Having Redheads – the joy of red haired babies!

It’s likely if you’re a redhead that you’ve heard the joke about a couple who’ve just had a red haired child, and noticed that the attitude towards Ginger Babyhaving red haired children is not always positive (we won’t feature it here because its in bad taste, but please feel free to use your favourite search engine).  We had a discussion about how we feel about having red haired babies and it lead to me (Jess) giving Mum a mini interview about her experience having a red and the difference with having a brunette baby (my lovely sister).

The red haired arrival and a special visit

Mum told me that she had always expected a red haired baby and there was a very interesting story about my birth. When I was born there was quite a stir on the ward, with the nurses buzzing because the Consultant Gynaecologist Obstetrician would be coming down to see me. Mum asked if there was a problem, but was told that, ‘no, it was a special visit’. When he arrived he walked through the ward, passing rows of other mothers and babies, exchanged pleasantries with my Mum, leant over my cot, smiled and said ‘Yes, I always come to see my redheads.’ It turns out that whenever a ginger baby was born he was to be told about it, so that he could visit them, as a Redhead himself.

Redheads are hard to mix up

My sister and I were born at Leicester General Hospital maternity unit, a huge maternity unit with hundreds of babies and beds. As with me, Mum expected for her second child to be a redhead and was quite surprised when she wasn’t. It was only then that she became very concerned that she could be mixed up with other children when taken away. This had never been an issue with me, as the only red haired baby on the ward. She was so concerned that she fought to keep my sister with her, and had to prove to them that she was strong enough to take care of the new baby.

My personal feeling is that I would like to have a red haired child, to pass on the gene, and see a big part of me in my child, but I would be concerned for their experiences at school, at the hands of their peers.

So what’s your experience of red haired babies? Do you have any? Would you be happy to have one?

More about the author: Jessica Shailes

Just call me Jess, I'm the co-creator of Everything for Redheads and love contributing to our community here. Let me know what you'd like to see on the site and we'll see what we can do.

18 Comments

  1. my best friends son is a redhead – he has gorgeous hair, but she is seriously worried he’ll be bullied at school when he starts. It’s a pity that this kind of bullying (which it is) is allowed after all if it was aimed at an ethnic trait it would be illegal. I also think red hair is less acceptable in men/boys

    • Andrea, I totally agree, I really don’t understand why it is seen as funny. I hope he will be ok, I have always noticed that the way you respond to bully’s makes a big difference to the outcome. No one can help whether he gets picked on or not, but he can be prepared to respond for the best outcome. I think we’ll have to do a post on bullying in the future and ask an expert to come in on it.

  2. Proud Mum of two redheads and a blonde! My son is in year one at school and no bullying so far – Mummy will kick their butts if they try lol.

  3. Being a Ginge myself I would love Red Haired children. I had a hard time at school because of my hair colour but I would most definately kick ass for them if they did!

  4. I gave birth to a blonde baby and was disappointed that she wasn't ginger like me.

  5. I have a beautiful, flame-haired girl, from the moment she was born there hasn't been a day when someone hasn't told her how beautiful her hair is. She calls herself the Ginger Ninja!

  6. I have a beautiful, flame-haired girl, from the moment she was born there hasn't been a day when someone hasn't told her how beautiful her hair is. She calls herself the Ginger Ninja!

    • You have beautiful hair Tom, you shine like a bejewelled beacon of gorgeousness in a world of grey people. If i were a poet I would write sonnets to your gingerness. Can I stop yet?

    • bless her, she is beautiful like her mummy xxxx

  7. Out of 4 children only # 3 is a fellow redhead and is always being told by strangers and friends what a fantastic colour his hair is. He hasn't had the name calling I suffered at school but all mine have gone to catholic schools where there does seem to be a higher percentage of redheads.
    Before the birth of no 4 whenever I was asked if I wanted a boy or a girl I always replied " A redhead!"

    • haha I'll remember that Kirsten if I ever have children…don't care if it's a girl or a boy as long as…

  8. Out of 4 children only # 3 is a fellow redhead and is always being told by strangers and friends what a fantastic colour his hair is. He hasn't had the name calling I suffered at school but all mine have gone to catholic schools where there does seem to be a higher percentage of redheads.
    Before the birth of no 4 whenever I was asked if I wanted a boy or a girl I always replied " A redhead!"

  9. I have two children. My oldest, my son, is a redhead and my daughter has darker hair with red highlights throughout. My son has big gold/brown eyes and my daughter has hazel eyes. They both have fair skin (although my daughter is half Guatemalan) but my daughter is more sensitive to the sun than my son. I get compliments on my son's hair all the time. He has copper hair and his dark, long red eyelashes and perfect features, he is going to be a knock out…I am in big trouble! My daughter has the "ginger" fierceness about her and my brother says she is more like a red head than a Latina. LOL. I was made fun of so much as a kid with red hair, I dreaded my children going through that. I was thrilled, however, when my son was born with red hair. Honestly, I think it has become "cooler" to be a redhead then it was when I was a kid. My son has NEVER gotten made fun of for his red hair and he's now going into the 4th grade. I truly love that my kids are little redheads…

    • I love your story Sarah, so thank you for sharing it with us! I hope he continues to get no mean comments, and watch out ladies if your predictions are correct. :) Jess

    • I love your story Sarah, so thank you for sharing it with us! I hope he continues to get no mean comments, and watch out ladies if your predictions are correct. Jess

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