Newborn babies are wondrous. We wonder what they must be thinking once they’ve left the shelter of Mum’s belly and burst forth into the world. We wonder what they dream about since they’ve hardly had enough experiences to form an imaginary world. And we wonder just how they grow from a tiny bundle of joy into toddlers and teens in the blink of an eye.
The Wonder Of Eye Development
When it comes to a baby’s development, there’s been a lot of discussion about their tendency to gravitate to black and white colours. According to the experts, it’s how they see that makes this so.
Babies can differentiate between dark and light while in the womb. When they’re born, they see shapes by following the lines where dark and light meet. Newborns can only see at a distance of 8 to 12 inches away, and the primary colours they are black, white, and grey. This is why great baby gifts ideas include black and white picture books. As Mum flips the pages, baby will enjoy looking at pictures that are easy for their developing eyes to see.
It can take up to 12 (sometimes longer) weeks before your baby will finally see their first real colour: Red. Though there is still some debate as to when babies will finally get to see the full spectrum of colours, many believe that it’s between five and six months of age.
Help Your Baby Grow And Develop With Black And White
So it’s not that babies are drawn to black and white colours exactly; it’s just that those are the only colours they can see for the first several weeks of life. Their tiny eyes adjust to shapes and pictures as they search for contrast. Studies show that looking at black and white images can:
• Increase baby’s concentration skills
• Stimulate cells on both the left and right sides of the brain
• Help increase baby’s attention span
Showing babies’ pictures in black and white will help their eyes develop, and it can give you bonding time as you hold pictures close and snuggle.
Baby Gifts Ideas You Should Consider
If you’re looking for baby gifts ideas for a newborn, you can’t go wrong with a black and white picture book, or even a black and white romper. It’s likely that they both end up covered in baby drool, but it’s all worth the eye development that it encourages.