If you are wondering when do babies eyes change color, you are either gazing into those cute blue eyes and wonder if they will remain blue or noticed that your baby’s eyes look darker than they did at birth. Yes, baby eye color changes over time and there is a great chance that your little one’s current eye color will change regardless if you gave childbirth recently or a few months ago. But then again, there are always exceptions otherwise there would be no blue-eyed people. However, you will still have to wait a while because the question is not when do babies eyes change color but for how long because the shade of your baby’s eyes may continue to change for years. It is hard to tell when do babies eyes change color because the process takes place gradually. As a result, you may not even notice that your baby’s eyes are turning darker. The change of eye color is closely related to melanin, a pigment which also determines the color of the skin. At birth, all babies begin to produce higher amounts of melanin to protect their eyes from ultraviolet and intense light. And the more melanin they produce, the darker the color of their eyes will be. Due to increased melanin production starting almost immediately after birth, there is no way for your baby’s eyes to turn into a lighter color.
Genes, of course, play an important role in your baby’s eye color too but do not count on your little one to have yours or your partner’s eye color because he or she can also have eye color after his or her grandfather or even great grandfather. Genetics is a complicated thing and there is no way to predict whose genes will prevail. But generally, your baby will probably have dark eye color if both you and your partner have dark eyes and dark skin. But if both of you have blue eyes, the odds that your baby will retain that blue color are higher. In case if one of you two has blue and the other brown eyes, your baby has about 50:50 chances to have either blue or brown eyes.
Most African-American, Asian and Hispanic babies have brown eyes already at birth, while their eye color usually turns into a deeper brown or nearly black by the age of about 9 months to 1 year. Caucasian babies, on the other hand, are usually born with blue, grey-blue or green eyes and are more likely to go trough dramatic eye color changes which become more apparent at the age of about 6 months when you may notice that your baby’s eyes are changing into darker blue, grey, green, hazel or even brown. At your baby’s first birthday, you will probably be looking into your baby’s permanent eye color although it can still change in shade until the age of 3 years or in rare cases, until adulthood.