In your womb, around the 29th week of your pregnancy, your child opens its eyes for the first time. There is of course not much to see there, because it is quite dark there. Only when you sit in the bright sun can there be a slight glow in your womb. He could not see much more than that, because in the beginning your baby hardly sees anything. Even after birth your brand new baby can barely distinguish colors and certainly no details. He can see your face, while feeding and with your face so close to him. However, if you are further away, then you are out of the picture.
If he cannot see you (well), how does he recognize you? He mainly does this to your scent, voice and warmth.
After two months he can see some more details. This comes together with the first ‘laughing moment’ of your baby. He is now starting to recognize you with his sight! How nice is that!
Only after three months will your baby see some colors. First they are the colors red and green and later blue and yellow. Only by the sixth month, the rods in his eyes have developed. These bars are responsible for seeing dark. Babies prefer contrast, such as black and white. The greater the contrast, the better they can see.
3 – 4 months
With about three to four months your baby can look at one point with both eyes. He can now distinguish the details of objects. How interesting can his hands and feet suddenly be!
The development of his eyes is now about two-thirds. He can now see with both eyes simultaneously and for the first time he can see depth. Now that he has mastered this, he can also follow moving objects faster. His eye-hand coordination will now improve.
Only after one year does your child have the same perception as an adult!
You can stimulate your baby a bit. A baby less than three months old, for example, likes to look at objects or people who move. He also likes strong contrasting colors, large shapes and simple patterns.
After three months, your child will become more interested in moving things and three-dimensional (instead of flat) objects.
From 6 to 9 months he will enjoy watching you, what you are doing. He can now hold his attention a little longer. Especially on things that are new to him.
Some babies look a bit squinted in the first few months. You do not have to worry about that, there is a good chance that this will improve. If your child’s vision does not develop sufficiently, contact your doctor. From the age of 6 months your child may be old enough for an eye test.
When do you consult an eye doctor?
– When he has trembling eyes or when his eyes are constantly shaking.
– If he constantly looks cross-eyed (up to 3 months he may do this occasionally)
– If his pupils have a different shape (not nicely round), are not nicely black but have white dots or even a very white glow.