Shortly after the parents found out they were having a baby, they started imagining what their little one was going to look like over the course of the pregnancy. Will the baby have the mommy's nose? Will the baby have their daddy’s ears? How is that all going to work anyway, and what is the deciding factor about what part of their parent’s traits the baby will adopt. Are there certain traits that come from each parent? In fact, there is. When it comes to traits that babies will inherit, it may be interesting to know which come from what parent. Yeah, the mom does carry the baby around, but she is not the only one whose genetics influence the baby’s traits.
The genetics is such an interesting part of how things work. The idea that the little one will have the traits that remind mom and dad of themselves is quite amazing. The fact is that it is so very complicated. The baby does get twenty-three chromosomes from each one of their parents. There are so many variations that the genes can take, it is not a wonder that we like to guess who the baby is going to look like and what their personality will be like.
Please read on to find out what the baby's traits are and which parent they come from. Could the cute little girl have mom’s eye color? Can the little boy have daddy’s height? It is all in the gene pool, so find out which parent influences the baby’s traits.
20 Dad: Eye Color
There are genes that are recessive, and there are genes that are dominant. When it comes to eye color, dark colored eyes, like brown are more dominant, where has light color eyes, like blue, are recessive. Typically, the baby eyes will be likely the dominant color of either parent. So, if dad’s eyes are blue and mom has brown eyes, the baby will likely have blue eyes.
If the genetics play themselves right, it is possible for the baby to have daddy’s blue eyes, even if the mommy ‘s eyes are a dark shade of brown. Eye color can run on a spectrum, with eyes have hints of varying colors just on one person alone. Take a good look at daddy’s eye color, because it just may be the eye color of the soon to be a little one.
19 Mom: Left Handedness
Being left handed is not so rare, but it is rare enough to make up some inconveniences for the people who have it. So, the genes for passing on the left handedness are sort of complicated. If the baby’s dad is left handed it raises the chance of having a left-handed baby by a little, but having a mom who is also left-handed raises that even more significantly. Having both parents being left handed almost guarantees that the baby will be too.
Now, if left handedness is on the mom’s entire maternal tree, then this is why the baby will be left handed. It does so far more than when only the father has the left handedness. It is said that babies that are left handed can be more creative and insightful than others. There is no hard-scientific evidence to say.
18 Dad: Height
How tall the little bundles of joy will grow up to be is largely based on genetics, from both parents. But the daddy plays a big role in just how tall, or short, his baby will grow up to be. If dad is tall, his children will be tall, maybe not as tall as him if mom is short, he or she may be almost the same height. If daddy is short, the chances are that the baby will be short. It is all just in the genes.
The way to calculate the estimated height that the baby may be likely to grow up to be. The average height of both mom and dad, first. Add two inches if it’s a boy, or subtract two inches if the baby is a girl. This is really just a rough estimate, or guess, really on how tall or short the baby will end up being.
17 Mom: Hair Color And Type
Every parent wonders what their baby hair is going to look like. Will my baby have straight blonde hair like daddy, or will the baby have mommy’s curly brown hair? Is the baby going to take after mom’s hair department or is daddy going to influence baby’s future hairstyles? It is like this, which parent will dominant and recessive genes play a big role with the hair color and type. Darker hair is more dominant so that baby will have mom’s hair color and style. Sometimes a baby can have a different color than both if it runs in the gene pool.
As for the texture of the baby’s hair, mom’s gene pool wins that too. Sometimes the baby will not have had much curl or straightness as the mom’s hair; dad has little say in that. But whatever type of hair the baby has, both parents will love their little bundle of joy very much.
16 Dad: The Cute Dimples
On a tiny baby, nothing is cuter than those little dimples, well even in an older child or adults, too. If the daddy of the baby has dimples, then there’s a great chance that baby will be born with them too. Did parents know that dimples are actually categorized as a facial deformity? But yet, those dimples are so cute on both a little girl or a little boy.
But dimples are most definitely a dominant trait. What this means is that if dad has dimples, the baby will also have dimples. Dimples have to do with the way the muscles are structured on the face. When a baby shows those adorable dimples when they smile, it just makes people's faces light up. So, just maybe the little bundle of joy will also have them.
15 Mom: Blood Sugar Levels
Diabetes is one of those things that has a lot of ups and downs while trying to keep it on track. If mom had this and got pregnant, the unborn child she is carrying can be born with this too. This can lead to many problems for the woman and the baby. Some things that can happen are congenital disabilities, having an extra-large baby, pre-eclampsia, an early birth, hypoglycemia, and miscarriage or stillbirth.
If a woman with diabetes keeps her blood sugar well controlled before and during the pregnancy, she can increase her chances of having a healthy baby. If the mother has type 1 diabetes, the infant is more likely to have periods of low blood sugar shortly after birth and during the first few days of life. So, mom really needs to keep her sugars under control during the pregnancy to help keep her baby safe.
14 Dad: Fingerprints
We all know that everyone has different fingerprints, no two people will ever have the same fingerprints, ever in the world. When people think about it, it is really kind of crazy. That is why the police and even some jobs, take and go by the fingerprint. Dad doesn’t have the same fingerprints as his parents, and the baby doesn’t have the same prints has both of the parents. But there is, however, a genetic component when it comes to fingerprint patterns.
From the father, the fingerprints patterns to the children can be quite similar. Not identical, but similar. There can be swirls that appear on both dad and baby, or perhaps ridges that are like father like daughter. Take a really good look at the baby’s father fingerprints, and then the fingerprints of the baby, there is a good chance that there may be many similarities in the patterns.
13 Mom: How The Baby Sleeps
It may seem that the sleep patterns, some good and some bad, are to be inherited. It seems that they may be inherited more from the mom than from the dad, it appears that way based on the studies that have been done. The mother’s genetics can play a larger role. This includes the sleep issues such as tossing and turning, also insomnia. And yes, it can include the afternoon nap time.
When mom gets to take that quick nap, the baby will also take that nap with her. Because of those quick little naps, they both take together, the baby may end up inheriting this sleep gene. Also, if the mommy suffers from insomnia or cannot quite sleep without all that tossing and turning, baby can, unfortunately, get that same suffering from the same sleeping patterns that mommy dearest has.
12 Dad: Lips
The parents may have never have given much thought regarding lips as both of the parents are now that a baby is on the way. Suddenly, both are noticing who has the plump lips and who has the thinner lips. Most likely wondering what type of lips the baby will end up with. When it comes to lip size and structure, the daddy's genes can make a difference with this trait.
The baby can be born with lips that totally resemble their daddy’s, especially if dad has the full lips. Full lips tend to be dominant. So, it just can be that the little bundle of joy will have those luscious lips that some people pay lots of money for. Both parents can see the little one babbling away and think of how much the baby’s lips look like daddy’s.
11 Mom: Huntington's
Huntington’s is passed genetically from mother to child; this disease is a very serious disorder. The nervous system breaks down slowly over time with Huntington's disease. It results in the brain, and it deteriorates all motor functions, and mental functions break down. For now, there is not a cure, but much research is being done to try and find a cure. It is usually passed on maternally, but fathers can also play a role in the genetic makeup of this disease also if it runs on their side.
Not much can be done to prevent it since there is not a cure for this yet. While it is more likely that the person who carries the gene will pass this to their child, it is not a given. Just remember it is important to avoid taking any toxins during pregnancy. It can increase the risk of this disability or problem’s taking hold early on a child’s development.
10 Dad: Teeth Structure
It is sad to say but, teeth structure, as well as teeth issues, are hereditary. If dad has bad teeth, I really hate to break it to mom, but the baby may end up growing up with bad teeth as well. If the baby’s father is always getting cavities, so will baby. And the baby will not like growing up visiting the dentist more than they would like. Both parent’s teeth can influence the future teeth of the baby, but daddy may do so more.
There is actually a specific gene for the so-called gap tooth. That’s right; there is a gene that can determine if the baby will end up having a gap in the front teeth. So, if mommy and daddy both have that gap gene, then well, the baby will end up with that too. Hopefully, the baby will get used to the dentist, and not fight parents every appointment they must go to.
9 Mom: Herpes
This is one of the more commonly talked about STD’S, which can be contracted and passed by both man and women. It causes a lot of symptoms, genital sores, mouth sores, lowered immune systems, among other things. It’s not entirely uncommon for a person to have the virus that causes herpes, through the genital disease is the thing that we are talking about here and is unique to the reproductive system. Moms with this infection risk passing it along to their baby.
Babies might not be born with genital herpes, but they will be born with the virus. They could carry it with no symptoms and can give this to someone else in the future. They also can display some of the other symptoms of the disease. Some babies can have impaired vision and hearing, and also some reproductive system problems when it goes untreated for a long time.
8 Dad: Risky Behavior
Is daddy a risk taker? Does the father of the baby enjoy all those risky activities that scare the mom half to death? Well, then dad’s death defying personality can make an imprint on the little bundle of joy. It is said to believe that baby’s personality is somewhat set a birth. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Who would believe that the personality could be set before the baby has even entered into this world? It’s really crazy to think about.
The baby could already be hard wired towards taking a risky lifestyle if the baby father has a similar personality. Dad’s personality likely has an influence on the baby before it was even born. Scientists have actually discovered a novelty seeking gene. This is right; there is an actual gene that may cause this behavior. Who knew that it might be all thanks to daddy dearest? Thanks, dad for the risky gene.
7 Mom: Mutations
Mutations come from the parent's mix of DNA; this will splice itself and puts the genes together, out of order, from both parents. However, this can’t occur without the influence of the mother or the father. If mommy has a mutation, there is a chance it will straighten out when the genes line up for their baby
It works like they make the mix of blue and greens for the eye color of the child, or can also create disorders or learning disabilities. The child's genes will either try to make him, or her look like one parent more than the other or a mix of the looks of both the parents, but mom’s genes help it a little bit more. There is also a chance that a mutation will develop what neither parent has, and the mutation can be anything from a change in hair color to severe disability. Usually, the signs of negative mutations will be seen early on.
6 Dad: Smarts
The fact that mom will have a little smarty on their hands is largely determined by genetics, perhaps more so the intelligence of the father. Smart parents often make really smart children, it is a fact, even though other factors can tie into this. The closer related someone is to a smart person the more likely that their IQ is going to be higher. But it can swing the other way too. If the father is a dunce, then watch out.
The experts believe that there is actually a group of genes responsible for the high intelligence. This gene is really called the genius gene. If daddy-to-be has genius tendencies, and mom thinks that he is smart, then mom is in luck, since there seems to be this genetic component to intelligence. Before they know it, they can have a smart little cookie on their hands.
5 Mom: Tick-Borne Diseases
Ticks are bad; they cause Lyme Disease. Which is an acute inflammatory disease that is spread by ticks? It is incredibly rare, but it’s still possible to get it in rural areas. Everyone should be wearing the correct protective wear in leafy areas and areas where ticks are common. Lyme Disease is serious and does require immediate medical attention; most people can live through it. But, if a person contracts this when pregnant, it is serious for the baby.
A pregnant woman with Lyme Disease risks passing this onto the baby. Also, a father who has this can pass it through his swimmers, but it is more common for mom to pass this down to her child. For a baby, Lyme disease is very deadly, and there is very little that can be done to treat it. It is best for parents to avoid this before and during the pregnancy so that the baby never gets it.
4 Dad: The Sneeze - Achoo!
Believe it or not, there is a real syndrome, and it is called the Achoo syndrome. Yes, people do say achoo when they squeeze, which is related to this genetic issue. But, however, the Achoo in Achoo syndrome stands for the autosomal dominant compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst. This is really interesting, and it kind of is cool.
Basically, if someone looks at the sun, they will sneeze. Now try it, did a sneeze come out? This is what the Achoo syndrome is; a person automatically sneezes when viewing the sun or a very bright light. If this happens to mom or dad, then it most likely will happen to the baby too. That this genetic syndrome is dominant, therefore if the expecting dad has it the baby will too. It is said to run in the family.
3 Mom: Hepatitis
Not only does a pregnant woman face the risks of hepatitis herself, but she can also pass the viruses to her baby. Many pregnant women may not even know that they are infected because infection sometimes causes no signs or symptoms. A baby can be infected during birth if the mother has hepatitis B. This can also be spread if she lives with an infected person and shares fluids, such as toothbrushes and razors. Baby can't get hepatitis B by being breastfed.
About four percent of women who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will pass it on to their baby. The risk is related to how much of then a woman has and whether she also is infected with HIV. Yes, if mom has this she can still breastfeed the baby. The baby can’t get tested for this till he or she is at least eighteen months of age.
2 Dad: Sense Of Humor
The funniest parents can make the funniest kids, what do the parents think? Well, maybe just a little bit. But the truth is that a funny dad can be a big influence on the sense of humor of his little bundle of joy. Just like all the other personality traits, genetics can help make up the overall personality of a little baby, including the sense of humor. There is not a funny gene; there are genes that make up a certain disposition, such as one prone to the humorous side of a person.
Humor is a social trait. Not only can a baby pick up the funny gene from the father, be the baby can actually learn by watching him too. If daddy is always making jokes and having a great time, it is likely that the baby will follow in his daddy footsteps, because life is always fun that way.
1 Mom: The HIV Virus
HIV or AIDS is common in the STD family of diseases. There are a lot of people who aren’t aware of the fact that they are not the only ones that are affected by this, of what they have contracted. The fact that the mother with this can pass it on to their baby, and that their child can be born with the disease.
The fact is that if the mom doesn’t give it to the baby in utero, she can still give the child HIV. If she decided to breastfeed, she would still increase the risk of the child contracting it. Also, any exchange of bodily fluids is a chance that the HIV can spread. For any of these reasons, are a chance for mothers to share HIV with their baby or any of their children and they will be able to spread it to their partner or their future children and partners.
Sources: babycenter.com, webmd.com, parentscenter.com, mayoclinic.com, traitschildreninherit.com, tophairstyle.us