The big question if you are pregnant is perhaps: how does your baby look like, who is he or she will look like and what will be the color eyes of the baby? Whatever it is, your baby is beautiful anyway. Go there, because to really get answers to your questions you have to be patient.
The most obvious features can only be clearly seen later. And in addition, the color of the baby's eyes changes in the first year. Want to know more about how the color of the eyes can change or do you want to predict what the color will be? Read this blog!
Color eyes of the baby at birth
The color eyes of the baby of white parents are always blue at birth. Even if you have both brown eyes, those of your baby are still blue. That is because your baby does not have any pigment in the eye in the first few months. She will develop the pigment in the coming months.
Why the color is blue and not white? Well besides the fact that white eyes look super freaky, it has everything to do with light scattering. White light consists of a whole range of colors, with light scattering only the color blue is visible. That's why the sky is blue, seawater is blue and the color eyes of your baby are blue.
Do you and your partner have a tinted skin then you already transfer some pigment to the little one. Your baby will not have blue eyes, but light gray or light brown. The eyes become even darker the following months.
Color eyes change
After birth, among other things, the genes and light ensure that more pigment comes into the eyes and the eyes start to color. Depending on the amount of pigment, the eyes darken or not. The melanin is responsible for the pigment.
This is also in your skin and your hair. The more melanin you have, the darker the eyes. Little melanin means blue eyes, some more melanin indicates green, gray, hazel or amber color eyes of the baby. Much melanin indicates dark brown or almost black color eyes.
Color eyes baby 3 months
The color of your baby's eyes does not change immediately in the first months. If your baby is 3 months old, the color of the eyes can change a lot. Most changes in color take place between the 6th and 9th month. But even after the 9 months, the color can still change. At the first birthday you can determine the color, although it seems that some children can still change until the 6th year!
In babies of tinted parents less significant changes in color eyes occur. If your baby has brown eyes or gray eyes, the color will remain the same, only the eyes will become slightly darker.
Color eyes heredity
A very big determining factor of the baby's color eyes are the genes of the parents and the ancestors. Among other things, these genes determine how much melanin your baby will produce. Also the ratio of the melanin is fixed. The development of the color of eyes is actually quite complicated.
There are many variations possible. So you have bright blue eyes, blue eyes mixed with green or brown, or brown eyes with green specks. Take a good look in the eyes of your parents and brother / sister. You will soon see that they are all slightly different. That is because it can go in different directions in genetics.
Can you predict the color eyes baby?
What will be the color eyes of your baby? Are you very curious then you can use the diagram below to predict the color of the eyes a bit. But keep in mind: the genetics of eyes is quite complex. Do not pin me on it!
To predict the color of eyes there are a few 'rules'. They are:
Brown is dominant color
The brown color is dominant over green and blue. And green is again dominant over blue. We are talking about the gene brown here. This gene occurs in 75% of people. If you both have brown eyes, the chances are that your baby will also get brown eyes. But, that is not necessary.
The color of our eyes is determined by several genes, namely those of both your parents. Each of you gives 1 gene to your child. Maybe you got a blue and brown gene from your parents. Since brown is dominant, you have brown eyes. However, it is possible that your child does not pass on the brown gene, but the blue gene. Then your child can get blue eyes. Even though that opportunity is not very big though.
Both blue eyes, then it stays blue
Blue + Blue = blue. Why is that? Pay attention! Blue is recessive. This means that you only get blue eyes if you do not have another dominant color in your genes. So you did not get green or brown from your parents. This means that you only pass on the color blue to your child, and your partner. That's why your child gets blue eyes.
Yet genetics remains super complicated and there is still a chance that your child will get a different color.
Schedule color baby's eye forecasting
Below is a diagram to predict the color of the baby's eyes:
|Color eyes parents||Color eyes of the baby|
|Brown + Brown||Probably brown, small chance of blue or green|
|Brown + Green||Probably brown, possibly green, sometimes blue|
|Brown + Blue||Probably brown, but blue or green is also possible|
|Green + Green||Probably green, sometimes blue|
|Green + Blue||Probably green, possibly blue|
|Blue + Blue||Most likely blue|