Look At Those Baby Eyes!
Baby eyes are often adorable, and often changing. Many new parents have no idea their child's eyes may change in the weeks following delivery. It is very common in fact for a child born with dark blue eyes to grow into a child or toddler with brown eyes.
The same is true of an infant's hair; some newborn babies keep their hair and others lose it and have new hair grow in that is a different color and texture.
Children's Visual Development
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.
Newborn to 12 Weeks Post Delivery
Lots of development occurs during the first few months of your newborn baby's growth. Usually newborn babies focus on objects that are farther from their face than closer; they see color in black and white until a few weeks after birth.
During your newborn baby's first week of life outside the womb, they may start to notice movement. When this happens your baby is more likely to respond to the sound of your voice or movements you make while holding your baby. Within a few short weeks your baby will instantaneously smile at you, one of the greatest moments of all time!
Visual Development from Four Months On
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.
If you look at many of the toys created for young babies you may notice they are often brightly hued to match your baby's developmental stages.
Once your baby reaches his or her first birthday, he or she will have much more control over their eyes and movements. Your baby should be able to pick up blocks, toys and other objects for inspection. Your baby will often enjoy games around this time that help them practice coordination between the hand and eye, so encourage your child to stack blocks or play with toys that they can build with like giant sized Lego blocks.
Playing with your child is one of many ways to bond with your baby and also help improve your child's visual development.
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