Vision birth to 1 year

People used to think that newborn babies could not see. It was thought that since they could not focus very well, their visual world did not need to be stimulating and could even be neglected. We now know that this is far from the truth. A newborn baby can see. The only difference between a newborn baby and an older one with mature eyesight is that the newborn baby cannot see as much, as easily, or as well. In other words, your newborn baby sees in a limited way, and you have to fit the visual world into a range he can perceive.

Your baby’s visual powers will not be fully developed until he’s between three and six months old. He won’t be able to focus on anything more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) from his face. As his ...

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