Toy rattle

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Cot and rattle, c. 1465, at Walraversijde

A toy rattle or baby's rattle is a rattle produced specifically for the amusement of an infant.

Toy rattles have been used for this purpose since antiquity.

Toy rattles help the child improve hand eye coordination by stimulating their senses.

For centuries, rattles have been one of the first toys that babies play with. Rattles can be made of wood, plastic or cloth. Many of the rattles are brightly colored, have animal or flower shapes and typically make sounds when shaken. These sounds can range from the dull sounds typical of wooden rattles to the jingling or bell type sounds that metal rattles make.

Rattles are good for babies because they provide a source of stimulation. Babies like the sounds they are hearing and, with their eyes, try to follow the path of the rattle as it is shaken back and forth. Rattles certainly are a sensory treat for baby! They help in finely honing the senses of babies and of course, provide entertainment too.

Another reason why rattles are good for babies is that they encourage babies to explore more. Babies have a sense of discovering something as they try to grab and hold the rattle. Some rattles have pieces that move, some rattles have smiling faces and some are soft and cuddly. Some rattles have dangling pieces like keys and Have you ever noticed a baby becoming fascinated by a wrist rattle that he/she is wearing? Babies love to explore and rattles provide just the perfect opportunity to do so.

Many rattles have a dual function - they double up as teethers as babies grow. They have textured surfaces which are easy on the gums and provide the stimulation that babies need.