One born every minute?


September and October are peak times for new babies being born.

A report by the Office For National Statistics, published in 2015, shows that in the UK an average of 1,800 babies are born each day. September and October are the peak months for births in the UK, and September 26th was the most popular day to be born over the last two decades. This date falls 39 weeks and two days after Christmas day, suggesting that December is indeed a festive time of year!

Interestingly, there is a massive decline in births on the 25th and 26th of December, a consistent trend between 1995 and 2014. This may be explained by the reduction in elective caesareans on these two public holidays that fall on the same date each year.

Over the last two decades a baby is born on average every 48 seconds. There were only 8 days over this period when there was exactly one born every minute.

Very often families time potty training around the birth of another baby. A two to three year age gap is common, therefore it’s not unusual to be reaching this milestone at the time of another child being born. It’s also a good incentive to get the older child out of nappies before the new arrival as paying for, changing and disposing of the additional amount of nappies is something to be avoided if possible. In the first twelve weeks a newborn needs changing 8 to 10 times a day. That’s a big expense, and big contribution to landfill. In total 8 Million nappies go to landfill in the UK each year.

If you are one of the 1,900 families who have had a baby in September and you have an older toddler who has already started potty training, you may also be experiencing set backs and accidents in the older child.

This is common when a new baby arrives in the house and we have a couple of other articles that can help you deal with this potty training regression. See our article on how your new baby could affect your child’s toileting habits.

If you have a child who is older than their potty training sibling, it can also be a good idea to get them involved. We recently conducted research and the results showed that where there were older siblings in the house, they were often recruited to help with potty training.

We also have another blog on how you can encourage siblings to help during potty training.

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