We see a lot of baby toys around here. Most of them are cute, which is important, but there are other criteria to consider when you’re choosing one. Is it lightweight enough for baby to hold? Does it provide movement, sound, or textural interest? Manhattan Toy makes masterful baby toys. Their Winkel and Skwish are classics — they’re entertaining, low-tech, affordable, easy-to-clean … and cute. Now, meet the brand new Band-a-Ball. It’s made of bands of heavy plastic that are covered with durable fabrics in bright colors and molded to create a ball. There’s a soft jingly ball inside to encourage baby to grasp and shake and poke. It’s not quite as lightweight as a Winkel, but the construction makes it easy to get a grip on. My initial review is two thumbs up … but we just got it yesterday! Hopefully a willing baby will come in this morning and I can put it to the test.
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