In addition, newborn babies can’t see the middle of an object as well as they see the edges, and they have a hard time distinguishing details. What babies can see best are sharp contrasts. So when your ardent admirer gazes up at you, the focus will be on your eyes, hairline, and mouth, because there’s a distinct difference between the object and the background.
Stripes, polka dots, plaids, and checks also feed baby’s hunger for interesting things to look at; wear a “loud” outfit, and you’ll get quite a reaction.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education
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