How Your Baby Sees the World (0-8 months)
A baby’s mind is like a sponge, slowly absorbing information over time until it’s fully developed. Visual imagery accounts for nearly 80 percent of all baby’s incoming information. Every sight dramatically shapes their understanding of the world around them. Shapes, colours, and high contrast designs will stimulate a baby’s sense of vision and improve their ability to learn and grow.
Right after birth
When a baby is first born, their vision is blurred and out of focus. Sight is the least developed of all their senses. They see everything in black and white and shades of grey. Large fuzzy blocks of soft grey move past their eyes. Babies are unable to focus on specific objects, moving or still. They also have no depth perception.
At few weeks old
Everything begins to get a little more in focus. Your baby will be able to focus on everyday objects more clearly and for longer durations. They’ll be able to track moving objects with their eyes for small periods of time. At several weeks old, your baby will slowly start to see the world in colour. The first primary colour they will be able to see is red. Different shades of red, orange yellow and green start to form in their mind. It will take a little bit longer for them to see blue and violet.
At this stage, babies show preferences for large, black and white patterns and bold colours because these are easier for them to see. They tend to ignore softer colors and the pale, pastel colours that typically fill a child’s nursery. Bolder shades and high contrasts will also allow them to focus and improve concentration.Very early on, babies become familiar with their mother’s face and show preferences for face shaped arrangements.
By 4 months
By 4 months, babies see the world around them more distinctly. They will move eyes quicker and will be able to more accurately follow the moving objects. At this age, acuity improves significantly and the depth perception begin to develop.
Babies can now see colours better. They can distinguish between similar bold colours and start working on more subtle differences in shades. Geometric shapes and patterns are attractive and rest easily on their eyes. Introducing repetitive geometric patterns will help a baby’s memory development and their ability to recognize everyday objects. Your baby will also get better at seeing small details and will be attracted to more intricate designs.
At 6 months
At six moths, your baby will be able to see all colors of the rainbow. Their depth perception and ability to focus will also improve. Finally at eight months, your baby should have complete clarity of vision. They’ll be able to see just as well as you.
It’s never too early to start developing your baby’s sense of vision. Stimulating visual development is instrumental in developing the entire brain. Bright patterns and colorful imagery in the nursery or by their crib will help them hone their eyesight more quickly. It encourages them to learn and be curious about new things.
You might want to start with basic patterns that have a limited color scheme, and then try adding more challenging designs with a wider range of colors.
At Witty Doodle, we have dozens of fun nursery wall stickers and wall prints that will expand your baby’s perception of the world. Feel free to check our designs, you may find one that you’ll like and your baby will love.
Until next time!
Julia & Aggie.