for a baby its just black or white

Shruthi’s written this fascinating post about how her new born baby daughter only seems to admire her hair more than anything else! I was reminded of her post when a physiotherapist Sonali visited our home, and she was telling me to show flash cards of simple geometric shapes in black and white to my new born son for a few seconds once in a way, during his first month. So we made a few and stuck them on cardboard to make them like flash cards.

Sonali explained something which reminded me of Shruthi’s post, that kids for the first 1.5 months or so (earlier it used to be 3 months, they’re smarter in recent generations!) recognize and identify only B&W – jet black and pure white. This is because of the chronological difference in the development of rods and cones in our eyes. the more sensitive rods develop first (which facilitate vision at low light levels, but not color), and then followed by the cones (which can recognize color). For the time being, anything that’s gray looks just kind of hazy. Apparently red is the first color they start recognising, so she recommended adding in that color in subsequent flash cards after 1.5 months!

It seems one of the advantages is also to help in developing attention and interactivity. I’ll never know if it had never made a difference to my son if we hadn’t tried it out, but since this was a natural thing and he might as well look at those cards for a few seconds instead of anything else, we gave it a shot. Most of the time he didn’t seem to have any particular reaction to them, so who knows whether it helped or not, but it was good fun anyway! 🙂

Another interesting suggestion she gave was for the father to spend good amount of time holding the baby as well. And to talk to the baby, read stories to him, etc even though he may not look like he’s understanding anything. Also she suggested we speak to him mostly in a normal tone like we’d talk to any adult, rather than in any coochie coochie tones [and this I happened to have been doing most of the time anyway 🙂 not bad my paternal instincts heh heh ]

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See also: baby whisperer (wow… had never imagined when I’d posted that that I’d have my own son few years later!)

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PS: I made a website for Dr. Sonali but as she’s not too web savvy (also she dosen’t stay in Bangalore so we’re not much in regular contact) and dosen’t look like she’s going to be updating it much.

One Response to “for a baby its just black or white”

  1. msanjay Says:

    Baby talk
    Your baby may gurgle, coo, grunt, and hum to express his feelings. A few babies also begin squealing and laughing. Be sure to coo and gurgle back, and talk to your baby face to face. He’ll enjoy holding your gaze now.

    If you have things to do, your baby will still enjoy hearing your voice from across the room. And don’t feel silly about talking Motherese or baby talk — babies are particularly attuned to this high-pitched, drawn-out way of communicating that can actually teach your baby about the structure and function of language.

    Narrate your day to your baby. He’ll enjoy your conversation and may even start to chime in with his own comments.

    Remember, your baby is an individual
    All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby’s development, ask your healthcare provider.

    Your baby can now probably focus on and track moving objects. Try giving her new skills a workout by slowly passing a toy in front of her face or by having a little “staring contest” during which you walk slowly back and forth in front of her. Watch how her eyes lock with yours and follow along with your movement. This skill is a building block to hand-eye coordination, which will come later.

    ~ Babycenter: Your 4-week-old’s development

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