The fascinating reason your nipples get darker when you're pregnant.

Go to any parent’s group and it is usually an hour of newborn parents trying to work out if they’re baby is developing like they should.

Baby Tamara is already rolling over but is it normal that little Nate hasn’t smiled yet and he’s eight weeks old? What about moving onto solids? Don’t even get started on first words.

To help us answer all these scary milestone questions, we enlisted the help of Dr Daniel Golshevsky, a.k.a. Dr Golly, for our brand new baby podcast, Year One.

One of the first things Holly and Christie wanted to know is when our babies can really see us properly. Does it help them, at all, when we stare really closely at them?

You can listen to our conversation on Year One, right here. (Post continues after audio.)

According to Dr Golly, it takes a while for the baby to develop their eyesight, but it’s also hard for us to measure their “visual acuity”.

“It’s estimated that a newborn, within the first month of life, has the acuity of six on two four,” Dr Golly said.

“What that means is that baby can see from six metres what you can see from 240 metres. It’s pretty terrible. Really, a newborn can only differentiate between light and dark.”

Which is pretty interesting, until Dr Golly dropped this absolute baby bombshell that no one ever told us.

“This is the reason why your nipples get darker during the later stages of pregnancy because the baby can then differentiate between what is the areola and what is skin.”

The words of Christie Hayes says it all, “Oh my god, he’s a genius.”

He didn’t just end there.

The truth is, despite their vision being pretty poor, babies can still see you moving from day one.


Dr Golly: on our official Dream Team. Image via Facebook.

"They may not be able to see your features, but they can certainly see that you are there in front of them and you may be moving around," he said.

"That starts very early on, so they can see black or white, or light and dark from the very beginning. They can also notice when things are moving, so it really starts straight away."

If you wanted to speed up their sensory development, whether it's with fluffy toys or bright colours, unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do.

"It's really quite surprising how little you need to do, other than being a good, responsible, safe parent in order to promote development. They pretty much do it by themselves."

If you want to hear more from our Year One Podcast, then come right this way.

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