How Late Can My Baby’s Eyes Change Color?
When you are expecting a baby, you naturally wonder who he or she is going to look like. Whose eyes is the baby going to have, and whose hair?
Children who are going to have brown eyes may start with blue, and their eye color may start to darken and eventually turn to brown.
When the baby is born and you first get a look at your little one, you can count all their fingers and toes and get a pretty good idea of how healthy they are right away. But you have to wait to know about their hair and eyes, especially if they are born with light-colored eyes. How long you have to wait depends to a large extent on the eye colors in your family.
Babies are usually born with blue/blue-gray or brown eyes. If both parents are light-skinned Caucasians, blue or blue-gray may be the eye color you will first see. If you both have dark skin and brown eyes, your little one will probably have brown eyes at birth, but not necessarily. It depends on the genes for eye color that you passed down to them.
Eye color is inherited. It used to be thought that it was a simple inheritance pattern, and often it is. Brown eyes are dominant over blue eyes. Generally speaking, each person has two genes for eye color. If you have brown eyes, you might have two brown-eye genes, or one brown and one blue. If you have blue eyes, you have two genes for blue eyes. Two brown-eyed parents will usually have brown-eyed babies. However, if both parents have a blue-eye gene, they can have a blue-eyed child. To help anticipate if this might happen to you, look back at your parents and grandparents. Think if there were any blue eyes among your relatives.