Art Cards for Baby
You’re never too young to be introduced to art, but it has to be said that when you’re a really small baby, the opportunity to develop your art appreciation skills is not always catered for. But then how much can a small baby actually see? There’s been a great deal of research carried out in recent years, and the current thinking is that although a baby is born with eyes fully capable of seeing as well as any adult, they have not yet learned to control them and their brains have not yet learned to fully utilise their ability, so that initially a baby’s vision is a little blurry. However their control develops fairly rapidly over time, with their visual acuity improving from about 20/400 at birth to approximately 20/25 or more at 6 months of age.
As many people know, young babies instinctively prefer to look at high-contrast edges and patterns. Large black and white patterns present the highest possible contrast (100%) to the eye and thus are the most visible and attractive to young babies. However, this does not mean that babies cannot see colour, for although at birth babies are only able to see in black and white and shades of gray, this soon changes. At just one week after birth, they can see red, orange, yellow and green. It takes a little longer for them to be able to see blue and violet because blue light has shorter wavelengths, and fewer color receptors exist in the human retina for blue light. But by the time they are 6 months old, a baby’s colour vision should be similar to that of an adult’s.
Wee Gallery Art Cards for Baby have been developed to cater to the visual preferences of young babies aged between 0-12 months. Created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals, the high contrast black and white images and their repeating patterns captivate and entertain. Each boxed set contains six cards printed on 5×7″ sturdy board with rounded corners and a matte-laminated finish, making them baby-friendly and beautiful. They are printed on recycled card stock using non-toxic soy inks making them Eco-friendly too.
Available from Artful Kids in 5 different themes: Farm, Garden, Woodland, Jungle and Pets, they can be displayed in a baby’s cot or crib, hung from a purpose designed postcard mobile, or used as a flash card with older babies.
While black and white imagery is not thought to be essential to encourage a child’s visual development, and it is important to give babies a rich environment to look at and explore, the high contrast found in these cards will be particularly attractive to young babies especially, making them a lovely artistic gift for a newborn.
Meanwhile, if you want to find out more detailed information about visual development in babies, you may find the following links interesting: