moment.

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Barnes

Means “very young warrior”—perfect for your tough little guy.  

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Mackenzie

This cute name is becoming increasingly popular.

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Grant

Meaning: “great” or “grand.” Refers to how deep your love is for your tiny tot.

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Madison

An adorable New York-inspired moniker.

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Bailey

Old French for "law enforcer." No promises that this one won't get into mischief though. 

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Kelly

Clarkson, Osbourne, Rowland—we foresee feistiness in your baby girl’s future.

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Lee

In Old English, this name means “from a clearing.”

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Madden

Means “puppy,” which basically makes this the cutest baby name ever.

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Dawson

Will probably love creeks.

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Price

An ancient name with Welsh origins.

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Claire

This one means “bright and clear.”

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Davis

Means “adored,” because obviously.

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Quint

A little bit edgy, a lot bit adorable. 

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And while that advantage begins at age five, researchers found that it carries through as kids get older: September babies are more likely to attend college and less likely to get sent to jail for committing a juvenile crime.

Totally makes being super pregnant in August worth it, huh?

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12 Intellectual Baby Names for Your Oh-So-Brilliant Child
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BEATRICE

For a girl

Meaning: “She who brings happiness.” Also one of Shakespeare’s cleverest heroines. 

ARTHUR

For a boy

Meaning: “Bear.” (FYI, that’s his thinking face.)

ELEANOR

For a girl

Meaning: “Bright, shining one” (with a vibe that’s very Jane Austen smart-girl). 

FRANCES

For a boy or girl

Meaning: “Free one.” (Free thinker, that is.)

HUGO

For a boy

Meaning: “Mind and intellect.” A perfect fit.

HARRIET

For a girl

Meaning: “Estate ruler.” But we love the Harriet the Spy reference too.

ELDRIDGE

For a boy

Meaning: “Old, wise leader.”

RUTH

For a girl

Meaning: “Compassionate friend.” (The most intelligent ones usually are.)    

ROSALIND

For a girl

Meaning: “Pretty rose.” Also, most likely to challenge your ways.

ROBERTA

For a girl

Meaning: “Bright fame.” Bonus points for Bert as a nickname.

RHODES

For a boy

Meaning: “Where roses grow.” Also, scholarly.

HERMIONE

For a girl

Meaning: “Messenger, earthly.” Smartest person in her book club. 

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