High Contrast Cards for newborn babies
Babies can only see the colors black, white and gray
until the first few months of their lives,
because their eyes and capacity for sight
are not fully developed at birth.
In the first 3 months,
babies can focus on objects that are only
8-11 inches away.
This is more or less the distance from their parents’ faces
while nursing or feeding.
Imagine holding up a plastic sleeve film
in front of you - that's babies' vision.
why high contrast cards for newborns?
High contrast cards can ensure a newborn baby achieves the required visual stimulation to fully developed eyesight. Black and white stimulation cards,
also known as visual stimulation flashcards are one of the most common and effective ways to stimulate the vision of newborn babies. But, we believe, they’re quite underrated.
Your baby’s nursery doesn’t have to be only pinks, blues and pastels. While adults can distinguish the differences between hundreds of different shades and colors, a newborn baby can only distinguish between strong contrasts such as black and white, so no worries if their room consists of those colors too.
What the pediatricians say:
Bold black-and-white images stimulate the development of the optic nerves and encourage young babies cognitive development without over-stimulating them.
Such tactile-visual experimentations also support baby’s developing spatial perception, which, in a nutshell, is babies’ ability to perceive relationships between objects around them and better understand the visual world.
Every baby is a little different, but research has found that simple contrasting patterns generally attract babies’ attention for longer periods of time and, at the same time, help them relax.
Tips for maximizing the usage of high contrasting cards for babies:
• Display black and white cards when baby is awake. Capitalize on every minute that your newborn baby is awake for, by displaying black and white picture cards on an easel when the baby lays on his/her side.
• When the baby is doing some tummy time, whether on the bed or during their daily massage, spread black and white picture cards around the baby. Make sure they are directly in their line of sight.
• Start with simple images about 12 inches (about the length from your hand to your elbow) away from your baby’s face. Try not to switch images until your baby looks away and loses interest and hold the images steady. You may notice your baby stares at the images for many seconds, even minutes at a time.
• When she loses interest in one, change to a new image, and eventually switch to the more complex images as her eyes grow stronger.
You can help promote visual tracking by slowly moving an image back and forth horizontally in front of her face to help her practice following a moving object with her eyes: this skill is important later for reading, writing, and hand-eye coordination.