Vision - 1 - 3 months of age
Your baby's vision at 1 to 3 months of age will continue gradual improvement. Babies of this age see very well up close, that is, within about 12 inches. Your baby should watch faces very intently. She will likely study things within 12 inches of her face such as the corner of a blanket, the design on a pillow, or a mobile dangling over the crib. Vision beyond the 12 inches is still blurry. At approximately one month of age your baby should begin to smile in response to a face in front of her. She will gradually appreciate facial expressions as her visual field expands. Babies often enjoy looking at themselves in a mirror. In the first month of life babies do not have the ability to track, or follow objects moved in front of their face. This ability will develop over the next few months.
How good is my babies vision at one month of age?
Your baby should be able to see things clearly within 12 inches of her face. She can see objects and people further away but these will be blurry. Her vision will improve quickly over the next few weeks and months.
What is tracking?
Tracking is the ability to follow an object with the eyes. This is typically tested by your pediatrician by moving an object in front of your baby's face. This is an important developmental milestone that should develop by about three months of age.
How good is my baby's depth perception?
Not very good. Your baby may reach for and bat at objects in front of her face, but typically her aim won't be very good.
Does my baby see color?
Yes. Your baby has color vision immediately after birth. Babies in the first few months of life prefer images with bright colors and sharp contrasts.