Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle

Last updated date: July 14, 2020

DWYM Score

9.4

Fisher-Price Rattle ‘N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle

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We looked at the top Baby Rattles and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Baby Rattle you should buy.

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

Overall Take

This baby rattle is easy for tiny hands to hold. The top pom poms are nice and soft, while the bottom of the rattle contains three colorful balls that make noise when baby shakes the rattle. The two maracas are specifically designed to help baby develop important sensory and gross motor skills.


In our analysis of 127 expert reviews, the Fisher-Price Fisher-Price Rattle 'N Rock Maracas Baby Rattle placed 4th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

These rockin' maracas are just the right size for your baby's little hands to grasp and shake! With soft, fabric pom poms and colorful beads that make fun rattle sounds, these maracas will get your little one rattling and rocking to the beat in no time! Where development comes into play; Gross Motor: All that grasping and rattling gives your baby's gross motor skills a great workout! Sensory: The variety of colors, textures, and fun rattle sounds help stimulate your baby's developing senses.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
16 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
2,851 user reviews

What experts liked

The bottom is a soft pom-pom, allowing for a comfortable, easy grip for little hands. The maracas rattle with colorful beads that baby can watch through the clear plastic. This toy is designed to strengthen baby’s sensory and gross motor skills.
- Heavy
Fisher-Price makes this rattle set, which looks like maracas and functions as an interactive toy set. Each rattle has small balls inside the handles that make noise as a baby shakes them. The handles have a curved design that babies can easily grasp too.
- Best Choice Reviews
Cute, vivid, and eye-catching, the Fisher-Price Rattle 'n Rock Maracas are small enough for tiny hands to grasp and just busy enough to hold your little one’s attention. You’ll get two per order, and you can choose from several color options.
- Wiki EZ Vid
These rock maracas have pom poms on the bottom which have a soft design. Not only are these stimulating newborn toys for 1 month olds to touch, they also help them to get a much better grip which is great for their motor skills.
- Doodle Buckets
This set of maracas gives a bit more flavor to old rattles of the past. Not only are the beads in the maracas visible through the clear surroundings, but the bottom is a soft pom-pom grip that will allow baby to experience texture variation and will likely end up in his mouth (like everything else).
- Family Living Today
The topside of the maracas is made of soft fabric, while the rest of the toy comes in smooth plastic.These textural differences, coupled with the soft sounding beads, will help expand your baby’s sensory knowledge.
- Mom Loves Best
These maracas toy come with a soft, squishy end for safety and chewing on, while the musical end is see-through to keep your baby’s attention. They’ll be delighted to watch the colorful beads move around as they shake the toys.
- All Kids Reviews
Pom poms are soft for teething and mouthing.
- Born Cute
The small handles are easy to grasp and once they start moving their hands around they'll giggle at the sound they'll produce. On one end of the maracas is a soft pom-pom that baby can also grasp onto or put in their mouth to explore while the other side contains the shaking beads.
- Verywell Family
This is a great toy that is easy to grasp and rattle, enabling your baby to develop gross motor skills.
- Little One Mag
This is an excellent, simple toy that would enhance the development of your baby’s fine and gross motor skills. Additionally, the colors and fabric material would stimulate tactile senses and the ability of the kid to appreciate different colors.
- TNCORE
Each rattle has a soft pom pom which is good for teething.
- Check Pregnancy
It makes a sound when babies shake it. But apart from that, it can also double as a teether as babies seem to like to bite it! The good news is that one end is very soft and squishy.
- Gally Kids
This rattle for babies is really easy to use. This toy is great because it has two different functions on it. Your baby can use it as a teether or rattle! It makes funny noises when your baby shakes it!
- YourToysGuide

What experts didn't like

Some consumers have noted that these maracas toys don’t actually sounds like real maracas and that the rattle sound is not as vibrant as they had expected. These rattles are not machine-wash safe.
- Heavy
Too large for some newborns
- Doodle Buckets
However, there are only about three beads, which doesn’t make a loud noise.
- All Kids Reviews
Beads do not make much noise as expected.
- Born Cute
It’s too big for a young baby to hold and the sounds are not like from real maracas.
- Little One Mag
Babies are likely to hit themselves while shaking the toys.
- TNCORE
The rattle can be a little big for babies under three months.
- Check Pregnancy
These don’t make exactly the same sound as a real pair of maracas.
- Gally Kids

Our Expert Consultant

Kate Desmond 
Parenting Pro and Safe-Sleep Expert

Kate Desmond is a writer and infant safe-sleep expert. She has spent the last eight years working as the marketing director for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate families about SIDS and safe sleep. In that role, she travels around the country learning and educating caregivers and providers on the latest and greatest safe-sleep information to prevent infant death.

As mom to two elementary-aged daughters, she spends hours researching the best and safest products for her own kids. She is quick to get in the weeds with other mamas, and uses humor to cope with parenting woes from potty-training to teaching kids to read. She writes about the ups and downs of parenting on her blog.

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.

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.