I remember at one of our NCT classes sharing the ‘go to’ facts about babies. You know the ones I mean:
Babies can swim underwater.
Newborn babies don’t have kneecaps.
They can’t actually cry (produce tears) when they’re first born.
But the one that has stuck in my mind is the one about their eyesight:
When a baby is born they can only see the distant from boob to face. (Which is why eye contact whilst breastfeeding is really important!)
I find this fascinating. Similar to the good old fact about dogs only seeing in black and white. Anything about eyesight, I just find miraculous. I’m not sure why; perhaps something to do with growing up with a blind grandparent, who knows. Then I came across Vision Direct’s new baby sight tool. Basically, this new online, interactive tool, helps parents learn how their baby’s vision develops over the first year. I for one am fascinated to learn as much as I can about Teddy and his development.
The key aspects of the tool are as follows:
- It was developed by opticians, and features a simple sliding scale to show the developmental stages of a baby’s eyesight.
- You can input your child’s age and the tool will give you some idea of what your baby’s field of vision, depth perception and colour awareness might be like.
- As you move the slider, you’ll notice colours and objects become sharper. For instance a newborn will see only black and white while a two-month old will see only bright primary shades.
Mind blowing. I love being given that chance to see the world through a baby’s eyes and being given such clear information as to what our babies can actually see at each stage of their development. This is a really cool tool to take a look at and explore, but more than that, Vision Direct hope that parents can refer to this baby sight tool as their baby grows and use it to encourage healthy development.
It’s definitely worth checking out.