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Can babies see colors when they are born?

Asked by sap82 (704points) June 18th, 2009

I have heard that babies only see black and white when they are born and gradually start to see colors. Is this true?

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sandystrachan's avatar

Babies have very blurred vision when born then gradually start to see things how we see them .

gymnastchick729's avatar

Infants as young as 2 weeks of age have color vision and can distinguish a red object from a green one even when these are perfectly matched in brightness. Infants’ color vision is not likely to be as rich and sensitive as adult color vision since the receptors and nerves in the eye that are most sensitive to color (again, in the fovea) are not yet mature. Thus, infants may not be able to distinguish very subtle color differences (like distinguishing between red and reddish-orange, or between very subtle pastel colors). However, they can see colored patterns as well as black and white patterns as long as the patterns are not too small and have enough contrast (difference in color or brightness).

Judi's avatar

The bright lights of old fashioned delivery rooms used to blind babies for a bit when they were born. Imagine spending your whole life in darkness then being flung into spot lights! Worse than coming out of a dark movie theater into the daylight!
I had my kids in a dimly light room and they were so alert and aware from the moment they were born. It was nothing like those screaming baby pictures you see. It was very Serene.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Judi My newest grandson was born in the new baby-friendly birth center at Kaiser, and they use low lighting

Judi's avatar

@YARNLADY ; I was a rebel 25–28 years ago.

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