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15 Unique Baby Rattles You’ve Never Seen Before

These modern upgrades to the classic toy really shake things up.

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.

Photo: Courtesy Waddle

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

Photo: Courtesy OK Studio Gifts

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

Photo: Courtesy Golden Strand Designs

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

Photo: Courtesy Pitter Patterned

Narwhal Baby Rattle

Obsessed with the latest “it” animals? (Hello, narwhals and llamas.) This Etsy seller makes soft baby rattles shaped like the trendiest critters.

Buy it: Pitter Patterned Narwhal Baby Rattle, $20, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Prickly Pear Lane

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

Photo: Courtesy JOHN N TREE

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

Photo: Courtesy Fred & Friends

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

Photo: Courtesy Finn + Emma

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

Photo: Courtesy Crochet Feelings Toys

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

Photo: Courtesy Roxy Marj

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

Photo: Courtesy Clover and Birch

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

Photo: Courtesy Manzanita Kids

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

Photo: Courtesy Estella

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

Photo: Courtesy Anthropologie

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

Photo: Courtesy Bannor Toys

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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