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NB This is an amended version of the review I published on Ciao.
4 inch Oball
We have owned this ball for eight months, and used it almost daily for the last four. Our son is currently seven months old and this is clearly one of his favourite items to play with and to manipulate.
There are several different sizes of Bright Starts' Oball, most of which are available in a different colour. Ciao's stock photograph shows the Big Oball, however ours is the standard, four inch size in green.
This fun, educational toy is both a ball and a rattle. Its light-weight structure is designed to be flexible and easy to grasp. This was the first item that our son transferred from one hand to the other. I cannot remember if he was four months or five months old when he started transferring, but he was definitely doing this when he was five and a half months old as this is when I noticed that he has a preference for using his left hand.
This ball is very easy to grasp. The little rattle balls don't look like they could make much noise, but they certainly make enough for a child to experiment with the phenomenon of cause and effect.
Our son plays with this ball in two locations: on our loungeroom floor and while travelling in the car. When he is in the car he uses the ball as a rattle and a close play toy. When we are at home he gently throws the ball and likes to watch it roll. He shows no interest in using it as a teether.
Like any small toys, I recommend regular examination for any cracks or broken sections.
All in all, this is a fun toy that I am happy to recommend. It is available from Amazon for £5 as well as a number of toy stores such as Toys R Us, again for £5
We bought this toy for my son after reading that it had won the best newborn toy at the mother and baby awards. I looked it up and saw that it was relatively inexpensive so decided to buy one. I got mine from crazee thingz store on ebay and it arrived the next day.
The rattle comes in 4 colours, blue, green, orange and pink. We have the green one and my 4 month old son just loves it. He had just mastered holding onto things when we got it so it is really easy for his little hands to clutch onto it and make the beads shake. This toy really aids their development and I can see him concentrating as he grabs hold and shakes it.
The ball is really soft so they can't hurt themselves but my little one does like to stick him tongue in the ball but I guess that is all part of their development. I have even put it in the steriliser every so often as he does tend to put it up to his mouth.
The ball costs around £6 but will give your baby hours of fun. My little one love watching it as I rattle it and move it about, his eyes are glued to it.
The original oball is just the plastic ball without the beads in, however the oball can be multicoloured whereas the rattles are single colours and it would be nice to have this option.
This is one of the simplest yet best toys we have for him and it is well designed for young babies.