So your baby was born with a full head of hair and piercing blue eyes? It may surprise you to learn that, in a few months time, baby could have no hair and green eyes. Baby changes rapidly in that first year, so if your child was born with those baby blues, you’ll probably wonder will they change color—or will they stay blue? When do babies eyes change color?
When Do Babies Eyes Change Color?
If your child is born with those baby blues, you’ll probably wonder when do babies eyes change color? Will they change color—or will they stay blue?
It can take as long as 9 to 12 months for your baby’s permanent eye color to be determined and the change is so gradual, you might not even notice it happening. But by baby’s first birthday, you can be pretty sure whatever big eyes are staring down that smash cake are the ones they’ll have for life.
“Though some babies’ eye color changes rapidly with the onset of melanin, most infants undergo significant changes between six and nine months of age. This phenomenal occurrence happens once the iris has stored enough pigment to influence subtle changes like blue to grey, green to hazel, hazel to brown and so on.”(source)
Keep in mind that eye color generally gets darker, not lighter. Your brown-eyed girl isn’t likely to become blue-eyed later in life. But your blue-eyed boy may very well end up with green or even brown eyes.
Curious about baby’s eyesight? See our article on when babies can see.
Can You Tell if Baby’s Eyes Are Going to Change Color?
As noted above, if baby is born with brown eyes, he/she will almost certainly have those brown eyes for life. If baby has blue eyes, this simple (but not foolproof!) trick can help determine whether or not they’ll stay that way. (source)
- Look at baby’s eye from the side to eliminate any light reflecting off the iris.
- If there are flecks of gold in the blue of the eye, your baby’s eyes will likely change to either green or brown as they grow.
- If there are minimal or no flecks of gold, it’s less likely your baby’s eye color will change much.
Another indicator? If baby’s eyes are clear, bright blue, they are most likely staying blue. If they are a darker, cloudier blue, they are most likely going to change to hazel, brown, or a darker color.
What Color Eyes Will My Baby Have?
There’s no way to know for sure what color eyes your little one will have.
Recent research suggests there’s a lot more than parents’ eye color that affects baby’s eye color, but you can generally expect:
- Two blue-eyed parents to have a blue-eyed child.
- Two brown-eyed parents to have a child with brown eyes.
Want to dig deeper? Check out this post for a cool eye color chart for a better idea of what color eyes your baby will have.