How do Newborns see?

A view of the world through your baby's eyes.

Here is a visual demonstration of how baby's vision develops in the first year of life.

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  • Newborn

    "Can my baby see me?"

    In this virtual simulation, you can understand how your baby's eyesight developed throughout the first 12 months of their life.

    As soon as newborns open their eyes their vision is blurry and limited to 30 cm away. They can see colours, but the brain cannot comprehend them. And their eye muscles need training in order to enable both eyes to coordinate movement. Although babies are born with all the neurone (brain cells) they need throughout their lives, yet, the connection between those millions of cells starts after birth. Those connections are what help them learn.

    When a newborn is awake they are stimulated through smell, vision, and sound in order to achieve healthy eye-brain-body coordination. As a result of those connections, the baby develops accordingly.

    Babies, actually start to differentiate between dark and light in the womb. That's why it's natural, black-and-white high-contrast images are attractive to them. Stimulation through bold black-and-white images from our collection: “sensolern Stimulation Cards for Newborns” that helps them safely and easily stimulate their vision and brain to prepare them for the next step. Wether it is understanding colours, stronger eye muscles or healthier eye-body coordination.

  • 1–2 months

    Vision throughout the first 8 weeks of your baby's life is developing significantly. They have better eye control and a clearer vision of close objects.

    You might notice your baby is trying to reach out with his hands to grab what he sees. This reaction marks the beginning of eye-hand control. Stimulating the vision further with more complex black-and-white images is important to aid this significant milestone and prepare for the next one.

  • 3–4 months

    Now your baby is in a very important phase of visual development. They can now focus on things more easily and shift their gaze between objects without moving their heads.

    You may also notice that your baby is fascinated by his hands and will soon be able to reach for things more accurately. With sharper perception, it now makes sense to use more colour and detailed designs to stimulate the baby. Using sensolern stimulation cards from 3 months, will not only aid vision development but will also enhance cognitive ability, and encourage upcoming speech development.

  • 5–6 months

    In your baby's eyes, the world has become colourful. She has increased view range and improved depth perception. Everything is fascinating to look at and reach out to. The highlights of this phase is tracking moving objects, faster hand-eye coordination, and practicing to crawling.

    For the last few months, your baby has been observing your lips, mouth, and tongue movement as you smile and speak to her. Imitating sounds and simple single-syllable words is stimulated by this observation. Also, with the assistance of many stories, you could emanate and tell him from one card from our 3-6 and 6-9 month contrast cards. With this type of knowledge and stimulation, your baby is saving information and also generating an extra and better brain cell connection for later. which will be essential to his future learning and cognitive abilities in early childhood.

  • 7–8 months

    As a result of improved vision, your baby is starting to comprehend distance and understand depth. This is a part of eye-brain-body coordination, and it is important to ensure healthy cognitive development. To stimulate the crawling, as a daily routine, place Sensolern stimulation cards from 6 months at different distances and positions in the room. This will stimulate his eye-body coordination. Your baby is also attentive to the noise around and he will be analysing what he hears. Explain the images and patterns to encourage concentration, language and interaction. This process, as a whole, will help with achieving body balance for the next step of development, walking.

  • 9–10 months

    Huge steps towards important milestones of cognitive and motor development. Your baby is now holding onto the couch, chair or coffee table, picking up her body and practising walking. She has her eyes focused on something and trying to reach it. Picking up the smallest object on the floor is a daily practice for her eye-finger coordination. Also emptying a box of toys and putting them back in will occupy her for some time during the day. Showing her Sensolern stimulation cards from 9 months daily while using the keywords to explain the image, pattern or colour is essential because her brain is linking words to objects. So this is the right time to intervene with culture and art-rich information. Imitating facial features is a fun and learning game for the little one.

  • 11–12 months

    Some babies are still crawling, others are already starting to walk. Your baby is interested in everything you see or do. He will imitate you and will learn from you plenty, like putting away his toys, attempting to wipe the coffee table with a cloth or even folding his clothes. Language development is already showing its first results and your baby is trying to say a word or two.

    Pointing at things and saying their names are also most likely to happen. Not only will he be able to pick something up, but they will also develop throwing to test his strength, aiming and catching as well.

    The overall understanding of the environment is still not mature, but the development is now progressing much faster.

    Whether it is vision, speech, cognitive or motor skills, most of your baby's development starts from his eyes and brain. That is why we emphasise stimulating his vision, brain and knowledge directly after birth to start with the Sensolern learning cards complete set.