Is Your Baby A Blue Eyed Girl Or Blue Eyed Boy?
Legend has it that blue eyed baby girls and blue eyed baby boys have special magic they bestow on others when born. Well, maybe that is stretching the truth just a little bit. Interestingly enough, there are volumes of research dedicated to babies born with blue eyes. Why all the fuss?
Most Eyes Start Out Blue
Interestingly most babies are born with blue eyes, regardless of the baby's actual eye color. The pigments that make eyes brown, green or hazel take time to develop and as such most babies are born with blue or gray eyes. Your child's eye color will change during the first months of their life. Most babies have an established eye color around six months, but some take longer. Eye color can change throughout life and your blue eyed baby today may become a brown eyed toddler.
Blue Eyes and Brown Eyes - What's The Deal?
Many people, including psychologists, have looked into the phenomenon of blue eyes, whether they are baby girl blue eyes or baby boy blue eyes. Why all the mystery? While your blue eyed baby may not have magical powers, some psychologists and other healthcare professionals suggest children that are pale and blue-eyed may posses certain personality traits.
For example, some believe infants born with blue eyes that remain blue are more likely to become introverted or demonstrate shy characteristics as they grow into toddlers. Others suggest blue-eyed babies are more likely to be reserved or fearful of contact with new and unusual people.
Of course one may also speculate that brown-eyed babies and children then must be more outgoing and extroverted, ready to jump on any chance they can to entertain or amuse anyone that may interest them, right? Is there any rhyme or reason to all of this?
Psychology of Eye Color
While it may seem absurd, you might find there are actual theories related to the color of a baby's eyes. Keep in mind; some babies are born with blue eyes that turn into brown eyes. What can this mean? Perhaps the baby is born shy and reserved and then in the weeks following his or her birth the baby "blossoms" into a wild child…
While you probably won't have to really worry about your baby's eye color, you may find the psychology of eye color rather interesting. Some researchers suggest eye color resulted from a mutation of the sympathetic nervous system, a change that may result in pale, blond, and blue-eyed shy gals and gents. Is there proof behind this theory?
While there may be many studies showing genes affect eye color and personality, there is not conclusive evidence that can predict how your child's personality will develop. You can however, influence your child's temperament. If you believe a brown eyed baby for example, is supposed to have higher corticosteroid levels and thus seem more boisterous, you may treat your newborn baby as such, resulting in a learned behavioral pattern.
The same may be true of blue eyed children; if you believe they will grow into reserved or shy children, they just might. This is not to say genetics doesn't play a role, but many factors, including a child's environment and lifestyle, as well as their family and upbringing, all influence their temperament.
It's like saying someone is hot-headed because they are a redhead. If you read too much in to it, a person is likely to demonstrate certain personality characteristics if for no other reason than people believe they should demonstrate those characteristics.
Should you spend time contemplating your baby's eye color? You can if you do so for fun, but don't focus on it too much; enjoy your new baby and their unique personality, no matter their eye color. Often discovering your baby's unique traits is one of the greatest joys and surprises of parenthood. Just enjoy the ride!
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