FYI: Newborns can hear your voice, feel your touch, smell your scent, and taste anything you put in their mouths. Many people believe that they can improve their baby's intellectual development by playing classical music, particularly Mozart's music (Read about the Mozart Effect). However, it's the sense of sight which may more profoundly affect an infant's developing nervous system.
A newborn's vision is not the most developed sense at birth because the retina is not fully developed. The retina is the part of the eye that detects light, and while an adult's retina can distinguish between many shades and hues, an infant can recognize only sharp contrasts. That means that while parents can recognize and appreciate the charming pastels on many playthings and decorous objects meant for babies, the babies themselves can do neither! Pastels all blur together for them.
Sharply contrasting colors, however, can be easily seen by babies. What your baby will enjoy and appreciate are toys and decorations made in black, white, and red or in primary colors.
Because the infant's retina is not fully developed, sharper contrasts register more powerfully on it and so will send strong visual signals to the brain. Those stronger signals in turn lead to greater brain growth and faster visual development.
Infants see objects most clearly when they are 8 to 12 inches away. Keep this in mind as you interact with your baby. Also, whenever possible, wear clothing with stripes of sharply constrasting colors. Other designs with sharp contrast would work too. My son used to love to stare at a light brown dress with dark blue flowers. He'd sit on my lap and stare and stare and stare at them!
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Manhattan Toy Whoozit Baby Stroller and Travel Activity Toy, 6 Inch
from: Manhattan Toy
Same great features as our larger Whoozit, but small enough to tuck easily into a purse or coat pocket. Baby Whoozit is made of soft velour babies will love to hold.
List Price: $14.99
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Playnest and Gym - Farm
from: James Galt & Co., Ltd
A soft multi-sensory environment with a fun farm scene around the Playnest and the Gym as the sky above. Playnest is a fabric covered inflatable ring that supports baby during play. There are textures and sounds to explore in the 5 Gym toys and the 8 activities around the Playnest. Both hand/eye coordination and manipulative skills are encouraged and Playnest & Gym will play an important role in baby's physical and play development. The Playnest/Gym covers and soft toys are machine washable.
Amazon.com's Price: $119.98Prices subject to change.