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Best Wooden Rattle for 2014
Rattles have been around for centuries, because they are the ultimate toy for very young babies. They have gone through a lot of changes and developments during that time, just as our society has. Let's see more about these rattles for 2014 and beyond.
I remember when I was a younger, most rattles seemed to be a hard, tough plastic. This was because the previous incarnation of rattles, all hand crafted out of wood, were thought to be unsafe, due to trace amounts of lead in the paint that young babies might ingest.
Hey, let's make no bones about it, they were unsafe. I know I certainly don't want my baby munching on lead based paint. I am sure you wouldn't either.
Rattles have come full circle though, with the addition of non-toxic, water based paints for these wooden rattles kids can chew away at their toys with zero long term ill effects. Because of this, the most popular form of rattles are once again the wooden kind.
Why Baby's love Rattles
Rattles only need a few things for baby's to simply love them.
1. They should be slightly, "chewable" (but nothing that a baby could destroy or actually manage to eat). Because even if you do not want them to, your baby WILL chew the rattle. It is a law of nature as sure as gravity and the sun rising in the east. Babies will chew away at their favorite toys, because it helps them with teething.
2. They should make noise. Parents like the noise because it tells them the baby is having fun and amusing themselves. The babies like to hear the sounds. Sounds are new to them, and hearing them helps them learn and form those important first thoughts.
3. Rattles should be colorful. Colors catch a babies eye. They enjoy seeing bright colors, because like sounds, it is new to them. It stimulates their vision and the learn eye coordination from shaking the baby rattle around, hearing the sound and tracking the movement with their eyes.
4. They should be entertaining. This is one of the reasons I like the interesting rattle above (and the ones linked below) These rattles are shaped and designed differently. They are not the typical, "ball on the end of a stick" rattle. They change shape, having moving parts and constantly evolve for your child. This can help keep them guessing, thinking and learning while they are playing with their new toy.
These toy rattles do a lot for your child beyond JUST keeping them entertained. They stimulate their senses, They do double duty as teethers. They help to improve hand-eye coordination.
My favorite choice for a baby rattle
The Baby rattle you see up in the right hand corner is my favorite choice for a baby rattle for 2014. I hope you will like it to. It will make a great gift for anyone who has a young baby, is having one soon, or perhaps even as a first Christmas gift for your own little one. Enjoy!
More colorful, interesting and engaging wood rattles for 2014.
See more about this cool toy rattle