Parents love to start imagining what their little one will look like over the course of their nine month wait. Will she have her mommy's eyes? His daddy's nose? How does all that work anyway? Are there certain traits that come from each parent? In fact, there are!
When it comes to traits that babies will inherit, it may be interesting to know which come from the father. Sure, the expecting mama does carry the baby around, but she is not the only one whose genetics influence baby's traits. Sorry mom.
Genetics are such an interesting thing. The idea that the baby will have traits that remind mom of herself or the father is quite amazing. In fact, it is also very complicated! The baby will get 23 chromosomes from his mother and 23 from his father. There are so many variations that the genes can take, it is no wonder we like to guess who the baby is going to look like and what their personality will be!
While it seems like the gene influence is equal from both parents, scientists are starting to believe that the father is actually favored more so than the mother. According to Genetic Literacy Project, “for up to 60 percent of the mouse’s genes, the copy from dad was more active than the copy from mom.”
Read on to discover the baby traits that come from dear old dad. Could that bouncing baby boy have his daddy's sense of humor? Maybe mom's sweetie pie baby girl will be as tall as her dad. It is all in the genes, so keep reading to find out the great influence dad will have on baby's traits.
14 Eye Color
There are genes that are dominant, and genes that are recessive. When it comes to eye color, dark colored eyes, like brown are more dominant, whereas light color eyes, such as blue, are recessive. Typically speaking, a baby's eyes will likely be the dominant color of either parent. So if dad has brown eyes, and mom has blue eyes, baby will likely have brown eyes.
But not always. If the genetics play themselves right, it is possible for your baby to have her daddy's baby blue eyes, even if her 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 to be's eye color... because it just may be the eye color of your soon to be bundle of joy.
13 Cute Little Dimples
Nothing is cuter than little dimples on a tiny baby (or toddler, kid, and adult, too). If the father of your baby has dimples, there is a great chance that your little one will be born with one or two cute little dimples! Dimples are adorable, and both pretty on girls and cute on boys, even as grown ups, yet, dimples are actually categorized as a facial deformity.
Dimples are dominant traits. This means that if dad has dimples, baby will also have dimples, most likely. Dimples have to do with the way the muscles are structured in the face. We all know they add a extra something that we cannot get enough of! We often point out when a cute baby has those adorable dimples, so who knows, that could be your little one!
12 Fingerprint Patterns
Everyone has different fingerprints. There are not two people in the world with the same fingerprints. Think about that! How crazy is that?! This is why the police take our fingerprints of course! You do not have the same fingerprints as your parents, and your children will not have the same fingerprints as you do. However, there is a genetic component when it comes to fingerprint patterns.
Fingerprints patterns from father to children can be quite similar. Never identical, but similar. There may be whorls that appear on both dad and son, or perhaps ridges that are like father like daughter. Take a good look at your baby's fathers fingerprints, and then the fingerprints of your baby, as there is a good chance that there may be many similarities in the patterns!
11 Facial Symmetry
Does dad have high eyebrows? Does he have eyes that squint when he smiles? Perhaps you got a one good looking guy who has a perfectly aligned, symmetrical face (if so, lucky you!). Again, genetics play a huge role in the facial features and structure that are little ones will develop and grow old with.
When your baby is born, and as they get older, you may notice certain facial features that make you suddenly think, wow, she looks just like her dad when she does that?! Chances are, it will happen, and probably a few times. Your sweet baby is bound to inherit the facial symmetry of his dear old dad. So when a certain look reminds you of your baby's daddy, there is a real reason for that feeling.
10 Child's Height
The height that your little one will grow up to be is largely based on genetics. From both parents. But the father plays a big role in just how tall, or short, his baby will grow up to be. If dad is tall, his kids will be tall, maybe not as tall as him if mom is short, but tall nonetheless. If dad is short, the chances that the baby will grow up to be tall is unlikely. Hey, it is just in the genes!
There is a way to calculate the estimated height that your baby may be likely to grow up to be. Average the height of both dad and mom, first. Add two inches if you have a baby boy, or subtract two inches if you have a baby girl. This is just a rough estimate, or a guess, really, as to how tall or short you baby will end up being.
9 Child's Weight
Will your baby end up being a skinny kid or adult? Will he or she end up obese? While many factors play into how much a person weighs, genetics does play a role. There is a link between how much the parents weigh, and how much children end up weighing, even into adulthood. The father's weight, in particular, can largely influence the weight of his children.
What is quite interesting, is that a baby's father's weight can actually influence the birth weight of the baby. Studies have been done to show that there is some type of correlation between the two. If the genes of the father are expressed during pregnancy and the development of the baby, then the mother's genes can actually be silenced.
Therefore, the father's genes not only play a huge role in many factors, but can actually influence the baby's birth weight.
8 Child's Hair
Mom has straight hair, while dad has curly hair. Dad has black hair, whereas mom has blonde hair. So what will baby's hair be like? Will she resemble mom in the hair department, or is dad going to influence her future hair styles? Like eye color, dominant and recessive genes play a big role with hair color.
Darker hair is dominant, so chances are, if dad has dark hair, baby will, too (even if they are born bald!). What can be fun is when baby's hair ends up being a different color than both parents! This happens because someone, maybe the father, carries that color gene.
As for the texture of baby's hair, dad's genes will have a say when it comes to this trait. If he has straight hair, baby is likely to have straight or wavy hair, based on her mother, too. Chances are, if one parent has curly hair, it is unlikely that baby will have straight hair.
7 Child's Lips
You may have never given much thought to lips as you ever had before you were expecting. Suddenly, you notice who has plump lips and who has thin lips. You begin to wonder what type of lips your baby will end up having. When it comes to lip size and structure, the father's genes can make a difference with this particular trait.
Your baby may be born with lips that totally resemble his dear old dad. There is a good chance of this. Especially if dad has full lips. Full lips tend to be dominant. So it just may be that your soon to be son or daughter will have luscious lips that some people pay thousands of dollars for!! You may see your little one babbling away and think of how much his lips look like his dad's.
6 Teeth Issues
Unfortunately, teeth structure, as well as teeth issues are hereditary. If dad has bad teeth, hate to break it to you, but baby may end up growing up with bad teeth as well. If baby's father is prone to cavities? Too bad, but baby may grow up to find she must visit the dentist more than she would like.
Both parents teeth influence the future teeth health of your little one, but the father may influence it even more so, especially if he has a history of teeth issues.
Did you know there is actually a specific gene for the so-called gap tooth? That is right, there is a gene that can determine if your baby will end up having a gap in his teeth. Now, it may not be easy to determine if you have that gene, but if you have a gap tooth, well, baby may end up with it too.
5 Risk Seeking Behaviors
Is dad to be quite the risk taker? Does he enjoy all those risky activities that scare you half to death? Dad's death defying personality can make an imprint on his little one. It is believed that baby's personality is somewhat set a birth. That is truly amazing! Who would think personality would be set before baby has even entered into the world, it is crazy to even think.
Baby may already be hard wired towards a risk taking lifestyle if her daddy has a similar personality. His personality likely had a influence on hers before she was even born. Scientists have actually discovered a novelty seeking gene. That is right, there is an actual gene that may cause risky behavior. And who knows, it may be all thanks to dear old dad!
4 Sense of Humor
Funny parents make funny kids, right? Well, yes, to an extent. However, a funny father can be a big influence on the sense of humor of his little one. Just like other personality traits, genetics do help make up the overall personality of a little human being, including sense of humor. While there is no funny gene, there are genes that make up a certain disposition, such as one prone to the humorous side.
Humor is a social trait. So not only can baby pick up the funny gene from his daddy, but he can actually learn it by watching him too. If dad is always cracking jokes and having a great time, it is likely that is kids will follow in his footsteps, because, hey, life is just more fun that way!
3 Child's Intelligence
The potential that you will have a little smartie on your heads is largely determined by genetics, perhaps more so, the intelligence of the father. Smart parents often make smart children, it is a fact, even though other factors can tie in. The more related someone is, the closer their IQ is. Meaning, it can swing the other way, too. If dad to be is a dunce, watch out.
Some experts believe that there is actually a group of genes responsible for high intelligence. They refer to this genes as the “genius genes”. If dad to be has genius tendencies, and you think he is smart, well, then, you are in luck, as there seems to be this genetic component to intelligence. You may have a smart little cookie on your hands before you know it!
2 Sleep Patterns
Sleep patterns, both good and bad, seem to be inherited. They may be inherited more from the father than the mother, as again, it appears, based on studies, that the father's genetics can play a larger role in the make up of a baby than the mother. This includes sleep issues such as tossing and turning, as well as insomnia. But can also include the ability to be a quick cat -napper.
If dad to be can easily lie down for a quick nap, you may find him doing this with the baby when she is born, because she may end up inheriting his sleeping gene. On the flip side, if the expecting father suffers from insomnia or is never able to soundly sleep without tossing and turning, baby may unfortunately end up suffering from those same sleep problems.
1 ACHOO Syndrome
Bless you! ACHOO Syndrome is a real syndrome. Yes, you say achoo when you squeeze, which is related to his genetic issue. However, the ACHOO in ACHOO Syndrome stands for Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Opthalmic Outburst. Sounds interesting? Well, it kind of is!
Do you sneeze when you look at the sun? Go ahead, try it. ACHOO Syndrome is when a person automatically sneezes when viewing the sun or a very bright light. If this happens to you, or if it happens to dad to be, it will most likely happen to baby too.
It is believed that this genetic syndrome is dominant, and therefore, if the expecting father has it, then baby will probably have it as well. This is one crazy syndrome that appears to have a genetic component, and therefore runs in the family.
Sources: American Pregnancy, Babycenter, Mayo Clinic