A pregnancy can feel like nine long months of mounting anticipation. You're getting ready to meet, care for, and love a whole new person who you just happen to know nothing about. It's enough to make you hold onto any bit of info — say, your baby's due date — with an iron grip. You may not know their favorite color, but at least you know they'll be born sometime in late June.
Of course, as any astrology aficionado knows, you can actually learn a lot just from someone's birthday, namely their sign. Sure, your baby probably won't be born on the exact day they're due, but even a ballpark date can help you determine which sign the sun will be traveling through when your child enters the world. And, when it comes to having either a breezy Gemini or a sensitive Cancer, knowing what you're in for ahead of time really can help.
Consider discovering your baby's sign — then researching and celebrating it — a woke-r version of a gender reveal. Rather than pinning your expectations for this little person's identity on pink or blue, you can anticipate their future quirks, tastes, and talents based on the stars. (And let them work out
that gender thing on their own.)
Ahead, discover your baby's sign and find out how it might influence the person they grow up to be.
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Aries March 21 to April 19 It's a lesson best learned early: You don't always get to win. Rams may need more help accepting that truth than most, but that fiercely competitive side is part of what makes them so exciting to be around. An Aries baby will most likely be alert, energetic, and, yes, a little hardheaded at times.
Taurus April 20 to May 20 As a rule, Taureans are sweeter than they seem — you just need to get acquainted with their needs first. Fully rested, wearing comfortable shoes, and with their favorite meal in front of them, Bulls can be the biggest love bugs around. There's no guarantee that your Taurus child will be a creature of extreme habit, but it's something to keep in mind the next time they start crying and you have no idea why.
Gemini May 21 to June 20 This air sign can keep anyone on their toes — and their parents are absolutely no exception. Geminis tend to be easily excited and distracted, but that doesn't mean they're always easy to please. Rather, they love surrounding themselves with interesting things, items in which they can find endless engagement. A multi-function baby activity center may be worth adding to your registry.
Cancer June 21 to July 22 Born directly following the summer solstice, Crab babies tend to be drawn to water (although you're just as likely to find them holding tightly onto your sleeve). This sign's ruling celestial body, the moon, urges Cancers to find comfort in the home and other familial, domestic spaces. Consider decorating the nursery with seashells and plenty of family photos.
Leo July 23 to August 22 As any parent of a Leo knows, you're probably in for your fair share of fire with a Lion cub. Ruled by the sun, this sign is usually quite expansive (and a smidge dramatic) with its emotions. You will know when your baby's upset. But, when they're happy, you'll feel utterly showered with affection — just make sure to give as well as you get.
Virgo August 23 to September 22 Born under this keenly observant sign, one thing's for sure: Your baby is picking up on more than you think. Even if they're still working on their first word, it may feel like they can already understand — and respond to — everything you say to them. Such is the way with wise-beyond-their-years Virgos.
Libra September 23 to October 22 Born under love planet Venus and the ruling element of air, Libras possess a uniquely affable, eager-to-please energy. This will be evident in your Libran tike early, as you start to notice their curious eyes and easy giggle. Libras love to be where the people are, so take them with you the next time you run an errand downtown or check out a new museum exhibit.
Scorpio October 23 to November 21 Mysterious. Passionate. Intense. If these aren't the first words that leap to mind when our think of babies, your experience with Scorpio infants is probably limited. This water sign's internal currents churn deeply. Scorps may not be the most emotional sign, but they feel every single change in their bones. Your baby is probably already learning the power of sustained eye contact.
Sagittarius November 22 to December 21 Every moment can feel like playtime with a Sagittarian baby. Their seemingly boundless energy and love of loud, goofy noises will, with time, develop into an unquenchable thirst for adventure and boisterous, kind-hearted sense of humor. Just enjoy these moments before their first steps — active sign that they are, walking will rapidly turn into running.
Capricorn December 22 to January 19 It seems silly calling a baby an "old soul," but, when it comes to anyone born under the sign of the Goat, it remains fitting. Caps crave structure (if it isn't given to them, they'll set it themselves) and, with that in mind, your baby may be quicker to look to you for guidance than others, even you know full well that they can stand up on their own. No one bargains for a kid who'll break all the rules, but prepare to encourage your Cap baby to be bold.
Aquarius January 20 to February 18 Ready the outer-space-themed mobile and sharpen your storytelling skills now — having a Water Bearer baby means giving birth to a true force of originality. Aquarians are the inventors and innovators of the Zodiac. Your babe may very well be drawn to toys that allow them to tinker, so stock up on the blocks.
Pisces February 19 to March 20 Often represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisces people simultaneously feel a near-magnetic pull toward their rich internal life and a sense of responsibility for their loved ones toiling away in reality. Support and encourage your Pisces baby's vibrant imagination with make-believe play and a strong nightlight.