Genes from both the mother and father make us who we are. There are 23 chromosomes that we get from the mother, while the remaining 23 come from the father—genes from these chromosomes determines our unique characteristic features. While some genes become recessive and don’t show up, others predominantly define our personality and how we look. It has long been known that it is genes from the father that define whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. But, there are many other traits that come from the father’s side. Here are a few traits that your baby is more likely to get from their father.
1. Eye Color: Blue, Green, Grey Or Brown
Wondering what your baby’s eye color would be? Look into your partner’s eyes.
Usually, the dark colored eyes like brown are more dominant. This means if either of the parents has brown eyes, the baby is likely to have brown eyes. However, if the father has a recessive eye color like blue, and your eyes are brown, your baby will have their father’s blue eyes.
2. Lips Like Father
When you are thinking what your baby will be like, you start with facial characteristics and one among them is lips. Fuller lips are a dominant trait, and if the would-be father has them, you can bet on your baby having them too.
3. Hair Color And Type
Will the baby have brown hair or black hair, straight or curly hair? Will it be same as her dad like the eye color? Probably, yes. Darker hair is more likely to appear on your baby’s head, even if she is born bald. Still, genes from the dad may determine to a larger extent what would be the color and the texture of your baby’s hair.
4. Sense Of Humor
There is no gene that makes you funny, it is rather a social trait. A personality trait is what can be brought into the play by the genes, which includes being inclined on the humorous side. So, if daddy cracks up funny jokes, the baby may easily pick up these traits by merely watching him.
5. The Way Your Baby Sleeps
Does your baby toss and turn in her crib? Blame it on the dad. Sleeping patterns are also inherited from the father. It could be a good, deep, and peaceful sleep, which even beating of drums won’t disturb. But, sadly, even habits like insomnia could be inherited from the paternal side.
Height And Weight
Of course, the height and weight are again a play of genetics. The point to note is that if the baby’s dad is tall, chances are they will grow up to be the same. If the mom is short, the child may not be as tall as their father, yet have a good height. As for the weight, parents genes do play a role in determining how much the child will end up weighing—the father’s weight more likely to influence the weight of the child.
7. Similar Fingerprints
We aren’t saying that the fingerprints of the child will be the same as their father’s. No two individuals have same fingerprints. The patterns could be similar, but as we know, in any case, can’t be identical. You may find it amazing to notice that the whorls and lines on the fingers of the father and child could have just too many similarities.
To Take Risks
As we already found, personality traits like being humorous could be inherited. One such could be seeking risks and enjoying them. You might come across few people who enjoy the thrill of taking a risk. If your partner is one such person who is a born risk taker, then so will be your kid.
9. Teeth Structure And Teeth Issues
Daddy prone to cavities? The baby could have them too. Teeth issues are more likely to arise if the baby’s father had them. Even having a tooth-gap is genetic! You can’t simply determine if your baby will have a tooth gap or misaligned teeth. But, if the baby’s father has issues with teeth, chances are she could have them as well.
10. Dimple: The Beauty Sign
Nothing is more adorable than a baby flashing a dimple when they are laughing. If their father has a dimple, chances are your baby will also have two cute depressions in their chubby cheeks.
There are moments when you look at your baby and notice that she looks like her dad when she smiles and is annoyed—some familiar features just stand out. Scientists might have just backed up your thoughts with an experiment they conducted on mice. Around 99% of genes in a human have counterparts in a mouse. Genetic researchers conducted experiments to find out that the genes from the father have an upper hand in determining the genes that will be dormant.1 So, it is not wrong to say that we are more like our dads.
|↑1||Crowley, James J., Vasyl Zhabotynsky, Wei Sun, Shunping Huang, Isa Kemal Pakatci, Yunjung Kim, Jeremy R. Wang et al. “Analyses of allele-specific gene expression in highly divergent mouse crosses identifies pervasive allelic imbalance.” Nature genetics 47, no. 4 (2015): 353-360.|