As an infant’s most under developed sense at birth, research has been conducted to learn more about infant eyesight since the 1960’s. After several studies, it has been proven that newborns can only clearly see about 8-10 inches in front of their faces and that infants under three months of age prefer high contrasting colors.
While many parents decorate their child’s nursery in pastels, these colors do not stimulate an infant since the similar colors blur together. To stimulate infants, try decorating with contrasting colors and some black and white. Just don’t over do it; too much visual stimulation could become overwhelming and might make it difficult for infants to rest.
To learn more about infant sight and high contrast color studies, visit the following links:
- Infant Brain Stimulation, HuggaMind.com
- Infant Vision Development: Helping Babies See Their Bright Futures!, Michigan State University
- Visual Skills Development for Newborn Babies, Early Intervention Support
- Developmental Milestones: 1 Month, HealthChildren.org