What It Is
Wimmer-Ferguson is the original creator of black-and-white developmental baby toys, and Manhattan Toy is bringing the Wimmer-Ferguson philosophy to a new line of toys. The Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile to Go can be used in a crib or playpen as well as most strollers and carriers thanks to its colorful plastic clamp. Its six hanging cards are reversible to show baby a variety of developmental graphics and colors. Each of the cards has high-contrast black-and-white images as well as bright colors that will keep baby entertained on the go.
Why It’s Useful
The high-contrast patterns and images on the Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile to Go are visually stimulating to a baby. When attached to a stroller, the mobile will spin with the natural movement of the stroller being pushed, and babies will enjoy watching the different patterns and colors move around as they ride.
Who It’s For
The Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile To Go is for ages birth to 5 months.
What To Be Aware Of
Keep this mobile out of baby's reach. Remove it from a crib or playpen when baby begins to push up on hands and knees.
Manhattan Toy says that its Wimmer-Ferguson baby toys are an accurate reflection of laboratory research on infant visual development. Designs reflect more than 40 years of research on infant vision. Professional research has shown that newborns are more attracted to high-contrast patterns than to color or brightness alone.
That said, there is also a significant body of recent research from the University of California at Berkeley that says that any visual stimulation is good for babies as their focusing ability develops. It's the high contrast rather than the black-and-white that kids respond to, and black and white represent the highest level of contrast. Recent research has shown that children can begin to determine color at 2 weeks, and by 2 months, they are able to distinguish the level of contrast approximating that of an adult.
So, with this toy in particular, the black-and-white is almost irrelevant as babies should be able to perceive the colors very soon. Still, this is a charming first toy for babies with lots of visual stimulation. The "science" seems largely to be for marketing purposes.