How to Benefit from the Use of Rattle in Baby Stimulation

The rattle is one of the oldest toys that has transcended generation and is infallible within the favorites of moms who have babies, the first rattles consisting of pairs or pairs of metal sheets that crossed a wire produced sound when moving and with the passage of time they were created of different forms and materials but with the same objective; In short, if we were asked which is the toy that is associated more with a baby the answer would be: the classic rattle. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of this useful early stimulation toy:


1. Stimulation For Reading Writing:
Moving the rattle in front of your baby's eyes should be comfortably lying on the bed or changing table at a distance of about ten centimeters from left to right slowly at the beginning and going faster depending on of the response that faces the activity.

Some Recommendations:
✓ The time to perform this exercise should not be prolonged (maximum 5 minutes) but repetitive in the schedule, ie, do it every morning whenever possible at the same time.
✓ It is important to take into account the age of the baby to make the activity more complex, for example: moving the rattle from left to right; from top to bottom.
✓ Verbalize the action, do the activity mentioning the direction to which the rattle is directed, for example: the rattle goes from left to right, the rattle goes up and down, etc.; Highlight the notions of location: left - right; up and down.

2. Hearing Stimulation:
By doing the above exercise also stimulates the sense of hearing which has generous benefits for the correct development of language. The exercise can be made more complex while the baby is in a sitting position, the mother in front of him with the rattle which will cover with a small blanket and move to make it sound from left to right and / or from top to bottom, etc., should motivate the baby to identify where the sound comes from and to discover the rattle alone by lifting the blanket; This activity is a variation of the game I see – I see.

3. Attention and Concentration:
The previous exercises positively stimulate the attention and concentration of the babies, therefore it is necessary that it takes place in an environment without distractions like the television.

4. Rhythm:
Rhythm is important not only from the musical aspect but also in the development of language and literacy. Activities such as sounding the rattle can be performed by first following a simple rhythm to imitate by the baby, such as:


Rosanna Sakuma Arevalo
Master in Educational Administration

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