Did you know that a baby's colour vision isn't fully developed until around 5 months old? Red is one of the first colours your baby will see, but until then, they can only make out black, white and grey tones in a blurry world around them. Despite this, babies can focus on and interpret images in high contrast colours – black and white. Making high contrast black and white visual stimulation the perfect tool to help with your newborn baby’s early development.
What are the benefits of High Contrast Books for your baby?
High contrast books enable your baby to focus clearly in an otherwise blurry world. Research has shown that a baby's retina registers the strongest when shown black and white images. This, in turn, sends strong visual signals to the brain, leading to more brain growth and faster visual development.
It is never too early to introduce your baby to their first book. Research has shown that children who have read books since birth have a broader vocabulary and stronger communication skills than other children their age. A black and white baby book is a fantastic tool to aid in early cognitive development. It builds listening skills and teaches your baby about communication, letters and shapes.
Reading books with your baby from an early age is an excellent opportunity to spend some precious one-on-one time together. Babies just love the soothing sound of their caregiver’s voice, so sitting down to read a book is the perfect time to interact with your baby and strengthen your bond.
High Contrast Books for Babies - top tips
Tip 1 - A newborn baby can't focus on anything more than 8 to 12 inches away, so be sure to hold the book at just about the length that your face is away from theirs while being held.
Tip 2 - Don't just show the pictures to your baby, describe what you see and talk to your little one about the images. Your baby will just love hearing your voice, and it will also help them with their language skills in those early weeks.
Tip 3 - Try using black and white baby books during tummy time to keep your baby entertained. Using high contrast images to attract their attention will help keep them engaged, extending the time spent on their tummy and strengthening their muscles.
Tip 4 - At around 2-3 months old, your baby's eyes will start working together. Try moving the book within your baby’s field of vision to see if they track the picture with their eyes. This will focus their attention and develop their cognitive skills.
Shop our collection of High Contrast Books for Babies
Our collection of high contrast black and white baby books will help with your newborn’s visual and cognitive development in those first few months. They will also teach your baby about the wonderful wild world from a young age. Unlike most animal illustrations for babies and young children, the images in our beautiful black and white books are true to nature. As your baby develops in those first years, they will start to recognise the animals in real life or from photographs. Each book also groups the animals in their natural habitat and geographical location. When they get to their toddler years, they can also make the connection between where in the world the animals come from, educating them about the big wide world in those crucial first years.
Brilliant Animals of Great Britain - Black and White Baby Book
From the friendly fox to the elusive barn owl, this picture book will educate your baby on great British wildlife from an early age and take them right into toddlerhood.
Spectacular Animals of Africa - Black and White Baby Book
From the majestic lion to the humble hippo, this book is built for little fingers and sturdy enough to withstand a fair bit of chewing and throwing around.
Amazing Animals of Southeast Asia - Black and White Baby Book
From the magnificent Asian elephant to the amazing orang-utan, your baby will love to explore the wonderful wild world of Southeast Asia.
Extraordinary Animals from the Land of Oz - Black and White Baby Book
From the iconic kangaroo and koala bear to the beautiful cockatoo and possum. The perfect book for baby to explore the wonderful wild world.
Magnificent Animals from Above and Below the Ocean - Black and White Baby Book
From the seahorse to the whale shark, this book provides fascinating learning into the wildlife of our great oceans.
Awesome Animals of the Amazon - Black and White Baby Book
From the mighty jaguar to the sleepy sloth, your baby will love to learn about the awesome animals of the Amazon Rainforest.
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