What do you do if you can’t find Red, Black, and White toys for your baby? You improvise and DIY.
Red, Black and White for Babies
If you search the internet, you will find many reading materials about studies on how babies are color blind up to about six months. It was said that they can only see the colors red, black, and white, so when they see these distinct, highly contrasting colors (or absence of color for black and white), they are drawn to them.
Because these are the only colors they recognize and the rest is all one big gray mass, babies are stimulated when they see red black and white. Hence, we have seen the development of toys and posters using these colors and are geared towards the baby’s mental development.
While the concept of the red, black, and white stuff is already popular in the US, not too many people know about it in the Philippines. Or the trend hasn’t caught up yet. That is why, we don’t have a lot of baby toys or items with red, black, and white.
But I was giving birth already and I want to be able to provide these things for my eldest child. We are already intending to embark on a homeschooling in Bacolod journey so everything that we do is geared towards that.
So, what does a mom got to do?
DIY Red, Black and White Posters
Actually this is not a separate bedroom–this is our bedroom that we are trying to transform into a baby-friendly zone. hehe We did not exactly baby-proof our room (like the replacing of locks and handles and the covering of sockets), but what I meant of having a baby friendly room is having decorations that can stimulate a baby’s mind. I have actually added other things and I will just share pictures after I have taken them.
These are the first decorations I did. You will see the distinct red, black, and white posters that I did using only cartolina. They are very cheap. I just made sure that I had enough contrast in the designs I made.
It’s actually very simple. I divided each poster into three areas — red, black, and white. Then I made big and bold designs rendering different shapes in different colors, layering them so that there is contrast. I attached everything with some glue. Voila! I only spent about P30 for these two posters.
Below is one wall, and I bought rubber slice (that is what they call the material at the store) and just cut out an outdoor/garden scene, complete with tiny animals.
Then we assigned baby’s cabinet already. And since we don’t have a name yet for our unborn child, we just named him|her baby.
This room is my hubby’s former room that he shared with his brother, hence the blue motif of the room. Then Dennis went to Cebu to study ECE at the University of San Carlos, so one brother stayed here. Dennis moved back here after passing his ECE licensure exams.
Anyway, we don’t have a budget for repainting the whole room, or even for just the replacement of the wallpaper, so blue it is, whether our baby is a boy or girl.
This is it for now. I will have more photos soon. 🙂
My mother in law actually commented that I put up the decorations a wee bit too early, as my due date is a long way off. But I reasoned that at least now my tummy is still small and I can still handle the drawing and cutting as well as the installation of the cutouts on the high areas of the wall.
And I am sooo happy that I finished this. 😀 These colored material is called rubber slice (I am not sure if they are correct in this) that can be bought in most upholstery shops here in Bacolod City. I bought mine at Susing’s Bag Supply.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: