Black & White Newborn Patterns Decals - Infant Brain Stimulation - Perfect Baby Shower Gift!

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These 12 contrasting wall decals are perfect for newborns! Like our other wall decals, they are easily moved and repositioned. They stick on almost any hard surface. Bring them along when you travel or keep a few in the diaper bag to have on hand. There are all 12 in the set. Your baby will love these!

Researchers have repeatedly shown that newborns prefer to look at black,  white and gray geometric shapes, rather than bright colors or pastels.

Babies are born with fully developed eyesight, but it takes about three months before their eye muscles and brain catch up enough for them to see distance clearly. The first two months, they can focus only about a foot away, but they can fixate or maintain their gaze intently on an object. At first, a baby's fixation or attention span varies from 4 to 10 seconds. When interest wanes, they close their eyes or shift their gaze aimlessly.

The repeated sight of such objects, however, will help increase your baby's attention span. Many parents have reported that their newborn's attention span increased from 10 seconds to up to 90 seconds after only one week of looking at black and white images for about 3 minutes a day.

Because of this, fixation helps learning. If your baby fixates on one object, information about that object gets through to the cortex – the deepest part of the brain – which means that there is an intact pathway for stimulating the brain's growth.

Babies are said to be "tracking" when they try to follow appealing objects with their eyes. The more appealing the object, the more intense and prolonged the tracking. In the first two months of life tracking is difficult, but not impossible. When you use high-contrast designs like black and white bull's-eyes that move slowly across your baby's visual field, they will be able to track with more ease because of their interest in the stimulator.

Tracking helps your baby to learn where an object is in space and how it differs from its background so that they can reach for it. They discover that objects have permanence by seeing that they move, yet remain the same.
A child moves their eyes from one object to another in a series of little jumps. They are "scanning" their choices. When your baby scans, they learn how to see and compare entire objects. This ability eventually helps them to distinguish all the objects in their environment.

It takes many babies a bit of time to realize there's something to look at. Try to leave the object you want your baby to focus on within their view for at least 30 seconds – long enough for their eyes to follow and come upon it.

The high contrast of black, white and gray in different shapes and patterns sends the strongest visual signals to a new baby's brain. Stronger signals mean more robust brain growth and faster visual development. It boosts your child's attention span while also improving memory and nervous system development. Babies experience improved physical, emotional and cognitive development, which helps promote curiosity and an interest in exploring their world.

As children grow into the early preschool years, maturation of visual acuity helps to refine hand, eye, and body coordination, as well as develop the fine motor skills necessary to begin reading. Brains in richer, more stimulating environments have higher rates of synaptogenesis and more complex dendrite arbors, leading to increased brain activity.

Source: Dr. Ludington-Hoe, S., "How to Have a Smarter Baby", Bantam Books, 1985, p. 75.

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