Black & White Baby Books and Toys: Why are They So Good For Newborns?

black & white baby books and toys

Black and white baby books and toys seem to fascinate babies. They may look simple and a little dull to adults, but babies seem to be irresistibly drawn to them.

So why is black & white so interesting for babies?

black & white baby books and toys

Babies can tell the difference between light and dark when they’re still in the womb. When they’re born, they can see black, white and grey, and their focus distance is only around 20 to 30 cms. They can see shapes by looking at the lines where light and dark meet.

You can help support your baby’s visual development by cuddling up close to baby and putting your face near hers. Your baby will learn to focus on your face, and will start tracking you with her eyes and turning her head to follow you.

Try making faces to help your baby focus her vision. Stick out your tongue, smile, or wrinkle your nose. All of these actions help baby to start reading your face, and focusing her vision.

Black & White Images for Babies

Because of this limited vision, the high contrast of black and white images are easier for a baby to see. The boldness of the images stands out where everything else is blurry.

Although there is some disagreement as to when babies start to see colour, it doesn’t appear to be until around 3 to 6 months.

Studies show that infants not only prefer to look at black and white images, but that looking at these types of graphics:

  • helps to increase baby’s concentration skills
  • stimulates baby’s brain cell connects on both the left and right sides of the brain
  • helps to increase baby’s attention span

Black & White Baby Books

It’s never too early to start baby off with a book, and a black and white book is a great excuse to cuddle up and read together. Here are some of our favourite black and white baby books at Hello Charlie.

Black & White Cards for Baby

Your baby may like black and white flashcards, too. Cuddle up with baby and show her the flashcards and talk about what’s on them. Baby will love to hear the sound of your voice, and will begin to focus on the images.

Black & White Baby Toys

There are also lots of great black and white toys for baby. Hang something black and white above the change table to distract baby, or clip a toy to the car seat or pram. You’ll help entertain baby and develop her visual skills on the go!


To see more great black & white products for baby, check out Mesmerised Books for Newborns or Wee Gallery at Hello Charlie.


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