There is an excitement about finding out whether you’re having a girl or a boy. The answer generally sends you running to buy the perfect color clothing and make sure the nursery is just right. You have fantasies of baby blue, and light pink, but the experts have something to say about that. Going color crazy during you’re the first months isn’t necessary. Babies see in shades of white, gray, and black, so there’s no need to splash the color when monochrome is a benefit to your new baby.
When your baby arrives, it can feel your touch and hear your voice, your baby can smell you, and taste whatever you put in its mouth. Its vision, however, is the least developed sense of all, yet it’s the visual input that can have the profoundest effect on its nervous system.
When your baby is born, they don’t have a fully developed retina. A newborn only detects the large contracts between dark and light, or black and white. While you may be able to appreciate the many shades of pastel in the nursery, it’s all one giant blur to your baby. Your baby doesn’t have well connected nerve cells in the brain. As your baby grows, the brain will receive input from every sense, causing cells to multiply and form connections with various nerve cells. For this reason, visual stimulation for your baby is crucial. If you provide your baby with continuous input visually, their retina will thrive, helping their development.
The best way to stimulate your baby’s visual input is a black and white color scheme that is filled with shapes and patterns. Various monochrome shades send strong signals to your baby’s brain, which will aid in brain growth and visual development. Black and white may not be the traditional choice to decorate a nursery, but with a wide variety of patterns and shapes available, the opportunities are endless.
Ginghams and Stripes are equally classic, gender neutral, and easily morph in a sophisticated nursery with color and detail and the child grows. Stripes are an effective way to stimulate your child visually. Try bold white and black stripes to add sophistication to any room that your child can enjoy even as they age. You can go all black and add white accents or vice versa. A solid colored wall with pops of the opposite shade can provide a sleek look.
You can get a bit wild with Zebra stripes or just think about Dalmatian spots to bring whimsical fun to your nursery, whether you choose to place them on an accent wall or the crib. Wall decals are also an excellent choice, because they are simple to remove as your baby evolves and grows. You can apply circles, triangles, raindrops, and more.
You can do your part, too, by dressing in black and white with bold stripes, patterns, and prints.
So, when does baby start to spot colors? Around three months, and it’s at this point you can start to add color to your black and white theme. That doesn’t mean you need to get the paintbrush out, add art, toys, books, or furniture for a splash of color. At 12 months, you can introduce colorful cushions or curtains to help your baby grow in learning how to differentiate between the colors.
Henry and Bros. collection for summer brings a range of black and white products including our Toddler Blanket in Monochrome Gingham, Black and White Travel Blanket summer essential, and our Black and White Monochrome Kids’ Quilt.
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