Here's Why You Should Read High Contrast Books To Your Baby!

If you’re shopping for baby books, you might notice that there are a lot of high contrast black and white books for babies on the market! That’s not a coincidence—it’s because high contrast black and white books are perfect for baby development!

Let us explain. Although colorful picture books might appeal more to toddler-aged children and their parents, black and white books for babies are important for their visual development!

 
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At birth, a baby’s eyes are still developing. Although they can see, it’s mostly very blurry. Babies can see best at around 6-8 inches—which is why you might notice them focusing on your face during feeding or a cuddle!

 
Black & White Nighty-Night     by Sarah Jones is a high-contrast black and white baby book all about farm animals and bedtime, from the  ROYGBaby  series.

Black & White Nighty-Night by Sarah Jones is a high-contrast black and white baby book all about farm animals and bedtime, from the ROYGBaby series.

 

Not only is their visual distance limited, but so is their perception of color! All of this comes with time, and one of the best ways to engage a baby’s visual development is to read to them high-contrast black and white baby books!

 
I See You See: Day     by Sandra Gross explores a baby’s entire day—from mealtime to bedtime and everything in between.

I See You See: Day by Sandra Gross explores a baby’s entire day—from mealtime to bedtime and everything in between.

 

Black and white baby books with simple lines and bold patterns are easier for babies to see! The more you do this, the quicker you can move on to all kinds of books to read and bond over!

 

Ready to introduce some color? SHARE This Book written by Dr. John Hutton and illustrated by Christina Brown is a high-contrast baby book with beautiful, high-contrast pastels.

 

Have you noticed a change in your baby’s concentration when reading high-contrast black and white books? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on instagram @bluemanateepress for your for your daily dose of books, art and inspiration!