What Will My Baby Look Like?

If you have a child, from whom did he or she get the looks?

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What will my baby look like? This is one of the exciting questions that soon-to-be dads and moms ask. I asked this question myself when I was pregnant and have even dreamed about it. Will my baby look like mom or dad? Will he or she be beautiful or handsome? Is it really possible to know what babies look like even before they are born?

Virtual Baby Photos Generated from MakeMeBabies.com

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This baby boy doesn't look much like our real baby boys except for the hair and the shape of the face.This baby girl does look a little bit like one of our baby girls.
This baby boy doesn't look much like our real baby boys except for the hair and the shape of the face.
This baby boy doesn't look much like our real baby boys except for the hair and the shape of the face.
This baby girl does look a little bit like one of our baby girls.
This baby girl does look a little bit like one of our baby girls.

Virtual Baby Maker

Would you believe that even if you are not pregnant or don't even have a marriage partner at all, you can have a sneak preview of what your baby will look like? This is possible because of the many virtual baby maker sites and software programs available today. All you need are your photo and the photo of a partner - it could be your spouse, a boyfriend, or even a celebrity - and the virtual baby maker program does its magic. By merging the two photos, poof, out comes the the virtual baby, it doesn't have to take 9 months.

One high-end software of this kind developed by Luxand claim that theirs use facial recognition technologies. It carefully analyzes the two facial features and applies sophisticated mathematical transformations to these facial features to obtain a totally new face. But this one costs $20. I've tried a free online virtual baby maker and the baby pictures on the right are generated. You could try it just for fun.

Baby's Looks and Genetics

Do you know that a pair of parents has the potential of reproducing 64 trillion different children?  That's what experts say based on the estimation that there are 60,000 to 100,000 genes in a human being's 46 chromosomes. And that is what happens when a baby gets 23 chromosomes from mom and another 23 from dad. So statistically speaking, it is quite impossible to predict accurately what your baby will look like.

Furthermore, Kate Garber, PhD, director of education in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta , says that "Most traits are actually determined by many genes working together, rather than a single gene ."

What that means is that the interplay of genes can create all sorts of unexpected traits.  As an example, eye color which is determined by the amount of melanin or brown pigment in the iris can result to a wide variety of hues.  Therefore, it is possible for 2 blue-eyed parents to have brown-eyed offspring and vice versa.

There is also such a thing called dominant feature.  This means that only one parent need to have the feature to possibly pass on the gene through generations.  Examples of dominant features are dimples, freckles, cleft chin, hairy earlobes and widow's peak.

To get an idea of what facial features your child may inherit, look at photos of family members and relatives over generations.  If most family members have dimples or a prominent chin, then there is a fairly strong indication that these traits will likely be passed on to the child.

Another scenario would be, if the dad carries only a dominant gene for brown hair and mom carries only a recessive gene for blond, all children should have brown hair.  But when the children marries a blond spouse, some grandchildren will have the possibility of having blond hair. 

3D and 4D Ultrasound

For couples expecting a baby within a couple of months, it is possible to know the gender of the baby as early as 16 weeks using 2D ultrasound. Now, with the advance in technology, it is also possible to see a clearer picture of how the baby looks like while still in the mother's womb using 3D and 4D ultrasound.

2D, 3D and 4D are features on the ultrasound system that produce images. When we say 2D, black and white images are obtained; 3D produces color still shot pictures; and 4D is like a colored video capture of the baby's movement in mom's tummy. So if the baby is sucking his/her thumb, crying, yawning, etc. you will see his/her movements and gestures using 4D ultrasound.

This new technology is amazing. It is possible to capture baby's first Images in colored photos and video, and preserve the memories for the whole family to enjoy. However, the safety of this souvenir ultrasound baby scans is still in question. For those, who opt to avail of this service, they are doing it at their own risk.

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Albino Freakish 4 years ago

There is a cool app called Who's My Baby? which will tell you exactly this information.

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kelleyward 5 years ago

Interesting info. Thanks so much!

amber 5 years ago

make my baby cute

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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

I've never heard about this before. It is too late now, I have five children now. But It is still a useful information for me, I will share it with my children when they are ready. What a hub! Vote up! Thank You Chin chin!

sam 5 years ago

wow that's nice information chin chin

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dipsmi 5 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

cool hub!!!

dana 5 years ago

i dont no

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laisaa 5 years ago

i love it.


PSKeville 5 years ago

For those of you who can't wait to see how close the Baby Maker software comes to the end results of that fetus.... gather photos of YOUR mom & dad and perhaps a baby picture of yourself. See how accurate it is with your parents photos. :o) I think that over-all, it is for entertainment purposes anyway.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Amazing and intriguing info which i so much enjoy reading,thanks.

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ellahall2011 5 years ago

Hahaha i love it.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Wow, this device is cool and fun ! Thanks for sharing.

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Pinkchic18 6 years ago from Minnesota

Very cool hub! I love it.

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Chin chin, Interesting informative hub! Life is a precious gift from God it is amazing to see how each child is uniquely formed and has their own distinct temperaments and characteristics! Each child is really a miraculous creation of God created for a purpose!

Thank you for sharing this most thought provoking hub! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

CorMack 6 years ago

Babies are really nothing THAT special, except in the eyes of the parents. Any couple, without existing medical issues, can create one -- doesn't take some special gift or require some talent. If only the gifted or talented could have children, then our race would be doomed (as those numbers are severely limited in the scheme of things). The world mostly swells with 'Average Joes' and 'Plain Janes'.

Of course parents will think their kid is the best, but they shouldn't expect the rest of the world to follow suit. There are a lot of unattractive people out there who were all babies once, and I am sure they were the apple of their parents' eyes too.

Just being realistic.

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WhatWillMyBaby 6 years ago

Great article.

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Free Baby Coupons 6 years ago

Hi Chin chin,

Thank you for sharing this article with us. It sounds pretty interesting.

I especially liked the baby maker page, just for fun:)

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EatLovePray 6 years ago from Canada

Wow! Thanks for the nice article!

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Devara 6 years ago from Indonesia

Wahahha...both of us, me and my wife laughed so badly when we tried to use the software on makemebabies.com. Both of us cannot determine whether the baby is she or he..lol

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jennshealthstore 6 years ago from Florida

Great Hub. It would be very interesting to see. I think I want to check that out. Thanks for the great read.

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coolmompublishing 6 years ago from Georgia

Very interesting and curiosity piquing hub! I had to try it for myself because I have a 5 month old, and I wanted to see if it would be close. It actually did look like a less chubby version of my son. I used morphthings.com. It's free and doesn't require a membership.

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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

..wow this is interesting,cool and fun! I'm excited to try the free software for fun..^.^ Thank you for sharing ma'am!^.^

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Scott 6 years ago

Lots of fun. Tried it and one was the spitting image of our daughter! Works great.

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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

This is a great tool. It's fun to see what your baby might look like.

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beth811 6 years ago from Philippines

This is interesting! I'll try this. Eager to see what will my baby look like using this free online virtual baby maker. Thanks.

infant bedding set 6 years ago

My husband and I are childless wonders but often joke around when we see adorable little kids. He likes to say, "Where's our love child?" Now we can even take it a step further. :)

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

beccas90, you are absolutely right. My daughter has my diligence and my son got my shyness. And now that I'm a mom, I think I'm beginning to be like my mom even more. Thanks for reading this hub, beccas90.

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beccas90 6 years ago from New York

Of course in addition to looks they do seem to take on some our traits as well don't they. My kids have my witty humor and wisdom and take after their father for clothes everywhere and ability to turn the kitchen into a garage - just kidding.

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angel4todd 6 years ago from louisiana

this was a really interesting read. Thank you.

selena  6 years ago

wow amazing

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ineveryoneheart 6 years ago

woh great

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Zreeves11 6 years ago from Kent

super stuff good info and one of the best hubs ive read...

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Debbie Gee 6 years ago from California

always neat to ponder :) Neat Hub!

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

GojiJuiceGoodness and Grills Guy, I think sometimes the virtual baby maker will come up with a good combination of the parents photos. But it will not be really accurate. For me, it's also worth some fun.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Norah Casey, not only you are interested in inherited appearance traits, a lot of people are. Isn't it that whenever there is a newborn, people often ask who does the baby look like? But you'll never really know until they are a little bit grown-up. As for my siblings and I, I used to say that I'm different from them because my cousins tease me that I'm dark-colored compared to them. Anyway, I like being unique also.

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nothando 6 years ago

ohh no i cant resist this one. da baby is determined by the number of sexual wet dream of father. if he did a lot da baby will absolutely look like mother. or and alcohol.but the acual fact is genes, dat what dertemine a baby. thando ziqubu

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obasi 6 years ago

In meditation, the individual is encouraged to give up his attachment to his separated self concept…the separated self is always conceptual,is very possible

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Grills Guy 6 years ago from Santa Cruz

Well I don't think that virtual baby maker is all that accurate, yet it still is a funny gimmick to try out.

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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Great hub! I found it very interesting. In the photos up top with baby & parents, I think the baby somewhat resembled the mother.

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Norah Casey 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Interesting hub! I've always been interested in inherited appearance traits. While all of my siblings and I are unmistakably related, I'm the only person in my immediate family with green eyes. One can guess what their kids will look like, but who knows how it will actually turn out! :)

hot cars 6 years ago

What an interesting topic! Very fun and entertaining hub. thanks for sharing your thoughts

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

FashionFame, I have tried the virtual baby maker, posted the photo above. Though I have tried it over and over again, trying to see if the baby photo results would look differently. Thanks for dropping by.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Polly C, thanks for sharing your thoughts. People do say that most of our children got the looks from their dad, only the 4th one looks more like me. Maybe that's one reason we got 5 children. I want one more that looks like me. Ha ha!

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks lender for dropping by.

Surely borge_009, your baby will inherit the looks either from both of you. Hope you have a wonderful-looking baby.

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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Wow !! I just loved it. I would surely like to try it. Have you tried it????????? Let me know!!Joining your fan club and would like to invite you too.

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Polly C 6 years ago from UK

Interesting hub - when I was pregnant I used to wonder all the time what my babies would look like. An interesting factor for me is this - my first child is the spitting image of his dad, whereas the youngest definitely looks more like me. However, both of the children look alike - there is no mistaking that they are brothers! It's fascinating...thank you :)

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borge_009 6 years ago from Philippines

You have some interesting informations here. I just hope if me and my partner will going to have a baby, he/she will just be beautiful as her mother or handsome as me. LOL

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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

What an interesting topic! Very fun and entertaining hub.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Glowz and hubpageswriter, you can try the virtual baby maker too. I had some fun when I tried it in making the image to compliment this hub. Thanks for dropping by.

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

CarpetDiem, you're absolutely right. I think the same way about our 5 babies. Thanks for answering the question.

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CarpetDiem 6 years ago from Southern California

Chin Chin,

"What will my baby look like?"

Sorry, but I can't resist answering this question. For almost all parents, in their eyes, their new baby will look like the most beautiful baby in the whole wide world! :)

I know our two babies looked like that!

Great title and hub.


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hubpageswriter 6 years ago

This seems like fun. Great hub.

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Glowz 6 years ago

Wow! your rite belliot that would be interesting and it would create a lot of curiosity don't you think to all that would want to be first time parent's to those or those that fantasize about having a baby with their dream boy or girl!

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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines Author

For curiosity's sake, you can have fun to try the Virtual Baby Maker software. However, the resulting photo does not come that close yet to the real baby when he comes - well, not yet. Thanks belliott for leaving your thoughts.

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belliott 6 years ago

Interesting information. I would be curious to see a photo from the Virtual Baby Maker software before a baby was born and then see how close it was to being right. Thanks for sharing.

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