• Caring for Your Baby

    Can Newborns See At Birth?

    “Can my baby see me?” This is one of the most common questions us Pediatricians get from new parents. Babies are born without a perfect 20/20 vision. Instead, their vision gradually improves as they grow older. The eyes of newborn babies are very sensitive to light hence they are more likely to open their eyes in low light. At birth, although they can see something next to them with their peripheral vision, their central vision is still improving. They may be able to see something across the room but they primarily focus their eyes on something closer to them – about 8 to 10 inches away from their face. This…

  • Caring for Your Baby

    All About “Tummy Time”

    “Tummy time” is the practice of placing babies on their abdomen while they are AWAKE and SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT to help them develop strong neck, back and shoulder muscles. Aside from this, tummy time also helps prevent flat head syndrome (positional plagiocephaly) which is due to the baby lying on his/her back too often and too long and twisted neck (positional torticollis) which is due to the baby’s head being always turned to one side. Start the practice early – as early as baby’s first day at home – for 2 to 3 times per day, 3 to 5 minutes each session. Gradually increase the length and frequency of…