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Why all the black and white? High contrast colors are STILL the best.
Newborns can see from birth, just not as clearly as an older child or adult.
Until your child is about six months of age, he will respond best to bold, contrasting
colors and graphics. That's why it's important to provide your baby with
toys that feature the visual extremes of black, white and red. These
high-contrast colors will captivate and hold baby's attention, encouraging
visual development as well as physical activity - like wiggling, kicking,
and arm waving.

The newborn's brain is amazingly complex, yet it is still very much open to
modulation as new stimuli are experienced. This leads to new neural
connections and forms the basis of learning. Research has demonstrated that
the first year of life is crucial to brain growth and development. It is
therefore useful to present an adequate amount of high quality stimuli to
infants during these early months.

Visual stimulation is a major form of input. This will occur naturally as
the infant explores the environment. It can also be artificially presented.
Black and white contrast images have been shown to catch the attention of
infants. It seems that the important issue is contrast polarity. Infants are
apparently drawn to differences between light and dark areas. This would
explain why it is that black and white images (representing the extremes of
light and dark) have them so captivated. Over time, there is also a natural
progression. Stimulation appears to foster a desire for more stimulation
leading to a cycle of continued engagement and subsequent development.
This knowledge has been used to develop various products aimed at generating
appropriate stimuli for infants. By involving them in the stimulus, it is
thought that their development will be enhanced that much more.
This approach has also been used to aid some infants that are visually
impaired. This may result from defects in the visual apparatus or because
the infant has not learned to use the information that is visually
presented, to guide their own behavior. In these latter cases, visual
stimulation can enhance the visual attentiveness of the infant especially if
the infant is allowed to experience the consequences of utilizing the input.