Everybody is excited about what a baby sees first and parents want to imagine how their toddler sees them from time to time. But when does your baby really start really seeing things? And what does the baby see first?
When They Start Using Their Eyesight
Experts say babies are able to see even when they’re still in the womb. They can already distinguish between light and dark at this stage of the baby eye development. In the case of newborn babies, their eyes are able to discern objects, particularly shapes, by simply following the outlines of shapes as formed when light and dark meet. However, they can’t see yet things as they are just yet. After several weeks, they start distinguishing the primary color red from the rest.
Thus, if you wear red or if the room has a red curtain, the baby is apt to stare at you or the curtain with big wondering eyes.
How Their Eyes Learn
It takes time for the babies to learn how to coordinate their eyesight. The eyes need to “learn” to see things normally. You might have noticed how some babies get cross-eyed at times while looking intently at certain things. Don’t worry; babies easily learn eyesight lessons in their first few months.
During the first year, the baby’s brain and eyes start to learn to match up images and remember them. As parents, you can help your baby develop in this area faster. Try to often show the baby interesting things, like colorful pictures, hanging baby toys, shapes, or take them out for a stroll in the park or anywhere else with a great view.
Critical Stages in the Baby’s Eye Development
Initially, babies are able to see things within eight to 12 inches from their face. Infant eyes are able to discern only three colors at first—white, black, and gray. During the first or second week, the bay’s eyes also begin to respond to movement; then, your face. If you often come close enough, the baby soon recognizes your face and may smile if you come closer. This visual reaction or response is a sign your baby is beginning to see and recognize you. So make sure that as a parent, your baby always sees you. That’s how they will “learn” your face.
After 12 weeks or so, the baby starts looking around and eyeing moving objects, especially bright colored ones. The baby also starts appreciating images, objects, patterns and toys. At three months old, babies enjoy seeing all colors.
At four to six months, babies’ eyes develop the ability to discern depth and distance and start to coordinate their hand movement accordingly. They may start to attempt to make hand movements like reaching out or grabbing, though often unsuccessfully. Experts say, at six months old, it’s possible that your baby already has a 20/20 vision. Eyesight is crucial to how the baby crawls, sits, stands up, and walks. Thus, with proper baby eye development comes motor skills.