Did you know?
In the first 3 months, babies can focus on objects that are 8-11 inches away. This is more or less the distance from their parents’ faces while nursing or feeding.
Bold black-and-white images stimulate the development of the optic nerves and encourage young babies cognitive development without over-stimulating them. After a few weeks, babies begin to follow moving objects. Slowly move a black-and-white toy in different directions while making sure baby’s gaze is following the movement.
Appropriate visual stimulation for newborns is the best way to help extend tummy time. Tummy time is very important for baby’s development from day one, as it strengthens babies’ back and chest muscles, preparing them for rolling over and crawling. But practising tummy time isn’t easy for young babies and can sometimes get quite frustrating! Using black and white images can assist with tummy time.
Engagement with contrasting images, diverse textures and patterns boosts infants learning and focus. It also teaches the muscles of the eyes and the brain to coordinate and function properly.
During a recent P2B postnatal visit we discussed the above … check out Master B today. LOVED that his mum ran with the information, just printing off some basic black and white images and using them as part of Master B play. He was chatting, smiling and loving his playtime today!
Keeping it simple is often the best!