Meet the New Baby: What Will Your Baby Look Like?

Waiting for your baby to be born means having plenty of time to ask the big questions. You might wonder what kind of person he or she will be, or how much he or she will let you sleep. One common thing for new parents to wonder, though, is what your baby will look like. Typically speaking, what your baby will look like depends on a few factors that include:

  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Personality

When they all come together, these factors all play a role in your child’s looks. The tough part, though, is figuring out the role that each factor plays.

The Heredity Factor

Heredity is one of the primary factors that determine how your child will look. Most babies look like the people to whom they are related, though the resemblance may be more subtle in some children than others. If you are really interested in figuring out what your child will look like, the first (and most logical) place at which you should look is the child’s family. The more immediate the family, the more likely it is that you will see some kind of resemblance in the baby’s features. Take a look at your family for a good hint at what your baby will look like.

Mom and Dad

If you really want to know what your baby will look like, mom and dad are the most obvious people to whom you should look. After all, the child’s genetic make-up is a combination of the two parents, so it makes sense that the child would have a mix of their features. Each parent makes a fifty-percent contribution to their child’s make-up, though it’s normal for a child to favor one parent more than the other. Most children, though, have features from both parents.

It’s normal to think that a baby doesn’t look like one parent or the other. When you are thinking about what your baby will look like, try to remember that you’re still looking at a baby – not a fully formed person. As such, your child’s features will still be in the process of growing and changing. If he or she doesn’t look like mom or dad immediately, there’s a good chance that this will change over time.

Ancestry

Parents aren’t the only people who contribute to what your baby will look like. In many cases, what your baby will look like is largely determined by the genetics of all who came before you. From grandparents to distant ancestors, you are carrying the information of generations inside you. From time to time, this information will express itself in how a baby looks. It’s never a bad idea to look at the past to figure out what your baby will look like, as doing so reveal the source of many prominent features.

It’s especially important to look to the past to get a good idea for the surprises that might be in store. Things like skin color or hair color can often be explained by looking at your own ancestors. In fact, there are certain physical features that can stay dormant for decades, only revealing themselves when both parents have the right combination of genes. If you feel like your baby doesn’t look like you, take solace in the fact that it probably looks a lot like to the people to whom you are related. It might not be quite the same, but that still marks the child as part of your family.

Environmental Factors

Environment plays a huge role in what your baby will look like. While your genetics are usually thought of as the primary reason for why you look how you look, the truth is that the lifestyle that you have chosen and your environment are largely responsible for how those looks at expressed. For a baby, those environmental stimuli are relatively limited, but they are still there. When you want to know what your baby will look like, you’re going to have to remember how birth impacts a child and how their health might impact his or her looks.

The Early Days

If you’re wondering what your baby will look like, you’re going to want to remember that the early days aren’t going to be much of a reflection of what the child will look like in just a few weeks. Birth is a fairly traumatic process, and your child will still be in recovery for some time. Many people think that newborns look like scrunched-up little aliens, and for good reason – they’re still acclimating to the world around them, and their features aren’t quite set when they are first born.

The way you want to picture your baby probably isn’t exactly what it will look like at first. Instead, you may want to think about what your baby will look like after it’s been cleaned up, had time to rest for a moment, and you have a few quiet moments. The baby first few weeks actually see a great deal of change, so don’t be surprised to see features gradually appear over time. How your child looks at the moment of birth won’t necessarily have much, if any, reflection upon how your child will look as it gets older.

Birth and Health

It is also important to remember that what your baby will look like can be impacted by a number of health factors. There are plenty of conditions that occur at or near birth that can have a temporary impact on your child’s looks, from the shape of the child’s head to the coloration of his or her skin. Children who are born underweight also have a tendency to look quite different than they will look when they finally reach an ideal weight. As such, it’s difficult to understand exactly how your child will look until you know exactly how healthy he or she will be when born.

It’s also important, if not always pleasant, to remember that there are a number of genetic conditions that result in profound differences in a child’s features. Chromosomal differences, the choices of the mother in utero, and other health conditions may change the structure of your child’s face. While some of these conditions have a well-known ‘look’ about them, that doesn’t mean that your child won’t look like you. It simply means that your child, like every other person, has been shaped by the world around him or her even when in the womb.

The Human Factor

Don’t forget that a huge part of how your child looks is how you perceive your child to look. When your child is born, you’re going to have a host of people telling you that your child looks exactly like a certain person – or that the child doesn’t look like someone else. It is important to remember that how you perceive your child to look is subjective. As you get to know your child better, you’ll start to have different opinions on how he or she looks. In time, the child’s looks might even start to change because of how he or she acts.

Personality

Your child’s personality will play a big role in how you think he or she looks. While most people think of a baby having mom’s eyes or dad’s nose, you’ll start to notice little things that really impact the appearance. Your baby may look more like dad when he laughs, or more like mom when she is asleep. Your child might have the same expression of concentration as a grandparent, or even the same crying face as an aunt. If you’re wondering how your baby will look, you have to remember that your baby will rarely be still. How your baby looks in action is really what’s the most important.

As your baby develops more of a personality, you’ll start to get more opinions on how he or she looks. Happy or sad, angry or laughing, your child will constantly express different features. A prominent nose might not be so prominent when the child is in one mood, while big ears might not seem so big when the child is constantly in motion. You’ll be surprised how quickly your baby develops a unique personality and how that personality makes him or her look different than when he or she was first born.

Conclusion

It can be difficult to determine what your baby will look like because so many factors impact a baby’s appearance. Genetics, environment, and even personality will play a role. While you can make some educated guesses based on the parents and on your relatives, the truth is that you really cannot predict what a child will look like until after he or she is born. What’s important, though, is that your baby will absolutely look like the child for whom you have been waiting.