ROCHEL’S FAVORITE TOY
Although technically not a baby rattle, this teether which doubles as a squeeze toy is Rochel’s favorite. It is made by Vuilli, the same company that manufactures Sophie the giraffe teether that many babies adore. Like Sophie, this alien cousin is made of natural rubber and colored with vegetable dyes. Unlike Sophie, it makes a delightful squeaking sound when you squeeze it. The babies laugh and smile when they hear it!
FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Because the construction is so soft and filled with air, babies need to use their fingers quite precisely to squeeze it. Up until now, babies created sound with rattles by moving their arm up and down. As Rochel demonstrates in the above video, this baby rattle requires use of the fingers in a complex manner. She squeezes the toy by bending her fingers at many joint locations and at various speeds. Sometimes she squeezes the toy slowly and discovers a slow “Squeeeeeeeak,” and other times she squeezes it quickly and hears an abrupt “Squeak, squeak!” She may squeeze with just her thumbs, just her fingers, or with both thumbs and fingers. This develops fine motor skill – specifically manual dexterity which is the skilled use of the fingers and hands. This is an essential developmental milestone for handwriting and operating computers when she eventually starts school.
Observe Rochel play with the squeaky baby rattle for awhile and then spot a green bottle cap on the floor. It captures her interest. She picks it up and notices that it is not nearly as interesting. It can not be squeezed, it does not make sound, and, therefore, it is not as interesting. So, Rochel puts it down and resumes playing with her favorite toy.
This toy is highly recommended for babies 9-12 months of age. You can find it on the “Best Baby Gear” listmania list under “TOOLS FOR PARENTS,” which is located at the top in the right-hand margin of the home page.
We love this toy because it is:
- doubles as a teether
- develops manual dexterity
Most of all babies love it too!