Couples looking to have a baby may want to shoot for the summer months after a new study pointed to health and height advantages of being born then.

The study published in academic journal Heliyon found that babies born in June, July and August are born heavier, enter puberty later and grow up taller than babies born in other months.

Those factors can all have a major effect on a person's overall health, learning ability and even socioeconomic success.

Cambridge University researchers gathered data from nearly half a million people from the UK for the study.

They say pregnant women's exposure to sunlight could have something to do with the differences, but that additional research is needed.

Read the full academic study here.