Getting color..

Lindsey - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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My son will be a month old on the 8th and he is still very white, his dad his not light skinned he is pretty dark. How long does it normally take for mixed babies to get their color?

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Bridgette - posted on 07/14/2011

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My daughter was pale and splotchy when she was born and I knew she would never get any darker. She is mistaken for half white and half Japanese of all things. All I care about is that both of my children are beautiful and healthy.

Alishia - posted on 09/19/2009

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My daughter has had dark pigment at the base of her finger nails, as she gets older its spread. She gets darker all the time and her dad isnt super dark but she is already as dark as his 5 year old, she is only 2 months old. And it appears she is going to keep getting darker.

Helen - posted on 07/15/2009

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my husband is black and im white european my oldest dd is getting darker as shes getting older looks exactly like her dad appearance and my new bub is coming along like a olive skin tone looking towards me so will see

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2009

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Well, The older they get and the more you let them outside they will get darker but put on sunscreen just cuz they got blk in them doesnt mean they wont burn lol. But my 3 year old is dark and i swear gets darker everyday but he wasnt real dark when he was born, Now my 10month old is light his legs are getting dark but his face is still pale but he hasnt been outside awhole lot. But it all depends I have friends with mixed babys and they r the same age as my oldest and they r way lighter but it all depends on what trate is more domanat in ur baby

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NICOLA - posted on 09/25/2009

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it took a while for my son to get some colour but he still wouldnt be the same as his daddy he is in the middle. i think the colour of there eyes and hair make a difference to thats how you know they will get colour ryan has eyes thaat dark they look black and his hair is the same.

Mary - posted on 09/21/2009

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My son was dark quick, a month is early to tell. They usually get as dark as the darkest spot on them (usually the lil man part) or there ears. I have a couple friends with really light skinned kids and the dad is very dark. My son doesn't even look mixed bc he so dark!

Joey - posted on 09/21/2009

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I'm really glad you asked this question!! Our b/g twins aren't due until Dec. 6th and my husband and I are literally night and day in color! LOL! I am very white and he is very dark and I thought he was just messing with me when he said the babies would be born white!

Jamie - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son is 3 months old and is still very light. He's father isn't tho. So I'm sure it will take some time. I have also read that it can take up to 2 years. My son has blue eyes and neither 1 of us do( we both have dark brown) but my mom has blue eyes... I'm hoping they will stay that way. I love his eyes.

Rebecca - posted on 09/17/2009

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my kids are the same and myy daughter is 3 and still pretty light i dnt think she gonna change

Kara - posted on 09/16/2009

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my son is 5 months old right now, same situation. his daddy is pretty dark i am white. he didnt really start getting color for about 2 or 3 months. of course when he starts going out in the sun he will get a NICE color!

Lauren - posted on 09/15/2009

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my daughter is 2 and her father is dark but i am very pale. My daughter is pretty fair..i mean she is darker than me but that's not saying much! i don't know if she will get any darker though my nephew is half white and half black too and he is much darker than he used to be. he's 5 now but when he was 2 he was much more fair. i guess it just depends!

Tanya - posted on 09/15/2009

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my daughter is very pale and she is 4 ..sometimes her skin looks white. Her dad was also very dark ..i guess not all kids get a color

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2009

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My son's dad is pretty dark, and i am white. He just turned one yesterday and he has very little color. I have 2 other mixed little girls who didnt get much color until they were 2 or 3.

Shakeshia - posted on 09/12/2009

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oh it will take a while if he has not already gotten darker by now, my kids are only 25 percent white. My oldest by the time she was a month old she had already gotten browner, but my youngest was very light and stayed that way until she was almost a year now she is still lighskinned, and we were suprised because i am browned skinned black women and my husband is black and white and his skin color is brownish reddish, he has alot of red undertones and she is basically yellow if you ask me. I have learned, when you are mixed genes can come from all over the place!

Lori - posted on 09/12/2009

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Every child is different. My kids are mixed black/white and I call them my rainbow. They are very different in color. I have one that looks pure white and one that is almost as dark as his Daddy with they other two are in between. The darker ones did change shades slightly but were always darker and the lighter two were both much lighter at birth.

Michele - posted on 09/08/2009

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Both my children are half blk half white. I don't really think there is a set time for the skin color to change. My kids are 18 and 15 and my son who is the 15 yr old is still getting dark. Not sure if that helped or not

Jess - posted on 09/08/2009

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it can take years to fully develop. my son is noticably mixed but my daughter is white looking w/blonde hair. their dad is verry dark and im pretty white. my daughter started to darken up when the weather got warm and she could go outside. i've heard that sumtimes there pigment needs to b stimulated by sunlight.

Summa - posted on 09/08/2009

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my son was so white with pink cheeks wen born but he got dark really quick within the first month so im interested to see how dark he will get this summer as he hasnt really been in the sun yet

Jessica - posted on 07/18/2009

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My daughter is 21 months and she is very light.People are actually very suprised that her dad is black! Most people assume she is white or half puerto rican

Angela - posted on 07/14/2009

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I giggled a little when I read this. My son is 4 and I'm still waiting for him to darken up. Honestly, it just depends on genetics and genetics are a funny thing.

Danielle - posted on 07/14/2009

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my son is 1 yr old and im white and his father is black. and im very white skin and his father is very dark. when he came out he had a head full of black hair and he was white. but around 8mths he started gettin a lil darker and he has always been brown around the base of his finger tips and his lil area.but now that he has been in the sun he has turned completely dark.

Allison - posted on 07/11/2009

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I've heard by age 4. My son who is mixed black/white was white when he was born w/ thick, straight soft hair. He looked like the rest of my kids who are white. Then he gradually turned darker and his hair completely changed- very impressive 'fro now. His 'parts' are dark. I figure he'll get darker esp. in the sun but when he's outside we put spf50 on him.

Lesley - posted on 07/11/2009

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I guess it just all depends. I have 3 biracial boys (black & white). My 8 year old is dark skinned, brown hair with blue/green eyes; my 7 year old is white like me, black hair and brown eyes; and my 4 month old is white skin black hair and brown eyes.

Cassandra - posted on 07/10/2009

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my daughter is pretty dark I mean well darker than me and she didnt get her color until she was around 6 or 7 months....she gets darker everyday! but she has two brothers that are mixed as well and their mother is mexican not white and they are lighter than she is. every baby is different!

Laura - posted on 07/10/2009

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My daughter Darian is 20 months old and has gotten darker as time has gone on. Her hair also went from straight to beautiful, soft finger curls.

Carrie - posted on 07/04/2009

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oh and they could not be any differnt when they were born, my first was born with a very visible tan

Carrie - posted on 07/04/2009

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i've just had my second baby and he could not be more differnt to my first. i have pics on here so take a look. you 22 week baby has brown curly, soft textured hair, blue eyes and white skin, now it's summer he's catching a tan but it's only olive, my other son is as dark as my husband who's nigerian, dark brown eyes and proper textured afro hair. it's truly unbelieveable.

Breonna - posted on 07/02/2009

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Well I'm light skinned and my oldest son is tan..maybe a little lighter than me. My youngest is so friggin pale. He's a year old and he is the same skin color as his father.. white. I don't care though.. but since he's a year old already i doubt he's getting any darker LOL.

Ami - posted on 06/30/2009

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and also they say they will go the couler of there private parts.. my boys are very dark lol...but?

Ami - posted on 06/30/2009

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every child is difrent.my partner is light skinned. his dad is very dark and his mouther white . but my baby is almost 2months old and basicaly the same couler as his dad already and darker then his uncle. my friends little boy took a year to develop properly an is still getting darker..its best just not to focus on it your baby is lovely and a good looking young boy. you can see he is mixed from his nose like my little boy. its a waiting game. and a fun 1 i love watching my son change. and some days he looks darker then outhers. but my baby is only a quarter black and yours is half so im sure it wont be long xx

Emily - posted on 06/27/2009

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My first son was born "dark" ( tan medium) and now is 8 and goes from a slight tan to dark in the summer, my second son ( same dad ) Is normal not tan (white) in the summer get's a tan (light-medium ) My husband is mexican and medium skin tone and i am very white .

Tensa - posted on 06/27/2009

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My little girl is black and white. I'm black and her dad is white. When she was born she was completely white, she gained her color completely at about a month and a half to two months. Of course I know that this isn't permanent. Right now her hair texture is mostly like his but I also notice its changing little bit, by little bit.. They still have a lot of growing to do. I noticed her changes month by month.

Cyrilla - posted on 06/27/2009

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My niece is 5 and she is 1/2 black and 1/2 white and she is blonde hair blue eyed pale burnable skin... so it may never happen or it might take years..... by the way my sister who is the caucasion parent is brown hair and eyes with tannable skin so I am clueless on where her kids got their complexion (sp?)

Briana - posted on 06/26/2009

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Yeah i had the same question and it seems to be diffrent for alot of people, i know of babies looking white and then once they turned for they got dark! I also saw my friends babies, when they were born they were whiter then my son, now they are dark and have a biracial tone! so i guess it's a wait and see kind of thing

Jayme - posted on 06/25/2009

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My son's color depends on the light in the room, LOL! He is lighter then I thought he would be. I am white, my husband is black, but on the lighter side, but his family runs all the colors from light to very dark. A nurse in the hospital who was African, said they are born the color they will be. But I think he has gotten a tad bit darker as he ages. Might be the sun :0) SPF 50+ and he is still getting a "tan". I am soooo jealous!

Lulu - posted on 06/23/2009

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when my son i was shocked that he came out a white baby so i asked her, how long it usually takes for their skin to change, she told me that it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year, she also told me that if u look at a little boys package that it will usually be about as dark as their skin is going to get, so far thats about right for my little man

Maya - posted on 06/22/2009

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The more they are out side he will get color but protect his skin of course but he might not become as dark as his father ... old school way is looking at his ears and the darkest part of his ears will most likely be about his skin tone ... but I have two and as soo as summer hits they are 5 times darker and hair gets blonde lolololol

Raquel - posted on 06/12/2009

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it just depends on the what parents gene is dominate...usually you know after a month...or a few days...the baby usually changes tint quickly if darker tone

Erica - posted on 06/11/2009

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i think each baby is different. my boyfriend is very dark and his mixed son looks like he could be white except his nose and hair. even in summer he only gets a nice tan, i see them together and i don't get how he could be so light skinned. my daughter is dark skinned and in the summer she gets even darker and i am pretty pale and her dad isn't real dark skinned so it's funny but no matter what they are all beautiful...

Danielle - posted on 06/10/2009

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my nephew is very light. he looks white, has blonde hair and blue eyes. he even has freckles and his dad has darker skin. he's 4 1/2 so he's not getting any darker. my son just looks like he has a light tan and his dad is pretty dark.

Desiree - posted on 05/31/2009

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my son didnt start getting darker untill he was one... but i dont know if thats normal... my cousins babies are black and they didnt get their color for a few months too.

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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My son is 3 and is still white. His biological fathers family all say he will change but I don't think he will.

Leah - posted on 05/30/2009

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My youngest is four now and she's as light as me with dirty blonde hair and green eyes...I kept waiting for the "color to come in" but it never happened. She and her sister look completely different

Casey - posted on 05/16/2009

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if you look at the skin around the beds of his fingernails it will you a good idea of how light or dark your son will be once all his melanine is in

Maria - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hello, Lindsey. It all depends on who has the more dominant gene pool. If you have the more dominant gene pool, your son may have his dad's features, but your skin color. My cousin's son took after her, and he has fair skin, but with his dad's features, with curly hair. My sons were split. One has my features, but with his father's color, the other has both of our features, my dark hair and my color. Usually the older one takes on the dominant gene.

Keisha - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Kristel:



Quoting Deshawna:

While there is some truth to this, the skin around the base of fingers will always be slightly darker than the rest of skin tone in people of color. Especially at birth. Same with genitals at birth. All 4 of my boys were born with slightly pinker skin around the nail base but with dark reddish brown scrotums which faded drastically as they got older and the flood of pregnancy/natal hormones left their bodies (fat red genitals and puffy nipples all babies get). Apparently ears are also a slight indicator. I was born the same color as my children but my mom said she noticed my ears seemed darker ( and she also mentioned the nail base skin) and then I got darker. I get my coloring from my dad (Think milk chocolate) where as she is lighter skinned.

6-9 months usually is usually the age where a child color will set. After that most of the assumed darkening is actually the skin tanning from the sun. You can follow the seasons with my boys. They get nice tanned almond skin in the Summer and then turn pale at Winter...Except my oldest. He stay's pale in Summer and then blanches in Winter.






Interesting!  My daughter (6 mos old) has definitely gotten darker from her birth color, but she hasn't caught up to the color around her nail base.  I was wondering if and when that would happen.  My husband gets annoyed though if I bring it up -- he tells me to stop "obsessing" about her skin color and her eyes.  If only he could see this board, LOL.





This is funny :) My husband says the same thing and then he laughs at me!  I was serioulsy obsessed the first year and I would tell him"...look man you dont have to walk through the store with people thinking you stole someones baby!" LOL....Especially since they look just like him and not me! :) He would just laugh at me. Fortunately now my boys have some color..so they look like they could be mine...lol

Kristel - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Deshawna:

While there is some truth to this, the skin around the base of fingers will always be slightly darker than the rest of skin tone in people of color. Especially at birth. Same with genitals at birth. All 4 of my boys were born with slightly pinker skin around the nail base but with dark reddish brown scrotums which faded drastically as they got older and the flood of pregnancy/natal hormones left their bodies (fat red genitals and puffy nipples all babies get). Apparently ears are also a slight indicator. I was born the same color as my children but my mom said she noticed my ears seemed darker ( and she also mentioned the nail base skin) and then I got darker. I get my coloring from my dad (Think milk chocolate) where as she is lighter skinned.

6-9 months usually is usually the age where a child color will set. After that most of the assumed darkening is actually the skin tanning from the sun. You can follow the seasons with my boys. They get nice tanned almond skin in the Summer and then turn pale at Winter...Except my oldest. He stay's pale in Summer and then blanches in Winter.



Interesting!  My daughter (6 mos old) has definitely gotten darker from her birth color, but she hasn't caught up to the color around her nail base.  I was wondering if and when that would happen.  My husband gets annoyed though if I bring it up -- he tells me to stop "obsessing" about her skin color and her eyes.  If only he could see this board, LOL.

Deshawna - posted on 05/11/2009

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You can see how pale my oldest is compared to his other brothers especially in his soccer pic in my profile. Poor boy. :)

Deshawna - posted on 05/11/2009

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While there is some truth to this, the skin around the base of fingers will always be slightly darker than the rest of skin tone in people of color. Especially at birth. Same with genitals at birth. All 4 of my boys were born with slightly pinker skin around the nail base but with dark reddish brown scrotums which faded drastically as they got older and the flood of pregnancy/natal hormones left their bodies (fat red genitals and puffy nipples all babies get). Apparently ears are also a slight indicator. I was born the same color as my children but my mom said she noticed my ears seemed darker ( and she also mentioned the nail base skin) and then I got darker. I get my coloring from my dad (Think milk chocolate) where as she is lighter skinned.

6-9 months usually is usually the age where a child color will set. After that most of the assumed darkening is actually the skin tanning from the sun. You can follow the seasons with my boys. They get nice tanned almond skin in the Summer and then turn pale at Winter...Except my oldest. He stay's pale in Summer and then blanches in Winter.

Sammy - posted on 05/10/2009

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I have heard that if the skin around the base of their finger nails is a darker colour, then the rest of their skin will eventually follow! Not sure how true this is though!

Deshawna - posted on 05/10/2009

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All of my boys came out with very pale skin. While they did tan a bit, none of them got as dark as I expected them too considering I have a dark skin tone. My oldest is 11 and he's the palest of them all to the point that he will sunburn at the drop of a hat. They all look like they have nice tans though, much to my husbands angst (he's always trying to tan, lol!)

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