skin tone/hair question for infant

Amy - posted on 12/23/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 wks old. My husband is African and I am white. I was surprised at how fair complected she is. Her hair has fallen out and is coming back in now.
At what point in your experience were your children the complexion they were going to be and have the hair texture that they were going to have?

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Regina - posted on 12/30/2008

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Your daughter is still fairly young so it will take a few months before her complexion will come in. My daughter was very fair when she was born and did not look black at all however about 3months later she was brown. Her hair took quite awhile to grow in and she's 17months and still doesn't have long hair but its grown in nicely and its very curly and soft.

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Amanda - posted on 01/22/2009

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An African friend told me that to see how dark a baby will be, you can look at the skin ust above the nails (someone else mentioned that) and also their ears. I think it kinda works, when my son was tiny those areas were darker than the rest of him, but now at 18 months, the darker areas are not really noticeable.



But she'll be gorgeous no matter what shade she turns out :-)

Dominique - posted on 12/31/2008

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I forgot to mention that I kept my children's hair soft by keeping it well hydrated. Don't wash it too often and try and stay away from any hair products containing petrolatum and alcohol. I use these lovely natural products from a line called Taria Curlz. They are products that smell like chocolate and fruit specially designed for curly, ethnic hair. I LOVE THEM! I also use organic oils to keep their skin soft and smooth every day. My kids are always getting compliments on their skin and hair.

Dominique - posted on 12/31/2008

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My two bi-racial kids were very light at birth. They continue to darken in skin tone every year. They have curly, ringlet afros. All kids change as they age, mixed children are no exception.

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hi again.

when i was on a chack up(doctor) when he was 1year, the doctor sayd thet the skinn tone could change verry much up to the day he is an adult. he sayd that even if you born verry dark,does not meen he is to bee thet dark or light.

he even sayd that he have seen kids allmoust changed totally from light to verry dark at the beginning of the teen.... so for me it's verry intresting.

my son is light but i cn see his body gets darker.. wonder how his colour this gonna be this summer... (just wish i could have his colour.. it's so beautiful!! just perfect!)

Erica - posted on 12/26/2008

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My baby is half white, half Chinese (dad). She's paler than her father. Her hair is dark brown and not as straight as his (although it's still straight). Also, her eyes are hazel.

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My son is 6 and his Dad is Senegalese (West Africa). I am very fair-skinned. My son has an olive complection...looks more hispanic or asian. I can't remember when his complection changed but I don't think it changed too much from birth. His hair is VERY straight and kinda lays flat & close to his head. He's never really had curly hair and it doesn't appear that he ever will.



My oldest son is 14 yrs old and his Dad is Jamaican. He is also olive skinned and not very dark at all. His hair is much thicker and VERY curly. His hair was kind of straight w/some whispy curls in the back. On his 1st birthday, his Dad & I cut his hair and it curled up.

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hi again.

was just reading here.. and came to think of the fact that when my son was born he was lighter than my breast.... and they are FAR from brown(expesially in Nowember)...

hehe

he is stil pretty light in his face (but thats because he had eczema when he was a baby.) i guess he is as dark as he could get when you think of the fact that the father is'nt THAT dark....and i am as white as a white girl can be.... ;)

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My daughter is 15 months (today!) and she is half Mexican (her dad is 100%). So far, her hair color is still just a few shades darker than mine and her skin tone is maybe a shade darker than me. Her dad is VERY dark complected, so I was a bit surprised. She does have brown eyes (I have blue), but I have no idea if she will ever get darker complected. She tans really well in the summer and everyone I know that has bi-racial children says it takes a couple years before their children really had a darker skin tone. So I guess it just depends on your children.

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hi and congrats

I am a Norwagian and my boyfriend is Kenyan.

our son had small smal curles when he got born, but they was wiped away by the nurse... he have verry much "white people" curls.. and he have kind of mid light brown hair

Shannon - posted on 12/24/2008

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My daughter was as white as could be when she was born, but grew darker as time went on. I know it was a gradual process and living at the beach in California, we spend a lot of time outdoors, so she probably darkened even faster because of that. Her hair didn't come in until she was 2 and then it was very course and curly. Now she is 8 and less curly and feels more like mine, but still more difficult to manage. They continue to change as they grow, so enjoy every stage. Genetics are an amazing thing when your children are bi-racial!

Heidi - posted on 12/24/2008

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Hi there. Both of my kids are very fair skinned (dad is black). My son has green eyes and they both have curly but thick hair. They both get quite dark in the summer but their skin tone is only maybe 1.5 shades darker than mine. Your daughter may get a bit darker but also may stay fair skinned.

Carolyn - posted on 12/24/2008

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My mother-in-law (black) told me to look at the cuticles around my kids finger nails and that would determine what there complection would be after they were older. Don't know how exact this information is, but seemed to hold true for us. As for their hair, what a change, all had straight hair, loose curls through elementary school and as they reached puberty, their hair was really tight. Again, this may not be the same for everyone, but that's how it was with my three ANGELS (smile)

Rachel - posted on 12/24/2008

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My oldest daughter is 7 nad her skin has been getting a little bit darker each year. I think now she will stay this color and hair too, its just been getting thicker and wilder. So it will be some time untill you know exactly what your child will really look like!

Marci - posted on 12/24/2008

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i can only tell you what i know personally. both of my children are very fair skinned. 2 1/2 and 6 months. my 2 year old was born with black colored hair, but now 2 years old it is brown. at 1 his hair was still really curly (white kind of curly) but now its not as curly. neither one of my kids have "black" hair. my 2 year old still has fair skin. my nephew on the other hand has black colored hair and its kinda kinky. it looks better really short than grown out much. also, he is 5 years old and every time we see him his skin is darker and darker. so every child is different. i think my nephew has more dominant black genes and my children have more dominant white genes.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2008

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They may be that complected and that hair texture. My children have very fine hair, as fine as mine, and light skin also. I am white and my husband is black. They have been this way since birth. I know that some hair textures may change, but it may stay the same as well

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