How to choose a rattle, pendant or rodent, selection tips and reviews



Beanbag – a toy that makes sounds when shaken. Used for children from birth to 10-12 months; develops auditory, visual and tactile perception, focuses the attention of the baby. The bright coloring of the rattle introduces the baby to the colors of the environment.

Suspension – a toy that is installed on the crib using an arc or bracket. Such a rattle teaches the child to fix attention on a bright object, which develops his visual perception. The best option for babies in the first three months of life. The suspension can be used both at home (in the crib) and on a walk (in the stroller). A more complex suspension option is a mobile.

Teether – a toy designed to relieve the painful condition of the crumbs during teething. Often filled with water or thermal gel, which, when cooled, have a slight anesthetic effect.

rattle teether – combines the properties of a rattle and a teether. The baby can play with such a rattle, and if desired, “bite” it.

Important: The teether is recommended to be placed in the refrigerator (but not in the freezer) for 10-15 minutes before giving it to the child.

Bracelet (sock) – worn on the wrist or leg of the child. Develops muscles and body control skills as the baby tries to reach the toy. The bracelet should be soft, light and not pinch the wrist.

Soft rattle (rattle) – a toy with rustling inserts that make characteristic sounds. It develops the child’s tactile perception.

Important: Soft rattles should not be given to a child without adult supervision. Otherwise, the baby can bite through the fabric part of the toy, and the filler will get into his mouth, which is extremely dangerous.

Ring rattle with movable parts – a toy with a ball or a figure, designed to develop tactile perception, independent actions with two hands, finger movements. The movable part in the rattle rotates depending on the effort of its actions. However, such a toy is not always convenient for a child to hold, as moving parts interfere with grip.

Rattle on a suction cup – plays the same role as a rattle with moving parts, but more convenient – the child does not need to hold the toy in his hand (he will only touch it). The rattle is fixed on the table, and the baby will not be able to reset it.

Rattle without handle – occurs in the form of a kolobok, disk, ball, testicle, inside of which there are tweeters, bells, peas. The toy is used to develop the auditory and visual perception of the child. Playing with a rattle, the baby learns to distinguish sounds.

Mace rattle – in such a toy, figures (balls) are located on both sides of the holder. The rattle serves, first of all, for formation of capture at the kid. In addition, the presence of two “objects” of attention at once encourages the eyes and hands of the baby to act in concert.

Rattle with handles on both sides – used to hold the toy, including with two hands. During the game, the baby examines the balls located under the transparent cap. There are variants of such a toy, where instead of balls there is an unbreakable mirror.

Minimum age

To 2-3 months – at this time, the child learns to concentrate and recognize sounds with the help of a rattle. Toddlers still do not know how to hold the toy in their hands, so it is fixed on the crib or put on the hand (bracelet).

From 3 to 6 monthc – during this period, the baby can already hold the rattle in his hands. The child learns to distinguish colors, so he will be interested in bright rattles. In addition, babies begin to cut their teeth, and a rattle-teether will be the best option.

From 6 months – at this age, the child develops motor skills: he is able to play with several toys at once. He studies their texture, he is interested in various sounds. A good option would be several rattles made from a variety of materials and with different textures.

Important: toys can be both hard and soft, in the form of a cube, a ball or various multi-colored figures. Well suited for crumbs, for example, a gingerbread man with a mouth and eyes.


Plastic – occurs most often. This material allows you to give the rattle any color and shape, hygienic, easy to clean.

Textile – used to make soft rattles. There are rattles made of smooth cotton fabrics, velvety velor, terry, fleece, plush. A toy made of such materials is washed.

Silicone – pleasant to the touch material that does not have taste and smell. In addition, it is resistant to heat treatment. Teethers and rattles-teethers are made from it.

Latex – softer and more flexible material than silicone. It has a pleasant fruity aroma and is painted in an attractive color for the baby. Latex rattles develop a good sense of smell, but can cause allergies.

Tree – eco-friendly and fragrant material (birch, linden, beech, maple, juniper). There are both painted in bright colors and unpainted rattles that have their own “natural” color. It should be remembered that wooden rattles cannot be washed (especially glued ones), but only wiped with a damp cloth and dried away from heating appliances.

Important: for children with allergies, it is not recommended to purchase wooden rattles, as their smell can cause allergies.

Metal – is used, as a rule, together with other materials (for example, with wood). Bells and bells are made of metal. There are silver toys – light, shiny and making a pleasant ringing. They make a good gift and can be passed down from generation to generation.

ImportantA: The material of the rattle (as well as the paint) must be safe and non-toxic. The toy itself should have rounded shapes so as not to injure the baby, as well as withstand bumps and falls.

Also, the baby will be interested in a toy made of a combination of materials, which will be most informative for him.


Sound accompaniment – various sound effects or melodies that will attract the attention of the child and will amuse him. It is enough for the kid to press the music button so that the toy starts to sound.

Mirror – allows the baby to see his reflection and, thus, to get to know himself. It is made of unbreakable material and is safe for the baby.

Important: it is better to purchase rattles with different handles (both in texture and shape) – this will allow the baby to develop the sensitivity of the palms.


  • It is important that all parts of the rattle are securely fastened and large enough to avoid being swallowed by the baby.
  • It is desirable that the rattles be of bright colors, have a different texture and shape. However, it should be remembered: “acid” colors tire the baby’s eyesight and can even cause irritation. Fillers should also be varied so that the toys make different sounds (rustling, crackling, ringing).
  • Pay attention to the possibility of processing (washing, washing, boiling, cleaning) the rattle. You will have to clean toys often, as the child throws them on the floor and puts them in his mouth.
  • You should buy toys only in specialized stores. The rattle must have a quality certificate confirming the conformity of the product
  • The sound made by the rattle should not be too strong and sharp, so as not to frighten the child.


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