Best Rattles of 2020
Best Rattles
August 21, 2020

Best Rattles

Let your baby shake, rattle and roll with these sweet toys.Best Rattles

For thousands of years, babies have been shaking, banging and teething on rattles. They’re always a huge hit with little ones, and they’re practical too.

Rattles help teach wee ones about cause and effect and let them put into practice their developing dexterity. But many of today’s rattles look nothing like the old-fashioned, ball-with-a-handle rattles that come to mind. Modern rattles come in all different shapes, but their goal is the same: entertain curious tots.

These are our favorite picks to help your baby get their rattle on:

Simple and Effective

Who knew one little ring could be so much fun for a baby? Thousands of parents, that’s who. The Sassy Ring Rattle features high-contrast colors and multiple textures that appeal to babies’ developing senses. The ring shape is easy for babies to hang on to and stick in their mouths (don’t worry, this rattle is BPA- and paint-free). Other fun elements: tiny beads that move inside the ring and mini-rings that click-clack together when shaken.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 5” x 0.5” x 5”

Baby's First Maracas

Your tiny dancer will be busting a groove in no time with the help of these maraca-like rattles. Placed in your baby’s palm, these egg-shaped forest animals each make a slightly different sound when shaken (the set comes with three). They’re colorful, fun and the noise will make you want to whip out your party hat.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 months+
Dimensions 2.25” x 2” x 2.75”

A Teether, Too

Parents love Ryan & Rose for their adorable pacifiers, teethers and clips made of 100% food-grade silicone, and now their chewable bubble design can make a little noise, too! This double-duty rattle lets your little one be entertained by the gentle rattle noise while they safely nibble to soothe their sore gums.

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Lots of rattles are multi-functional, doubling as a teether or other sensory toy, but lots of babies (and parents) love this little hedgehog because it doubles as baby’s first ball. All the finger holes make it a cinch for your baby to grasp, and the hedgehog’s little spikes are great for chewing on. As your little one learns to shake the ball, roll it across the floor or toss it in the air, they’ll love to hear the tiny click clack of the two small beads.

Knots of Fun

Even the tiniest hands can hold the lightweight Winkel. They can shake it to make the middle cube give off a faint rattle, but what babies like best about this toy is its brightly colored plastic loops. They’re soft, pliable and perfect for teething babies to gum. For extra relief, refrigerate it before playtime to soothe soreness. The loops are made from polyurethane and are free of BPA and PVC, but don’t submerge it in water or else it might grow mold.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 5” x 3.5” x 4”

Classic Stick Rattle

Some rattles do still have that ball-with-a-handle look, but this one is anything but basic. Made of solid maple and birch, this wooden rattle is naturally anti-microbial and one of the safest options for babies. The simple design means it’s Montessori friendly, and there are (non toxic) painted options, too, if you’d like a little more color.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 7.9” x 3.8” x 1.7”

Heirloom Quality

Most of the time, parents can’t wait to get rid of toys as soon as kids are done with them. But this durable rattle is pretty enough to pass down. Made from maple wood and finished with organic beeswax and flaxseed oil, the rattle is all natural and safe for baby to put in their mouth. Customize the color of the middle disks to your baby’s nursery or have their name and birth details—date, time, length and weight—laser engraved to create a keepsake.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 3.75” x 4.5”

Soft and Sweet

With so many hard plastic and wooden rattles out there, we completely understand if you’re looking for something that’s a little softer in your baby’s hands. Enter Estella, makers of beautiful hand-knit toys. This rattle made from 100% organic cotton, and the sound is sweet and delicate, making this a good option for quieter moments like nap time. And there are several fun and quirky designs to choose from, including a bright yellow taxi and a tasty hamburger (but please don’t eat it).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+

Coffee Table Approved

Like something out of science class, this flexible web of wooden rods and beads fascinates grown-ups just as much as babies. While your little one will love to hear the beads’ plinking sounds as they slide back and forth, we’re willing to bet that some babies will be more interested in gnawing on the wood. But don’t worry, it’s made with a non-toxic, water-based finish, so it’s totally safe for teethers. And, because the rattle has elasticized string in it, too, your child will enjoy smushing this down to see it bounce back to shape when they’re older. Even better? It’s attractive enough to leave out when company comes over. (If the natural wood look isn’t for you, there’s also a colorful version.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”
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