When do babies see color

How babies see: the basics of colors

"With our products we want to make the world of families cozier and more colorful" - sigikid -

 

If you look at glossy magazines or Instagram pictures that show home furnishings, you have often seen wonderful children's rooms in delicate pastel tones for a long time. Soft, natural and harmonious hygge colors are the epitome of cosiness, comfort, security and the pleasant feeling of homeliness. At least that's how we adults feel. But what about small children? Do children perceive these colors as we see them?

 

Can babies see colors in the womb?

 

Babies open their eyes from the 26th week of pregnancy. In the womb they don't just see light and dark or black and white - they see a certain color above all: red. Whenever light shines through the mother's abdominal wall, the baby is surrounded by a reddish light.

 

Baby's favorite color after birth

It is a myth that infants are color blind. Their color perception is not yet fully developed - most babies in particular can only recognize the color blue after a few months. But they can distinguish a familiar color from birth: red.

Dr. Anna Franklin, a scientist at the Surrey Baby Lab, conducted a color study of 250 infants. In her study, she found that red is clearly the favorite color of babies. This is not surprising, as this color reminds newborns of the familiar, calming color they saw in the womb. For this reason, some clinics and birth centers also use red instead of white towels for newborns to give them a sense of security.

Sure, red room walls on the other hand would certainly be too much of a good thing. But when buying baby equipment such as mobiles, stroller chains or music boxes, it makes perfect sense to pay attention to red accents.

 

The fascination of infants with black and white contrasts

 

Another thing babies get excited about early on is contrasts in the form of black and white patterns. This is because infants still find it difficult to perceive different colors. Pastel tones therefore appear white to them. The stronger the light-dark contrast, the better babies can perceive it. Studies have even shown that a black and white contrast stimulates and stimulates baby brain activity.

That is why we at sigikid have developed our own series - tailored to the taste of newborns - that combines black and white contrasts with a red accent.