One of the senses your baby will be developing during her first months is sight, and we want to give you a tiny splash of what this wonderful process implies. You’ll be amazed!
During the first week, your little one will only see in black and white, with a tinge of gray scales. The nerve cells in the back of her eyeballs are sensitive to light, but her vision is not fully developed. Around a week later, her eyes will be able to perceive red, orange, yellow, and green. Try to have more of these colors around her!
After the first weeks, you will start to see how she tries to make eye contact with you. This is a beautiful thing that helps her work on her sight while developing a connection and a strong relationship with you. The more she does this, the more she will enjoy looking at your face.
It’s recommended to limit your use of scarves and caps during this first month. Also, don’t drastically change anything about you, avoid new hairstyles or hair colors. Since your baby will be constantly looking at you, she will feel safe if she recognizes you, so stay familiar.
Around two months old, she will start to pay more attention to your eyes. You will see how she makes an effort to find them and hold your gaze for a few seconds. At about three months, she will begin to focus on your facial expressions. She might see your smile and copy it herself.
Her vision will keep evolving and when your little one is six months old, she will be able to see all the colors in the rainbow. She’ll also move her eyes in a faster pace, fast enough to keep track of such rainbow. To exercise her eye movements further you can place your face in her line of sight and then move, so she can follow you with her eyes. Around this time, she will probably have her first eye exam. Consult it with your pediatrician, so he or she can guide you through it.
From seven to twelve months, your daughter will develop her ability to coordinate vision and attention, keeping her focus on patterned objects for 2 or 3 seconds. Visual development in your baby sets the stage for cognitive skills as well. As she uses her sense of sight, her attention span will begin to lengthen.
Visual development is important for your baby because she needs to use the visual information her eyes send to her brain to understand the world around her and interact properly with her environment.
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