Circle of Moms Gets a Makeover

Notice something different? If you arrived here directly from Circle of Moms today you probably saw our new look, which we just unveiled to a portion of our members. We hope that those of you who have seen it are as pleased as we are by the changes.

As with everything we do at Circle of Moms, the redesign of the site was undertaken in partnership with our members. Continue reading ‘Circle of Moms Gets a Makeover’

Part II. Do Little Girls Mature Faster than Little Boys? Our Answer: Yes

Part II in a series exploring gender differences in child development. This week: ages 1-7

Last week we compared the developmental milestones of baby girls and boys, and concluded that among babies, popular sentiment (boys lag behind girls) holds little truth. This news was received with disbelief by many of the moms who read about it on our Facebook fan page. So it’s interesting to see that when we look beyond babyhood, there is clear evidence to back up their incredulity:  according to our data, girls do indeed take the lead — between the ages of 1 and 7.

Here’s the story: Continue reading ‘Part II. Do Little Girls Mature Faster than Little Boys? Our Answer: Yes’

Part I. Sugar and Spice vs. Snips and Snails: Do Baby Girls Develop More Quickly than Boys?

Part I in a series exploring gender differences in child development
It happens everyday in your neighborhood playground: a friendly question posed by one parent to another (My, she’s a good walker. How old is she?) quickly leads to unsolicited reassurances: Oh, well he is a boy. They take longer to start walking. Or My daughter was an early talker, too. I’m so glad I have a girl.
You’d think little boys are Cro Magnons to little girls’ upright humans. Are these casually-repeated beliefs about boys and girls even based on the facts?
Here at Circle of Moms, we have access to a tremendous amount of mom-reported data: moms have filled out the milestones their children attained, along with their children’s ages at the time, for over 300,000 children.  And if you believe the general stream of playground lore (that boys lag behind girls in most of their critical early milestones) the actual data might surprise you. Continue reading ‘Part I. Sugar and Spice vs. Snips and Snails: Do Baby Girls Develop More Quickly than Boys?’

Caesarean Births Rule the Day

Here’s a jaw-dropping stat: if your U.S.-born children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren under the age of five came into the world on a weekday, they were almost as likely to have been born via C section as to have had a normal (vaginal) birth. And most children (81%) born in the U.S. in the last five years were born on a weekday.

A look at our data on U.S. births since 2005 sheds additional light on a recent New York Times article in which reporter Denise Grady flagged the increase in the U.S. rate of C sections (as high as 32% of all births in 2007). By tracing the relationship between the timing of a baby’s birth–specifically the day of the week–and the method of delivery, we offer some additional insights into this trend and its  drivers. Continue reading ‘Caesarean Births Rule the Day’

From Reagan to Kennedy: Liberal and Conservative Baby Names

Ronald Reagan left office in 1989.  John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Still, conservatives maintain a strong place in their heart for President Reagan; liberals a strong admiration for President Kennedy (as well as his political family).

How do we know this?  Using Circle of Moms Child Space data, of course.  We looked at the names parents give to their children.  Notably, Reagan (usually a girl’s name), is the most conservative among the top 250 names Circle of Moms’ mothers have given to their kids: 89% of mothers of children named Reagan identify themselves as conservative or Republican.

On the other side of the coin, Kennedy — also usually a girl’s name — stands as the #11 most liberal name, with 67% of “moms of Kennedy” identifying themselves as liberal or Democratic. Continue reading ‘From Reagan to Kennedy: Liberal and Conservative Baby Names’

Late Bloomer? Early Bloomer? It May Depend on Where You Live

Everyone knows that children develop at different rates.  Some children start talking young, but are late bloomers when it comes to walking.  Others potty train at an early age, but don’t read until much later.  Lots of things factor into this.  Looking through our rich data set, we found something surprising: there are strong regional differences in child development.

Every day, many thousands of parents in the U.S. use Circle of Moms’ Child Space to share their children’s milestones with friends and family. And since Child Space has been widely adopted (more than 10% of the children born in the US in the past three years have a Child Space on Circle of Moms) we can pull some significant inferences from the data all this activity generates.

Northeast babies get chewing early; West Coasters stay on the liquid diet as long as they can Continue reading ‘Late Bloomer? Early Bloomer? It May Depend on Where You Live’

Where Have All The (Big) Children Gone?

If you take a walk on a Saturday morning through San Francisco’s quiet, family-friendly Noe Valley neighborhood where I live, the first thing you’ll notice is the strollers.  American stereotypes of San Francisco generally involve some combination of hippies, hipsters, and gay bars, but Noe Valley is all about the babies.  Walk along 24th Street past the relaxed restaurants serving brunch, the trendy (in a yuppie kind of way) furniture sellers, the coffee shops, and of course the baby stores — and you’ll see the high school classes of 2026, 2027, and 2028 represented in full force.

As I took it in one day, I couldn’t help wonder about the demographics of it all.  Why do I see so many babies in Noe Valley, but so few school-age children and teenagers?

Fortunately, Circle of Moms is an incredibly rich web site and can aid in answering questions like these.  Continue reading ‘Where Have All The (Big) Children Gone?’


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