• Jen Fuller

A Baby's Journey to See

Your baby is amazing, as is watching them develop at an astounding rate over their first year. Their eyes play a huge part in this wonder, as when a baby is born, they have very limited vision, having spent 9 months in the dark, but on arrival into the world connections amongst their brain cells surge in response to their brand-new visual experience. Vision is a rapidly developing sense and babies have to learn how to see, which is utterly fascinating to watch.

The more a baby uses their vision, the more the connections form between their eyes and brain, and their vision improves. And the more you’ll notice them interacting with their surroundings and fixating on new things. A lot is said about young babies only seeing in black and white, but this actually isn’t true. We know this from research that shows that even newborn babies can detect some highly saturated colors from birth, such as a strong red. However, what is true is that an infant’s vision is very inaccurate vs. an adult, so the world is a blurry place to start with and as a result babies love looking at high contrast patterns, with black and white offering the highest of contrasts. An example of how a baby’s vision progresses: