6 Proofs That It Is Brilliant to Use High Contrast Books For Babies

High contrast books for babies have become more and more popular and with great reason!  The best thing you can do to visually stimulate your baby’s vision and brain growth is to use black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors for at least the first 3 months. In addition, it won’t hurt to include them for 6 months.  Study after study proves that babies prefer looking at high contrast colors over everything else.

How to Use High Contrast Books and Items For Babies in the Beginning:

  • Due to an underdeveloped retina, keep objects and your face around 8-10 inches from the baby’s face, so the baby can focus in as best as possible.
  • Black, white and red is the best to use on EVERYTHING.  According to research, pastels are a waste of time, especially in the beginning.
  • You can and should consider high contrast for your clothes, the baby’s toys, books, the mobile, crib bedding, room decor, blankets, items that you put around the car seat, and footsies.  Preferably dark and light stripes.
  • The movements of people and objects should be repetitious and slow and graceful.
  • Use these items during the time you play and give attention to your baby.  If they start to fuss, it means they’re tired of it, and you can try again later or tomorrow.  Don’t overstimulate before nap time.

 

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What Are the Benefits of High Contrast Books For Babies?

#1. Brain Development: 

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7 Facts About Your Child’s Prefrontal Cortex That Are Game Changers

The human brain develops from back to front, so the prefrontal cortex develops lastly.  This part of the brain manages processes such as:

 

  • reasoning
  • logic
  • problem-solving
  • planning 
  • memory
  • focus and attention
  • developing and carrying out goals
  • stopping your impulses
  • developing your personality

 

7 Facts About Your Child's Prefrontal Cortex That Are Game Changers

 

 

Basically, the skills the brain uses to think, learn, read, remember, pay attention, and solve problems.  The frontal lobe matures in spurts and takes years to develop. 

The brain is so active in childhood that half of the calories consumed by the average 5-year-old are used to fuel the brain.    90-95% of brain growth happens in the first 5 years.(source)

 

 

My Purpose For the Post:

Being educated on the functions of the PFC and lack of development in children’s prefrontal cortex helps you to empathize with your child’s behavior much easier.  It benefits parents to know what their children are up against in brain development, so you can align your expectations of the child accordingly. I know it made a difference for me!  If you care to read about my aha prefrontal moment click here.

There are many characteristics to learn about the PFC’s development.  I chose the traits that I found to affect the behaviors that children tend to get in trouble for.

 

7 Characteristics of the Development of the Prefrontal Cortex That Have a Profound Impact on Your Child’s Behavior:

 

#1. The human prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until around the age of 25!!!

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