Baby Einstein Bendy Ball Baby Rattle

Last updated date: July 14, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6

Baby Einstein Bendy Ball Baby Rattle

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Overall Take

This baby rattle is shaped like a ball and decorated with a cute caterpillar. Babies can roll the ball around or shake it to make noise, as there's a smaller ball inside the larger ball. The parts are bendable and easy to grip, as well as BPA-free. In our analysis of 133 expert reviews, the Baby Einstein Baby Einstein Bendy Ball Baby Rattle placed 2nd when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Baby Rattle for a detailed review of all the top baby rattles.

Expert Summarized Score
6.9
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
4,160 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Since it involves such a hands-on approach to playing, your 5 month old girl or boy will be able to develop their motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Pigtail Pals
Small design with holes makes it easy for small hands to grab and hold. Bright colors and a rattle inside make it attractive for young children.
- The Guide For Toys
At four inches in diameter, this ball is perfect for babies three months and older to practice their fine motor gripping skills, and it can easily be tossed in the car or diaper bag as a travel toy.
- Baby List
The rattling ball inside the bigger ball triggers learning time by keeping little ones amused for hours while helping them develop their fine motor skills.
- Parenting
Can be washed in dishwasher. Easy to grip for small hands. Bright and colorful toy.
- Bool Pool
It flaunts an easy to grab design and can make babies curious to discover the concealed rattle chimes while helping them learn to use both their hands.
- Talk Groovy
What experts didn't like
Doesn’t roll around as well as some were expecting.
- Pigtail Pals
Small holes may pinch fingers. "Bendy" plastic material may actually be very rigid.
- The Guide For Toys
Easy to get little hands and finger caught inside. Very small and not very interactive toy. Plastic is kind of sharp when you put your fingers through the holes.
- Bool Pool

From The Manufacturer

With the Baby Einstein Bendy Ball, your little one will light up with excitement with every bend and squeeze. Babies love to grip our soft flexible plastic and smile back at our cheerful caterpillar during playtime. With a ball inside the bendy ball, this developmental toy is fun to shake, rattle and roll. The sensory ball helps with handling skills, and little fingers can explore all the colorful textures and shapes. Because of its small size, this activity ball is perfect for travel entertainment and brings a sense of wonder and awe wherever you are. The Baby Einstein Bendy Ball features bright primary colors and the recognizable Caterpillar character on center band. Soft, flexible plastic make this ball both durable and fun and the Bendy Ball's design makes it easy for little fingers to grasp and roll. The multi-colored rolling Rattle Ball inside adds additional sounds and visual stimulation to this toy.

Overall Product Rankings

VTech Sing Puppy Baby Rattle
1. VTech Sing Puppy Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 5
Baby Einstein Bendy Ball Baby Rattle
2. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 6
Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle
4. Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 16
Bigib SMTF Cute Animal Soft Wrist Sock Baby Rattle
5. Bigib SMTF Cute Animal Soft Wrist Sock Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 6
Yoee Baby Bunny Newborn Sensory & Teether Baby Rattle
6. Yoee Baby Bunny Newborn Sensory & Teether Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
Bright Starts Rattle & Shake Barbell Baby Rattle
7. Bright Starts Rattle & Shake Barbell Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
Playgro My First Bead Buddies Giraffe STEM Baby Rattle
9. Playgro My First Bead Buddies Giraffe STEM Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
LAMAZE Mortimer The Moose Clip On Baby Rattle
11. LAMAZE Mortimer The Moose Clip On Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
Bright Starts Grab & Spin Baby Rattle
12. Bright Starts Grab & Spin Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Manhattan Toy Winkel Sensory Teether & Baby Rattle
13. Manhattan Toy Winkel Sensory Teether & Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 29
Oball Bright Starts Shaker Baby Rattle
14. Oball Bright Starts Shaker Baby Rattle
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On Baby Rattles

Finding age-appropriate toys for baby can be tricky, especially for first-time parents. Bringing it back to basics is the best way to approach toy buying — and what could be more basic than a rattle? Baby rattles encourage the development of fine motor skills and are one of the very first learning tools you can purchase for your baby. But how do you decide which one to get? Let’s look at all the buzz around the best baby rattles out there.

Why has the baby rattle been a cross-generational toy that never seems to go out of style? Quite simply because they are basic and help baby learn new skills. Before they can hold a rattle, the baby’s eyes are developing, and a rattle can be a tool for them to learn how to track a moving rattle in a parent’s hands. As they progress, baby will be able to reach for the moving rattle and fine-tune their motor skills to be able to grab it. Once they’ve learned to grab the rattle, they will then have to learn to control it or how to pass it to their other hand. In addition, the sound of a rattle is alerting to their sense of hearing. If they hear the rattle sounds, they know to look for it and respond accordingly. You’ll want to be sure to get an age-appropriate rattle for your baby so they do not harm themselves with it.

Baby rattles used to come in one standard shape: a handle with a hollow ball on the end or both ends with some sort of noisemaker inside the ball. Back in the day, rattles were made from wood and made with quite a bit of skill from a craftsman.

Now they are made from all sorts of manufactured materials.  The Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle is one of the closest to old fashioned rattles you can find but is made out of plastic rather than wood. There are even rattles that attach to baby’s wrists or ankles to teach them about body movement. The iconic rattle shape has been a symbol for baby shower favors and a popular print for nursery items and you can still find it in many baby novelty shops.

Today’s baby rattles are a far cry from the polished silver rattles of yore,” says our parenting expert Kate Desmond. “The rattle category has expanded to include plush, wood, rubber-like chew toys and small blankets. The main thing I look for in a rattle is bright, fun colors in a washable material. I want the item to be something I feel comfortable with my baby chewing on, so look for non-BPA plastic. I also make sure the rattle is going to keep my baby entertained for longer than a minute.”

The baby rattles of old have, however, evolved quite a bit. As developmental psychology studies have surfaced about how much influence the baby rattle has on baby’s development, toy companies have changed the way they look at the rattle to accommodate baby’s growing brain. Nowadays, baby rattles feature all sorts of fancy gadgets. The Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle is designed with multiple vibrant colors and has a tube with tiny balls inside that rattle when you shake them. The Skip Hop Explore & More Hedgehog Baby Rattle features not only a rattle but shaped rings that can move along the handles for sensory movements. Some rattles are even hidden inside little stuffed animals that are designed with countless sensory features. Others double as a cute clip-on rattle for car seats or baby play mats. They may have fun crinkle parts, jingle bells for the rattle noise and rings that entertain even the youngest of babies either on-the-go or as a toy around the house.

Something to really consider before buying a baby rattle is sanitizing the product. Babies will put these toys in their mouths, drool on them and drop them, so cleaning them is inevitable. Plastic rattles are the easiest to clean with just some hot soapy water. The fabric toys may need to be hand washed or put in a pillowcase and run through the wash. But remember, if your fabric toys have any electronic devices in them, you cannot put them in the laundry.

Also consider a baby rattle with an attached strap.

A must add-on item for your kid’s favorite rattle is a toy strap. These handy simple devices keep rattles and other toys from hitting the pavement when you are on the go. Simply attach to the rattle and then strap to the stroller or baby carrier, and the toy will never be out of reach or hit the dirty floor,” says Desmond.

Baby rattles are not just a fun little gadget, they encourage brain development and help babies tune their fine motor skills as they grow through the many stages of their first year.

DWYM Fun Fact

Rattles are an elementary toy that have been around for years. They have been found all over the world and date back thousands of years. They have been found in Turkey, Central Europe, Poland and many other areas. They have been dug up by archaeologists and found near children’s remains with other children’s toys and can be assumed to have been something that every child had as a play toy.

The earliest baby rattles were made from clay and inside the round shaker were small stones and precious gems that made a noise when shaken. Each continent and each era seemed to find different materials to create these children’s toys. They have been found made from iron, bronze, wood and coral.

Not only were they made with different materials, but the Greco-Roman times saw rattles in the shape of a pig or a boar. The Greek Goddess Demeter used the toys as a sort of protection of the babies through life and death. John Hancock was a believer in this as it is noted that he asked everyone around him to find a rattle for his dying infant daughter, Lydia.

The Baby Rattle Buying Guide

  • To ensure that the rattle is safe for baby, you’ll want to make sure there are no sharp edges on the rattle, that it is at least 2 inches in diameter and lightweight.
  • Find age-appropriate rattles by checking the description of the rattle before buying.
  • Look for a rattle with lots of stimulating features such as textures, different sounds to the touch, and bright colors to encourage your child to interact.
  • Never accept a used rattle as you don’t know the extent of any damage done to it and it could pose a risk to your baby.