Your Baby’s Developing Eyes: The First Two Months - April 10, 2012

eye care billings mtYou can give your baby the best start to healthy eyes by taking care of yourself with great prenatal care and nutrition.

After your baby arrives, bright colors and shapes in the baby’s room helps generate interest as they take in their new environment.

Babies’ eyes are drawn to new objects, so be change the location of items one in a while and a nightlight provide visual stimulation when the baby is awake in bed in the evenings.

While children should be put down to sleep on their backs to reduce the chance of SIDS, they should have supervised time on their stomach. This provides important visual and motor experiences.

When you look into your babies eyes, you’ll see their eye color begin to change. Most Caucasian babies are born with bluish eyes because the pigment that determines eye color is scattered thinly in newborns. The iris, or the colored part of the eye with the pupil in the middle, contains most of the pigment cells that determine the color of the eye.

As the child grows, the pigment is distributed throughout the iris, and the brownish pigment begins to dominate. The process can take several months, and is determined by genetics, with brown eyes the dominant trait.