Have you ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a baby? I don’t know about you but I certainly can’t remember much before the age of five and nothing at all from my first year in this world.
When Grace came along, I often found myself looking at her looking at me and wondering what she could see. There were changes in her behaviour over the first year that gave me clues as to how her sight was developing but always a great deal of guesswork.
However, Vision Direct have recently created an excellent online tool so that mums everywhere can better appreciate what their babies can and can’t see as they develop over the first year – and, having played around with this tool myself, I’ve got to say that it’s fascinating and very helpful indeed!
The Baby Sight Tool offers information about the average baby’s visual development on a month-to-month basis for the first year and gives all sorts of facts that I previously had no idea about. For example, did you know that newborns can only see in shades of grey? And that it takes a full six months for babies to begin to understand that objects still exist even when they’re not in the baby’s field of vision?
A major benefit of this tool will be for helping others in the family understand what a new baby is experiencing – I will find this particularly useful when it finally comes to showing Ross and Grace what they need to understand about what a new baby can and can’t see. This will, no doubt, alter their behaviour for the better – for example, understanding that a baby of three months cannot focus clearly on fast moving objects will change the way we all play with toys around the baby. Slow movements will be in, rapid movement is out! That can only help the baby’s development and strengthen the bonds between us all. Being able to actually experience what the baby is going through as his or her vision develops will increase empathy amongst the family (which I could see being particularly helpful in stopping Grace getting frustrated if the kid isn’t quite as play-ready as she might like!)
Also, understanding that babies can’t see colour until a certain point could alter the shopping process! Buying vibrant and highly coloured products for the first few months of baby’s life with the mentality that they will stimulate the newborn seems to be inaccurate – so less attention needs to be given to such things until later in the baby’s development.
The slider function on the Vision Direct tool is easy to use, the wording is straightforward enough for an elder child to follow and there is plenty of visual content to help those who are more engaged by pictures than words. I’d thoroughly encourage any new or soon-to-be mother to check it out – and those who have bigger kids on board already will find it fascinating and easy to understand too!
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