Guest Post: How the Right Color Scheme Can Help Your Baby’s Eyesight Develop

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When it comes to choosing a color scheme  for the nursery, most of us mamas go by our own aesthetic. We decide to opt for a color combination that we think looks good —but there’s a lot more to it! Today’s guest post comes from Megan Tucker, a UK based children’s illustrator creating beautiful educational prints and learning resources from her home in South Wales {check out her etsy shop Kindy Garden}. She’s also a qualified teaching assistant and has spent the last few years working with children in classroom settings.

Your little bundle of joy is soon to arrive and you are busy planning the perfect nursery color scheme to bring baby home to — but before you chase after dreamy pastels and traditional delicate hues, consider bucking the trend and opting for something altogether more daring. Rainbow brights and black & white are more than just a statement —  they’re something your baby’s eyes will thank you for!

From day one your newborn can hear your voice, feel your touch, smell your scent, and taste anything you put in their mouth. However, a baby’s vision may be one of the least developed senses at birth. An adult retina can distinguish many different shades of light and color, but a newborn retina can only detect large contrasts between light and dark, or black and white. So while all those pretty pastels look gorgeous to us, to a young baby, the colors blur and it is difficult to tell one from another.

Research has shown that high contrast tones such as black and white, or bold rainbow colors against lighter shades register intensely on a baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to your baby’s brain. Stripes and basic shapes in these contrasting tones help baby’s eyes even more. Frequent exposure to these strong signals have a three-fold advantage; a much faster development rate of your baby’s brain growth, their sense of vision and of their nervous system too.

For black and white schemes, partner them with a soft yellow or any shade of pink to add femininity for a girl, or try accents of green or blue for boys. Your baby will still get the benefit of being visually stimulated without the nursery feeling stark.

For rainbow brights, team up with white or pale wood furniture to display them at their best and the great thing is this color scheme works brilliantly for both boys and girls. Because this scheme contains so many colors, you won’t struggle to find objects to tie your nursery together. The possibilities are endless! Head to Ikea for a great choice of bright accessories and storage furniture that won’t cost a fortune.

So why not dare to be different? Be bold with your nursery color scheme and watch your baby’s eyes light up!

{Design Board Details}

Black & White Nursery Design Board

For a list of resources, click here.

Rainbow Brights Nursery Design Board

1. Vitaminer Rand 4-piece crib bedding set, multicolor from Ikea ($13)
2. Skojig Pendant Lamp, blue from Ikea ($25)
3.
Happy Rainbow Wall Decal for Baby from etsy.com ($50)
4.
Deluxe Pillow – Rainbow Unicorn, available in blue or pink from etsy.com ($38)
5. Mammut 3-drawer chest. Pink/Red from Ikea. ($129)
6. Nursery inspiration and ideas from Jennyology
7. Sumersault Geo Brights 10 Piece Crib Set- Mulitcolor, available at Target. ($140)

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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of ChicCheapNursery.com and mom of a 4-year old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!
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Comments

  1. Haha I love how they have the eye test typography! Such an awesome idea!

  2. Are there really infants out there who are spending a lot of time in the nursery while they’re awake? I’m all for visual stimulation but I’ll save it for the toys and such and keep the nursery calm and soothing since I want my child to sleep.

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  1. […] I like the idea of white and grey/silver…might want to consider adding some black… "From day one your newborn can hear your voice, feel your touch, smell your scent, and taste anything you put in their mouth. However, a baby’s vision may be one of the least developed senses at birth. An adult retina can distinguish many different shades of light and color, but a newborn retina can only detect large contrasts between light and dark, or black and white. So while all those pretty pastels look gorgeous to us, to a young baby, the colors blur and it is difficult to tell one from another. Research has shown that high contrast tones such as black and white, or bold rainbow colors against lighter shades register intensely on a baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to your baby’s brain. Stripes and basic shapes in these contrasting tones help baby’s eyes even more. Frequent exposure to these strong signals have a three-fold advantage; a much faster development rate of your baby’s brain growth, their sense of vision and of their nervous system too. For black and white schemes, partner them with a soft yellow or any shade of pink to add femininity for a girl, or try accents of green or blue for boys. Your baby will still get the benefit of being visually stimulated without the nursery feeling stark." http://www.chiccheapnursery.com/2011…sight-develop/ […]

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