Your baby’s vision from birth to 12 months

As soon as your baby is born, the first thing you will no doubt notice about them is their beautiful eyes, and the first thing a doctor will do is examine them.

 

Huge and blue, they won't work as well as an adult's for a little while yet and there are a few things you should be aware of. 

 

1. The first week

In the first week of your baby’s life, they won’t be able to focus and will see only in shades of gray.

 

2. It can take a few weeks for them to gain muscle control

For the first month or two of your infant’s life their eyes may roll or even look at little cross-eyed. This is because your baby has yet to gain muscle control, and while it should right itself over time, if it seems to be taking awhile mention it to your GP.

 

3. They can’t focus properly until three-months-old

For the first couple of months of your baby’s life, their eyes won’t focus on things more than eight to ten inches from their face.  

 

4. Development at two- or three-months-of-age

By the time your little one is about two- or three-months-old, their vision will have significantly improved and their eyes will begin to work together.

 

5. They’ll follow objects with their eyes at about three-months-old

By the time your little one is about three- or four-months-old, they will start to follow objects with their eyes and reach out with their hands.

 

6. Begin to see in 3D at around five months

For the first few months of your little one’s life they won’t have any depth perception and therefore won’t be able to tell if things are far away. After a few months, they will begin to develop a 3D view and will be able to tell if something is near or far.

 

7. Using hands and together

Crawling can help develop hand-eye-coordination and by the time your little one reaches their first birthday they’ll be able to use their hands and eyes together.  

 

Always remember, that every child reaches milestones at different ages. Never compare your infant’s development with that of another child, but do talk to your GP if you have any concerns.

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