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The eyes are among the first tools your baby will use to connect with their wonderful new world, even before reaching or grabbing. But did you know that your baby’s eyes change throughout their first year? So you must not miss their scheduled checkups with their paediatrician. Your doctor will ensure that your baby’s eyes are developing as they should, and will catch any signs of delay or problems on time.

However, you can also pay attention to your baby’s eyes for such things as inward or outward turning of their eyes. And you can also follow the eye development stages to see if your baby is on track.

The Three Stages of Development:

2-4 months.

This is the ‘focus’ and ‘track objects’ stage. Before this stage, a baby might seem to have crossed eyes because they are learning to adjust to the light. But from 2 ½ months and above, if your baby’s eyes are still crossing or if they cannot follow an object momentarily, then by the 4th month call your pediatrician and make an appointment.

5-8 months.

This is the reaching and recalling stage. At 5 months, they can see objects around them in greater depths, and even things far away from them. They can also smile when they recognize your face and that of family members. By the 8th month, they are already starting to crawl, so they become attracted to colourful things.

9- 12 months.

This is the gripping and grasping stage. Your baby’s eye colour is at its final stage. And because this is the beginning of the walking stage, the eyes will be attracted to what their little feet can walk towards.

Early detection helps with treatment and correction, so whether or not your baby has a challenge, it is important at six months to take your baby to an eye doctor for their first thorough eye examination. The doctor will check for things like near or farsightedness, astigmatism, eye alignment, movement ability, etc. Send us a message if you have more questions about your baby’s eyes.