Baby Eye Color Predictor
Genetics is a fascinating thing. Every year, new developments are made in terms of understanding exactly what makes you you, and how your parent’s genetic building blocks combined to create your fabulous self. Your eye color is just one of those unique traits, and we are now understanding that predicting your baby’s eye color is much more complex than previously thought.
A Brief Walk Down (Mendel’s) Memory Lane
Remember Mendel and his peas? Although at the time his discoveries didn’t really make waves, we now know he made some pretty important discoveries about dominant and recessive traits, and how things get passed from generation to generation. Using pea plants, he was able to disprove the popular, but inaccurate, theory of blending inheritance. Although we now know eye color isn’t as straight forward as previously thought, his discoveries laid the groundwork for how eye color gets passed from parents to offspring.
So How Does Eye Color Get Passed Down?
As many as 15 different genes play a role in determining eye color, making it complicated to accurately predict what color eye’s your baby will have. The reality is that almost anything can happen, even in families where it seems straight forward.
Can You Accurately Predict Your Baby’s Eye Color
Yes and no. Brown and blue eye color was found to be accurately predicted 90% of the time in a study done in Amsterdam. Depending on where your ancestors came from, you are more likely to have dark or light eyes. But at this point, there’s no way to predict baby eye color with 100% certainty.
While this baby eye color predictor tool does use genetic probability to make the best guess, actual results may vary. It’s also important to remember that most babies don’t have their final eye color until about six to nine months old.
What color eye do you and your partner have, and what color eyes did your babe(s) end up with? Let us know in the comments!