Your Baby's Vision: How Much Can Little Ones See?

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Wondering how babies see the world? Every infant's sight develops at a different rate. But here's a general timeline.

Most newborns can spot things that are right beside them with their side vision. Their central vision isn't strong yet. Within two weeks, some babies notice light and dark shapes. Their attention also may be drawn to bright colors and big shapes.

At about one month, a baby may start focusing on mom or dad, but not for long. They're still mainly interested in close-by objects and other sights. Between two and four months, those adorable little eyes may start to follow and focus on moving objects.

In months 5 through 8, some babies start to recognize their parents by sight. They may also get better at noticing how far things are away from them, an ability called depth perception. Plus colors may really start to pop. By months 9 through 12, a baby's depth perception may become good enough that they're able to grab objects between their tiny thumb and forefinger.

To help your baby see their best, ask your pediatrician how often to get their vision tested. And be sure to call the doctor if you're worried your little one may have an eye problem.