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My baby stares at lights. Is this OK?

As long as your baby can't touch a lightbulb, it's no problem!

You'll probably see your baby staring at all kinds of things—everything is new to a baby! Still, it's normal to worry that staring at a lightbulb could somehow cause vision damage. In fact, your baby is probably staring at the lights because his or her long-range eyesight is still developing (depending on the age, of course), and lights provide wonderful contrast between bright and dark.

So for the first six months, it's common for babies to stare at lights, ceiling fans, and other moving and/or contrasting things. There's no harm in this, and it's not a sign of any developmental issue. Afterward, as baby learns to crawl and directly interact with the environment, you'll probably notice less staring because they're too busy exploring!

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

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  1. Thank you Dr. Sara! My son just turned two months old yesterday and he loves to stare at things lately. Specially the mobile in his swing. Today he had the biggest smile while he was watching them go around. I have been waiting to see him smile more so I am really loving it. He has his 2-month physical tomorrow, I will let you know how everything goes 🙂

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