(Closed) August vs. September babies

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@UK Bride:  I’d go August. While the reserach shows that September babies are more sucessful in life because of that extra time I am an August baby and I love being the youngest of my peers!

You get a whole year head start on life, I was still 20 when I graduated. I was classed as special needs at Primary School (undiagnosed dyslexic) but also I think because I was younger than the others. However I caught up, got excellent grades, did a science degree, got a touch off a first and am a happy, sucesfull person. I relish a challenge and am very independent. I think some of that comes from the schooling.

Downside is that I am tiny, always have been, so I was babied a lot at school, being the youngest in the year AND about a foot shorter than those the same age as me….I struggled to be taken seriously…..just made me work harder!

Post # 4
5065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@UK Bride:  I would go with September Birthdays to be the oldest in the school year. 

Post # 5
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m September and loved it – l was actually moved up a year at primary school, but dropped back to my proper year when i went to a much better school later on.  If you and your husband would really support them with their learning at home then they shouldn’t suffer from being August birthdays educationally. Two of my nephews are July/August birthdays and they are doing very well at school.


One of the reasons i liked being older for my year was even things like learning to drive/going to the pub earlier than some of my peers, which might be things a parent would prefer them to wait for!!


Post # 6
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would pick September.  They will do really well in school that way, especially if either (or both) of them is a boy.

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would go August. I’m an August baby and loved it. I think the challenge is good for kids and saving a year’s worth of childcare on twins is huge!

Post # 8
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m confused about this August/September school year thing. When I was growing up you started school the year you turned 4, whether it was January or December of that year. So everyone in my class always had the same birth year as me and the january babies typically were the most advanced since they were the oldest. Have things changed or is this regional?

In any case I would probably choose september so they have a head start. It might be easier for them when they get to an age where there are a lot of projects/homework to be more independent or ahead of the curve since it will be more challenging (time consuming) for you to help both of them together.

Post # 9
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think September. You can hope they are super smart so the full year wont make a difference to their schooling but what If they aren’t? You want to give them the best chance possible.

Post # 10
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would go September if I had the choice. My mom taught pre-school (mostly pre-kindergarden, also some 3 year old class) for 22+ plus years and has made multiple comments about how much of a difference there was (generally speaking, not always, of course) in the older vs. younger kids. She says the advantage the older kids tended to have, at that age, is pretty noticeable.




Post # 11
2719 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was an October baby and was younger than pretty much everyone in school, and my brother was a September baby and older. He ended up having to be held back a year in preschool because he wasn’t ready for Kindergarden, while I was so ready to move on. You never really know based on their birthdays, but how they are when they come out. You may have one twin that can advance and one that “shouldn’t”. So basically, I have no suggestions, but thought I’d throw my 2 cents in! 🙂

@Pink Asawa:  She’s in England, so while the US cut off is generally December, theirs is September.

Post # 12
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Honestly, I would also pick September also because of the birthstone. First of all i LOVE sapphires and second I despise my birthstone color, so I am envious of all September babies. I know this is probably a dumb reason but still, that is my honest opinion. 🙂

Post # 13
855 posts
Busy bee

I’m a September 4th baby and I’ve had this discussion with a lot of people.

I was a whole year older than some of the kids in my class, and when I went to University I HATED it.

My friend who was an August baby, had a whole year ‘one up’ on my in terms of ‘life achievements’ by a certain age.

As a girl, I also hated that I was older than all the boys in my class (4 months is a big difference when you’re 13 😉 haha)

Also I think @bunnymama has an excellent point about a year’s worth of childcare for twins!!

Post # 14
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Pink Asawa:  

@pmerr:  Actually, a lot of schools in the US use the September cutoff dates too.  I’m on the east coast and our school cutoff date is September 30.  I grew up in Texas and they used those dates too.  However, a lot of extracurricular sports teams will go by your birth year so then January babies have the advantage as they are bigger/stronger than the others usually.


@UK Bride:  I would normally suggest going with the September birthday as I tend to prefer kids being older in school than younger.  I think it gives them more of an advantage.  That being said, I think your point about them being eligible for nursing school a year earlier with the August birthday is a pretty good reason too.  I may lean more towards that option in your scenario to save the money, especially since you will be having twins so it would save you double the money.

Post # 15
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@UK Bride:  As a twin momma I’d go with August for the cost. If they but struggle due to being young, repeating a year won’t be a big deal. They’d be the older kids then. 


I’m in Florida (U.S.) and our age cut off is the same of Sept. 1. I’m also a teacher. 


Post # 16
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@UK Bride:  Wow that’s an interesting dilemma!

Hmmmm a couple things to consider:

My birthday is Sep 9th, and it almost always coincided with the first day of school – my first day of highschool was my birthday. Everyone forgets and no one is ready to celebrate birthdays yet because everyone is getting back into the swing of school again.

With an August birthday, it might be tough to catch people in town for a birthday party, because Summertime everyone is away at cottages or whatever. At least in September people are home. But, I got married the end of August and everyone made it.

Thinking about future birthday parties, I’d vote August over the beginning of September speaking from experience.

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