Development of Baby’s Vision

If a mother exposes her prenatal belly to bright light, studies indicate that her unborn fetus will close its eyelids. This amazing behavior indicates that babies do use their senses even before birth. Vision is the most complex of all the senses. It is the most important sense used for learning about our world than any of our other senses and is the slowest to completely develop. Researchers have suggested that our relatively slow developing visual system is advantageous. Because we take in so much information through our sense of vision, it develops slowly in the newborn so as to not overload the developing brain and to allow for a strong role of direct experience in the baby’s developing visual system.

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