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.

Parenting Tip:

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 Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
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Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy
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Lamaze Clutch Cube
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Clutch Cube has soft handles for grasping. Textures, clacking rings, crinkle, and rattle encourage exploration.TOMY works closely with parents and child development experts to create Lamaze toys that encourage early development of the senses, spark creativity and introduce discovery and sensory development.


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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.


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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.


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 : Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs (Discontinued by manufacturer)
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The Infant Stim-Mobile truly captures and holds your baby’s attention while they settle down into the crib or awake from sleep. The bold black and white and vivid color images stimulate early visual activity and encourage pre-reaching movement. This visually engaging Stim-Mobile has won the hearts and of babies and parents everywhere, as well as many prestigious awards for its ingeniously simple design. The Stim-Mobile should be taken down once baby beings to push up on hands and knees. Wimmer-Ferguson toy graphics and designs are based on scientific research of visual development in early infancy. Each Wimmer-Ferguson toy is designed to engage baby from birth, providing playful opportunities to practice developmental skills. All toys feature high contrast graphics to encourage early visual activity and graphics are repeated from toy to toy to encourage “pattern recognition”. In addition to visual development, the Wimmer-Ferguson collection by Manhattan Toy also offers a variety of toys with features to benefit other key areas of an infant’s developmental growth including: eye-hand coordination, gross motor activity, self-awareness, sense of object permanence, and experience with cause and effect. For over 30 years, Manhattan Toy has been making award winning, high quality, visually appealing toys for babies, toddlers, and kids. Manhattan Toy offers more than 500 exclusive, original product designs distributed and sold worldwide through specialty retail stores, catalogs and websites. All of our products, from the newest concepts to our time-tested classics, are innovatively designed to inspire imaginative play and delight our customers.



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