Colouring In Bugs for Babies – Day 6 of #30DaysWild 2017

Day 6 of #30DaysWild is another indoor activity due to three things. The first being the miserable weather, the second a baby massage class in the morning, and the third a sleepy boy!

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I previously said that I wanted to try and make this month a sensory journey for Robin, my 3 month old baby boy. Today I thought about creating something for his nursery wall which would hopefully stimulate his visual senses.

This very simple task required me to grab a nature inspired colouring in book and some brightly coloured pencils. Obviously these illustrations from the book are not anatomically correct and my choice of colours aren’t either, but that is not the point. I want to introduce nature to Robin, I can still tell him the pictures are of beetles or butterflies but this also gives me the opportunity to introduce him to different colours.

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Being wrapped in a flamingo blanket is about as wild as things got for Robin today!

Did you know that to begin with babies can only see in black and white and then red? No, me neither! At 3  months they can start to see other bright colours but cannot detect pastel colours. So all those pretty pastel coloured clothes or toys you can get for babies are not going to be as visually stimulating as something black and white!

I first learned this when  I was pregnant so I decided to try and get some black and white toys for Robin, it was harder than you think! I managed to get a couple of cloth books and a rattle and that was about it. But babies love contrasting images and black and white patterns are perfect. Have you ever noticed a baby staring at your polka dot or stripey top? They just love it!

So I am hoping the very simple selection of bright colours, along with the black and white illustrations from the colouring book, will give Robin something visual to feast upon whilst introducing him to nature. There is plenty of time for the anatomically correct illustrations in the future!

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Camilla-Erika and Robin Oleander x

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