From the moment your baby is born, you can’t stop gazing into their cute faces. You’re still in awe at the miracle that’s given you this whole new person, curious to see what they grow to become. You want their hair to grow, so you’ll see its color, and you’re wondering, when do babies grow eyebrows after birth?
Some babies will be born with eyebrows, albeit not visible, while others will come out bare-browed. The truth is those that have them are few and far between, a newborn rarity. However, their growth will be fully defined by the time your baby is two or three months old.
Despite defined individual variations determined by genetics and other factors, babies have somewhat similar eyebrow growth patterns. The strands of brow hair your baby is born with are pigment-free from when they’re in-utero. Here’s a step-by-step guide to when you’d expect your tot to sport a pair of eyebrows.
Why Can’t I See Any Eyebrows on My Baby’s Face after Birth?
When your baby is born, you can expect to catch sight of a few wisps of what will become their eyebrows. In about three to four weeks, there’s normally a darkening outline on their forehead as their head hair also starts to lengthen and thicken.
It can be concerning to not see any eyebrows on your baby after the first month after birth. But it’s not uncommon to wait a year, especially if your child was born bald. It takes even longer for premature babies, as you can expect them to be two or three months late in almost everything. If your preemie came before the 35-week mark, they may be devoid of any brows or lashes.
Your baby may also have eyebrows that can be hard for you to spot. Pale and blonde-colored brow hairs won’t show unless you hold your child against the light. The wisps can also be sparsely rooted, a sign that even after they lengthen and darken, they’ll not become thick or bushy.
Only through patience will you see the final results of when your baby grows eyebrows after birth. Babies start with peach fuzz, even when they’ll later develop thick, perfectly shaped brows.
Can I Use Hair Growth Serums or Salves to Encourage the Growth of My Baby’s Eyebrows?
A lot of commercial products claim to initiate your baby’s eyebrow growth, which may sound appealing, but it’s unsafe. Such salves and lathers are chemical-laden, which can be hazardous for your child. Attempts to apply them on your tot’s forehead can have them accidentally entering the eyes. Their toxic substances can also be absorbed through your child’s skin.
Even when you’ve been especially careful not to have eyebrow growth serums in your baby’s eyes, they might do it themselves. Your child has little control over their movements, and they’ll certainly rub their faces with tiny hands. Chances are that the hand will end up in their eyes or mouth, resulting in undesirable side effects.
The same goes for organic home remedies like coconut oil or Vaseline petroleum jelly. While their effect on the growth of your baby’s eyebrows is debatable, they aren’t safe when coming into contact with your kid’s eyes. It doesn’t make sense to put your child in the emergency room because of contamination by cosmetic substances.
If your baby has no medical condition that prevents the growth of eyebrows, give them time, and they’ll eventually grow. They may appear odd-looking and not particularly picture-friendly. But you need patience if you’re to let your child’s growth take its course.
When Do Eyebrows Develop on My Baby before Birth?
Eyebrows develop from the 20th or 21st week of a normal pregnancy. That’s when hair follicles all over the baby’s body start sprouting, covering everything except their lips, palms, and soles of the feet. The fur-like fuzz is called lanugo. Some babies are born with it or it’ll have disappeared by the 35th week.
As the hair on the head and eyelashes begin to develop, so do your baby’s eyebrows. Their follicles have fully formed while the fetus was in your womb, even if brow lashes aren’t visible after birth.
Hair on the brow line starts to thicken between the second and third months, but distinct eyebrows may not fully form until a year or two later. The eventual color is coded in your baby’s genes. Thats a combination of your chromosomes and your husband’s. That means that the hairs might darken or remain pale after the brows are defined.
Sometimes, you’ll notice redness on your baby’s brow where the eyebrows are supposed to be. A flushed look is possibly a cue that your tot is tired, as the area around the eyes tends to redden. If your child doesn’t show other signs of sleepiness, observing their forehead will help you soothe them to sleep better.
Can I Draw Fake Eyebrows on My Baby for Photo Shoot?
There’s a trend where mums wanting to introduce their eyebrow-less infants on social media draw fake ones instead. While these attempts have resulted in everything from the hilarious to the creepy, it’s safe when done correctly. Remember to place your baby’s safety above any perceived online fame, sticking to FDA-approved products like eyeliner or washable make-up.
Use only products marked as made for sensitive skin to protect your child’s sensitive skin. After the application and the photoshoot, wash or wipe off your artwork immediately to avoid eye or mouth contamination.
Any stick on unibrows or funny mustaches must stay clear or your tot’s eyes. Avoid using permanent or sharpie markers on your baby, seeing as they’ll not be easy to remove and contain harsh chemicals. You can take care of your baby’s eyebrows by ensuring complete nourishment and using safe skin or hair moisturizers.
Whether your baby was born bald or with a full head of hair, you may have to wait at least two or three months before seeing their eyebrows. On others, hairs on their brows will be clearly defined after birth. They’ll lengthen, thicken and darken in color as your tot grows.
The visibility of eyebrows on your baby gets determined by genetics. However, brow hairs should have started forming after the 22nd week of pregnancy.
I’m Cathrine and I’m a 39-year-old mother of 3 from Utica, New York. And I’m extremely happy you’ve come to visit my hide-out on the web. Here I post about everything related to family-life and usually it will involve babies and lessons I’ve learned over the years from experts, friends, and my own mistakes. So hopefully you will find what i write fun and informational!