If you’re scoping out the most popular newborn toys, you’ll find that most of them are black and white. You’d think bright colors and bold patterns would be best for baby, but that’s not the case for the newbies. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies are born used to living in a dark environment, with not a whole lot going on. Up until about three to six months of age they can only see between 12-15 inches in front of them, and can only really see in black, white and gray tones. Enter: toys, books, and décor in high-contrast black and white. These can be extremely beneficial for your child’s development, because they register most strongly in a baby’s brain and help the optic nerve to grow.
Aside from the obvious benefits of black and white toys and books (they’re gender-neutral, classic, and can be passed down from child to child) high-contrast items help your child develop their ability to focus their attention, and they also support visual development and brain development. So while playing with your baby in a monochromatic world may seem boring to you, know that their brains are actually in overdrive processing, learning, and developing.
But if wading through a sea of black and white toys makes your eyes go crossed, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up the best high-contrast toys and books for your baby genius. From play mats to ball pits, board books to blocks, these toys are guaranteed to keep your little one entertained and their brain busy, so you can focus on other things new moms desperately need. Like maybe a nap.
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