Who knew black and white baby toys were so crucial! When you have a kid you start reading up about all the interesting developments that happen as they grow. I was always fascinated with babies’ eyes. How much could they see? How far? Is it blurry or sharp?
Newborns have a very short eyesight range – only 8-12 inches at birth. They also can’t distinguish much other than light and dark or black and white. While we can see a myriad of colors and shades, their eyesight is very limited.
Also, in order for their little brains and eyes to develop they need to be stimulated. What’s best to stimulate their eyes? High contrast views, whether it be toys or books. This is why you’ll find many high contrast baby items available.
Here are some great products that will help stimulate your baby’s eyes and get her senses going.
Black and White Baby Books
Reading to your child is so important to their development. There are so many benefits, some of which are bonding with the parent and learning language skills. Books that feature heavy black and white images can help gain the focus on your baby as you bond during reading time.
Black and White Baby Art Cards
Black and white art cards were one of my first baby gifts for my daughter. They’re so great because they continue to be useful long after the baby phase. When the baby is young, prop the cards up in the crib during their awake time so they can see all the contrast. When I brought these cards out for my second daughter, my oldest loved the pictures and carried them around. We then used them as “flashcards” for the animals that were on them. She loved them.
I recently decided to make some of my own to test out other designs. You can find some free printable high contrast black and white images on our site. So far my daughter loves them.
Black and White Baby Mobiles
Mobiles are a great way to engage your infant. By hanging a mobile over a crib or changing table you can keep them entertained and stimulated often. There are some great options when looking for high contrast mobiles.
Black and White Baby Car Seat Travel Toys
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m constantly putting the kids in carseats and taking them out. With the amount of time we spend in the car, including our 10+ hour drives to vacation, a stimulating toy hanging from the car seat will surely be of good use. Many engage multiple senses, with mirrors, black and white or high contrast imagery, crinkle paper, and other tactile goodies.
Black and White Baby Play Mat
Have you heard? Tummy time is important! I still remember when my pediatrician told me that I should be doing 90 minutes of tummy time a day. I freaked out! How will I get 90 minutes in when she screams every time I put her on her stomach?! But it worked out and she eventually loved every second of it. Since you want to engage all of their senses during play time, getting a black and white play mat is a great way to stimulate their senses.
Black and White Baby Stuffed Toys
Even though small babies can’t do much with stuffed animals, they are still nice to have in your playtime arsenal. Use high contrast stuffed toys during playtime with your little one.
Black and White Crib Bumpers
Similar to the Art Cards, standing crib bumpers allow your baby to gaze on stimulating images while resting or engaged in tummy time.
Additional High Contrast Alternatives for Baby
In addition to the black and white baby toys above, you can also consider wearing bold colors, such as a striped shirt. You could also give your nursery a bold look – paint dark stripes on your walls or put up bold art work.
Any way you approach it, babies will respond to high contrast imagery. Hope this gave you some ideas on black and white baby toys and how to incorporate high contrast images into your play with your baby.
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