Newborn skin color

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Question, I am a new mommy of a beautiful 18 day old little girl... she is a black/white mix and at the moment quite light skinned. I read on-line that her skin can darken and change for up to 6 months. Any thoughts? Is this true? Also when would I start to see a change in her hair? At the moment it is very fine baby hair still... thank you girls!!

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Sarah - posted on 02/17/2009

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When I was pregnant we actually played the color game about my son. Trying to guess what he would look like. I am half Mexican/white and my sons father is black. So we were like, well his hair could be anywhere from light brown(what I had as a little girl) to auburn(from my moms dad) to dark brown/black and it could be really straight and thin all the way to super dark and curly. His skin could have been as light as mine to a tan to dark brown. When he was born he had a headful of dark brown straight hair. It curled when it was wet but was straight when it was dry. It started falling out around 4 months and started growing in curly at 7months. By the time he was a year old he had a headful of curls. The texture has even changed.  His skin never really did change though. He's been a nice light creamy tan since he was born. I actually just posted pictures of him from 7.5wks till now so you can see how his skin and hair changed.  Oh, and as far as his eyes, when he was born they were like a grayish color. Like black olive slices and now they're a pretty medium brown.

Helen - posted on 02/21/2009

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Im european and husband is medium black well when i had my first child she was very white then she has darken as she has grown older and now my baby also was very white and is getting darker

my daughters are on the profile

Amiere - posted on 07/27/2012

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I am Ethiopian and Black and my husband is black. When I was born, I had VERY light skin, my husband was born dark brown. Our little girl was born very light as well, at 3, she is now a almond brown color, but my son,1, is a dark chocolate color. So, I guess it just all really depends because there are soo many shades of brown. I have curly hair, my husband has straight hair. Our children were born with straight hair and now both have very curly hair.

Emily - posted on 02/21/2009

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Our daughter was incredibly dark when she was first born but within a year she had lightened to a toasted almond color... and her hair was full of tight ringlets which have now straightened out almost completely.... They change so much during their first two years. And your daughter is beautiful.

Brooke - posted on 02/20/2009

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I guess it depends on the dominant/recessive genes you and her father passed on to her. Both of my children are on the lighter side for black/white kids. I was blonde growing up, so don't know it that has anything to do with it. My daughter had hair like you are describing . First of all, she lost all of it. At around her 1st bday the curls started coming in good. She's 4.5 now and her hair is VERY curly. My son is almost 2 and his hair is finally growing but his curls are quite loose (unlike my daughter's) I guess their hair is different because they are different children. Equally gorgeous though, as I'm sure your daughter is too.

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Julie - posted on 02/22/2009

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My girls were very light skinned with bone straight hair until they were about 3! They are now almost 7, and get much, much darker in the summer, but are pretty light skinned in the winter.

Karilynn - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter is 3... almost 4 months old and she is black/white. Her father is medium toned and I am very white... she's darker than me, but she still looks white. Her fingertips are brownish and her hair is curly. I've found that they get darker as they get older.

Robin - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son is white, lebanese and black and he is fair skinned (just 4 months old right now) and he has fine wavy hair.  Ive also heard that babies whose parents have dark skin can take a while to show their true (and beautiful)color.  I guess thats just one more great part of having a mixed baby. :)

Shawna - posted on 02/05/2009

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My daughter is 3. She is black/white. She was very light when she was born but is now darker. It took about a year for her to darken completly however, depending on the color of the clothes she wears, she can look lighter or darker than normal.



As for the hair, all kids are different. My daughters hair never changed. She has very straight "good" hair as they say. lol I'm thankful for that because I don't know what I would do if I had to fix it all the time!



Hope this helps!

Becky - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son just turned one and his father is quite dark and i have a natural "tan" look all year long so when he was born I expect a dark baby well he was lighter then me which did concern me some but over time he has gotten darker and I'm sure with tthe summer coming up he will get even darker. He has dark brown hair like me at first it was very straight and with time it gets more curly. I can't wait to see what his hair will do after his first hair cut. So yes every child is different and you never know and its very exciting to see the change month after month

Kris - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have three mixed kids. They all were VERY light when they were born and had straight black hair. By the time they were 6 months their hair had curled up and their skin was darker. However, they all three have different complexions. My oldest is only a little darker than me. She just looks like she has a good tan. My son is the darkest of the three, but still not real dark. The youngest looked like a little indian when she was born. Very red in color! But not now. The best advice I can give is to not worry about it. You will see her daddy in her soon enough!

Umeka - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter is half black/quarter white/quarter hispanic and is very fair as well.  She is now 5 months old and still hasn't gotten much darker.  Her pediatrician said that maybe she will gain some color during the summer months and then just retain some of that color permanently. 

Lisa - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son is half black and half white, and he has very light skin.  He is six months old now, but he is very fair and has straight hair.  I've had a number of people tell me that their children have gotten darker until they were 1.

Susan - posted on 02/03/2009

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Yes she will likely get darker as she gets older, I have three bi-racial kids the oldest is the darkest and my daughter is the lightest, but gosh they get a great tan to die for. The hair will likely change as they get a bit older but if you decide to cut it the curl will definately change. Congrats, on your little girl and enjoy her.

Kristine - posted on 02/02/2009

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It just depends on your genes and her Father's genes. My daughter was born with curly hair. Dark brown with Blonde Frosted highlites. It got thicker as she got older and curlier as well. My son was born with straight thin hair. His hair got curlier around the time he turned 1. Both my kids had light complexion at birth. They both are now a sunkissed brown tan like color, but my son is a few shades darker than my daughter. Really, it will depend on the genes and which ones are dominant. Some changes may occur over time and some may not.

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hi. the coulor can even change when they are in the teens i have heard..

my son was as white as me when he was born, now he is darker. he have soft hair but curls. that can also change. i have a friend where her son (thats also is black/white) was borned with blue/greenish eyes and curly hair. now he is 3 and he have brown eyes and African hair..

another friend have 4 kids,where the smales have blue eyes and blond hair,but stil brown with african look.

The other kids have brown eyes and brown hair..

so what i can say is it will be a suprise ;) hehe

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2009

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My two were quite light when they were born.. they get darker and more beautiful as they get older... x

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2009

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haha! i have a funny story...when i had my aus/fijian son, my mum and close friend came in with me...pushed him out, he was having a feed and at that stage was still looking like a white baby. the nurse then discreetly asked my mother if the baby's father was dark skinned. my mum said 'well, yes actually..how can you tell?' and she said 'well, its his balls dear....they look as though they've been dipped in coffee!'. will never forget it...was funny as all hell and he did get darker as he grew...just beautiful now, of course!

Maria - posted on 01/29/2009

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Someone told me "just wait until summer and then you'll know - I thought they were kidding. Noelle was born darker than me (which is easy - I'm transparent!) and her Dad is fairly dark - she is now litterally a mix or our skin tones - 20 months later. Her Dad has Native American in his family and his hair is straighter than most - still curls though. Noelle got to about 6 months with straight/wavy hair and then as it grew, little curls started popping out all over her head. She now has beautiful ringlet curls all over - except the small area on the back of her head that is always frizzy and tangled... ugh - with conditioner and curl creme they seem to be controlled - but put that kid to bed with wet hair and the bed head is CRAZY!

Tricia - posted on 01/27/2009

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My husband tld me to look at  the fingernail it trns that color ruffly. My husband joke cuz my son was born white slanted eyes and straight hair he look native...My husband is blk hispanic and native Im german irish and native...I was shoicked when my first was born and she was white looking my husband laughed and tld me they dnt come out blk unless they r really dark. Mix babies r fun you really never no....

Denise - posted on 01/27/2009

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Yes that is true her color will change. My daughter was born very light and now she is a beautiful med brown color. She had straight hair until she was 7 momths. Then god help me  it truned so curly. If her hair dries straight w/ no curl watch out it will curl up. It just will take time.

Lucy - posted on 01/27/2009

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my daughter was very light when she was born and with stright very soft dark hair but gradually over a few months her skin did darken and her hair got very rough with tight curls so its not something to worry about with time she should darken it might take a few months but you will notice the change in her skin and hair very soon...but saying that my friends daughters skin didnt darken much still very light skinned but as long as you have a beautiful and healthy little girl theres nothing to worry about.

Lynette - posted on 01/24/2009

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I have a 14 year old who was born with light (white) skinned with super fine hair...her hair and skin color changed until she was about 10...now she is a beautiful carmel color and her hair is thicker...my two year is still light skinned so we'll see how beautifully she ends up. 

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2009

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I just want to add that even in one family the kids can turn out different. My husband is Mexican and I'm white. Our first son is a little lighter then his dad with black hair and our second son is white like me with light brown hair. They don't even look like brothers!

Tamra - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi! Congratulations and welcome to the adventure! I am mixed (B&W), amd married to a mixed man (B, W and Indian), and have 2 mixed daughters. As for skin, I personally haven't darkend much ffrom childhood. I do however get pretty tanned in the sun and freckle badly and get sunburn too, so you may have to wait till there's warm weather to tell for sure. I've hear that you can know the final skin colour by looking at the baby's ears - dark ears=dark skin, light ears= light skin, etc. It worked with my daughters who are quite different in colour. As for hair ... mine is still changing after 35 years. It depends on the weather, how much curl the parents have, the genes. All I can say is don't worry! If I can learn to do hair, anyone can!

Barbara - posted on 01/23/2009

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I love that Mimi "Mixed race babies are like a box of choclates, you never know what you'll get".  to funny, I may use that quote :)!  It is so true.  I would assume the mom of the absolutley gorgeous blond headed, blue eyed child didn't guess she would have a blond/blue eyed baby!



 



P.S.  I am enjoying everyone's pictures of their children!  We have a gorgeous babies!

Kelli - posted on 01/22/2009

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We have five childen and they are all different.I am white/native american and my husband is African-American. I know that our third son was born so white almost chalky yet he is now the darkest child out of the bunch. He is 8 years old and he has straight hair; unlike his siblings. Our fourth son is very light, in fact he just looks white with a tan and his hair is wavy. Our second son is more yellow toned and has very tight curls like his father. My oldest has looser curls and is a medium to light skin tone and he wears his hair in a large fro. Our youngest is a girl and she is dark not as dark as our third son but still the same kind of skin tone and her hair is curly but her curls are like ringlets. I've been told that if you want to know how dark the skin will be look at the skin color around the finger nails and toe nails and around the ears. This has been true with my children.

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2009

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My baby is three months next week and he was born very white.  His dad is very dark and I am very light.  He has gradually become darker over the last three months.  As of right now he is much closer to my complextion than my husbands.  His hair is still straight right now too.

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Mixed race kids are really like a box of chocolates, you never know what you'll get! I am a medium-skinned African-American, and my husband is white (German/Welsh). We have 5 year old twins that look as different as possible. One was born with olive skin and baby blue eyes and dark brown hair, the other was lighter skinned, with dark blue (baby) eyes and blond hair. The one that was olive was actually mildly jaundiced, that's why he had some color! He now has light light white (lighter than my husband) skin, hazel eyes and dark brown wavy hair. The lighter one is now a light mocha (he tans up in summer), with ash blond/light brown hair and dark brown eyes. Our youngest is somewhere in the middle! We're our own Rainbow Connection!

Elayne - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi my 2 boys are both bi racial (black/white) when my eldest who is now coming 9 was born he was pink with brown eyes and brown straight hair after a few months his hair started to curl and is now what "people" tend to call english hair which makes me laugh he has very loose curly hair and is very light skinned My youngest was born a shade or 2 darker with blue eyes and brown curly hair. He is now nearly 5 and has dark green eyes and "tuff" hair if i leave it to grow it curls but in a tight curl and his skin tone is now the same as his brother BEAUTIFUL!!! We are all different but yet the same!!!!!!!!

Lacie - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son is 7 in May. He was born lighted skinned, only his genitals were dark, he had  a head full of black straight hair. I find that he has been getting darker every year, since he turned 2, every summer he gets darker and it just kinda stays with him. His hair is still dark but now its wavy, and it curls when it gets longer.  I really don't think there is a time limit, or anything like that. I am interested to see what the coming years will bring as well.

Kim - posted on 01/20/2009

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Both of my children are black/white mix and both ended up being pretty much the same color, cafe o lait.  There hair was pretty straight at birth but now its a whole different story, my daughter has ringlet curls my son his is more a big soft fluffy afro (which he loves)  Every kid is different.  They get darker in the summer months and lighter in the winter months.  I wish I had their skin color it beautiful!

Rachael - posted on 01/20/2009

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Well my son is half white/ half haitian.  he was whiter than me when he was born and he is 5 months old now and gets darker every day.  so she will gain more color as for hair im not sure because my sons hair gets curlier everday but sometimes mixed kids hair is different.

Rachael - posted on 01/20/2009

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Well my son is half white/ half haitian.  he was whiter than me when he was born and he is 5 months old now and gets darker every day.  so she will gain more color as for hair im not sure because my sons hair gets curlier everday but sometimes mixed kids hair is different.

Rachael - posted on 01/20/2009

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Well my son is half white/ half haitian.  he was whiter than me when he was born and he is 5 months old now and gets darker every day.  so she will gain more color as for hair im not sure because my sons hair gets curlier everday but sometimes mixed kids hair is different.

Rachael - posted on 01/20/2009

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Well my son is half white/ half haitian.  he was whiter than me when he was born and he is 5 months old now and gets darker every day.  so she will gain more color as for hair im not sure because my sons hair gets curlier everday but sometimes mixed kids hair is different.

RaeAnn - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter is half white/black. Her daddy is a dark man.. me, Im light. When my daughter was born, she was dark...... after the 3rd day, she was really dark.. but as time went on, she lightened up alot... she's not nearly as dark as she was when she was born! Her hair was staright up until she was about 9 months....then it started to curl... only in spots... then by the time she was 11 months.. she had a headful of curls... Now its just everywhere. lol. 

Janie Marie - posted on 01/19/2009

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My daughter, Nevaeh, is 2 years old(almost 3.) She had the lightest skin when she was born. I was actually kind of worried why her skin was so light. Her father is really dark and i'm hispanic, so i figured she'd be born w/dark skin...boy was I wrong. And her hair was so straight, I thought it was going to stay that way. Again, boy was I wrong. She now has the curliest hair, that my mother and I are having trouble doing anything with. Her hair changed when she was 3 months old. Her skin is what took a while to change. At one point in time her biological father actually questioned if he was her father or not.

Therese - posted on 01/19/2009

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they say to look at the tips of their ears and at their labia to find out how dark they are going to get. my daughter was born very light skinned. she is now eight and when asked says she is mocha, and likes it in the summer when she gets nice and dark and tells me i only get pink.

Karen - posted on 01/19/2009

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Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! I have two girls. My husband is a mix - Black, Irish and Native American. I am German and Russian. Our oldest who is 3 was light skinned with brown straight hair and hazel eyes when she was born. Slowly through her 1st year her hair started to curl. I'm still struggling with her hair as it is a mix - curly and beads water like my husband's, but soft and brown with red highlights from me. She is a nice caramel color. And her eyes are just striking. Her sister who is only 3 months is much fairer. She's very blonde with blue eyes. Only time will tell if her coloring will change.

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Thank you for the responses!! I am excited to see what happens, newborns change so much every day... I am excited to see where my daughters skin color/hair texture ends up at.

Jeannie - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have two black/white babies. They darken for a lot more than just a few months.  We just spent a month in Africa and they both darkened incredibly while we were gone.  My daughter was white when she was born but now is very mocha in color.  My son is exactly the same way.  My husband is from Ghana and very dark and I am quite fair but the kids each have their own color.  I know of people whose children was not fully set until they were in their teens.  Every child is different and their exposure to sun makes a big difference too.

Maggie - posted on 01/19/2009

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My daughter's biological father is very, very dark, but when she was born, she looked white. The only indication she was mixed was that her fingers, between the third knuckle and her fingernails, were darker. She started to get darker between 1.5 and 3 months old, and she's not that dark now, but much darker than when she was born. Also, herhair was straight until her baby hair fell out, and her new hair came in very curly on top, but straight on the sides, it's very cute :) You just have to wait it out and see, I guess!

Louise - posted on 01/19/2009

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i think it all depends on how dark the father is my daughters dad is from kenya and very dark and im white and when my daughter was born she had black curly hair and when she was about 4-5 months every1 used to say to me she looks black not mixed and she also has afro hair but i found as she has got older she has got lighter, u can see there getting there colour from looking at there finger nails u will see the colour creep up her fingers as she gets darker.

Amanda - posted on 01/19/2009

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I've found that my 18 month old slowly got darker over the months probably until he was about 1-ish. And his hair was dead straight for ages! Probably until about 4 months or so, but it's still getting curlier after each time i shave it.

Anjela - posted on 01/19/2009

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My son is black/white hw was born white with long black hair not a curl.He is now 8 years old with a head full of curls and as a lovely coffee colour skin.He was about 16 weeks old when he whent darker.

Alys - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have a 6 month old black/white mix baby. Her daddy is VERY dark and I am VERY light! Marleigh's hair started to curl a little at about a week and now it is an uncontrolable mess! lol!!! it's all over the place! When she was fisrt born the nurses kept asking in the daddy was Asian or Native American (we live right next to a Native reservation so there are a lot of natives in my city). She's darkend up quite a bit since birth, and now she has a really nice skin tone, but judging from her half sisters (who are also mixed babies) my daughter will get darker!

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2009

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My daughter was born light skinned with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her father is from Kenya and is medium to dark. Her hair was straight but curled when it was wet until about the age of one when it started to curl more and stay that way. She is now five years old and is still light skinned and has curly blonde hair and blue eyes. Everyone told me she would get darker and her eyes would change etc.. But they never did.

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