What to do when your baby is looking up you with wide eyes, "Entertain me!" - pull out a trusted favorite rattle of course. Babies love rattles. Rattles make pleasing sounds when shaken, help your tot to develop hand-eye coordination, and come in a variety of visually stimulating designs. Better yet, the new, eco-friendly breed of rattles are a full-on tactile experience, available in smoother than silk woods, soft organic cottons, and fun-to-feel wools and felt. Take a peek at seven of our absolute favorite green rattles on the market today - one is sure to be perfect for your little one.
Etcetera Media Kitty Feltimal
Etcetera Media uses a familiar kitty shape for their playful rattles. Made with fleece-like industrial felt (85% wool and 15% recycled fibers), each 10-inch tall kitty is ready to shake up playtime with egg-shaker rattles tucked safely inside the all-natural kapok stuffing. These kitty rattles are branded with a sweet recycled-fabric heart in red or orange.
SewnNatural Baby Rattle Ducks
These brightly colored one-of-a-kind ducks are sure to please with lovely organic and vintage cotton bodies and luxuriously soft wool stuffing. SewnNatural adds little touches to their duck rattles that are extra special such as organic velvet beaks and cute webbed feet, plus an airtight rattle that emits a gentle sound perfect for small ears. Ducks aren’t the only friends at SewnNatural’s shop though. Other adorable eco-friendly stuffies to choose from include lions, elephants, bunnies, a sweet monkey and more!
Earnest Efforts Wood Rattles
Earnest Efforts’ rattles remind you of classic toys of the past — simple and lovely. These gentle shakers are lead- and phthalate-free, hand-made from remnant woods of Oregon. A non-toxic coating of all-natural beeswax is used for as a finish, which ensures each rattle is perfectly unique, allowing its personal wood grain to shine through. Filled with copper BBs and hand-sanded to a silky smooth finish, these rattles are perfectly sized for your little one’s tiny hands.
Yellow Label Kids Knit Rattle Sets
Little pool sharks in the making will adore this set of cute knit pool balls. They’re perfectly safe made with ecologically sustainable, natural, and non-toxic materials and they’re Fair Trade to boot. The fun colors and great textures make this rattle set visually appealing and tactile-friendly. Visit Yellow Label Kids to see their other unique rattle options – from fruits to sweets to dragonflies they’ve got rattles to suit every baby’s style.
SugarBooger Peek-a-Boo Wood Rattle
The bright and unique Peek-a-Boo Wood Rattle from SugarBooger is sure to get your baby’s attention with its fun circles and colors. Made with European Beechwood, finished with natural beeswax, and colored with water-based inks, the Peek-a-Boo Rattle is as safe as it is fun. Sweet but simple graphics allow the wood grain to show through beautifully and an interior bell jingles softly. The rattle features a ring on the back – perfect for chubby baby fingers to grasp. Each rattle is 100% non-toxic and ASTM and CE approved.
Peruvian Hand-Made Taxi Rattle
Even little ones can enjoy the The Big Apple with this hand-knit New York City taxicab baby rattle. Each taxicab rattle is handmade by local artisans in Peru especially for New York designer infants clothing store Estella. Sized just right for little ones and ready to shake, this taxicab is the must have rattle for all urban babes.
Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Rattle Keys
A set of keys is one of of those tried and true baby toys, but of course you don’t want your baby snatching yours, so you better invest in a set that’s all hers. Vulli makes this easy with their Chan Pie Gnon Rattle Keys, a cool baby toy that’s a rattle and teether in one. Non-toxic and completely free of bisphenol-A and PVC, the smiling faces include textured teething parts for babies to chew on. Bonus — a warm damp cloth is all that’s needed to keep these keys as clean as the day you got them.
[lead image via Little Sapling Toys]