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Can a 15 day old baby see?

Yes, a 15 day old baby can see, but their vision is still developing and improving during the first few months of life. Newborns can see, but their vision is blurry and they see best at 8 to 15 inches – about the distance to a parent’s face. Babies this age have some unique visual abilities, but also limitations compared to older infants and adults. Learning about a 15 day old’s visual capabilities can help parents understand their baby’s developing senses.

What a 15 day old baby can see

At 15 days old, a baby can see, but their vision is not fully matured. Here is what a 2 week old infant can see and focus on:

  • Faces – A 15 day old baby’s eyesight is sharpest at 8 to 15 inches – perfect for focusing on a parent’s face. Infants prefer to look at faces over any other object.
  • High contrast patterns – Newborns see high contrast patterns best, like black and white or very bold colors.
  • Movement – Babies are attracted to movement. They prefer to look at moving objects versus stationary ones.
  • Depth perception – 15 day old infants have some ability to perceive depth. They can see objects as having dimension and distinguish nearer versus farther away.

While newborn’s vision is still developing, they are able to see faces, patterns, motion, and depth even at just 15 days old. A baby’s eyes can focus best at the distance of a parent’s face, allowing eye contact and visual communication.

Limitations on a 15 day old baby’s vision

Despite being able to see, a 15 day old baby does have some visual limitations, including:

  • Blurry vision – A 15 day old baby can only see objects clearly that are 8 to 15 inches away. Anything further away is blurry.
  • Color perception – Newborns can only see high contrast colors, like black, white and bold primary colors.
  • Detail perception – Babies cannot pick out fine details and see low contrast images well.
  • Light sensitivity – Infants are sensitive to bright light. Too much sunlight can overwhelm their vision.
  • Focus issues – Young babies have trouble visually focusing on stationary objects and will glance away.

While newborns can see, their vision has limitations like nearsightedness, color perception, and light sensitivity. Parents should minimize bright lights and high contrast patterns will engage their baby’s eyesight best.

Development in the first months

In the first months after birth, an infant’s vision changes dramatically. Here are some of the visual milestones in the early months:

  • 1 month – better able to focus on objects, follows movement more smoothly
  • 2 months – more coordinated eye movements, looks at own hands
  • 3 months – eyesight sharpens, sees finer details, reaches for objects
  • 4 months – much clearer vision, better depth perception, more interest in surroundings
  • 5 months – easily follows moving objects, visually recognizes parents

While a 15 day old baby can see, their vision continues improving. In the first months, they develop the ability to focus better, track motion, make out finer details and coordinate their vision with mobility to interact with the environment.

How a 15 day old’s vision compares to older babies

Compared to older infants, a 15 day old baby has more visual limitations but also some unique abilities that change with age:


  • Respond best to black and white, high contrast patterns
  • See best at 8-15 inches away from faces
  • Prefer looking at faces over other objects
  • See some color, especially bright primary colors


  • 2 month olds – see colors better, track motion better
  • 4 month olds – much clearer vision, see details, reach for objects
  • 6 month olds – recognize familiar people, turn towards sounds
  • 9 month olds – better depth perception, visually examine small objects

While some visual preferences remain for months, older babies gain skill like seeing color, detail, and depth better. Their vision integrates with other senses and mobility to interact with their surroundings.

Vision development in the womb

Babies begin developing visual abilities long before birth. Vision develops gradually throughout pregnancy:

  • 8 weeks gestation – retina starts to form
  • 16 weeks gestation – pupils can detect light
  • 24 weeks gestation – eyelids open, sleep/wake cycles develop
  • 28 weeks gestation – eyes open during wake cycles
  • Newborn – vision still blurry, improves daily

While the eyes and visual system continue maturing after birth, babies have some vision capabilities in the womb. Detecting light and stimuli helps tune their developing eyesight before entering the outside world.

Parent tips for a 15 day old’s vision development

Parents can help nurture their 15 day old baby’s visual development through these tips:

  • Make eye contact at 8-15 inches when feeding and holding your baby.
  • Use black and white, high contrast patterns in crib mobiles and baby books.
  • Minimize bright lights to avoid overwhelming your baby’s vision.
  • Hold your baby upright to gaze around the room and change their view.
  • Move your head while making eye contact so your baby follows motion.
  • Hold toys with bold patterns 8-12 inches away so your baby can focus.

Interacting through eye contact, using high contrast when stimulating their vision, and moving objects helps strengthen a 15 day old’s visual abilities. With time and experience seeing the world, your baby’s eyesight will continue improving.


At 15 days old, a baby’s vision is still new but they can see. Newborns see best at 8-15 inches looking at faces, detect motion well, and prefer high contrast patterns. While their vision improves dramatically in the first months, parents can nurture development through interacting, minimizing bright lights, and using black and white patterns. With time, a 15 day old’s blurry vision will continue to sharpen as they see and make sense of the world around them.