How much can your baby really see?
For weeks all a baby can see is black and white shapes. It isn’t until around two months that they see their first color – red – after repeated stimulation from all five senses forces their brains to build connections.
To put it into perspective, eye surgeon Dr Romesh Angunawela of Clinic Compare has developed a series of gifs, showing the transformation from birth to 12 months, shares Daily Mail.
‘The development of sight is complex and a new born baby has to develop the ability to resolve and see the world around them,’ Dr Angunawela explains.
‘The visual cortex of the brain takes up nearly one third of the whole brain and begins to learn to process the flood of visual information it encounters from the moment your baby opens their eyes for the first time.’
Dr Angunawela explains that eyesight is just one of the factors that develop as a baby’s nerves and brain receptors start to fuse.
‘Initially a child’s eyes can seem to wonder due to lack of coordination but this steadies quite quickly and by three months they should be able to discern mummy and daddy’s faces more clearly and fix on them,’ Dr Anugawela says.
‘This may coincide with their first smile as facial muscle coordination also develops pace.’
Before four months, babies can barely see 10 inches away. By the time they are crawling at around nine months, their hand-eye coordination begins to improve and they can purposefully grab things – rather than accidentally reaching for objects.
‘Their range of vision extends as they grow,’ Dr Angunawela says.
‘Their depth perception also increases as the months progress.
‘Vision continues to develop steadily and by two years old a child’s vision is nearly fully developed.
‘This coincides with increased interest and exploration of the world around them.’
Babies’ eyes will naturally develop thanks to the plethora of sensory stimulants around them.
But there are some things you can do to help their brain development along.
Dr Angunawela suggests, wear black-and-white stripes or bright colors as often as you can.
You should also stay within 12 inches of their face in the early months if you are trying to interact with them.
And decorate their room with stripes, such as their bedding, walls or toys.
It is amazing to actually experience vision through a babies eyes. Don’t you think?
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