Sassy Rattling Textured Sensory Toy

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Sassy Rattling Textured Sensory Toy

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

Update as December 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Sensory Toy for a detailed review of all the top sensory toys.

Overall Take

One of the top sensory toys designed for babies, the Sassy Stretchy String Sensory Toys features more than 10 large bumps that each have a unique texture. Tiny hands are able to grab the bumps and explore the different materials. The ball is also constructed using a variety of bright colors and patterns, which provide important visual stimulation for developing infants.

In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the Sassy Rattling Textured Sensory Toy placed 1st when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The bright colors, bold patterns and easy-to-grasp bumps make this ball a must-have. The high contrast colors of the ball allow baby to focus, strengthening vision. The gentle rattle sounds from the trapped beads create neural connections in baby’s brains from birth through 3 years of age. Chunky sized bumps on the ball encourage reaching, grasping, and transferring from one hand to another, developing baby’s motor skills. The differing materials engage baby’s developing tactile sensitivity and teach baby about variety. From the Manufacturer Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball promotes the development of fine motor skills and involves planning and motor speed, visual tracking, reaching, object manipulation and grasping. From about 6 months, babies will begin to demonstrate these fine motor skills. The Sassy Bumpy Ball has been designed to help baby with all of the developmental skills. The Sassy Bumpy Ball also promotes development of gross motor skills including movement of the limbs and torso. Physical coordination such as sitting on own, whole body movement including locomotion and coordination, balance and motor planning are all involved in development of gross motor skills.2010 Oppenheim Toy Platinum Award.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

32 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

2,080 user reviews

What experts liked

The chunky buldges covering the outer surface are well-sized for baby hands learning how to grasp and squeeze, the clear domes have little balls that gently rattle around when moved, and there are no sharp surfaces or edges to find.
- Mommy Hood 101
September 19, 2019 | Full review
The chunky bumps on the ball make it easy to grasp and hold. Shake it or move it from hand to hand, and hear the gentle rattle noise it makes.
- Mom Loves Best
March 12, 2019 | Full review
The bright colours, bold designs, and easy-to-grasp bumps make this ball a must have! The high contrast colours and patterns enable the baby to concentrate, strengthening eyesight.
- Children for Children
June 5, 2019 | Full review
The multiple textures and materials on this fun toy for 1 year old develop the baby’s tactile sensitivity.
- Net Parents
It has the ideal size for newborns with tiny hands to hold and play with while teaching them about different patterns and colors.
- The Tiny Mom
April 18, 2019 | Full review
This fun sensory ball toy is bursting with wonderful visual stimulation to help engage your baby’s sense of sight! It is covered in different bold patterns and colorful designs. Your baby will really enjoy exploring the different sights to behold all over this cool toy.
- Baby Advisor
June 22, 2019 | Full review
What we love about this toy is that it is genuinely engaging – hand it to your little one and watch their eyes glaze over in wonder; hands meandering across the different surfaces as they squeeze and pod and poke. It’s also surprisingly lightweight, which means that they won’t struggle to rotate it on their own, and it’s great for building grip.
- The Wife Choice
April 5, 2019 | Full review
Perfect product which will ensure that your kids are developing well. They are sturdy and have fun colors which will attract the attention of your toddlers and they will make them engaged and entertained.
- Alterestimate
The bumps on this ball will encourage grasping and transferring from one hand to another.
- Baby Know How
September 24, 2019 | Full review
The bright colors and patterns will keep him interested and the bumps will provide convenient grips that baby can hold onto with ease.
- Family Living Today
May 1, 2019 | Full review
Has a variety of textures, shapes, materials, and colors to not only keep your baby occupied, but also help them with tactile sensation development and color recognition. It is extremely soft and squishy, so it won't get damaged if babies throw it.
- Wiki EZ Vid
This bumpy ball from Sassy is bright, colorful, and made of various textures to capture baby's attention and help her learn to grasp and eventually pass objects back and forth between her hands. It also rattles gently to further entertain and stimulate her senses.
- Verywell Family
October 22, 2019 | Full review
This bumpy ball is great for stimulating sensory development in babies and strengthening motor skills.
- Feed Fond
February 22, 2019 | Full review
The gentle rattle sounds make the ball even more interesting and curious for the kids to play with. The toy is bright and soft, and it helps greatly with developing the vision of the kids.
- Thetop10pro
March 19, 2019 | Full review
This fun, colorful baby to is full of various sounds, shapes and textures to keep your little one stimulated and cooing happy through play time.
- Born Cute
Has bright colors and bold patterns to help to develop your baby’s sense of vision. It features easy to grasp material and bumps that makes it easy for baby to pick up and throw. The clear plastic ends have multiple color beads that make rattle noises that inspires baby’s hearing
- Happy Baybees
This toy has 12 different colors and bumps on it which are great for visual stimulation.
- YourToysGuide
August 20, 2019 | Full review
Has rattles and patterns and textures, oh my! There’s lots to explore on this colorful and tactile sensory ball. Baby can push it, hold it, shake it and examine it, all while building up their vision and small hand muscles.
- What To Expect
March 13, 2018 | Full review
Your little boy will love chasing after this activity ball and this will boost their activeness while also entertaining them. With it, they will develop some strong sensory system and tactical skills as it features various textures, colors, and sounds which is really good for their rapidly developing brains.
- Little One Mag
This ball is visually appealing thanks to the variety of colors and patterns. It will keep your baby wonderfully stimulated no matter which side they’re looking at.
- All Kids Reviews
February 14, 2018 | Full review
Multiple textures & materials engage baby's developing tactile sensitivity & teach baby about variety.
- Finderiko
As one year olds are still developing their language and communication skills, this toy is great for helping them learn how to describe textures, sounds and visual cues such as color and shape.
- top9rated
August 20, 2019 | Full review
2 of the bumps have small plastic balls in them so this doubles up as a rattle as well, perfect to develop his hearing.
- Deexterous
June 24, 2017 | Full review
Bumps are made of a variety of materials for tactile sensitivity.
- Intelligent Mother
They are also BPA-free, which means that there wouldn’t be any toxic substances entering their system.
- My Little Red Wagon
June 20, 2019 | Full review
What’s interesting about this toy is the high contrast colors of the ball which allow baby to focus and strengthening vision. The differing materials not only engage baby’s developing tactile sensitivity, but also teach one about variety.
- Review the Bests
April 25, 2019 | Full review
A gentle rattle sound is made when ball is squeezed.
- The Toy Report
These bumps inspire your infant to attain, grasp and transfer the ball from hand to hand
- TheTechmartus
April 27, 2019 | Full review
These are perfect on-the-go toys as they are lightweight and compact. Baby can be kept DEVELOPMENTALLY busy in the car seat, waiting for food preparation or in a stroller using these two.
- One Sassy Doctor
October 9, 2012 | Full review
This inexpensive toy has bright colors and bold patterns to provide visual stimulation, multiple color beads inside a clear plastic end that makes a rattle noise when shaken, and easy to grasp bumps that encourage your baby to hold and toss or roll the ball.
- Raise Smart Kid
November 23, 2018 | Full review
Your blind baby will find it as an easy task to stay engaged. The tactile sensitivity of your little one will be increased effectively by Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball.
- theBabyCelebration
It is colorful and there are a lot of colorful bids inside of it. Color is highly contrast easily attract babies eye & develop motor skill. Babies always focus on it.
- Pick Baby Stroller

What experts didn't like

This does not make a good teething toy, as growing teeth might shred the fabric.
- Mommy Hood 101
September 19, 2019 | Full review
Partly made of plastic.
- Net Parents
The nubs can become easily loosened, thereby exposing the substances inside of it
- The Tiny Mom
April 18, 2019 | Full review
Can only be washed by spot cleaning even though it is primarily fabric
- Baby Advisor
June 22, 2019 | Full review
Stitches are a weak point, and your little one could tear into the toy.
- The Wife Choice
April 5, 2019 | Full review
The fabric is not durable.
- Feed Fond
February 22, 2019 | Full review
Stuffing can came out and non-machine washable.
- Born Cute
Has no loop for hanging.
- Little One Mag
The ball is large, however, so younger babies may have difficulties grasping it at first.
- All Kids Reviews
February 14, 2018 | Full review
Reports of ripping after a short while.
- Intelligent Mother
Few customers were unsatisfied with product quality; complained after about two weeks of use, there are tiny plastic fibers sticking out of the soft bumps and they had been in baby’s mouth.
- Review the Bests
April 25, 2019 | Full review
Designed for kid over the age of six months
- The Toy Report
Some babies are not thrilled with it
- TheTechmartus
April 27, 2019 | Full review

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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 Sensory Toys

The input we receive through our sensory systems helps us learn about the environment around us. This is why sensory play is so important for developing babies. To encourage your infant or toddler to explore and to help them grow, you’ll want to introduce them to a variety of sensory toys.

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Like most toys for babies, the best ones are safe to chew and easy to wash,” says parenting expert Kate Desmond. “As your child starts to develop, look for toys that provide a challenge — think little puzzles, fun games and building activities.

Consider toys that are easy for tiny hands to grasp, especially if the toy is for an infant. You’ll also want to make sure all of the surfaces are soft to the touch and that they contain no sharp edges. The Sassy Stretchy String Sensory Toys is an excellent choice, as it features over 10 large bulges that stick out of a soft ball. Each of the bulges are made of a different type of material, so that your baby can explore contrasting textures as they move from grabbing one to another.

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Look for sensory toys that appeal to your baby’s sense of sound. You may find some that act as rattles, with little balls inside that make a fun noise when your baby shakes them back and forth. You may also opt for a toy that plays a variety of songs when the baby presses a button. This type of toy is also good for teaching little ones about cause and effect.

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When purchasing for an infant, look for soft touch, bright colors and fun sounds,” says Desmond. “The idea is to indulge the senses. Give your baby different textures to explore, helping them to understand the world around them.”

Stimulating your baby’s eyesight is also important. Toys with bright colors and different patterns are a good choice. The Crayola Musical Doodle Board has 12 light colors that appeal to toddlers. The enclosed gel surface allows babies to practice drawing using their fingers, while preventing the type of mess that comes with fingerpaints.

Search for sensory toys that are lightweight and easy to transport. This way you’ll have a few toys that your child can carry in his car seat or play with in his stroller while you take a walk around the park. The SMALL FISH Fidget Toys Set comes with 22 different compact toys that are travel-friendly.

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Sensory toys are great for on-the-go situations too. Public places can be overwhelming for a child, so having a toy of this type can help them self soothe. Just make sure the sensory toy you choose is portable,” Desmond says.

Older children would do better with sensory toys that help them develop problem-solving skills. The Neliblu Snap and Click Fidget Toys, for example, allows kids to build a house, car or animal by simply pressing the different pieces together. In addition to connecting on the top and bottom, the pieces also fit together on the sides. That means children have the opportunity to explore a bunch of different combinations. The pieces are also easy to snap together and a cinch to pull apart, so your child won’t get frustrated during play.

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The best sensory toys combine action and brain power — keeping the mind and hands busy,” says Desmong. “These handheld toys are great for fidgeting babies and kids and can keep attention focused.”

Take into consideration any special needs that your child may have. If he or she has a tendency to fidget, for example, keep your eye out for sensory toys that will keep the child’s hands busy. Perhaps your child needs a challenge. If this is the case, then you’ll want to look for a puzzle toy instead, as this type of sensory toy enhances critical thinking skills.

The Sensory Toy Buying Guide

  • When purchasing toys from overseas, you’ll want to look for an ASTM F963 International Toy Standard Certificate to ensure the toys meet important safety protocols.
  • If the sensory toys are made of plastic, it’s important that you check to see if the plastic is BPA-free and listed as non-toxic. Babies are going to put everything they pick up in their mouths, and you don’t want to chance any toxins ending up in your child’s system.
  • Sensory toys that are made of plastic can be hand washed with a little dish soap and water. Fabric toys may or may not be machine washable, so it’s important that you check the product care label. You may also be able to spot clean the toys that aren’t safe for the washing machine.
  • Check to see if the sensory toy requires batteries, and if so, look to see if the batteries included. Many companies leave it up to the parent to buy the batteries separately.
  • When your child is no longer interested in his or her fabric sensory toys, you can give them to your pup.
  • Some sensory toys are small and pose a choking hazard. Always examine the toys and make sure they are age-appropriate before giving them to your little one. You’ll also want to supervise your toddler during playtime.
  • Consider sensory toys that are backed by a satisfaction or money-back guarantee. If the toys don’t meet your expectations, you’ll be able to contact the company for a replacement or refund.
  • The cost of sensory toys varies based on how simple or complex the design of the toy is. The Neliblu Snap and Click Fidget Toys and the Sassy Stretchy String Sensory Toys are only the lower end of the price range, as they are lightweight and easy to use. You’ll find the SMALL FISH Fidget Toys Set is on the higher end of the price range because it includes 22 different toys. The Crayola Musical Doodle Board also commands a higher price due to its ability to light up and play a variety of songs.