Choosing a Baby Rattle - Motherhood Diaries Global Magazine

Choosing a Baby Rattle

Choosing a baby rattle - motherhooddiaries

When you plan for the arrival of your baby, baby rattles frequently come as an afterthought. More often than not, you just purchase the first available baby rattle you see or use the ones gifted during baby showers. It appears that baby rattles have been relegated to an inconsequential extra. However, as you will discover, rattles for babies actually play a an important role in the mental and physical development of your baby.

Benefits of a baby rattle

A baby rattle makes a distinctive sound when shaken. This will attract the attention of your baby, who will bring the rattle closer. The new movement will once again create a sound, which will also attract baby again. This repeated loop will gradually and indirectly strengthen your baby’s upper limb muscles while improving his/her hand-eye coordination and sound recognition. The shape and colours of the rattle, meanwhile, will help enhance baby’s colour and depth perception, and spatial awareness.

Benefits of a baby rattle

Babies don’t begin to comprehend the existence of their arms and hands until they are about two months old. So, rattles should be introduced around that time, when you start to see your baby clench, open and wave around his/her fists.

Choosing the right baby rattle

There is a dizzying choice of rattles on the market, so deciding on one can be a little overwhelming. However, there are actually just a few factors you need to consider when buying one.

Choose a soft rattle:

Benefits of a baby rattle

Babies tend to hit the rattle on their head. As such, using beautiful wooden rattles or fancy silver ones may not be such a good idea. Instead, opt for a soft and light rattle that will prevent your baby from crying out in pain or tiring under its weight.


There are some lovely wooden rattles sold online and in baby shops. However, keep in mind that babies will use their rattles for teething. Unless you are confident of the non-toxicity of the varnish, paint and glue used on the surface of the rattle, you’re probably better buying a plastic one. Plastic rattles are also so much easier to clean – just a gentle wipe and the occasional wash will clean them up well.

Baby rattle

Age Appropriate Rattles:

Consider rattles that match the mental and physical development of your baby. When you give your baby a rattle for the first time (around two months old), the rattle should be light and free of any bells and whistles. By the time your baby is three to four months old, the rattle should be able to generate sound when rattled. When baby is six months old, it’s time to help develop his/her fine motor skills. Go for rattles with an interactive button (or buttons) that will emit sound or light when pressed. Within a few months, your baby should be able to press the button at will. And, when your baby starts teething at around nine months (earlier for some babies), buy rattles that can withstand constant chewing and contain no toxic material.

It may sound like a time consuming process, but today’s world brings a plethora of stores available to parents, with a vast array of rattles suitable for your baby  – you can even find a selection of baby rattles at the large supermarkets where you buy your groceries!  

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Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 5, and Aidan, 4. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: