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First year of life is crucial for child’s development

This is a fact: the first year of life is the most intense period in terms of the pace of development. Even though caregivers may struggle to notice such changes on a daily basis, and the days may seem so similar, it is truly astonishing how much progress is achieved in such a short time! Children change dramatically in only 12 months! All motor skills are developing: babies start to sit up, stand up and eventually walk. Their cognitive skills and knowledge develop rapidly, too. Even though babies do not speak they often amaze their parents with how much they are able to do and understand.

Is it even possible to play with an infant, who seemingly only sleeps, and is not able to do much more? The answer is: yes! We encourage parents to play with their children. The first months of baby’s life is an extremely important time, which should be spent under the watchful eye of carers. Children love and need to be cuddled, carried and… entertained by their parents and caregivers. This is what inspired us to create our high contrast baby products.

Educational toys for infants – are they necessary?

Do you know that some of the most important connections in the human brain are created early on? It is important to know that you can support the development of your child’s nervous system shortly after birth. You can intensify the process of creating connections between brain cells thanks to providing the child with appropriate sensory stimuli. It can be a visual stimulus. Showing clear and simple contrasting illustrations, such as black and white pictures with additional colors, can be beneficial for the developing brain.

Please note, that no interactive toys can replace a caregiver’s attention, voice, and loving touch. This is why our contrast books were made. Firstly, infants truly like the illustrations and stare at them willingly. That allows them to train their eye muscles. Moreover, it is a great “tool” for parents and a great way to spend time together. Showing details on the cards, telling stories and naming the objects gives children a lot of fun and builds their sense of security. You never know how much they understand already! Infants really pay attention to black and white patterns and enjoy them very much. Ot also inspires exercise: placing a contrast card in front of a lying baby inspires them to raise their heads! 

Banana Panda collection of contrast books

Discover the amazing Banana Panda series of contrast books and find the educational set that suits you best. Remember, that each set makes a great baby shower gift!

  • High Contrast Baby Pack – contains 2 contrast books, for children aged 3 m+ and 6 m+, and 7 double-sided cards. You can use them to create a beautiful contrast garland and decorate your nursery room.
  • High Contrast Contrast Cards on a ring for ages 0 m+ is a booklet with 10 double-sided cards on a plastic ring. It can be hanged on a crib or baby carriage. Each card can be used separately.
  • High Contrast Contrast Cards on a ring 3 m+ is another handy contrast book. Its illustrations are more detailed and new colors appear in them.
  • The Way I See It is another educational set of high contrast cards. It contains 12 double-sided and extra large and sturdy flash cards.

Explore the world together – it is never too early to start!

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