Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shake, Rattle And Roll: Baby Rattles And Rings

We’re talking BACK TO THE BASICS – THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GOOD TOYS this month, because when it comes to babies, playing is serious business. Stocking your toy chest with the right playthings will not only prompt plenty of giggles but will also help your little one develop the important developmental skills he needs to grow big and strong.

Last week, we talked about the benefits of stacking toys. This week, we’re focusing on baby rattles and rings. It’s the holidays, right? Do you hear the bells?

When we think about baby toys, the rattle is one of the first toys that come to mind. These simple playthings help babies tune into their senses. Shake the rattle and see their heads turn toward to sound. Move it back and forth in front of them, and watch their eyes track the rattle. Choose a soft rattle that can be attached to her wrist or ankle, and, when she’s old enough, she’ll have a great time making sounds all by herself!

Choosing a rattle that is ring-shaped and with other small toys attached, like plastic colored keys, will be fun for baby to grasp with her hands, working on her fine motor and gross motor skills. She may mouth the rattle, which is another way for her to explore!

To ensure maximum fun, choose a rattle for your child that is brightly colored. You might consider looking for a toy that can also double as a teething ring, because sooner rather than later he’ll be looking for something to gnaw on as a way to soothe his pain. Some rattles and rings can be frozen for even more soothing power.

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