It is impossible to look at a baby or toddler without wondering who they look like. Is it mum or dad, or grandma or grandpa or maybe one of the aunts or uncles? It is surprising how much you can see a likeness even in a newborn baby and of course, once they are toddlers there is lots of resemblance, probably to more than one person.
Some of the similarity comes from the baby’s looks – their colouring or features really do look like one of the family, but some of it develops as the baby develops. This can happen because the way that babies learn is through copying, so that even their expressions and the way they move will become unconscious copies of the people around them.
So even if your baby does not look very like you in features, don’t worry, you will very likely find that as time goes on, they will become more and more like you in the way they appear. Their actions can take on the same quality as yours and you may end up with strangers telling you how like you your child looks, even when you don’t see it yourself.