Did you know that newborns can’t detect different shades of light and color? Take a look at the best black and white baby books for high-contrast reading.
My newborn son could stare at our vertical blinds all day.
I had noticed that when I would place him on a blanket on the floor, he’d almost always turn his head toward the blinds.
I later learned why.
You see, a new baby’s eyes can’t detect different shades of light and color too well. They can only see distinct contrasts—the bigger the difference, the better they can see. And that arm’s length—about the distance between your baby in your arms and your face—is ideal.
That’s why whenever I placed my son on the floor, he was immediately drawn to the blinds, which looked like a pattern of black and white lines. Go figure!
After I learned that, I sought black and white baby books to include in our reading routine. I wanted to take advantage of the many contrasting books to keep him engaged when he was awake and to encourage his visual interest.
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Black and white baby books
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And you can do the same with your baby. Black and white baby books are perfect because they offer high-contrast images he can see better.
Take a look at the best black and white baby books to read with him. Many are board books for easy handling, with simple visuals sure to draw his curiosity, even at this young age:
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