SmartNoggin NogginStik Light-Up Developmental Milestones Baby Rattle

Last updated date: July 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

SmartNoggin NogginStik Light-Up Developmental Milestones Baby Rattle

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 142 expert reviews, the SmartNoggin SmartNoggin NogginStik Light-Up Developmental Milestones Baby Rattle placed 10th 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
9.5
15 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
637 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Designed by an early intervention therapist, this child development toy helps you assess your baby’s abilities. You can interact, bond, and play with your infant using this child development toy. Additionally, this Noggin Stik comes with an easy guide with ideas of the best ways to tell if your infant is on track.
- The Gadget Flow
Parents say this toy mesmerized their child. Some note it only held their baby's interest for a month but others have said this has provided entertainment for a whole year.
- Verywell Family
BPA and PVC free.
- Best Products 4 U
LED color changing lights, mirror, rattle, and a flat bottom for resting on a nearby table (instead of rolling away onto the floor!) – This is one rockin’ rattle! We love it! After trying several toys and baby gear to find Jillian’s “go-to” soother… this is it! A rattle! Seriously, she can be in a panic and I’ll place the NogginStik in front of her and it makes her happy. The sound from the rattle also has put her to sleep! It is amazing!
- Parent Palace
It has a ridged handle, which makes it easy for babies to grab early on, and there's a mirror at the bottom, so they can learn to recognize themselves.
- Engadget
The base of the rattle stick makes a soft rattling sound when shaken, which is pleasing to hear and keeps the baby engaged. The easy to hold handle encourages the grasping ability of your infant baby, and has vivid, soft textures to delight him/her with a new found touching and squeezing ability!
- Smart Baby HQ
It changes colors when baby shakes this rattle, for this reason it doesn’t even give them fun but would help your baby with cause and effect and many other development skills.
- Babies Products
The changing colors, the rattle and the real mirror on the toy are great entertainment and learning tools for your baby. This toy also comes with a full guide detailing how to use its various features at different stages of your child’s development.
- Check Pregnancy
It has an easy to hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to delight the sense of touch, that your baby will love and want to keep holding on to! Even the base of the multi-purpose NogginStik makes a soft rattle sound to please baby's ears The black and white bottom also attracts baby's eyes and helps them to focus.
- Bless Their Hearts Mom
We love that this toy is educational as well as fun! We love that the lights turn off automatically and that there is a hidden mirror on the bottom. This rattle is very easy to clean and safe for babies who like to put everything in their mouth!
- Mammanatty's Raves & Reviews
The stick lights up with blue, green, or red when you tap it. It also makes a rattle sound when you shake it. The baby can almost grip it already - it’s lightweight. It’s just a great developmental toy.
- BluePrint by Kelly
The toy lights up in three different colors to enhance your baby’s visual tracking skills. Furthermore, it helps with grasping and holding, which are all important foundational skills.
- Top Kids Toys
This is one of those toys that kids of ALL ages seem to be attracted to. I admit, I have fun making the colors magically change on the NogginStik from green to red and blue. The bottom of the NogginStik features a mirror, and I’ve caught my 7 month old teething on the nubby middle.
- A Time Out for Mommy
What experts didn't like
The price on this is a lot higher than other baby toys.
- Verywell Family
The light goes out on it's own and lights up with slight movement.
- Best Products 4 U
Some parents complain it stops working in less than a month.
- Babies Products
Quite expensive.
- Check Pregnancy

From The Manufacturer

The NogginStik Light Up Rattle encourages baby’s early milestones and guides parents & caregivers through activities and interactions that will promote healthy brain development and bonding. It lights up to encourage visual tracking, has a soft rattle noise to please the ears, an easy to hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to delight the sense of touch. The NogginStik developmental light-up rattle is baby’s first learning toy!

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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.