When Should Babies Make Eye Contact?

Babies are one of the most amazing miracles on this earth. We have emotional connections with our babies that are unlike any other. Every touch, every smile and every gaze gives us so much joy. Speaking of gaze, when should babies start making eye contact with people and things around them?

Babies should be able to see shapes and silhouettes in just a few hours after birth. At around six to ten weeks or in the first month or two, babies should also be able to focus on objects and people with their eyes with the conventional eye widening. This is a possible indication that the baby’s vision is developing properly.

Our eyes one of the most important senses, It shows us the world and literally brings light and beauty in our lives. Which makes having proper surveillance of your baby’s developing eyes all the more important. Here are some guidelines on about the development of your baby’s eyes based on their ages.

When Should Babies Make Eye Contact?

Your baby has been in your womb for nine months. All they’ve ever known is darkness and this is the first time they’ll plunge in our beautiful world. It’ll be a little hard for them to grasp everything at first, keep track of different objects that are moving and even tell which is which, but that’s only temporary.

  • They’ll be able to have their eyes work together better.
  • They’ll start looking at objects and people with intention as their curiosity rises.
  • You might sometimes notice their eyes are not moving together at the same time, causing the eyes sometimes get cross-eyed or having one pupil look at one direction and the other pupil in the other. This is normal, but if it gets too frequent, it’s best to contact your pediatrician.
  • Late into this age bracket, you’ll also start to notice your baby practicing eye to hand coordination and reaching out for moving objects.

A quick note about this, the ability to see colors at this age bracket is most likely still in it’s developing stages. It’ll be a good help to buy toys and blankets that are brightly colored. Not only are they cuter but at the same time, they’ll help develop your baby’s eyes! 

Five To Ten Months

So now your baby is around this age bracket. They grow up so fast, don’t they? If all goes well, their development should continue to move along. The next list is things you can look out for babies that are around five to ten months.

  • This is the stage where babies will learn to pick up objects and explore it more, like turn it around, play with it and others (make sure that they don’t swallow it or put it in their mouths).
  • They will start enjoying looking at your face and trying to imitate your facial reactions.
  • They’ll be able to start following people by sight at an increased distance.
  • Their ability to see color will also continue to develop.

Ten Months To One Year Old And Up

This is the magical age where your baby will be an unstoppable machine that just explores places in your house like a crazy machine, or in most cases; this is what happens. During this age bracket, their curiosity in their surroundings are at an all-time high and these are the things that you’ll need to watch out for.

  • Their judge of distance will continue to develop at this stage, which is good because this is also around the same time he or she will be exploring around.
  • They can now also focus on slightly faster moving objects.x
  • They’ll be able to maintain longer eye contacts. This means that they now understand that eyes are for looking and seeing. 

By this time, your baby should be able to see things quite clear now. They’ll enjoy hide and seek, peek-a-boo and other fun games fit for babies. Just remember to make sure always to put your baby’s safety first, that’s the most important thing.

Signs Of Autism

Some of you may wonder why autism comes in the picture right now, some of may not. Autism is a known mental condition that is associated with having difficulties forming relationships, communicating and having trouble using language and other abstract concepts.

The reason why this article is brought up is because it is around this age that infants start showing signs of autism and one of the major signs are being unable to make eye contact. If one or more of the signs are observed in your little one, have him or her be checked by your pediatrician.

  • Not looking at parents or not being able to make eye contact
  • Unable to recognize faces
  • Doesn’t cry when parents leave them behind.
  • Gazing in the corner of the eye
  • Doesn’t show anxiety or discomfort among or being held by strangers.

If the baby is diagnosed with autism, you need to make sure to make a little extra effort to take care of him or her. They need a little bit more attention but at the same time, never force them to make eye contact or force them to socialize. It will only cause the baby or the child anxiety or frustration. 

One thing to remember is behind babies and kids with autism is that they need a lot of concentration to maintain eye contact. With this being said, they tend to lose focus or lose concentration in what they were focusing on.

Symptoms Of Eye Problems With The Baby

Most likely, your baby will develop his or her eyesight properly, but let’s not completely exclude the possibility that their eyes might not develop properly. So, here are some of the signs to watch out for if you feel like your baby’s eyes might not be developing properly.

  • Unusual sensitivity to light
  • Whiteness in the pupil
  • Excessive tearing
  • Crusting and/or redness 

Now the first thing you should always do in these cases is to consult a doctor. Here is a list of possible reasons why the symptoms are appearing. Again, it’s always best to consult a doctor when the symptoms appear, but here is a list to give you a good heads up about it.

  • Infections in the eyes
  • The tear ducts are blocked
  • Pressure in the eyes
  • Eye cancer.

Other Things To Consider

Just because the baby isn’t able to make eye contact with you every now and then doesn’t mean that there might be a problem. There are other factors to consider before you start worrying. Here’s a list of other things to consider when trying to check your baby’s ability to make eye contact. 

  • It’s best if the baby initiates the eye contact. - as stated above, always make sure not to force the baby. It will cause unnecessary anxiety and frustration.
  • Keep the baby’s mood in mind - also consider if the baby is feeling hungry, upset or sleepy. If the baby is in a good mood, it’ll be better for him or her to establish eye contact.
  • Let time pass - never jump into conclusions. It’s good to be ahead of everything especially if your baby’s health is the concern, but also make sure to let time pass a little bit and check if the symptoms are repetitive or continuously occurring. Also, never attempt to self-medicate. If you’re unsure of what to do, consult a professional.

Another factor you also need to consider is that premature babies also have a higher chance of developing eye problems so it’s important to watch your own health during pregnancy. Your health equals the health of your baby. You can consult your doctor if your baby is premature so you can get better information and get more medically accurate tips to help make sure that your baby’s vision is developed properly and to its fullest.

Our baby’s health should always be the top priority. The important thing is to make sure to shower your baby with love and make sure that they are always happy. That little bundle of joy will only be a baby once so take your time and enjoy every precious moment with him or her.

Related Questions

  • 1
    Where should I take my baby if I start noticing eye problems?
    You can take your baby to your trusted Pediatrician. They usually have basic to intermediate knowledge with babies’ entire well-being including eye development. They are able to do eye tests to double check if the little angel has eye concerns that need immediate attention.
  • 2
    When can my baby start wearing glasses? Is there a minimum age requirement?
    Normally, there isn’t an age requirement for babies to wear glasses. It all depends on how bad the baby needs them and according to the recommendation of your trusted pediatrician.
  • 3
    How can I help with my baby’s eye contact ability?
    There are a lot of ways you can assist in your baby’s eye contact ability. One is practicing their focus with games and the use of brightly colored toys. You can also use your own voice to practice your baby’s eye focus. At around eight to ten months, you should be able to use your voice to guide your baby in practicing their focus and ability to use their eyes to check their environment and learn what the things around them are.

    You can also try feeding the baby in alternate sides and also word associations. Talking to your baby is also a great help in their overall development. Encourage your baby to explore their environment more to help them remember things visually and give them a brighter future altogether.

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