Peek-A-Boo – We Will See You!

Brighter Outlook Vision is an InfantSee provider!

Schedule a NO-COST eye and vision assessment for your 6-12 month old at our Charleston office. As a parent, it is important to have your baby’s eyes checked before they reach 12 months old to ensure that they are developing properly, and to avoid future vision and learning problems. 

We aren’t born knowing how to see, our vision develops over our first year of life. Infants between 6-12 months old undergo a significant amount of development, especially in their eyes and brain. 

Think about how much a baby wants to touch things and put them in their mouth. They are exploring their new world! The French philosopher Merleau-Ponty said, “Vision is the brain’s way of touching the world.” So much of our abilities to learn, experience, perceive, and understand our world is through vision. Just like a baby trying to touch and taste everything, they are also learning to visually identify everything.

Below please see the College of Optometrists in Vision Development child development timeline.

Baby - tummy time helps development

Birth – 6 months

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Lots of tummy time
  • Follow faces up, down, sideways, closer, farther
  • Make noises to the side so baby turns toward them
  • Change position frequently so their view of the world changes
  • Let baby bounce on the bed with support for both hands to encourage balancing
  • Lots of toys to touch, grasp, listen to and find with eyes and ears

1 month

Your baby should be able to follow an object with his or her eyes

  • Hold and feed your infant from alternating sides to promote development of both eyes.
  • Place your baby in their crib from different directions.
  • Periodically change the location of the crib so the infant can see the world from different viewpoints.
  • Hang a mobile off to the side so your baby can see it through the slats of the crib. 

2 months

Your baby should be able to bring his or her hands together

  • Allow your baby to explore with their hands.
  • Provide stimuli of many different textures, sizes, weights, and forms.
  • Place a lightweight rattle in your baby’s hands and help them shake it.

4 months

Your baby should be able to turn his or her eyes together to focus on near objects

  • Allow your baby to help hold the nursing bottle
  • Provide objects that can be explored with mouth and hands.
  • Start to play the “patty cake” game.

5 months

Your baby should be able to make the sounds for “P”, “B”, “T”, “D”, and “M”

  • Play “peek-a-boo” to develop visual memory.
  • Move the crib mobile closer to your baby so it can be reached, touched, and moved.
  • Tie bells on booties so the infant can learn about their body through sound.

Schedule your baby’s first eye exam around 6 months of age

Crawling and reaching for toys

6 – 12 months

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Lots of creeping and crawling time
  • Manipulative toys to grasp, roll, pick up, push, pull, bang, throw, squeeze
  • Play games that include dropping and picking up objects
  • Slowly roll balls for them follow and stop
  • Use simple words and sentences about clothing, food, toys and baby
  • Play Hide-and-Seek

7 months

Your baby should be able to roll over independently

8 months

Your baby should be able to sit up without support

  • Talk to your baby frequently so they can associate experiences with words.
  • Place objects on a highchair tray that can be pushed off and dropped to the floor.

9 months

Your baby should be able to creep and crawl

  • Do not rush your baby into walking. Creeping on all fours is very important for developing coordination of both the body and the eyes.

12 – 18 months

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Language is developing quickly: use names for actions and objects
  • Engage in water and sand play with containers, cups, pails, plastic bottles
  • Provide crayons and large sheets of paper for creative scribbling
  • Introduce to things to put together and take apart, fit shapes into spaces
  • Pretend play: telephone, human and animal dolls

18 – 24 months

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Build towers and structures
  • Provide toys to put together / take apart
  • Encourage imagination and storytelling
  • Find four-wheeled toys to straddle and move
  • Challenge child to conquer an obstacle course of furniture and pillows

read with your baby!

Children need to socialize and play together!

2 years – 3 years

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Running, tumbling & climbing
  • Give lots of time to create and draw
  • Play make-believe games, dolls, dress-up clothes, stories
  • Assist as beginning to classify objects, colors, shapes
  • Set up playdates as learning to socialize with one playmate at a time

3 years – 4 years

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Challenge child to dodge, throw, stop/go, turn sharp corners
  • Set up times to encourage to play well in small groups
  • Encourage manipulatives, puzzles, hidden pictures, sames/differences
  • Give time for drawing, coloring, activities with clay and play-dough
  • Read lots of books and stories together

4 years and older

Encouraging development at this stage:

  • Tells stories, makes up names, Talk and talk and talk…
  • Intellectual development moves ahead quickly
  • Fine motor development continues
  • Provide lots of opportunities to explore these new abilities.
Call our office at 843-203-0200 to schedule your baby’s InfantSee appointment! If you think your child may have a problem, connect with us to see about scheduling a more in-depth evaluation.