How to use this book.
There are so many ways to use black and white books. Below are some tried and tested ideas by thousands of parents who have used these black and white books with their newborns:
READING THE BOOK
Snuggle in with your baby and "read the book" to your baby- tell your baby about what you see on the page, count the different items, if you are looking at the i.e snowman and snowflake page – tell your baby about a time you visited the snow. Your baby will simply love listening to your voice.
Each family member or carer will have a different way to read the book and will have something else to say about what they see on the pages or tell a different story based on their life experiences relating to the images on the pictures. This will also increase the vocabulary they are exposed to as each family member will use different words to describe similar things.
Australia is such a multicultural country with hundreds of different languages spoken in our country. Given the book has no words, anyone from any background can pick this book up and read it in their own language.
Prop the book up in front of your baby for tummy time. Watch as your baby tries to lift their little head to see the images. This can easily turn tummy time from a challenging activity to something very enjoyable.
Set the book up next to the change table for easier nappy changes. It will keep their attention on the high-contrast images which will make the nappy change at lot easier and quicker.
FLAT HEAD SYNDROME
If your baby is showing signs of preferring one side, use this book to draw their attention to the images and then place it on their least preferred side. This will encourage them to turn their head to the other side which can naturally reduce the flat head symptoms.
CALM YOUR BABY
If your baby is upset, try showing them some pages from the book. Babies can often get quickly overstimulated with their surroundings so showing them something simple like a high contrast book can actually have a calming effect.