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Brio 30052 Bell Rattle

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      12.07.2012 16:42

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      Great, simple rattle for older babies

      My son was given this Brio Bell Rattle when he was first born and he seemed to quite like it. It is a simple toy that can currently be purchased from Amazon for £4.49 (July 2012). It is made from wood and has two smooth red tops that are held together by six small wooden poles, two are red, two are yellow and two are green, forming a small cage, inside the little wooden cage is a small silver bell. The toy is designed to develop hand-eye coordination and colour recognition and is suitable for 6 months or older. The wood is smooth and well finished, which is what you come to expect from Brio toys and it is fairly light considering it is made out of wood. I introduced the toy to my son when he was about 5 months old, I would shake it and try and get him to touch it, as he got older he would rattle it himself and roll it around on the floor listening to the bell. As it has the small poles it is easy to grip and hold onto and therefore easy to play with. It would say that it is not really suitable for smaller babies as it would be a bit heavy and they could bash themselves in the face with the rattle. There is not much more to say really other that I would recommend this rattle to others as it is well made, easy to grip, is well priced and lasts a long time, my son will still use it from time to time as a musical instrument.

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      10.11.2010 20:30
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      A toy that encompasses traditional values that provide core sense stimulus for infants.

      ~*~ BRIO ~ THE COMPANY ~*~ The Founder of Brio, Ivar Bengtsson was a basket maker who began to make wooden toys in southern Sweden. Then, by 1908 Ivar's three sons took over their father's business and founded BRIO {an acrostic for brothers. Touchingly, in the village of Osby, where the story of this successful company began, the wooden toys are still designed. *********************** ~*~ THE Brio Bell Rattle ~*~ This traditional looking wooden rattle has a small silver bell secured within its structure. The rattle has half mushroomed shaped bright poppy red bases with multi coloured bars, in bright yellows, blues and deep greens. The toy's paint used to adorn the wood is non-toxic. The rattles dimensions are an easy to handle 6 x 5.8 x 5.8 cm and with a weight of 68 g, little hands can hold on the toy comfortably. The toy has a versatile age group of six months and older. The product comes packaged in a black box with the picture of the rattle on each side of the unit. Additionally, the Brio hallmark noted with the word 'classic' beside the logos, detailing appropriate age of 6mths+ covers each section of the container. **************************************** ~*~ PERSONAL EXPERIENCE VIA THE INFANT!~*~ I gave this as a gift for my daughter's first baby, my grand-son. At the age of six months he began to take some notice of the toy, but generally if mum or I held it and rattled the colourful object. My grand-son would grasp the toy and bang it against the nearest object...me or mum! My grand-son was very attracted to the colourful rattle. I would slowly move the rattle in the visible range of his eyes, as time progressed he would focus better, attempting to grasp his with much enthusiasm. Although my grand-son was very curious about the bell he spent more time seeing if the toy was edible. Thankful for the non-toxic paints used, the toy was immune to the constant teething attacks. At first, the bright colours caught the attention of our little darling. But, after the initial interest in the sound of the bell, and being unable to get hold of this strange tinkling sounding ball, my grand-son would throw it aside for some other toy that would catch his attention. Even though the rattle can be rolled, my grand-son only ever wished to attempt to get the metal bell or mostly, nibble on the toys curvature edges. I would often roll the rattle, so that the bell would jingle, catching my grand-son's attention. At this point, he would endeavour to reach the toy, clutching at the slats to bang against surfaces then throw. This would end up in much giggling from the both of us. In order to encourage interest and motivating the senses, I would point to the differing colours and name them, then pointing to other items of the same colour. Lots of ooh aahs followed. I would often throw the rattle gently into the air, catching it then handing it to my grand-child. Eventually, he copied these actions. I would say 'Ta', and in time, my grand-son picked up this simple term. A great way to encourage desirable qualities early! When the phone rang, I would jingle the rattle and then pretend it was a phone too. My grand-son loved this idea as he would be very enthused to hear the phone ring, then watching his mummy in turn, rush to talk into this inanimate object. He would clutch at the toy, holding it to his small ear and utter some fascinating chatter! Eventually, I replaced this toy with an actual Winnie The Pooh telephone. Sadly, the investigative interest waned within a couple of months. But as the toy only cost me a few pounds at the time, I really wasn't bothered. The rattle is a little more costly now, £4 but still reasonable considering the natural components used and the classic design. ************** ~*~ RECALL ~*~ I feel compelled to mention that on December 13th 2006, BRIO voluntarily recalled these bell rattles. It had been found that the silver metal bell could break into smaller pieces and pose a choking risk to young children, although no injuries have been found or reported. It is this kind of moral responsibility that assures me that BRIO aim for the maximum product safety. Alike other toy manufacturers, BRIO products need the approval of national and international regulatory bodies. The company test their products independently as well as placing higher demands on their toys than the actual international testing institutes require.
 Their policy is to choose to abide by the more rigorous regulations. The recall for these rattles was almost four years ago. As the rattles, including the same range but in plain colours are now available, I do not have any issues with this product. The toy regulatory bodies would not have allowed this product back on the market. Additionally, after extensive searches on the internet, I have been unable to locate any recent material to make me feel otherwise. ******************** ~*~ WHY RATTLES? ~*~ Because, predominately they are fun, a creative stimulus to the imagination and an introduction to the world around the infant. Rattles are a traditional toy that is perfectly designed for infants, being generally bright and lightweight. There are around six types of rattle with features that include grasping tools, wrist bands that won't have baby crying when they inevitably fall. Moreover, there are teething ranges which sooth gums and even organic units! And of course, the noisier type which my daughter wonders why I always choose! Also, with so many diverse materials that are used in the manufacturing of these pacifiers, from the popular wood, plastic and textile, the infant's interest is maintained...to a degree! Rattles are of great benefit because they act as a stimulus to the senses in four plus more ways. Such as with hearing. With the rattle I purchased with its little tinkling bell and other types that have melodic sounds, they are shown to improve the hearing/listening abilities of infants. Then there is the stimulation to focus, as babies are attracted to bright colourful rattles, their sight, by slowly moving the rattle within the visible range of the baby, the child's focussing power and sight motions are boosted. A child's touching stimulus is amplified as the baby explores the variation in textures of the rattle. And, in the case of my grand-son, will often bite on the rattles, whether teether type or not, assisting the tactile experience. I really feel that this Brio rattle was particularly effectual as the structure is vastly interesting to the young tot, with its differing shape and variation in widths. As the baby explores the rattle's structures with their tiny fingers, they begin to learn how to grasp and hold onto the object, thus improving and developing the motor techniques. This was particularly noticable with my grand-son as his co-ordination improved with usage of the toy. *************** ~HOW TO CHOOSE~ Rattles need to be in one piece, with components securely sealed to avoid detachments. A variety in structure, elements and textiles will provide more fun and pleasure, not to mention the fundamental factors mentioned above! Adorable shapes such as animals provide fun and educational stimulus. Remembering that the first five years of a child's life are fundamental in the learning process, even infants have been known to learn multi languages! ************************** ~*~ WOULD I RECOMMEND?~*~ Yes, as the toy ticks all the boxes for fun and sense stimulus while being affordable.

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