Are you wondering what eye color your baby will inherit? You won’t really know until the little one decides to arrive but read on to learn what factors determine your baby’s eye color.
How genetics impacts baby eye color
There are three main factors that will determine an infant’s eye color:
- Parental eye colors
- Homozygous or heterozygous of each parental eye color
- Dominant or recessive gene of each parental eye color
So if your partner has brown eyes and you have blue eyes, what color eyes will the baby have? The answer is that it depends on the above three factors, but most likely the baby will have brown or blue eyes. You can use this helpful to get an idea.
Eye color at birth
Most babies have gray or blue eyes at birth. The color can change with the presence of the protein melanin. By the time a baby reaches his or her first birthday, the eye color is usually permanent, though the shade may lighten or darken over the next few years.
The most common eye colors
Brown is by far the most common eye color, with 55 percent of the world’s population sporting this color. Hazel eyes are lighter than brown, with hints of green-yellow tinting, and account for about 5-8 percent of the world’s eye color. Not many people have blue eyes, only 8 percent, but the rarest color is green, found in about 2 percent of the population. And while brown, hazel, blue and green are the four most common colors, amber, gray and silver are out there too.
Protect your baby’s eyes!
It’s important to ensure your child has regular . The American Optometric Association recommends a baby should have his or her first eye exam at 6 months. Discuss the need for an infant eye exam with your child’s pediatrician.