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Children's Visual Development

Babie's Vision Changes

The more you understand about visual development in infants, the more likely you are to catch visual problems early on. Did you know for example, that most babies can distinguish light and dark while they are still in the womb? It's true!


Most children however, when born, have limited visual development. They may be able to see shapes or contrasting colors like black and white, but most can't see primary colors like red or blue before they are a month or two old. During the first few weeks following delivery, and the months after, your newborn baby starts learning how their eyes work. They practice "seeing" as it isn't something that just comes naturally.

While that may be hard to understand, it's true. Many parents ask, "Why then does my baby recognize me if he or she can't really see me?" Most newborn babies are familiar with their mother's scent and the sound of her voice because they spent 9 long months growing in mom's womb. That makes it a lot easier for a baby to sense who they belong to when born.

At about four months old your baby will start realizing depth perception and try to coordinate some of his or her own movements. While your baby may appear to be flailing they are usually learning to associate eye and hand movements and eye and feet movements. Visual development continues at a rapid pace after months 4 through 6. Your baby will begin grasping at shapes and colors, and perhaps even your face.

If you want to help promote your baby's development, be sure to provide your baby with plenty of high contrast colors and stimulus. Some parents think pastel colors are fun (which they are) but if you want to attract a little one's attention the odds are much higher you will do so if you use bright, bold and contrasting primary colors.

Source: eyedoctorguide

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