How to Win the Baby Pool

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Author of "100+ Baby Shower Games" reveals the day of the week the most babies are born and common birth weights to hedge your bet in a baby pool.

Trying to predict the delivery date of a friend's or relative's baby? The writer of "100+ Baby Shower Games" (ISBN-13: 978-0972835411, $14,) can help: the most popular day of the week for a stork delivery in the U.S. is Tuesday. This, according to the latest data in a National Center for Health Statistics report*, is followed by Wednesday, then Thursday. The least number of births in any given week occurs on Sunday.

Guessing a baby's birth date is a long standing baby shower game, reports author Joan Wai. Baby pool participants might forecast other stats such as the infant's delivery time and weight. The prognosticator whose estimates best match the little one's actual stats is awarded a prize by the pool's host. And by the way, "the majority of babies born in the U.S. weigh between 6.6 and 8.8 pounds, but most are born under 7.7 pounds" Joan divulges.

And if it seems hospital delivery rooms are busiest in July, you're right. July is the month with the most baby births (followed by September and August) and has been for several years in a row. Since baby showers are traditionally hosted a month or two before the baby's due date, Joan concludes most baby shower games are played between May and June. "Of course, babies are born throughout the year" Joan observes, "and any time is a great time to play baby shower games!"

About 100+ Baby Shower Games

Savvy baby shower planners can find over 100 cooperative and competitive activities to play in "100+ Baby Shower Games." The paperback describes mental and physical party games such as trivia, word play, craft competitions, races and relays. A Game Index suggests games by occasion, such as an office shower or a shower for an out of town mom or a coed shower attended by dad and his relations.

"100+ Baby Shower Games" (ISBN-10: 0972835415, ISBN-13: 978-0972835411) is a 128 page paperback published by TheBrainstormCompany.com and distributed by the Independent Publishers Group (800-888-4741). Joan Wai also penned "100+ Wedding Games." Joan's books have appeared in Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Party & Paper Magazine, You and Your Wedding, Bridal Guide Magazine and others. Media may inquire about a review copy or author interview via TheBrainstormCompany.com.

*Statistics are from the 2004, the most recent available at the time of this writing from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics birth data (http:// http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm).

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