Friday, June 22nd, 2007
Review: Gardenbug Foot Finder and Wrist Rattle Set
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 Lamazeâ€”two wrist rattles and two rattle socksâ€”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.