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Do you know what your baby will be like? Are you up-to-date on TN Breast-feeding Laws? Baby bits is filled with helpful tips and new product must-haves!

What Will My Baby Be Like?

It can be uncanny the way you notice a child’s similarity to a relative — or YOU. There’s an element of truth to personality similarities that can play out, thanks to Baby’s gene pool, and one recent study concluded that almost all psychological traits are at least somewhat genetic. Lainy Helmers of Franklin says her 2-year-old daughter, Pipa, is her “mini me” — bossy, independent and impatient. “I asked my mother to watch Pipa and when I came back she was laughing, ‘Pipa’s just like you were!’”

Witty or Stuborn

Genetics can shape preferences for things like color, favorite foods and more, in fact, researchers believe that each child starts life with an inherited set of nine personality traits. The specific combination of traits he has places him into one of three categories: easy, slow to warm up and challenging. The nine personality traits developed by the Child Development Institute are: activity level, distractibility, intensity, regularity, sensory threshold, approach/withdrawal, adaptability, persistence and mood. Learn more at

When it comes to DNA, scientists show certain physical traits to be strongly genetic (most likely to be passed on): height, body fat, fingerprint ridge count, depression, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis and Type 2 diabetes. These traits are moderately genetic: blood pressure, maximum heart rate, cleft lip/palate, IQ, shyness, temperament, memory, diet preference, Type 1 diabetes.


Tennessee Breast-feeding Laws

When it comes to breastfeeding your infant or baby, you need to know the law that supports you. Here are the pieces of Tennessee Breast-feeding Law you need to know:

  • TCA 68-58-101: A mother may breastfeed in any public or private place she is authorized to be.
  • TCA 68-58-102: Breastfeeding shall not be considered public indecency or nudity, obscene, or sexual conduct.
  • TCA 68-58-103: Local governments shall not prohibit breastfeeding in public by local ordinance.
  • TCA 50-1-305: Employers must accommodate breastfeeding mothers at work.

Shot Worthy: Understanding Vaccines

You hear a lot of mixed advice when it comes to vaccinating children, but maybe this is all you need to know: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccinating all children against 16 diseases that could harm them if left unvaccinated. What parent wants to put their child in harm’s way by not choosing to vaccinate? The CDC estimates that immunizations given to children between 1994 and 2013 prevented 732,000 deaths.

Vaccinating your child — and keeping up to date with his schedule — should be one of your top priorities as your baby grows: Babies typically receive two to four injections at each visit between 2 months and 1 year of age. Those might be single immunizations, or a shot could cover multiple diseases in one prick. Many parents are concerned about the sheer number of vaccinations given at a single doctor visit; add in the follow-ups, and it’s a lot of shots. However, multiple doses of the same vaccines are necessary to build immunity. And there’s no evidence that the vaccination schedule recommended by the CDC overwhelms a child’s immune system.

In vaccinating your baby, he will be vaccinated at birth and then again at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months and 15 months. For complete vaccine descriptions and to see the most current recommended immunizations chart for babies, go to

Sleep Safe, Baby

Parents are confused about infant sleep safety according to data recently collected from the latest National Infant Sleep Position Study and published in Pediatrics. According to the data, 55 percent of U.S. infants are put to bed with inappropriate bedding even though it raises the chance of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The safest place for Baby to sleep is on his back in a crib or bassinet, never on an adult bed or sofa. The surface should be firm and covered by only a fitted sheet, no other bedding. Properly sized sleep sacks are acceptable, because babies rarely get tangled in them.

Read the study at


4 NEW Baby Products to Have

by Kiera Ashford

Hugaboo Baby Floor Seat | $74.99 – $89.99
Babies up to 11 months who can already support their own head have a cushy way to learn how to sit up. The Hugaboo acts as a cushion as it wraps around their waist and seats them like they’re in a highchair (but this is for floor use only). Available in different colors and patterns.


CuddleRoo | $65 – $90
Baby wearers who utilize carriers worn on the chest or back will be happy to learn about this new cover attachment. Made of premium faux fur and mink-like fabrics, the CuddleRoo acts as a hoodie and fits most carriers — just slide the straps through the CuddleRoo’s elastic bands. Hood fits babies’ head sizes up to 18 months.


4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle ‘n Swing
Fisher-Price | (exclusive) | $199.99
Your little one can enjoy music, nature sounds, lights and a gentle rocking with this swing. The cradle connects to the base for motorized rocking in four soothing motions. Set the cradle apart from the base for manual rocking use. Appropriate for infants up until the child attempts to climb out.


Doona Infant Car Seat
SimpleParenting | | Coming Soon to the U.S.
Check out this amazing car seat! It’s the world’s first infant car seat with a complete and fully integrated mobility solution. With just the push of a button, your infant’s car seat turns into a stroller creating less gear to take along. Available in the U.S. within the first quarter of 2015.


Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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