Believe it or not, baby rattles have been around for thousands of years. That’s because, time and time again, they’ve proven effective at entertaining little ones. The captivating sounds they make, which help teach cause and effect, are far from their only draw. Rattle toys can also strengthen your child’s motor skills as they reach for, grab and shake the devices. But in a market saturated with the popular products, what are the best baby rattles? Personally, we love toys that somehow stand out from the (very large) pack—we’re talking rattles with elevated designs sure to prompt “where’d you get that?”s from fellow parents. Here, we’re sharing 15 of our favorites.
Baby Rattle Socks
Have a kid who’s always kicking? Invest in some genius baby rattle socks. When your little one wiggles their legs in this cool surf-inspired footwear, they’ll be rewarded with a unique sensory experience.
Buy it: Waddle 2-Pack Surfer Rattle Socks, $20, Nordstrom.com
Baby Wrist Rattle
Baby wrist rattles encourage kids to move their arms around. This version is extra-sweet because it’s designed to look like a tiny wristwatch. Bonus: You can personalize it with your child’s initials.
Buy it: OK Studio Gifts Toy Watch Baby Wrist Rattle, starting from $17, Etsy.com
Wooden Baby Rattle
These contemporary wooden baby rattles are oh-so-pretty thanks to their pastel palettes and geometric accents. Better yet, the silicone beads double as teethers.
Buy it: Golden Strand Designs Silicone Teething Rattle, $13 each, Etsy.com
Narwhal Baby Rattle
Buy it: Pitter Patterned Narwhal Baby Rattle, $20, Etsy.com
Cactus Baby Rattle
Quirky cacti designs are also taking the world by storm, and naturally, that includes the baby toy world. Check out these fun cactus-inspired teether rattles.
Buy it: Prickly Pear Lane Cactus Baby Rattle Teether Toy, $14 each, Etsy.com
Organic Baby Rattle
We’re loving the uptick in organic baby products, which is why we were so excited to find these super-cute, natural baby rattles. The plush rattle toys come in multiple animal-themed designs, but we really like the puppy version.
Buy it: JOHN N TREE 100% Certified Organic Cotton Baby Puppy Rattle, $12, Amazon.com
Dumbbell Baby Rattle
This hilarious weight-inspired baby rattle toy is perfect for the kid who frequents the (activity) gym.
Buy it: Fred & Friends BUFF BABY Dumbbell Baby Rattle, $9, Amazon.com
Hedgehog Baby Rattle
This wooden baby rattle and teether combo is etched to look like a hipster hedgehog—how whimsical.
Buy it: Finn + Emma Hedgehog Wood Rattle Teether, $19, PotteryBarnKids.com
Koala Rattle Ring
Prepare to “aww”—we’re really piling on the cute animal-themed baby rattles. This baby rattle toy features a crochet koala attached to a wooden teether ring.
Buy it: Crochet Feelings Toys Amigurumi Koala Crochet Baby Rattle, starting from $30, Etsy.com
Hanging Baby Rattles
Go all out with a whole set of rattle toys. These plush flowers, which you can hang for on-the-go fun, are simply beautiful.
Buy it: Roxy Marj Flower Baby Rattles, $39 for a set of 5, CrateandBarrel.com
Gemstone Baby Rattles
These unique wooden baby rattles, shaped like stones, are true gems.
Buy it: Clover and Birch Geode Crystal Wood Rattle and Teething Blocks, $40 for a set of 3, Amazon.com
Dog Baby Rattle
This Etsy shop offers a whole range of animal-shaped wooden baby rattles, which we appreciate for their sweet simplicity. Pick the type of wood for a more personalized product.
Buy it: Manzanita Kids Wooden Dachshund Baby Rattle, starting from $20 each, Etsy.com
Urban Baby Rattle
In our opinion, the more unexpected, the better. That’s why this Metrocard-inspired rattle is a must-have for parents all too familiar with the New York City subway system. (Not Big Apple parents? The brand sells more quirky rattle toys where this one came from.)
Buy it: Estella Hand Knitted Soft Organic Cotton Baby Rattle in Metrocard, $16, Amazon.com
Foodie Baby Rattle
Upgrade your toy collection with baby rattles for every season! These knit rattle toys were designed to look like ice cream cones and popsicles, two beloved summertime snacks.
Buy it: Anthropologie Summer Treats Rattle, $16 each, Anthropologie.com
Heart Baby Rattle
Give your little love this organic wooden rattle to really stimulate their senses. The smooth finish is comfortable to hold, the colorful beads are fun to look at and move, and of course, the baby rattle toy can be shaken to their heart’s content (no pun intended). Oh, and you can engrave it.
Buy it: Bannor Toys Heart Shaped Wooden Rattle, starting from $22, Etsy.com
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Published March 2019
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