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A Guide To Your Baby's Vision

At around 3 months, you’ll notice that your infant is becoming increasingly aware of his surroundings. This is a telltale sign that your newborn’s vision is strengthening and beginning to mature. During the first 5 months of life, your baby will go from only being able to see objects that are a couple of feet away to recognizing you from across the room.


Your wide-eyed wonder will take great pleasure in examining his surroundings, and he’s likely to spend countless hours gazing lovingly at your face, which is full of interesting shapes and expressions. To help you better understand this eye-opening process, here’s a month-by-month guide to your baby’s vision development.ont-weight: normal">

One Month:
Eyes haven’t yet focused, which means your baby will have trouble seeing anything beyond 12 inches or so. Still, he’ll study intently anything within this range, especially your face. In terms of color vision, your baby will prefer bold patterns in sharply contrasting colors, much like a black-and-white chessboard design. Contrary to popular belief, newborns are not stimulated or soothed by the soft pastels adorning most nurseries. In fact, they cannot see the full spectrum of colors and their many shades until about four months.ont-weight: normal">

Two Months:
Eyes work together to move and focus at the same time. This allows your little one to track the movement of objects, like a swinging hand toy or swaying mobile. He’ll also begin to develop depth perception.
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Three Months:
Distance vision begins to develop. You may notice your baby staring at you from halfway across the room or examining objects that are several feet away. ont-weight: normal">

Four Months:
Distance vision develops fully. Your baby will test his newfound gift by staring at a distant television screen or looking out the window. His response to color is greater, too, as he begins to decipher a full range of colors and shades.



Five Months:
Your baby can now distinguish subtle shades of reds, blues and yellow. You’ll find him stare intently at objects as he examines their color, shape and size. Infants this age, for some inexplicable reason, tend to prefer red or blue to other colors—something to keep in mind when buying clothes or picture books. Bold patterns, such as polka dots and checkerboards, are also a favorite with babies.     


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