Black & White For Newborns - More than just a funky print!
Baby on the way? It's time to get the nursery ready! When most people think nurseries, they think a pastel pink or pale blue. While these colors may be calm and soothing for you, they actually do nothing for a newborn baby. You may have noticed a new trend this last year of black and white patterned nurseries. We actually are OBSESSED with this trend, but we never realized that this palette is actually incredibly beneficial for baby!
At birth, a baby's retina is not fully developed. While an adult's retina can appreciate a soft pastel, a baby only sees their nursery as one shade all blurred together. According to "Ask Dr. Sears", At birth, the nerve cells in baby’s brain are disorganized and not well connected. While baby grows, the brain receives input from all five senses. This input causes nerve cells to multiply and form a multitude of connections with other nerve cells. This is why visual stimulation is so crucial.
How do you stimulate a newborns vision?
The best way to stimulate your babies vision is by using black and white patterns. Stripes in particular are great for getting baby to focus. Research proves that black and white patterns register best on the retina and send the strongest signal to baby's developing brain. Surround your new baby with soft pastels and you may as well be blindfolding them... surround them with black and white patterns and watch their eyes light up! Before I was even pregnant, I painted a black and white chevron pattern on our kitchen wall (when chevron used to be the rage a few years ago.) I would wonder why my newborn would lock his eyes on that for hours. Now, after much research I know. Im so glad I held off on changing this wall before he was born.
Here are some fun ways to help baby's eyes and developing brain
- Have fun with bold patterns and prints in your nursery. While black and white are best (because of the intense contrast) any bold light and dark shade prints will work. Try striped sheets and patterned art work.
- Wear black and white striped or patterned clothes! Give something for baby to focus in on anytime they are with you.
- Try purchasing toys and rattles with dark and light contrasting patterns. A lot of toy companies are now making their newborn toys with these patterns.
- Remember to always use these toys or pictures at an 8-12 inch distance from newborns face. FUN FACT: Is it a crazy coincidence that your face is about 8-12 inches from your breasts. While a baby is nursing, your beautiful eyes are one of the first things they will be able to focus in on. Also wonder why our nipples get darker during pregnancy? This is so a brand new baby can find them! WOW motherhood is wild and oh so cool!
- Print out these free downloads, frame them and use them while baby is awake. Set them about 8-12 inches from babies face and watch how they react!
- Also check out this awesome website and their black and white products... including the baby must have book, "Mesmerized"