If you have been following me then you would know that a couple of weeks ago I became an aunty for the first time. My brother’s wife gave birth to a gorgeous little girl and I was rather excited to say the least! In the last couple of weeks I have probably seen her about 4 times which is quite a lot considering my brother lives about 2 hours drive away from me. So a return journey is 4 hours but I wanted to see her so it was worth it (oh yeah and of course I wanted to see my brother too… sorry bro!)
Every time I see her she seems different and has grown a lot compared to the last time I saw her but there is one thing which I am always very curious about. Baby always seem to like to move their head and have a nose at their surroundings but yet they cannot see that far at such a young age, so what exactly are they looking at is the question? A new born can only see as far as 20cm so basically they can only see the face of whoever is holding them at the time so anything else further will just seem like a massive blur to them (not that much different to what I see now without my glasses-ha!)
However, babies (even at such a young age) are able to pick out contrasts in colours so say if you wear black and white then they can tell the difference between the two and apparently if you have got dark coloured hair the baby is more likely to recognise you (that box is definitely ticked with my Chinese hair). Even though babies can see within 20cm they are still learning how to use their sight properly meaning that they need to learn to focus so I guess that may explain why my niece always seems to be staring at me when I hold her because she is leaning to focus.
It is truly amazing to see how a new born baby interacts with the world because everything is new and exciting to them. According to research by the age of 2 months babies should have learned how to focus so if you notice your baby cannot quite focus or appears to be crossed eyed then it is worth getting it looked at but obviously that rule is probably differs from baby to baby. I am so looking forward to seeing my niece growing up just so I can take her shopping!!!