An insight into babies vision and development

*This is a collaborative post*

When Olly was first born, those first few moments when he lay in my arms and opened his eyes were, for me, the most unforgettable few seconds of my life. Here he was, my beautiful little boy looking up at his Mummy and my heart skipped a beat when our eyes met. I’ll never forget it, one of the most precious times of my life.


Unbeknown to me, newborn babies can’t see very far at all and they heavily rely on their senses; they can make out shapes, light and movement with vision of only up to 8-10 inches at the most in the their first few days. The world they are born in to gradually becomes clearer as they grow and develop over the next few months.

To help parents understand the vision and development of their babies eyesight, Vision Direct have launched a new interactive tool, “How well do babies see?” The tool is really interesting and is definitely worth a look in order to appreciate how long it takes for a baby’s eyesight to develop.



For each couple of months, the sight tool gives information on what your baby can see, how well they can focus and offers development tips of how you can gently encourage for you to support your baby’s vision. The slider moves from newborn all the way up to 12 months old and is a really useful insight into what your baby’s vision development is like.

6 months

It makes perfect sense now but when Olly was just a few days old, we were concerned about his eyesight as one of his eyes would respond quicker than the other one. This of course was his eyes taking their time to respond to the senses in his new environment. It’s no wonder he spent a lot of the time asleep with all the developments that he was going through.

I recommend taking a look at the sight tool to see how far your baby can see. I’ve definitely learnt something new by looking at the tool and would have appreciated seeing this in Olly’s early days. Would love to hear what you think?

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1 Comment

  • Reply Steph

    This is so interesting! My little one is 4 weeks old tomorrow and it’s crazy to think he sees a shady blur but recognises me & other close family! X

    05/04/2016 at 5:21 pm
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