6 Things to Know About Having a Red-Haired Baby

Almost 17 months ago, my husband and I hit the parenting jackpot.

We got a red-headed baby.

From the first moments of her life, nurses and friends alike were asking, “Does it look like she has a bit of red in her hair?”

And as she got older, her hair just got more and more obviously red.

Neither my husband nor I have red hair, so we weren’t ready for what life would be like with a red-headed baby.

Here’s a few insider tips, in case you have one too:

  • #1: People will comment on it constantly

    #1: People will comment on it constantly

    It’s a little like taking a celebrity out with you, sometimes. Total strangers stop us in the grocery store or on the sidewalk, exclaiming over her hair.

  • #2: Sun protection isn't something you mess around with

    #2: Sun protection isn't something you mess around with

    Along with that brilliant hair you usually get some pretty fair skin too. Any time in the sun requires a hat and often a quick douse of sunscreen too. I don’t want her skin matching her hair!

  • #3: The stereotype about red heads and fiery tempers?

    #3: The stereotype about red heads and fiery tempers?

    In the case of our child, at least, there is a bit of truth to it. She’s generally a very sweet and pleasant child, but if she’s crossed? She’ll let you know she is UNHAPPY.

  • #4: If you aren't a red-head, people will always ask where it came from

    #4: If you aren't a red-head, people will always ask where it came from

    My husband’s sister had beautiful red hair, and I have several cousins with red hair, but since neither of us is a red-head, this question comes up almost every time someone notes her hair color.

  • #5: It's a little harder to dress a red-head

    #5: It's a little harder to dress a red-head

    My older daughter is blonde and most things look good on her. Red hair and fair skin is a little more tricky, but when something looks good on her, it looks fantastic!

  • #6: You will NEVER get tired of that red hair.

    #6: You will NEVER get tired of that red hair.

    On a daily basis, I find myself marveling over how BEAUTIFUL that hair is. The number of photos of those little curls I have on my phone would blow your mind.

 

 

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