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6 reasons why July babies are special, according to science

If you've got a due date this month you can expect a baby with a sunny personality.

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If you're preparing to welcome a little firecracker of your own this month, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. For starters, you have already proven to be a tough mama by enduring pregnancy during the hottest month of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Here's why July babies are so amazing:


They look on the bright side ☀️

The weather isn't the only thing about July that's sunny: Research has shown that people born this month tend to have sunnier outlooks on life. The "hyperthymic temperaments" most commonly found among spring and summer babies mean they are prone to "excessive positivity"—which, as they will tell you, is not a bad thing at all!

They are in good company

The month of July is named after famed Roman leader Julius Caesar—whose birthday is attributed to July 12 or 13—but he's not the only influential person who celebrated a birthday in July. Other notable July babies include Nelson Mandela (July 18), Princess Di (July 1), Jackie Kennedy (July 28) and four past presidents (John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush).

They are good at regulating their emotions—even from a young age

According to a study out of Japan, babies born in the summer showed more "effortful control" than their autumn or winter peers by the age of 18 months. This refers to their "ability to voluntarily choose a course of action under conditions of conflict and to plan for the future and detect errors." And more effortful control is closely linked with greater emotional and behavioral regulation skills.

They are going to need perseverance

Studies have shown that babies born in the summer months are less likely to pursue higher education degrees. Experts theorize this link is due to the fact that summer babies are usually the youngest in their classes. But, as our naturally optimistic July babies would surely argue, that just means they are going to need a bit more perseverance!

They are the tallest in class

Brace yourself, mama: Babies born this month (as well as in June and August) have greater average birth weights. From there, they tend to go on to be taller than people born in other seasons.

They are more likely to be left-handed

Studies have shown that babies born between March and July are "significantly" more likely to be left-handed. As for the reason why? Researchers hypothesize it has something to do with "seasonal variation in other factors such as the incidence of infectious agents."

There you have it, mama! Coping with pregnancy during the sweltering summer months has its perks with your July baby—as your little optimist will kindly remind you later.

[A version of this post was originally published June 29, 2018]

Celebrating a July baby? Here are some of our favorite things to give and receive.

Lulujo baby milestone blanket + card set

Lulujo baby milestone blanket and card set

Nothing brings out your inner photographer quite like having a baby. Get the most out of those adorable monthly photo shoots with this sweet milestone kit. Bonus: The super-soft bamboo swaddle blanket can be used for naps and snuggles in between!

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Mary Meyer putty sloth plush

Mary Meyer putty sloth plush

Mary Meyer's super-soft plush toys are classic for a reason. They're the kind of lovey you keep extras of on back-up in case it ever goes missing. We're partial to sloth, but the possibilities are endless.

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Mi Cielo lovely llama onesie

Mi Cielo Lovely Llama onesie

We're totally obsessed with this adorable onesies with hand-sewn designs. They're sustainable, made in the USA and totally Instagram-ready.

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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.


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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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