The hair colour of your baby
Did you have steep light blonde hair in the past, but after a few years it turned into dark brown curls? A baby’s hair after birth says little about what it will look like a few years later. Hair is very unpredictable and genetics play a big role. A bald baby of baby with full hair? You are more likely to have a baby with a lot of hair if you were that kind of baby too. A sweet blonde head? This chance of course is also greater if both parents are blonde. However, the genes that the baby inherits from the parents are decisive. A kind of pigment, the melanin, is responsible for the final hair colour. There are two types of melanin:
- Eumelanin: this gene runs from blonde to dark blonde and brown to black. The more eumelanin, the darker your baby’s hair. A parent with black haired genes usually passes on these black genes. However, it is also possible that the invisible blonde genes will be passed. So it can happen that parents with dark hair will give birth to a blonde child.
- Phomelanin: the gene for red hair, is subordinate to eumelanin. This means that if eumelanin and phomelanin are both present, the hair colour will not turn ginger. Two red genes are needed for this. It is therefore not surprising that there are less gingers in the world than other hair colours (less than 2 percent of the population). If both parents have red hair, the baby will always be a ginger!
The other looks of your baby
As for the nose, the body, the ears and the rest of your little person, every person, including you and your partner, has about 30,000 genes. So think about how many combinations are possible for the child. That pretty much makes predicting the character or looks of your baby impossible. It can be a mix, it can be a little daddy look-a-like or even a grandmother look-a-like. But no worries, you will see similarities back in your child anyway!