“ Brand: Lamaze / Age: 3 months / Type: Baby Rattles „
As a mum of 3 children I have bought 100's of toys and about 3 years ago I purchased my first set of Lamaze hand finders. These lovely rattles have been on the market for several years now and are still as popular as ever, It is easy though to see why.
As parents we want to stimulate our children from a young age and these provide stimulation from a very young age. They are recommended for 3 months onwards but I have found from personal experience that some toys are suitable for slightly younger than that. The bands of these are made from a black and white striped material. Bold contrasting patterns are the recommended visual stimulant for young babies and research shows that babies can see this from as young as 6 weeks old. The band fastens with a velcro fastening and placed onto the bands are various different insects, bugs, animals which have a textured fabric and rattle when moved.
Mine are actually the ladybird and dragonfly, the dragonfly has shiny wings that crinkle as well as the rattle inside and both of my youngest children have adored this particular one. The ladybird with her contrasting red and black however was played with just as much but seemed to be a more convenient shape for my daughter to try and chew on.
When I first purchased these I paid £6.99 for them and the price has stayed pretty much on a par ever since with Amazon still selling them at £5.99 3 years later.
My daughter was about 6 weeks when I tried these on her and every time she moved her arms and made the rattling noise she stopped moving, listening to the noise instead, of course the noise had stopped and so her arms and legs would go again just for her to stop again to listen. This was the ongoing cycle for about 3 weeks until she discovered she could raise her hands and there they were, then the battle of trying to fit the ladybird into her mouth began. To be honest while these were a great source of entertainment for my children,I got just as much entertainment out of them from watching my children interact with them. The rattles lasted until my children were about 15lb in weight. Obviously children's shape and size differ greatly and because my daughter was long and lean in her case the rattles fitted to about 7 months, however my son was a chunky baby and he only got to wear them until about 5 months. They did continue to play with them off their wrists though and my 2 year old daughter now puts them on her dolls when she is playing babies.
If I were to have another baby I would definitely be purchasing these again and for the amount of use your child gets out of them they are excellent value for money toys.
Last time when we went to baby toy shop with my husband he spotted two wrist rattles in a box set with two foot finders. He was so excited about the idea, it was an amazing discovery I have never seen anything like that so we purchased the set. My daughter now three months old is loving kicking and wriggling around so this was an ideal choice for her toy collection. The rattles have a simple design of hand bands which strap very easy, there is no need of buttons or zippers involved. The product is easy to use, easy to clean and more importantly safe. There is nothing on it that baby can chock on. They are also very colorful. The only downfall I see is that the bands are a bit short because even though the baby's hands are small and thin you still need a bit of extra room if you want to put a band on top of a sleeve for example. Overall I am happy with the purchase even it was £12.99 (set price) and my baby is happy too.
I have used these wrist rattles with my son since he was 8 weeks old. They are two fabric straps secured by velcro with a bug on each strap that rattles and tinkles. The wrist rattles I have are a little ladybug and a dragonfly looking bug with wings. The bugs are made with nice fabrics, some of them quite shiny. The straps are black and white striped so they catch the eye for a baby.
At first the rattles didn't really interest him he just sat and stared at them. But now he's older he does flick his hands around I think to listen to them, but probably to try and get them off. I think these rattles are more suited to younger babies because the strap is a bit short and doesn't stay done up anymore.
I bought them as a set with the foot rattles for £9.99 from amazon. I wouldn't buy them again, they haven't been as successful as I'd hoped.
These Lamaze wrist rattles are great our girls got given these as a gift. But I have researched where you can get them and I have found ones that are similar to the ones we have for £5.99 on Amazon. They have pictures of the ones I have but on Amazon but there not available on there at the moment. They are recommended for children over 3 months and are machine washable so are easy to clean. They come in pairs as there's one for each of your child's wrists
You can get many different designs but the ones we have a butterfly and lady bird on. They have a soft strap with Velcro on one side that sticks to the inner strap of the other side. So you can tighten and loosen them depending on your child's wrist size so will be a perfect fit. In the middle of the strap there is a soft bug. The ladybird one has a red strap with a orange ladybird with purple spots on with a green head. Then the butterfly one has a green strap with a black and white body striped body with blue wings and a yellow head. If you shake the rattles then they make a rattling noise.
These are great for babies as they are very stimulating. There bright colours and the rattles will have your child searching for there hands. This will help movement and play for your child. They are very safe as the toys and straps are soft.
(You will also find this review on ciao under the same name gsparkle thank you for reading)
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