Choosing the Best Rattle for Your Baby
Rattles are probably among the first toys babies play. Babies definitely love to shake, teeth and bang on rattles. They have been around for centuries but they remain popular because they’re entertaining and practical.
Rattles also provide exceptional developmental value. They teach children about cause and effect and at the same time help develop dexterity and fine motor skills.
The first things you should consider before buying a rattle for your baby are safety features. Make sure to read labels and warnings for any potential hazards. Rattles end up in babies’ mouths so it’s really important that the rattle you’re buying for your baby has been tested and passed safety standards. Rattles should be well-made that they’re not easily broken into pieces and that they do not have any detachable pieces that could obstruct breathing. They must be soft and have rounded edges.
Rattles can be made from plastic, wood and cloth. While there are many plastic rattles that are considered safe, we highly recommend to stay away from them and choose rattles made from natural materials like wood and cloth. There’s just a lot going on with manufacturing things using plastic and their negative impacts to our environment. It’s also a good idea to start your baby on a path to a greener and sustainable lifestyle at an early age.
When choosing wooden rattles, make sure to read the toys packaging if all of the pieces of the rattle are made from wood. Some wooden rattles have pieces attached to them that are made from plastic.
Most rattles are designed with your child’s age and safety in mind. They don’t have a standard size. Rattles have an interesting design size-wise. They are small enough for your child’s hands but big enough to avoid potential choking hazards. So choosing the size of the rattle comes down to your own personal preference. If budget is not an issue, you can buy both small and large rattles.
You may find yourself overwhelmed with the selection of rattles available out there. So it’s really not uncommon for babies to have more than one rattle. In fact, some experts suggest buying more than one rattle to alternate. When buying more than one rattle, it’s recommended to choose 2 different rattles. For instance, you can buy 1 wooden rattle and 1 cloth rattle. Wooden rattles have a different texture than cloth ones. This helps with the development of your child’s tactile perception.
If your child can’t grasp on objects yet, you can buy her either a wrist or a sock rattle. These are mini rattles that your baby can wear. See her face lighten up when she starts hearing sounds as she moves her hands and feet.
Most rattles have bright colours and different shapes which is great because when your baby grows older you can use it as a teaching tool for her first colors and shapes lesson.
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