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post #1 of 58
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Hey everyone,

I was wondering when your babies eye colour settled into his/her permanent colour.

When my DS was born, we honestly couldn't say what his eye colour was. It wasn't any colour really. Muddy-ish of all colours. Now things are a little clearer but one is darker than the other one. Is this normal? Do/can eyes change colour separately?

Am I going to end up with a kid with two different coloured eyes?
If it helps any, I have eyes that change colour. I can't remember what it is called, but it is kind of cool.
post #2 of 58
DD is 10 months and I'm still not sure. She's kind of dark hazel with dark blue around the edges. My eyes are brown and turn hazel in certain light or moods--so maybe she takes after me...?
post #3 of 58
Both my babies had blue eyes as infants. My sons eyes turned greenish hazel sometime in his second year...

My daughter is just 5.5 months and her eyes are blue and sometimes gray...not sure if they will stay this colour or not.
post #4 of 58
Both my husband and I have blue eyes, and our baby's eyes are blue too, but very very dark blue. People often comment on it. It would seem like they'll turn brown based on how dark they are now, but I somehow doubt it. We'll see...
post #5 of 58
My husband's eyes are hazel, mine are dark brown. DD at 7 mos is still waffling between brown and that grayish blue. I imagine they will be brown eventually but not totally there yet.
post #6 of 58
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Originally Posted by P.J. View Post
Both my husband and I have blue eyes, and our baby's eyes are blue too, but very very dark blue. People often comment on it. It would seem like they'll turn brown based on how dark they are now, but I somehow doubt it. We'll see...
If you and your DH have blue eyes, then your DS will have blue (though the exact color of blue can differ) based on your genotypes.

Here is a cool genetic allele calculator that will show the probability of your kids' eye colors.
post #7 of 58
hmmm both my parents have blue eyes, but my are not...they are more green hazel!

I tried that link, but hazel isn't an option,
post #8 of 58
Hazel is one of the least-well understood eye colors.

DH has green-hazel eyes, like his mom, but his dad has blue. I'm a blue-eyed offspring of two blue-eyed people. DD is currently blue-eyed, and by the color and brightness, we imagine they'll remain blue.
post #9 of 58
Just wanted to add that DD's Irish family thinks she has dark eyes, and her Canadian family thinks she has blue eyes. Go figure!
post #10 of 58
My husband has hazel eyes (everyone sees something different. I see a greenish hazel color, some people see blue, some see brown. It's interesting.)

I have grey eyes. Not blue, grey.

Our son has blue eyes so far but who knows if they'll stay that way.

We have a friend with one very green eye and one very brown eye. It's more common than you might think!
post #11 of 58
My dh has brown eyes, mine are green. Dd1 has denim blue eyes and 9mo dd2's eyes are green, I believe they will be very close in color to mine which are an olive green.
post #12 of 58
If they're still at the point where you can't really tell what color they are, I wouldn't worry about it. (Not that it would be a big deal if they were different, though). I knew a girl growing up who had two different colored eyes, but they were VERY different. Like one was brown and the other was gold/hazel.

I asked my pediatrician when eyes tend to settle down and he said that usually if your baby's eyes are clearly one color by 4 months, they will stay that way. HTH.
post #13 of 58
I've heard it can take up to 6 years...
WIth Cecilia she had crystal clear blue eyes right from birth and they have stayed that way. SHe has her daddies eyes
WIth Margaret they were a deep blue almost violet at birth and have lighted up hers seem to be going a bit more onto the grey side but are diffiently blue. M has my eyes...


Deanna
post #14 of 58
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Originally Posted by Ambystoma View Post
If you and your DH have blue eyes, then your DS will have blue (though the exact color of blue can differ) based on your genotypes.

Here is a cool genetic allele calculator that will show the probability of your kids' eye colors.
I went to see a genetic couselor when pregnant with my dd2. She said it was much more complicated than that. I was talking to her about the charts when learn in high school. You know, Dominant Domminant + Dominant Recessive can never be blue eyed. Or Recessive Recessive + Recessive Recessive always = blue. She said that just a really simplified version.
For what it's worth, my eyes are blue grey and my dh's are light brown. He is Peruvian and chinese and has one grandma who was green eyed. My dd1 has green eyes. Sometimes they look blue but mostly they are green. They are never brown and never have looked brown. I think my one-year-old is going to have the same color but I'm not sure.
post #15 of 58
my 4.5 mo has two blue eyes turning green from the center, and her right iris is half brown.

go figure.
(and I love it!)
post #16 of 58
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Originally Posted by mama2mygirl View Post
I went to see a genetic couselor when pregnant with my dd2. She said it was much more complicated than that. I was talking to her about the charts when learn in high school. You know, Dominant Domminant + Dominant Recessive can never be blue eyed. Or Recessive Recessive + Recessive Recessive always = blue. She said that just a really simplified version.
For what it's worth, my eyes are blue grey and my dh's are light brown. He is Peruvian and chinese and has one grandma who was green eyed. My dd1 has green eyes. Sometimes they look blue but mostly they are green. They are never brown and never have looked brown. I think my one-year-old is going to have the same color but I'm not sure.
Well, yeah, eye color isn't monovalent, but the little tool helps for most people-especially those with little or no genetic background. Human eye color is controlled by 3 or more genes: Blue/brown, blue/green, and central brown (possibly more, but only 3 have been proven for sure, although likely 6 or more are involved for all the subtle coloring) with 2 possible alleles each. Those different alleles of the genes interact with each other to deposit melanin (coloring) into the iris. There are also different genes for starbursts, spots, stripes, etc. So, there are 5 basic eye colors, with variation, making it appear to be like a continuous possibility from very light blue to almost black in color. *most of these variations are in people of european ancestry*

There is also some linking with skin and hair color to eye colors, but that is way too complicated for me. However, the basic blue/green/brown system works for most people curious about possible children's colors (barring hazel and some grey colors). You won't know the specifics, but if you have blue and the father has blue, your kid will have blue almost 100% of the time.

Side note: my grandmother has one brown and one blue eye. The blue/brown coloring (except for subtleties of the color) occurs on one gene like an "on/off" switch. The beginning of this gene signals the eyes to have lots or little melanin. If there is a mutation on an eye that should be brown that keeps it from producing as much melanin as it is supposed to, it can show up
blue. That's what happened to my g-ma: she was supposed to have both brown eyes, and has a mutation in 1 that showed up blue. Another gene can sort of switch from brown to green/hazel, so 2 diff. eye colors aren't unheard of. And I think they're pretty cool. (Disclaimer: some mild genetic diseases, in-womb trauma, and diseases can produce 2 different color eyes, but they usually look "off")
post #17 of 58
My son who is nearly 5 colour has changed. It is like a sea foam green when it used to be a deep dark blue.
post #18 of 58
DD's eyes are blue/grey. Halfway between DH's blue eyes and my mother's grey eyes.

DS' eyes are a complete mystery. His hair is the same colour as DD's, strawberry blonde, but his eyes are flecked with brown and other colours - I suspect he'll go light brown like my brown-eyed, auburn-haired grandfather, or hazel, like me.
post #19 of 58
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There is also some linking with skin and hair color to eye colors, but that is way too complicated for me.
Yup, eye color in redheads is linked to the same thing that actually causes the red hair.


My husband has light blue eyes with some hints of green in them. I have darkish blue eyes. Our daughter has the same color eyes as me.
post #20 of 58
At 4.5 months Cecilia's eyes are pretty similar to mine in that they are a base color that shifts depending on what she's wearing or what mood she's in. Mine are green with a faint amount of blue, and can look bright blue, bright green, grey, even hazel-brown depending on the aforementioned factors. Cecilia's currently are a base grey color with the same mutable ability as mine. It will be interesting to see what base color they settle into, since I have green eyes and my husband has blue eyes with faint amounts of green (but his don't change like mine do).
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