Oball Bright Starts Shaker Baby Rattle

Last updated date: July 9, 2020

DWYM Score

8.6

Oball Bright Starts Shaker 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


In our analysis of 127 expert reviews, the Oball Oball Bright Starts Shaker Baby Rattle placed 14th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Shake, shake, shake it, baby! Made for the littlest of fingers, the Oball Shaker Toy is perfect for baby’s hands to grip and grab. The clear, textured handle reveals brightly colored beads she’ll love to hear rattling all around. On each end, the rattle is made of flexibly firm Oball material, so your baby can squeeze and play any which way. This shaker toy is easy for baby to pick up… and too much fun to put down!

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.4
13 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
1,510 user reviews

What experts liked

The plastic mesh is soft enough so your little ones won’t get hurt whether they choose to shake, rattle, or chew.
- Net Parents
It is easy to clean and harbors no moisture so no worries of growing mold.
- Best Products 4 U
The clear handle holds several brightly-colored balls that your child will love shaking and watching.The balls are great for teething and are made to suit tiny fingers, making them easy to grab, bite, or shake away.
- Mom Loves Best
These newborn baby toys have been created with a colorful design. As a result, they’re incredibly stimulating for your child’s visual senses. Furthermore, they create a variety of fun sounds too. This makes them awesome for improving your baby’s audible learning abilities.
- Doodle Buckets
Oball Kids Shaker Toy features 2 teething Oball which are easy for your baby to hold. They have rattle beads to create fun sounds to attract the attention of a toddler. This is an entertaining toy that has a nice texture to encourage kids to explore it and it helps kids to see the colorful beads.
- Little One Mag
Built with two mini flexible, teethable Oballs, the Oball Shaker from Kids II is easy for your little one to hold onto and shake the colorful beads in the rattle that can create fun sounds that will delight and entertain your little one. The textured rattle is clear so they can see the colorful beads inside.
- My Babies Planet
This one will not only help develop the sense of sound with its rattling noise it also has easy to grip balls on the end so baby can learn how to grab for something. And the middle handle of the rattle has bumps on it to which will give baby a more tactile feel.
- Verywell Family
Some parents are happy about the holes of its soft plastic balls which are good for baby’s smallest fingers to grasp it.
- Babies Products
Easy to hold and the musical shaker with colourful beads that create fun sounds.
- Childhood101
The toy is flexible and colorful, and of course kids love colorful toys; so they will surely love it. This toy is easy to clean and take care of, and it is also durable for long term use as well.
- Thetop10pro
The rattle is see-through and consists of two flexible mini Oballs filled with colorful beads that create exciting sounds for the baby. It’s BPA-Free and perfectly safe for your baby to use for teething.
- Toys, Games, and Stuff

What experts didn't like

Difficult to clean the mini mesh balls.
- Net Parents
The rattle doesn't make super loud rattle.
- Best Products 4 U
Smaller than some expected.
- Doodle Buckets
The rubber can be damaged by babies with stronger gums.
- Little One Mag
A few parents think it is has cheap materials.
- Babies Products
However, you should not fully submerge it in water.
- Toys, Games, and Stuff

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.