Common questions on babies developmental vision milestones

Common questions on babies developmental vision milestones


At Two months? Learning to look

For the first six to eight weeks of life, it is normal for a child’s eyes to not always track together. This should not be a concern unless the child’s eyes are never aligned or their alignment does not gradually improve. Tears are normal for many children because the tear drainage ducts may not have fully opened. They usually open on their own, but the doctor should be informed and he or she will suggest what to do to stimulate the opening of the ducts if it continues or seems excessive.

Activity: Stimulating both sides of the body by moving a child’s arms or legs simultaneously, as parents tend to do naturally, is helpful in fostering appropriate bilateral and binocular development.

At 4 months ? Eyes, brains, hands

During the first four months of life, your baby should begin to follow moving objects with the eyes and reach for things. At first, this will be inconsistent, and later more accurate, as eye-hand coordination and depth perception begin to develop. During the next few months, your baby should begin to use his/her arms and legs. Eye movement and eye/body coordination skills continue to develop as vision progressively stimulates and guides movement.

What Activity should I do?

Use a nightlight in your baby’s room.
Change the crib’s position frequently and your child’s position in it.
Keep reach-and-touch toys within your baby’s focus, about eight to twelve inches.
Talk to your baby as you walk around the room.
Alternate right and left sides with each feeding.
Hang a mobile above and outside the crib.

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