There are no words to describe the feeling every mom has when she first gazes into her newborn's eyes. And certainly moms want to do everything they can to protect those precious eyes and keep them from filling with tears.

Sight is one of the last of your baby's senses to fully develop. In fact, your baby's eyesight continues to develop throughout the first year of life. For example, during the first four months of life, your newborn's eyes can only focus at a short distance (about 8 to 12 inches)—the distance between your face and your baby's when you're cradling or feeding. Your baby's tear ducts complete development just after birth and although tearing may be present at birth, the tearing function continues to develop throughout the first four weeks of life.

Knowing exactly how a baby's eyes develop—and how to protect them during this critical time—has been the focus of JOHNSON'S® Baby Brand researchers for years.

We've learned that your baby doesn't blink nearly as much as you do; in fact, during the first year, babies blink 2 to 5 times per minute while adults blink 12 to 20 times per minute. And a blink reflex that is still developing means that baby may not be as able to protect her eyes from irritants or accidental splashes.

You can read here how our unique knowledge of baby's developing eyes led to the creation of our famous NO MORE TEARS® formula.

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