Why should you invest in a baby rattle for your baby? We’ve put together our top 5 reasons why these small toys have been a staple for hundreds of years and actively help the development of your little one. Take a look at our range of baby rattles.
Baby rattles have been produced for nearly 2500 years and have been a large part of a baby’s first years. Nowadays they can be made in a variety of materials from wood to cloth and plastic. So what are the reasons for a baby rattle?
1. They help with teething
Rattles often have lots of different textures and surfaces, which will encourage a baby to bite them with their newly developing teeth. Having these different textures can distract them and soothe their gums.
We particularly love Senger Naturwelt’s Bear Grabber. They’re made from 100% organic cotton and cherry wood, so they are completely free from toxins and chemicals. Perfect for a teething baby to chew on and snuggle.
2. The sounds help develop their reasoning
Most rattles come with a sound inside of them, whether it’s a bell or musical button. This is great as it will help them understand that they can control the noise that the toy produces. So, the more they shake it, the more noise it makes. You can also get rattles that attach to wrists or legs, so they understand how they can control different parts of their body.
3. Grasping increase their co-ordination
Initially, babies have a very firm grasp due to the lack of fine motor skills. The more they grasp and grab at rattles, which are designed for their small hands, the more they will develop these motor skills and their co-ordination.
We love the Konges Sløjd Rose Rabbit Baby Rattle. Not only are they extremely cute, but the different places to grab, from the ears to the handle will also help their fingers and hands with new motor skills.
4. Bright colours help develop their eyes and brains
It’s been shown that babies during their first few months can only see high contrasting colours. So having a highly coloured rattle with lots of dark and light tones will help their eyes to develop.
Therefore, moving the toy back and forth and watching their eyes follow the movement, helps their brain co-ordinate their eyes and build their sight skills. Try the Sebra Crochet Car on a Ring for a high contrast rattle.
5. They’re fun and entertaining
Finally, but also one of the most important parts, is that they are fun! More than anything, babies need lots of entertainment to help develop critical skills and rattles provide hours of fun and playtime.
They are great for making your baby curious, and hopefully, soon you’ll hear their little laugh when they play.
Our Top Baby Rattles
Whether you’re looking for a ring or a soft toy for your baby to chew on, we have a great range of grabbers and grapsing toys. You’ll find a baby rattle that is perfect for your newborn.