Colors and Brain Development: Why Colors Are Important for Babies

baby wearing red and blue colors

Thinking about choosing neutral hues for your soon-coming baby’s nursery? You might want to think twice before you invest in a white crib, wood wall panels, gray rugs, and beige currents.

Although a neutral baby nursery palette may look great in Instagram photos, it may not be best for Baby’s health. That’s because colors can help stimulate your child’s brain development.

Let’s explore the best colors for brain development and how brain-stimulating colors can enhance your little one’s health and quality of life during their early, formative months.

Brain-Stimulating Colors: How Your Baby Sees Color

Imagine seeing your world in black and white, then watching its colors come to life. That’s essentially what happens to a newborn baby over time. They see only shades of gray, white, and black at birth, and three to four months later, they’ll begin to process colors.

Once your newborn begins to see color, they’ll likely respond to green, yellow, blue, and red first, followed by other colors. The more they see them, the healthier their brains and bodies will be.

Here’s a rundown on how brain-stimulating colors can help your child develop properly from an early age.

Color and Your Child’s Visual and Mental Development

Your little one processes images through their optic nerve, which carries the images to their eye from their brain. This nerve grows quickly between the ages of 1 and 3.

As we mentioned earlier, newborns cannot see in color fully. This is why most board books and toys designed for them feature bright colors. They may also use high-contrast colors, like white and black, yellow and black, or blue and yellow.

How Colors Can Help Your Child’s Sight and Cognition

Vibrant and sharply contrasting hues, patterns, and shapes will encourage your child’s development in several ways. First, these colors and images will be easier for them to see compared with muted, lower-contrast colors and images. In addition, bright colors can help boost your child’s optic nerve development and encourage their cognitive growth without making your child feel overstimulated.

As your child grows older, they’ll be able to process even more colors. By the time they reach 6 months of age, they should see the entire color spectrum. The more colors they see, the more effectively their retinas will mature and process these colors. This is why it’s critical to provide your child with plenty of visual stimuli.

The Best Visual Stimuli for Babies

In addition to giving your child colorful toys and books, introduce colorful foods at the dinner table. To add even more brain-stimulating colors to their eating space, use colorful dishes and bibs at mealtimes. For instance,Abiie’s Ruby Wrapp Bibs come in a wide range of excellent colors for brain development, including the following:

  • Apricot
  • Baby blue
  • Gray
  • Pink lavender
  • Pastel yellow
  • Sage green
  • Space blue
  • Terra cotta
  • Turquoise

In addition to being vibrant, each bib is comfortable and features a patented EZ-Wrap and BIB-LOCK that folds and secures the bib for compact, sanitary storage and travel.

A stack of different colored Octopod dishes

Abiie’s Octopod baby dishes also come in an array of brain-stimulating colors. These ideal colors for brain development include all of the Ruby Wrapp Bib’s hues except for apricot, space blue, and terra cotta. Buy one of each color to make mealtime more stimulating and enjoyable than ever. Because these dishes come with octopus-like suction cups on the bottom, they’ll keep Baby’s dishes stationary and make mealtime cleaner than ever, too.

Color and Your Child’s Emotional Development

Brain-stimulating colors can also benefit your little one emotionally.

As a child grows, they’ll learn how to associate hues with various emotions, and this can make processing their feelings easier. For instance, by the age of 3, children often view yellow as a happy color and blue as a sad color. This is why offering your child toys with brain-stimulating colors is important: It will help your child better understand what different colors represent.

A play surface with too many colors, however, may end up causing your child stress. That’s because seeing too many colors in one space can be overwhelming and distracting. To prevent this, consider introducing more calming and neutral colors to your child’s play area to help soothe them.

baby with sunflower and mom and dad

Color and Your Child’s Language Development

Brain-stimulating colors play a critical role in your child’s language development as well.

As your child ages, they might prefer vivid primary colors. Bright red, blue, and yellow may seem more interesting to them compared with muted colors, like pastels. That’s because primary colors grab children’s attention. 

When you notice your child gazing at any of these colors, use this chance to teach them about what they are seeing. Even if your child won’t begin talking for several months, you can still describe their surroundings to them and ask them questions to promote language development. For instance, you can say, “Do you want to play with the yellow truck? The truck and the pillow are both yellow.” Doing this will help your child build their color vocabulary and make connections in their world.

Add Brain-Stimulating Colors to Your Child’s Life with Abiie®

Woman easily changing out the cushions on a Beyond Junior Y High Chair

At Abiie®, we’re passionate about enriching children’s and parents’ lives with our innovative, award-winning, and safe children’s products. 

For instance, in addition to providing your child with the perfect colors for brain development through our Ruby Wrapp Bib and Octopod dishes, make dinnertime and errands easier with our Beyond Junior Y High Chair and Huggs Baby Carrier. Our high chair, which is designed to grow with your child, also comes in numerous brain-stimulating colors, like olive, raspberry, and blueberry. 

Additionally, we offer 6 Beyond Junior Y High Chair cushion sets that come in a range of brain-stimulating colors – from Raspberry Pink to Blueberry Blue. Each cushion set is easily interchangeable and can be found in our Parts & Accessories.

9 Beyond Y Junior High Chairs featuring each cushion and chair color

If you have questions about any of our products, feel free to reach out to us through our contact form. We’ll be glad to answer them and help you choose the perfect equipment for your child.

Ready to give your baby a head start with the perfect colors for brain development while also making your day-to-day easier? Order our products today!