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Week 3: Why black and white is so riveting to your newborn

posted 2019 Feb by

Vision is the only major sense that isn’t stimulated in the womb, so your baby is hungry to practice looking at things. Right now, she uses her eyes as her primary way of gathering information.

Decades of research have shown that time spent looking at high-contrast images builds rich neural networks in your baby’s brain.

Over the next few months, your baby will be working hard to get her eyes focused and working together.

At first, her eyes:

  • focus most clearly 8 to 14 inches away

  • see best in black and white

  • may be slightly crossed
  • may have trouble tracking moving objects (until about five weeks old)

You may be surprised at how long your baby will focus on and be riveted by a single black and white image!