Baby's Developing Eyes
Check out how much your baby's eyes will grow and evolve throughout her first year:
Birth: A newborn can see 8 to 12 inches in front of her. At first, she'll have to move her whole head in order to move her eyes.
1 month: Your baby can better fixate on and track objects within 12 to 15 inches. She can determine contrast and see images in black, white, and gray.
2 to 4 months: Baby's eyes can move independently. Also, she should be able to lock onto faraway targets -- she can probably see you at the opposite end of the room.
3 months: A child is seeing more colors, shapes, and textures. Her eyesight is more similar to what we experience as adults.
4 months: More depth perception develops, allowing your baby to see in 3-D.
8 months to 1 year: Ta-da! Baby's vision is almost adultlike -- she can see people and objects from a greater distance.
Originally published in the January 2010 issue of American Baby magazine.