Sundays with Gage – The Eyes Have It

Gage, like most white babies, was born with dark blue eyes.  This week he’s turn 10 months old (can you believe it?!) and I was wondering if his eyes would stay the color they are now, a hazelly color.  2 grandparents and mom have brown eyes.  One grandparent and dad have green eyes.  Remaining grandparent has blue/green eyes.  Here’s what I found, (link here)

Q. When will my baby’s eyes change color?

That is a common question from parents of infants.  Will their baby’s eyes stay gray, which many babies are born with, or will they turn brown, green, or blue?

Most experts think that your baby’s eye color will either stay the same or will darken over the first six to nine months of her life. So gray or blue eyes can turn brown, green, or hazel, but brown eyes likely won’t lighten and become blue.

Unfortunately, you will likely just have to wait and see what they do.

Genetics and Eye Color

Another common question is how does a baby end up with blue eyes when both parents have brown eyes.

That can happen because the gene for blue eye color is recessive, which means that you need two genes for blue eyes to actually have blue eyes. On the other hand, the gene for brown eyes is dominant, so you only need one gene for brown eyes to have brown eyes. Therefore, if someone has one gene for blue eyes and one gene for brown eyes (we usually have two genes for most things like eye color, hair color, or height, getting one from each parent), the baby will have brown eyes.

But even if two parents have brown eyes, they could both have one gene for blue eyes. If they each pass this gene to their baby, then the baby will have two genes for blue eyes and will actually have blue eyes.

The gene for green eyes is also dominant over blue eye color, but is recessive to brown. So what color eyes could a baby have if one parent had green eyes and the other parent had brown eyes? Since the genetics of eye color is quite complex and poorly understood, the real answer is that the baby could have almost any eye color from hazel to blue.

So, it’s anybody’s guess.  His eyes do look dark in photos, but they are not a true brown.  Yet.


Compare these 2 pics I took on Friday. I’m thinking they may end up closer to my color than Jason’s.

How long did it take for you or your child’s eyes to reach their permanent color?


16 thoughts on “Sundays with Gage – The Eyes Have It

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I can’t remember! Vance was born with dark, dark gray eyes and they never lightened. I have brown eyes and Carl has blue – 3 grandparents have blue eyes and 1 has brown – and Vance ended up with the darkest brown eyes of all. That is one strong gene!

  2. rhapsodyinbooks says:

    It’s hard to keep track of stuff like that when you see it everyday so it can change so gradually you don’t notice. And then there is the situation like when my youngest sister had to get her tonsils out. She had the cutest voice ever, and it changed after she got her tonsils out, and we hadn’t known it would, so we never recorded her before the surgery. Oh well. She’s still cute! :–)

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I didn’t realize that about tonsils. I’ve still got mine, although it’s good to know if I want a voice change someday I can just have them taken out 🙂

  3. Staci says:

    My boys were both born with dark eyes and then Mitch’s turned blue and Marc’s brown!! 😀 But honestly, I don’t remember when that happened!!

  4. Heather says:

    Gabe’s pretty much stayed blue. I really noticed it, though, after about a year. Gage’s eyes do look a little bit darker than Jason’s, so it does look like his color will be closer to yours. Whichever, though, super adorable!

  5. Caspette says:

    Well at 17 months little monkey’s eyes still havent really changed. They are more of a hazel colour at the moment. Hubby’s family are all blue/green eyes (him too) and my family is a mixed bag with me and my dad being brown, my mum and sis are grey. Only time will tell I guess. A great post though and very interesting.

  6. Carol says:

    Amber’s never really changed, but they’re a light hazel. Of course, I have greyish eyes and David’s are hazel, so we weren’t expecting brown anyway.

  7. Gage's Grandma says:

    Those are some interesting facts. I have thought all along that Gage’s eyes were like Jason’s. Now, I am thinking they could actually turn brown. Either way, he has the best of both his parents. He is incredibly cute!!

  8. Jenners says:

    Like all things I swore I thought I’d remember, I’ve forgotten when this happened. I have blue eyes and Mr. Jenners has brown eyes and the Little One ended up with hazel eyes.

  9. Amanda says:

    My little man was born w/ dark steel blue eyes too. They are SLOWLY turning brown but I also wonder – since my dad and sister had hazel eyes – if they will be brown or hazel. We shall see!! PS – I think his eyes look closer to yours than his daddy’s.

  10. jennygirl says:

    I have brown eyes and I actually like them. My dad’s side (Italian) they all have brown eyes. My mom’s side (Irish and a wee bit of Lithuanian) are predominately brown eyes, with some green here and there.

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