Newborns cannot see as clearly as an older child or adult. Kwon (Kwon 2018) noted that at this age, the neurological pathways of the retina's rod's, (cells responsible for detecting black and white) are more developed than the pathways of its cones (cells responsible for detecting colour). Until your child is about six months old, he or she will respond best to bold, high - contrasting colours and graphics. That’s why it’s important to provide your baby with toys and stimulation material that are the visual extremes of black, white and red (Doman 2005:60). These high - contrast colours will captivate and hold Baby’s attention, encouraging visual development as well as physical activity – such as grabbing, wiggling, kicking and arm waving. Babies are fascinated with these high-contrast colours and they love it.
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Why are the first 12 months the most critical?
Most of the brain’s cells are formed before birth, but the connections between the cells are made during infancy and early childhood. The more a brain cell is used, the better it functions by forming more connections and a thicker outer sheath. From birth the brain is rapidly creating synaptic connections. It is estimated that by three years of age, it has already formed about 1000 trillion connections.