Recently I received a beautiful wooden rattle to review. If you know me or read my blog you know I am a big believer in reused, recycled and greener products- especially for my kids. This rattle fit the bill in more ways then originally meets the eye.
It is made by Earnest Efforts in Oregon, USA. These rattles have been in production for over 25 years and are a great, safe alternative to plastic. They are made from sustainably harvested Oregon woods and the owners tell me that no living trees are ever cut for their products to be made.
This particular rattle is filled with copper coated steel bbs, glued with non-toxic wood glue, hand sanded and buffed with natural bees wax. I have found the rattle to be satin smooth and I had to look so super close to even see the faintest seam line-it took me awhile and I seriously could not figure out how they go the bbs into a solid piece of wood (that’s how closely I had to look! I thought it was solid!)
What really sold me though was the fact that they took the extra step to safety by having their rattles tested in November 2008 for lead, phthalates and other toxins with x-ray florescence and they were found to not be contaminated. So you can be assured they are safe and appropriate for your child!
Little Miss E loved the sound and while she can’t shake it on her own yet she loves to hold it and brings it up to her mouth but mostly loves when big brother shakes it for her and she giggles and reaches for it. I grew up believing that babies only liked the bright colored toys- after having two kids and going mostly green I am still amazed at the fact that babies and kids like just about any toy that has a neat sound or looks cool. As you can tell this is a natural toy and yet Miss E LOVES it. The sound is almost like a rain stick (do you remember those in music class in school?) if you slowly move it up and down but you can also shake it faster and it rattles nicely!
While I received this rattle for free for this review I will be buying more for my sister’s new baby and a few other friends for Christmas gifts! I love them!
I highly encourage you to check out Earnest Efforts and find a gift for a special baby in your life this Holiday season!
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Kristi’s blog is Creative Kristi where she writes about life, frugal living, crafts and cheap home renovations. She is a momma of two- a 3 year old boy and a 5 month old girl!