Once upon a time, nearly everything that a baby played with was made of what was on hand, which included wooden rattles. These days, there are a lot of different materials for baby’s toys and other items. Wood is typically reserved for his furniture items, rather than his toys and other things. These can be safe as long as a few guidelines are followed.
First thing first, no matter what you are giving to your baby, whether it is plastic, fabric or wooden, should be inspected carefully. You should know where it came from, such as what country it was made in as well as what it is made of. If there is any kind of printing or color to the item, you should also know what that is made of as well. If there is any chance that it is older than a few decades, it might be smarter to use it simply as a display piece, kept high and out of his hands because it might have traces of lead paint on it.
The item should be checked carefully for any sharp pieces that can cut as well as for any parts that could splinter or cause other injuries. Unlike other materials, wood does have the advantage of being sanded and refinished as long as it is still in good condition. However, it cannot be sanitized like other materials. It is also heavier than other types of materials and can cause more substantial injuries if the baby hits himself with it.
These items can be seen as old-fashioned by some but they can still be considered an attractive part of his décor. For those who are afraid of all of the reports about unsafe plastics and other materials though, a return to this material might be the wave of the future. As long as all of the safety rules are being followed, there should be no serious problem at all. In addition to making sure that the item is smooth and safely finished, it should also be checked to make sure that it is the right size.
Not every store will carry these types of items. After all, it is far cheaper to carry the more popular types that are typically created from lower cost materials such as plastics and fabric. But you can usually find the more special items if you know where to look for them. And with something as unique and special as wooden rattles, there are bound to be some extra special examples to choose from.