This is a guest post by Sara Roberts.
You’ve waited months to see what your baby would look like in your arms. As you admire him, you may be wondering what the world looks like through his eyes. Here is your guide to how your infant’s vision is developing.
Your newborn’s eyes are almost fully developed, but his brain is not yet able to interpret what he sees. He can see contrasting objects, but he can’t differentiate between similar colors. He can, however, focus on what is most important to him (Mommy) as you cuddle and feed him. By months 2 and 3, your baby is able to see more accurately, and his eyes function more as a team as they work together to produce a single picture. Color vision is almost fully developed by the fourth month, and your child will begin to enjoy the stimulation of bright colors.
Your baby has now become more skilled in tracking movement. He will watch people move across the room, and he is able to see smaller objects. His hand-eye coordination is also beginning to develop, so he’ll start reaching for items and will become more adept at grasping them.
At this age, your baby will have a better sense of depth perception. This helps prepare him for becoming mobile, and he’ll start actively pursing what he sees. Your infant will also begin to understand the concept of object permanence. He may enjoy visual games, such as finding a partially hidden object or playing peek-a-boo. This is a good age for your child to have his first eye exam. The doctor will test your infant’s visual acuity and make sure that his eyes are tracking properly.
Get ready! Your baby has become an accurate judge of distance, and he is more than likely able to find a way to get to an object he wants from across the room. His hand and eye coordination have become much better as well, which means that you need to exercise your good vision by keeping an eye on your little one. He’ll use his newfound skills to open cabinets and empty boxes. He will also begin to practice putting objects into containers. You may have noticed that your baby’s eye color has been changing as he grows older. By about 8 months of age, the eye color should be nearly fully developed.
1 to 2 Years
Your child now has very good depth perception, which is crucial for walking and playing. He’ll become a pro at exploring his environment. He’ll also start showing more interest in books and coloring activities. Promote his development by reading colorful picture books daily. Let him practice scribbling with crayons or markers, and give him the opportunity to finger-paint.