When do babies start seeing colors? misslynn Due January 9; 3 kids; Beaufort, South Carolina 5554 posts
May 13th '08

I was just wondering because my son is 2 months and LOVES max and ruby and land before time andi was wondering if it was b/c of the colors or not???

Ethan & Alex's mummy 2 kids; Brisbane, Australia 7522 posts
May 13th '08

thats what i was wondering myself

ava_love 1 child; Mississippi 96 posts
May 13th '08

If ya find out let me kno cause I have been wondering....

[[Amber]] 1 child; North Carolina 594 posts
May 13th '08

i googled it and got this
i had no idea they couldn't see in color when they're born
thats interesting.

ellas daddy Due November 1 (boy); Maine 1 posts
Nov 8th '09

Babies are born with a full visual capacity to see objects and colors. However, newborns are extremely nearsighted (i.e. far away objects are blurry):

  • Newborns can see objects about 8-15 inches away quite sharply. Newborns prefer to look at faces over other shapes and objects and at round shapes with light and dark borders (such as your adoring eyes).

So you're not imaging it when you see your baby fixate on your face and eyes, especially during a feeding, when your face is about a foot away.
When to Worry About Your Baby's Vision:

  • If your baby never seems to fixate on objects about a foot away -- especially your face -- in the first weeks or months, tell your pediatrician. At 3-4 months, if your baby still looks "cross-eyed" (the left and right eyes seem to be looking in different directions), this could be a sign of a visual or eye muscle problem and should be evaluated at your next check-up. Be sure to tell your pediatrician is you're concerned.