October babies are one of a kind - much like their mysterious and magical birthstone, the opal. Babies born in this final month of fall often possess the strength and endurance to help them overcome all of life’s hurdles. Their competitive, assertive and compassionate nature are qualities that are sure to bring them success; these attributes are mirrored perfectly in their birth flowers, which are symbols of power, strength and harmony.
September 23-October 22
Libras have a knack for being compassionate, empathetic, helpful, balanced, generous, and peacemaking.
October 23 - November 21
Scorpios are well-known for being loyal, honest, competitive, successful, cunning, assertive, and determined.
October babies have a birthstone that’s almost as unique and special as they are. Opals are the most delicate gemstone out there and each one is totally distinct from any other. Opals are extra special since they’re the only stone that changes color as they’re turned (although not opals possess this quality). Once you’ve seen an opal, it’s probably not surprising to learn that they are commonly thought to be magical, and many believe they have the power to heal, bring luck, and even make its wearer invisible.
How did October babies luck out with two gorgeous, multicolored birthstones? Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, meaning “stone with mixed colors" - the most common of which are pink and red, emerald green, neon green and blue-to-violet. Tourmaline was sometimes mistaken for other gemstones including emeralds and rubies, before it was identified as its own stone in the 1800s. Tourmaline is a favorite stone of artists and writers, as it's believed to inspire creativity. It also has a pretty unique characteristic - when squeezed or heated, it can actually produce and hold an electric charge, earning it the nickname, "the electric stone".
Marigolds are the perfect bloom to symbolize a fall birthday. Not only are they the color of the season’s changing leaves, but they also look an awful lot like the sun. Because of this association, Marigolds are often thought to symbolize the light inside of a person, as well as power, strength, optimism and prosperity. Cosmos, the second birth flower for October, got their name from the Greek word kosmos, which means order and harmony. No wonder this flower is a symbol of order, peace and serenity!
October Baby Milestones:
Start smiling: Most likely between December and January (6-12 weeks)
Start laughing: Probably by around February (4 months)
Start crawling: Probably between May and August (7-10 months)
Start walking: Likely by July to January of next year (9-15 months)
Here are a few fun facts about babies born in October. Do you think they ring true?
Born To Kick Butt
One study showed that babies born in October and November had better strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness than babies born in other months. It’s thought that this could be thanks to the vitamin D they were exposed to in-utero, which leads to stronger bones and muscles down the road. (source)
Nothing Spooky To See Here
October babies probably won’t be born saying “Trick or Treat!”. It turns out that Halloween is the least common day of the month for babies to be born. Researchers from Yale think that moms’ subconscious desire not to have their baby share a birthday with ghosties and goblins may actually have an impact on when they’re born. (source)
100 Years Aint That Old
Along with their friends born in September and November, October babies are more likely to live to see 100, according to a study of over 1500 centurions done by the University of Chicago. This could be because babies born in the fall are less likely to suffer from seasonal infections early in life.
Famous Folks Born In October
October 1, 1935 - Julie Andrews
October 3, 1969 - Gwen Stefani
October 5, 1975 - Kate Winslet
October 7, 1931 - Desmond Tutu
October 8, 1985 - Bruno Mars
October 9, 1940 - John Lennon
October 14, 1894 - E. E. Cummings
October 15, 1943 - Penny Marshall
October 25, 1881 - Pablo Picasso
October 25, 1984 - Katy Perry
October 28, 1967 - Julia Roberts
National October Days:
October 5 - World Teachers Day
October 7 - International Walk To School Day
October 9 - International Beer and Pizza Day
October 9 - Moldy Cheese Day
October 10 - World Mental Health Day
October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child
October 12 - International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
October 25 - World Pasta Day
October 26 - Cupcake Day
October 28 - Chocolate Day
Do you know many October babies?
Have you met anyone with a rare Halloween birthday? Don’t you wish you could snag the October birthstone for your own month? Fill us in on your thoughts about October babies in the comments!