Why are high contrast patterns beneficial for your newborn?

High-contrast patterns offer several benefits for newborn babies' vision development.

Visual Stimulation

Black and white images with contrasting patterns capture a baby's attention, encouraging them to focus and concentrate¹². These bold visuals stimulate the development of optic nerves and contribute to cognitive growth.

Brain Development

Research shows that black and white visuals register powerfully on a baby's retina, sending strong visual signals to their brain⁵. This stimulation supports overall brain development during the critical first year of life.

Enhanced Focus

High-contrast images help babies focus better, especially since their vision is least developed at birth. Using infant stimulation cards or mobiles with contrasting patterns can encourage visual tracking and engagement¹.

Remember to hold these images or books about 8-12 inches from your baby's face for optimal viewing². 

Check out these references for more information!

(1) Infant vision development: Helping babies see their bright futures!.https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/infant_vision_development_helping_babies_see_their_bright_futures.
(2) Babies and the benefits of High-Contrast Images for Development.https://speciallygifted.org/parent-tips/babies-and-the-benefits-of-high-contrast-images-for-development/.
(3) Research Behind High Contrast Images for Baby Stimulation.https://www.priyaandpeanut.com/blogs/blog/research-behind-high-contrast-images-for-baby-stimulation.
(4) High Contrast Images for Baby – Created by a Mom - Infant Zoo.https://infantzoo.com/.
(5) The Surprising Benefits of High Contrast Baby Flashcards - Taira Delgado.https://www.tairadelgado.com/post/the-surprising-benefits-of-high-contrast-baby-flashcards.