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Newborn baby with blue eyes awake on a white blanket

“Will my baby’s eyes stay blue” is often a topic of conversation that often comes up in my Newborn photography sessions!

I thought I would do some research into this popular question. I was surprised with the answers I found, perhaps you will be too!

There is nothing better than looking into your baby’s big, beautiful, glossy eyes. It is easy to be curious about what whether their eyes will remain the colour they were born with, or if they will change and if so, when.

What determines a baby’s eye colour?

Genetics from mother and father determines what colour eyes your baby will have. The colour itself is made by a protein called Melanin. Melanin also determines babies hair colour and skin colour!  

Are all babies born with blue eyes?

I believed that all Newborn babies were born with blue eyes but according to this article from pampers this is a myth! They say that babies can be born with a range of different eye colours with brown being the most common but can range from grey to black!

When will my baby’s eye colour change?

The most noticeable change will happen when your Newborn baby is between 3-6 months. By the time your baby is 1 years old you should know what colour eyes they will have. However, some children’s eyes can change right up until the age of 6! Olivia has hazel colour eyes and have changed shades so many times! They used to be more hazel/green and now they are more light brown (she is 11).

What is the most unusual eye colour?

The answer to this varies by where you read but many sources seem to suggest that green eyes are the least common.

Can you tell what colour your baby will have before they are born?

There is a tremendous about of informative information on how parents genes can influence eye colour. I found this article by all about vision and they say-

“At one time, brown eye colour was considered “dominant” and blue eye colour was considered a “recessive” trait. But modern science has shown that eye colour is not that simple.

Eye color isn’t just a blend of the parents’ eye colours, as in mixing paint. Each parent has two pairs of genes on each chromosome, and multiple possibilities exist for how this genetic information is expressed in terms of eye colour”

Was your baby born with blue eyes? When did their eye colour change? Did they stay blue?

| Newborn photographer Based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire | To find out more about my newborn sessions click here

If you google “how many per hours per day does a Newborn sleep”, the answer will be between 14-19 hours per day! You can almost guarantee those awake hours are going to be during the night- naturally! You might be interested in a Newborn photography session but question what happens if baby does not sleep

It is natural to worry that your baby won’t sleep- especially when most of the newborn images you see are of sleeping babies. Most babies sleep, some babies have an awake period and a few babies like to be awake the whole session! I am here to reassure you we can still achieve a beautiful gallery no matter what!

Recently, I photographed little Piper who decided to close her eyes for around 10 minute of her whole Newborn session. We still got a beautiful gallery and I would love to share a few of my favourite images from the session.

Newborn babies always have the most glossy blue eyes!

Capturing memories of your Newborn to remember how small they were, and to relive these moments in the future, is the aim of your session. That can definitely be achieved no matter if baby is awake or asleep!

If baby is awake it is a wonderful opportunity to use your hands as props to keep baby settled and secure, as opposed to flaring their arms and legs. Your hands are such a useful, not the mention beautiful, way of portraying just how small your baby is!

If baby needs some comforting during their awake period, this is a nice time to capture a memory of that special bond whilst breast feeding your baby, if you would like it for your gallery.

Awake Newborns are almost guaranteed to give some funny facial expressions for their gallery!

As with asleep babies, I like to capture all of those precious details including fingers and toes!

Newborn yawns also make for the most adorable images!

I have many techniques I use to soothe baby into a lovely sleep for their session. I hope that this post has reassured you that even when they are not sleeping I am still creating the best memories of your Newborn for you to treasure for a life time!

To view my Newborn portfolio please click here

Emma xx

| Maternity and Newborn photographer based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire |