Baby Stare

Why do babies stare

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Babies have a natural curiosity to explore the world around them. They have incredible eyesight and can easily spot tiny objects in their reach, such as your hand. They are also very vocal and can make sounds that will catch your attention even when you can’t hear them with your ears. Babies also know instinctively how to interact with the people around them; they want recognition and attention from those they love, so they always look at you while smiling.

Reasons why do babies stare?

1. Babies find it fun to see the world around them:

That is why they tend to stare at objects in front of them. They find it entertaining to watch their mother and others around them doing things.

2. Babies like to observe their surroundings:

They are curious about what goes on around them. They are always trying to absorb all the things going on around them and take in as much information as possible.

It is also a way for babies to learn more about their world and the people in it, so they can express themselves better when they grow up.

3. Babies have problems with eye focusing:

Every baby has a slight problem focusing on their eyes until they get older (around three years old). That is why they tend to stare at the objects in front of them.

4. Babies and toddlers can’t communicate well yet:

That is why they will look at you to see if you notice them and try to communicate with you through their actions. They use eye contact, smiles, etc., as a way of communicating.

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Baby girl smiling at mother.

5 . Babies and toddlers are occupied with something else:

They can be playing or building a tower of blocks with their hands behind their heads, making it difficult to turn away from what they are doing when something catches their attention elsewhere. This state of mind is called “perseveration”. This can also be why babies stare at objects that aren’t in their reach (like books on their mother’s lap).

6. Babies are attention-seeking:

They are born with a natural curiosity to explore the world around them and want to be noticed for it. This is also a way for them to get recognition from their parents, so they always make sure they will catch your attention when you’re looking at them.

7. Babies roll over when they are awake:

They roll over when they want to get up and see the world around them or simply because they are tired of lying on the same spot for too long (for hours!)

8. Babies will look at something up close to see it better:

Babies have a habit of looking at things up close, and when they are able to do so, their vision will be sharper. An eye specialist said that babies do this because they don’t yet see objects in-depth but just as mini-samples. They can see an object very clearly when they look at it only from a few inches away, but as soon as they get closer to the object, their vision becomes less clear.

9. Babies want attention:

Babies are social animals, and they do not like being ignored by their parents (most of the time). They get bored very easily, and when they feel ignored, they will stare at you to see if you notice them. Some babies will even point or signal to their mothers when they have something important to tell them.

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10. Babies avoid looking at objects:

Baby girls prefer looking at their mothers’ faces over anything else. Mothers usually carry their babies on their laps, and it is during this time that babies learn about their environment (however small it might be).

11. Babies are shy:

Some babies can get scared when there are new people or objects in the room, so they will tend to keep their eyes on the person next to them or the object itself.

12. Babies get scared:

When something catches a baby’s attention, he wants to know more about that object in order to avoid being frightened by it, even if he gets up close to it.

13. Babies want to be protected:

Babies can’t protect themselves yet, so they can feel uneasy when they find something scary, even if it is very small. They will look at their mother or father in order to get protection from them.

14. Babies want to explore:

When a baby gets close to an object, he will tend to use his hand to touch it and learn about it by experience. Babies like doing this because it helps them understand how things work and what they can do with them.


15. Babies are social:

Babies love being with people and tend to look at them when they want to communicate or play with them.

16. Babies are curious:

Babies will always want to know more about their world and the things around them. You can’t expect your baby to lie on your lap staring at the wall all the time, and they have a natural curiosity to explore their world and learn more about it.

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17. Babies do long, hard blinks while they think:

Sometimes babies might look down or away from you as if thinking of something very hard and important, but this is not all that rare for a baby who is still learning about his environment.

18 . Babies tend to stare at moving objects:

Babies will look at anything that moves, especially objects that move fast or jump. You can easily see this with their movements because they will be the first ones to notice it and stare at it by instinct.

19 . Babies feel lonely and scared:

When they are in a new environment, and they don’t feel comfortable enough yet, babies might wander off alone or get scared by something they see. That is why they will look at you to check if you notice them.

20 . Babies enjoy being in their parents’ laps:

Babies tend to look at their parents when they get on their lap because this place is their safe haven. There, babies feel protected and safe from the world around them.


It is always a good idea to talk to your baby and explain to them why they are doing something you don’t appreciate. Babies are smart and they will understand you if you explain yourself in a calm way. You just have to be patient with them and trust that they will know what you want from them.