A couple of weeks ago, I painted the alphabet on a white canvas in solid black letters. My now-almost-three-month-old daughter loves to stare at it. We knew that the contrast is what appeals to her. That and the fact that babies can’t entirely see color at this point. My intention was to continue painting shapes and patterns for her, but — well, having an infant affords you little free time for art projects.
I’ve done a couple of very quick searches for toys that would meet these requirements, but my husband struck gold when he found Manhattan Toys.
We replaced her mobile containing stuffed animals with a seemingly less exciting version of the toy that does not move or play sounds. The Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile for Cribs is made of plastic cards with black and white designs — which can later be upgraded to color designs. The best part is that the upgrades are included in your purchase!
We also purchased a Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Double Sided 3-in-1 Triangle Play and Pat Activity Mat and a bumper for her crib with the same designs. She was immediately drawn to all of the objects and spends a pretty significant amount of time staring at them.
The best part is that I know developmentally these are exactly what she needs!