Rattles

It is one of the oldest toys in our history. An early baby’s rattle, a 2500-year-old rattle, in the shape of a pillow made from clay and filled with small balls was found in a polish village. Rattles are good for a baby because they provide the stimulation s/he needs. It will excite him when he discovers by holding an object and moving his arms he can make a change in outside world (cause and effect). So somehow, he will learn to interact with outside world and explore it. Here is a short list of how rattles are helpful for your baby.

How “Rattles” help babies developing their skills:

  • brighColorful rings:     Develops eye movement (smooth tracking)
  • Rattle sounds:                  Develops further the hearing and finding the direction of sound
  • Grabbing rings:                Hand/eye coordination with the help of the sound rattle makes
  • Cause and effect:             Making sound every time she moves the rattle
  • Teething relief:                 Some of the rattles are also useful for Teething as well.
  • Fingers:                             Some of the rattles helps each finger to function separately from others

Bright Starts Grab and Spin Rattle

Product feedback (amazon, eBay):  4.7/5 by 1200 buyersBright Starts Grab and Spin Rattle

Price: $2.39

Customer Reviews:

“My son (3 months) loves this. It’s easily his favorite toy. He loves how it rattles, that he can grab it easily, and the rings add some interest. It is greatly helping with his hand-eye coordination development and hand mobility. He also adores the rattle part – if you hold it in front of him and shake it, his eyes get huge and he starts to shake from excitement. He likes it so much that I got a second one in case I lose it or leave it somewhere.”

“One of the first toys my baby reached for, and she hasn’t put it down since. The colors seem to catch her eye and the size is just perfect for her small fingers to latch on to.”

“My son is 3 months and this is his favorite toy. He loves to hold onto it, shake it and put it in his mouth.”

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Oball ShakerOball Shaker

Product feedback (amazon, eBay):  4.5/5 by 1470 buyers

Price: $3.59

Customer Reviews:

“My son really likes this rattle. The middle has little balls in it that rattle when you shake it, but it is rather quiet so the toy is not annoying at all. He likes to chew on the blue and green ends which are a softer plastic. It gives him a different texture to play with.”

“Our 5.5-month-old loves this rattle! The holes are perfect for his little fingers the grasp the toy. Would recommend.”

“My son is 3 months and this is his favorite toy. He loves to hold onto it, shake it and put it in his mouth.”

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Sassy Rattlin Rings

Product feedback (amazon, eBay):  4.6/5 by 630 buyers

Price: $4.29

Extra feature: The colorful  stripes and dots are perfect for newborn visual stimulation.

Customer Reviews:

“My daughter loved playing with this toy from age 3 months to 12 months. It’s small and simple but has the eye-catching pattern and the rings were fun for her to slide around. This toy is the perfect size to keep stored in the diaper bag for times when baby gets fussy on the go and made a great option for my daughter to play with on car rides.”

“Super cute rattles! He doesn’t hold them himself yet, but he loves to look at them! I bought two of them just in case we loose one (we usually do that with most toys). They were a little bigger than I thought but still a good size. They came a little dirty so I would recommend cleaning them for sure. Overall a great product and I would recommend and or buy again.”

“Money well spent. My daughter LOVED it. It was bigger than I expected. She loved to rattle, definitely one of her favorites.”

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Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas

Product feedback (amazon, eBay):  4.5/5 by 3000 buyers

Price: $6.99

Extra feature: The variety of colors, textures, and fun rattle sounds help stimulate your baby’s developing senses

Customer Reviews:

“My girls adore their little rattle lol. It’s baby proofed with a soft end to prevent injury. And the other end has bals inside to make sounds like a maraca”

“To me, these seem very unexciting. They barely rattle, I was just disappointed looking at them. HOWEVER my 3 month old loves them. Way more than other rattles. He loves bashing his head with the soft tops, and eating them, and he’s more than happy with the small sound from the three balls. They’re also perfectly sized handles for his tiny hands, so they are now a favorite shower gift”

“My son gives them a 5 stars. Mine didn’t have any extra plastic poking out to hurt my son as stated in another review. I inspected them prior to using. He Loves the rattle noise & I like the soft side for his mouth. They are a perfect size for small hands. He didn’t like to use them till he was 4 mos.”

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Fisher-Price Rattle ‘n Rock Maracas

Product feedback (amazon, eBay):  4.5/5 by 3000 buyers

Price: $6.99

Extra feature: The differing materials engage baby’s developing tactile sensitivity and teach baby about variety.

Customer Reviews:

“Smaller than expected, but the size is actually perfect. My four month old neice loves it. It’s fun for her to feel all of the different textures. I’d recommend! UPDATE: niece is now nine months and still loves this toy, can beat that price”

“Such a classic toy for older babies! We introduced this toy too early and it was a little bit of sensory overload for our newborn. Now that the baby is learning to crawl and grasp better, it’s just right! Remember to try toys again on your kids at different times and only one toy at a time. You never know what might work. This is labeled as a toy for a 6 month old so it was my bad.”

“Very cute ball! I love that every part is different. It keeps baby occupied, and it’s very colorful! It’s a bit big for an infant’s hands, but my daughter is 4 months now, so I think in the next month, she’ll be able to get a good grip of it! I love Sassy’s toys, and this one has sold me just like the many other toys we have of their brand.”

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