20 Common Traits Babies Have (And Where They Inherited It From)

When women are pregnant, they have these vague dreams of what their babies will act and look like. And they always wonder who baby will favour: mom or dad.

There are babies who are born the spitting image of their father but with discernible traits that show she truly is her mother’s daughter. Mom’s genetic code is in the babies as much as dad's is and this is why most women sometimes wake up in the morning and realize they are turning into their mothers; something practically all women grew up saying they never wanted to become, especially during those teenage years. Mom’s genes will determine the daughter's clothing sizes, while dad’s timid nature or thirst for adventure will be embedded in her system turning her into a daredevil or a more cautious individual.

Some traits are common and it is easy to tell who is related to whom just by looking at the family tree. Beauty or lack of it is all thanks to parents, so if someone is opposed to the shape of their nose, they may want to keep reading to find out who gifted them with it. After all, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

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20 Eye Color: whoever's eyes are darker

Most babies are born with one color of eyes, but it changes with time and takes on a different hue. That is unless the color of his eyes were very dark in which case they may not change according to Parents, “At least two genes influence the shade that develops, and each can come in two forms, one that has brown and blue versions, the other with green and blue versions.

“Your baby's eye color will depend on the combo of alleles he inherits from you and your partner.

If you have dark eyes and your partner's are light, baby is likely to end up with dark eyes as well.”

19 Full lips come from dad

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Mothers will tell you that it is that look that kids give them using their puppy dog eyes and curled lips that turns them into slaves. Even if mom planned to give the baby a scolding, that look is enough to turn her into mush.

There are babies who come with thin lips that are not much to write about, then there are those who have full perky lips that are quite dominant. According to Time of India,

“Fuller lips are considered to be a more dominant trait and if the father has them, the kid is going to have plump lips as well.”

18 Dimples Could come from either

The most adorable traits in babies are dimples. The feature that science calls a defect is the cutest defect on any baby’s face and for some reason, it enhances the child’s features considerably.

According to The Fertile Chick,

“Dimples are a dominant trait, meaning if mom or dad has a sweet little indentation that reveals itself at every irresistible grin; chances are likely that baby will have it too.

Whatever be the case, either mom or dad could pass on this trait.” There are times when the baby may have dimples even if none of the parents has it, which could indicate it is a recessive gene.

17 Beauty and face symmetry is from dad's side

When the baby is born, most of us clamour to the hospital to see who the baby will favor, probably as a way to prove the fidelity of the mother or to affirm the paternity of the father. The age-old question when someone breaks the news of a new baby is "who does the baby favor?”

A newborn’s face takes a new shape from one day to the other and that is why most people believe babies look similar at birth but look different a month or so after. The facial symmetry comes from the dad. For those who are endowed with effortless beauty, they have their dad to thank for that.

16 Red hair: both parents need the gene

No baby is more adorable than the one who has a head full of red hair. The red hair gene that was once considered recessive is now quite prominent in some areas and it is quite easy to meet a redhead or two on the street.

According to Babyology,

“To have a ginger baby, both parents need to carry the red-headed gene, regardless of whether they actually have red hair or not themselves, meaning it's possible for two brown haired people to have red-heads and if two gingers get together?

Well, that's a 100 percent carrot top baby right there. Luckily they're super cute!”

15 Dentistry Comes from dad

There are those kids who have perfect teeth, that never get dentures and that are so hard they can crack a nut with no issues. The size of the jaw, as well as the tooth and its shape in children, can be inherited from either parent but according to Healthy Way,

“it is believed there is a significant possibility of fathers passing these traits on to their children."

"This is possibly a result of genetic dominance, where genes passed on by the father tend to be more active than the same gene from the mother. This may be the case when it comes to genetics related to the size of the jaw, which could result in overcrowding of teeth or tooth decay from soft enamel."

14 Dad's Sense of Humor

Is your partner the life of any party and is your home full of laughs thanks to dad? You may have a double dose of the same with your baby.

This may not be an inherited trait, but if dad has a funny bone, chances are the baby too will be a comedian.

This is more a case of nature vs nature than it is genetic.

By observing his father in action, the baby is likely to become just as funny as his father. Of course, the reverse still works. If dad is a dud, then chances are your home will become one of those boring homes with no laughs.

13 The Sneeze Syndrome comes from dad

Sneezing is more an allergic reaction owing to dust mites, cold or any form of irritation in the environment. There are those who sneeze for a different reason that is far from the weather. It is more so a condition known as the Achoo syndrome, a condition most of us are not familiar with.

According to Medium, “Does baby sneeze when he’s in the sun? Does she sneeze often when the bright tube lights are on? Just like the father, your child could be dealing with the Achoo syndrome - Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst. It’s a condition in which the person sneezes when exposed to bright light!”

12 Mutations come from mom


Babies mutations are caused by the parental mix of DNA. If the mother has a mutation, there is a high chance of the mutation straightening out on itself in the baby. These mutations manifest themselves when there is a mix of green and blue eye colors in the baby or even a learning disability.

The babies genes try to make the child look like mom or dad, but mom will be the greatest determinant of this. These mutations occur even when the parents have no visible mutations. They can come in the form of a disability or hair color, but negative mutations appear early on in life.

11 Sleeping Patterns from dad

For those who have babies who do not fall asleep easy, they should not complain, since studies now show that negative or positive sleeping patterns are inherited. Dad seems to have a lot more to do with the baby's genetic makeup than the mother.

If dad is always tossing and turning with insomnia, chances are that the baby will be doing the same and he may wind up being a very light sleeper, something the mother will have to suffer through. If dad can easily drop down for a nap, then mom is in luck because chances of the baby inheriting this superb gene are high.

10 dad's Height

Most women look for a guy who is tall, dark and handsome. If you are looking forward to having a tall baby then you may want to look for a tall partner. This does not mean that a short partner will automatically give birth to a short baby and the other way round but, according to Babyology, “How tall your child is going to be is most often genetic too. So if your baby daddy is tall, then your children are likely to be also, although this is not always the case because other factors like nutrition and health can also impact growth and development.”

9 Sugar Levels affected by mom's conditions

When mothers have a pre-existing condition of diabetes and fall pregnant, chances are the baby will take after her. Diabetes leads to congenital disabilities, preeclampsia, hypoglycemia, stillbirths, miscarriages and extra-large babies. The best thing to do is to maintain a very clean diet during pregnancy in order to make sure the baby is born healthy.

Mothers who have type 1 diabetes are likely to have babies who experience instances of low blood sugar immediately after birth and in the first couple of days after his birth. It is therefore imperative that the mother keeps her blood sugars at the right levels.

8 Dad's genes override the baby's size

The babies physical appearance, whether skinny or obese, is determined by a lot of factors. Most of them have nothing to do with genetics but to some extent, a parent's physical appearance in terms of weight will determine how much the child will weigh.

The father will, to some extent, determine the baby’s weight, with studies now showing that there is a correlation between the father's weight and the baby's weight. If the father's genes take precedence in the baby’s genetic makeup, they are able to silence the mother's genes, thus influencing the baby’s weight.

7 Fingerprints are more like dad's

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Babies tend to be mini-me’s of either the dad or mom and the fingerprints are no different. No one has fingerprints that are exactly the same as another person’s and even twins do not share the same fingerprints. This is why this is the one sure way of identifying people because they are all unique to an individual.

Your baby will not have the same fingerprints as you or dad, but when it comes to the genetic imprint, there are discernible similarities in the fingerprints. This can be seen in the lines or whorls, the ridges, etc., which appear to be copied up to a 90 percent similarity.

6 Personality comes from dad

Studies show that a child's personality is inherited. There are mothers who are timid introverts and who find themselves with an outgoing child who seemingly can't get enough of people and new adventures. Studies now show that a child's personality is inherited from his father.

If the father is timid, chances are the baby will be too and if the child is full of confidence and is outgoing, then the chances are the child will take after his father. It could be because he observes this trait in his father or it could be genetic codes in him, but babies who are born of outgoing people tend to follow suit.

5 Dad's Smarts

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The debate on who influences the baby’s smarts is still raging with some people believing that the smarts are influenced by the father. The universal ruling is that smart parents are bound to get children who are smart, but the father's intelligence has always been thought to be the greatest determinant of the child's level of intelligence.

However, studies now show that the mother influences the child's IQ more than the father does. For those who have smartie pants on their hands, it is time to take pride in the fact that the child has taken after you. The reverse is true though and if you are not as smart, the baby may be exactly like you.

4 Curled Toes if dad had them

Curled toes are considered a deformity that afflicts the bone and muscle structure of the toes, a genetic condition inherited from the parents. While curled toes cause no problems for babies when they are young, they may require corrective surgery later in life because the joint muscles get more fixed as the child progresses in age.

This should not be something to worry mom though as those who have gone through it come out unscathed. Curled toes are a dominant trait that often comes from the father. This means if dad has curled toes, one should expect the baby to inherit the same from him.

3 Clubbed Thumbs come from dads

Clubbed thumbs are a rare genetic condition that seems to afflict light-skinned people more than it does those with dark skin. Clubbed thumbs are passed down from the father genetically, which means if the father has a clubbed thumb baby may too.

There are those who get babies with a clubbed thumb yet they do not have one. This does not mean that mom stepped out on the father. Rather what it means is that the dad is a carrier of this gene. A look down the family tree will show that someone in his lineage had clubbed thumbs.

2 Left-Handedness is more likely if mom is

No one knows for sure what determines left or right handedness but studies show that there is one chance out of ten of having a left-handed baby if both parents are right-handed, with similar odds for a left-handed dad. If mom alone is left handed, this odds automatically increase to two out of ten.

The odds increase to four in ten if both the parents are left-handed. This phenomenon is not just about genetics. Identical twins may end up with one right-handed and the other left-handed. Some theories point to the environment and birth order for this phenomenon. 

1 Risk Taking comes from dad

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We all want our kids to be go-getters who are not timid, but on the same breath, we still want our babies to be safe. If dad is a risk taker, chances are the baby will take after him. If you are scared of a tiny fall, brace yourself for a lot more scary moments because the baby will take after him.

Daddy's personality may have had an influence on the baby before he was even born. Scientists now claim there is a novelty-seeking gene in children that makes them adopt a risky lifestyle all thanks to dad. Moms might want to think this over before saying “I do.”

References: HealthywayParentsBabyologyIndiatimesThefertilechickonline

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