Will my baby be like me?

Will my baby be like me?

You may hear remarks like “Your baby has your eyes!”. But resemblances of you and your spouse in your children go beyond the superficial. Genetic traits exert big influences and play other important roles in your child’s life.

Mother and son

Find out if your baby will grow up to be like you

Spitting image
It’s easy to spot similarities in your child’s looks but most physical features are determined by many genes working together. Kids inherit both sets from their parents so don’t attribute big noses or other distinct features from any side of the family.

Personality
If someone remarks “Your child gets his temper from his father,” there is some truth in it. Nurture is a big factor in shaping your child’s personality but not the only one. Psychological traits are partly genetic. Research done on twins raised apart have shown both have similar personalities.

Health problems
Every family has a history of disease that can put a child at risk. Some diseases, such as type-1 diabetes and cystic fibrosis, are strongly genetic. If both parents are overweight then their children are more likely to be obese. But the good news about detecting these illnesses is that your child will be more aware of health issues in life.

Environment and smart kids
It is said you have to be born with talent but a gifted child needs the right environment to thrive. Intelligence tends to run in families because parents supply the ideal type of learning environment, such as education.

Your child will share many things with you, such as diet, habits and level of education. Genes do not dictate destiny but you can get valuable insights into your child’s life.

[stextbox id=”grey”]3 traits you are most likely to pass on:
Height
Body fat
Baldnes

3 traits that are more nurture than nature:
IQ
Mental health
Memory[/stextbox]

 

For more related articles on your baby and growth, see:

Your child’s zodiac sign and personality

Why your first born might be smarter!

Being an only child

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Written by

Felicia Chin

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