Review: Gardenbug Foot Finder and Wrist Rattle Set

Photo of a teddy bear sitting in a toddler chair wearing the four Lamaze rattles.

Being a baby clothing model really cuts down on the number of deer fawns and elk calves I can eat because I must maintain my trim figure.

We are trying for our second child, and my thoughts are turning to infant gear once again. I am prepared to share with you the best toy for a tiny human who can do little more than flail its arms and gurgle. A wrist rattle. No question.

A friend gave us a plain wrist rattle when Little Miss was an infant, and we thought it was pretty cool. So my eyes bugged out at seeing the Gardenbug Foot Finder and Wrist Rattle Set by Lamaze—two wrist rattles and two rattle socks—selling for only $10 on Amazon.

You know Lamaze. Their colorful infant toys are sold seemingly everywhere. I bought several when our first child was born, including stuffed crinkle toys Freddie the Firefly and Max the Monkey, a baby’s First Mirror and a play mat. Gah! And we’ve sold them all. Never say “no more kids, we’re done” until you hit the fourth birthday.

Technically these things are called sensory toys. There are three types: crinkles, rattles and dangles.

The wrist rattle is a fabric band that attaches with Velcro. A bee or butterfly on the band provides the rattling sound, and also serves as a crinkle toy. Two “foot finder” socks have similar rattle bugs attached.

As you’ll notice in the photos below, each wristband has only one piece of Velcro. That’s because the Velcro square will latch to any part of the wristband’s fabric, making the band fit a wide range of wrist sizes. Our first non-Lamaze wristband couldn’t do that. And as for the materials and stitch quality, they seem top notch.

This toy works from the get-go and that’s why I like it. So many baby toys involve a waiting game, waiting for your baby to be at the right developmental stage to get full use of a toy. But the foot fingers and wrist rattles work for any baby so long as it, well, you know, so long as it has limbs.

Our 3-year-old Little Miss declared this morning that the baby will like them. She also declared that we “should get pregnant on July Fourth.” We’ll see.

Photo of two Lamaze food finder socks featuring a butterfly and ladybug.

Photo of two Lamaze baby wrist rattles featuring a ladybug and bee.


2 Responses to “Review: Gardenbug Foot Finder and Wrist Rattle Set”

  1. Amy says:

    Since you guys are trying to have another baby and your other is three, I thought I would mention two things that have helped me alot. They are magazines. One is called FamilyFun and it has lots of goodies for the toddler or preschooler. Their website is
    The other one (and this is the one good for the new baby when there is one) Wondertime. They also have a website ( It is a magazine for parents of children 0-3. They are both wonderful and full of crafts, stories, recipes and other information. And they are put out by Disney. Hope this information is helpful!!!

    June 22nd, 2007 at 10:29 pm

  2. Mark says:

    No comments on the baby toy, although since I have 2 buddies that will becoming dads in the next couple months I will pass the info along. Mostly just wanted to say congrats on the decision to go for 2, as I remember from your old post that this was a decision that didn’t come lightly. Best of luck and keep us all posted!

    June 28th, 2007 at 3:44 pm