A book of beautifully designed high-contrast illustrations that are easy for young babies to focus on. It’s never too early to start reading to baby, and the Mesmerised black and white baby book by Katey Love is an ideal first book. With its clear and captivating pictures, there’s no wonder it’s a bestseller!
Listed in the Top 10 Recommended Books for Babies by the State Libraries of Victoria and Queensland.
The book of choice for young babies in the Special Care nurseries of Westmead Childrens’ Hospital and St Georges Hospital, SE Sydney.
Also available in a set of black and white flashcards.
18 pages of captivating, clear, glossy images
Board pages are easy to turn
Suitable for babies 0-6 months
Enhances baby’s vision and focus
Perfect baby shower or newborn gift idea
Printed with baby-safe vegetable inks
Size: 15 x 15cm
Designed in Australia by Katey Love
Why do babies love black and white images?
Babies’ eyes are not yet fully developed at birth, and at first they can only see black, white and shades of grey. They make out shapes by looking at the lines where light and dark meet.
Black and white images with sharp outlines are much easier for them to see… the boldness of the images stands out where everything else is blurry.
Benefits of reading Mesmerised to your baby
Black and white images will stimulate the development of your baby’s optic nerves and help to nurture visual development.
The captivating images and patterns in Mesmerised will keep your baby engaged and boost their learning and focus
Prop the book open on the play mat in front of your baby to encourage tummy time. Tummy time can get quite frustrating for young babies, and visual stimulation is one of the best ways to extend tummy time.
The black and white images encourage your baby’s cognitive development without over-stimulating them
If your baby favours one side of the head or has a flat spot on one side, you can use this book to entice your baby to turn to the non-favoured side.
Best way to read to your baby
Cuddle up with your baby and slowly turn the pages, pointing to the pictures in the book and talking about the images to your baby. Bub will love to hear the sound of your voice, and will begin to focus on the images. Use lots of emotion to keep things interesting.
Try to make your reading time as focused as possible by turning off the TV and staying away from your phone.
When your baby is a few weeks old they will start to follow moving objects. You can slowly move your Mesmerised book in different directions and see how baby’s gaze follows the movement.
See the book in action
This 2-week-old baby is totally captivated by the black and white images in the book.