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5. Rattle

Jan 21, 2022 • 7 min read
5. Rattle
There is much more method to the madness of a rattle than might immediately seem apparent.

Even before they can hold one by themselves, a baby will benefit from a rattle being shaken for them as they'll learn to track the toy’s location by its sound.

As eyesight develops, a rattle with visible moving parts such as beads, encourages your baby to link what they see and what they hear, learning cause and effect. The sense of accomplishment this simple act brings with it is the reason most babies like to shake rattles repeatedly.

As they grow and teeth start to appear, the rattle can act as a teether; wooden rattles benefi from their own naturally antibacterial properties. A rattle can also develop grip and the up/down motion - laying good foundations for holding pens and writing later on.



I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. Now I write about all things play here on the blog. Read more

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