3 Reasons Why Black-And-White Toys Are Actually Best For Baby

Did you know that newborns can only see in black and white until about three months of age? In this article, we explain why providing high contrast monochrome toys is beneficial for babies and share some of our favorite black-and-white toys.

A baby playing with the Wee Gallery Black and White meadow activity pad from

Have you been wondering why so many baby toys and books feature high contrast black-and-white illustrations?

That’s because up until about three to six months of age, babies can only see between 12 to 15 inches in front of them and can only really see in black, white and grey tones.

Choosing toys and décor in high contrast black and white can be extremely beneficial for your child’s development because it’s easier for them to focus on, which helps them strengthen their eyesight and ability to concentrate.

Want to learn more? In this article, we’ll go over:

  • The benefits of black-and-white toys
  • Chemicals to avoid in baby toys
  • The best black and white toys for babies

Scroll down to learn more!


3 benefits of black-and-white toys

  1. Stimulating your baby’s vision and helping them determine shapes and colors is important for strengthening their cognitive abilities as well as their gross motor skills.
  2. Because high contrast images are easier for babies to interpret, they are the best way for your tot to lengthen their attention span, improve their memory and develop their nervous system. It is also beneficial in terms of social development. Being able to describe something allows your child to expand their vocabulary and boost their confidence.
  3. Another pro of getting black and white toys and décor for your newborn means you can add pops of color later on that align with your tot’s interests. Black and white is also gender neutral, timeless and educational, meaning you’ll get multiple uses for multiple children.


Chemicals to avoid in baby toys

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it’s free of the chemicals we avoid.

When it comes to baby toys, we’re particularly fussy because let’s be honest – they all end up in our baby’s mouth! That’s why we steer clear of:

  • BPA + BPS
  • Harmful Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Formaldehyde
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Heavy Metals

Click here to read the full list of ingredients we avoid and why.


The best black-and-white toys for babies

All Tot Tested and approved, here are our favorite black and white toys for babies.


The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months


Created by an early learning educator, The Tot Play and Learn Set features a booklet packed full of activities designed to help babies reach specific milestones as well as six non-toxic black, white and neutral tone toys that can be played with in a variety of ways.

The 0 – 3 Months Set includes:

  • A booklet full of activities and developmental advice
  • Black and white crinkle sensory toy
  • High contrast black and white art flash cards
  • Organic black and white sensory ball
  • Wooden interlocking disc
  • Clear silicone teether
  • Black and white swaddle


Play & Learn Bundle 0-3m


The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months







Black-and-white books & flash cards


Books and flash cards are something you can use with your baby from Day 1. We love opting for soft books because these can be used as tummy time and are easy for little hands to hold and explore. We also love alphabet flash cards because these can be used in a wide range of activities.


Black-and-white playmats


Playmats are a non-negotiable in our book because they make tummy time safe and cozy. By choosing one with high contrast black and white illustrations, you’ll help your baby learn to lift their head, look left and right and eventually reach for something!


Black-and-white toys


Some of the milestones your baby will reach include reaching, grasping, shaking, passing and of course – tasting! All of the below non-toxic toys are easy for babies to focus on, which will help them hone their hand-eye coordination.


Black-and-white activity gyms

An activity gym keeps baby entertained and is great for sensory play. Choose one with black and white features and baby will be enthralled by the images.