MY VERY OWN RATTLEŽ
Cleaning, color, etc
Q: How should I clean MY VERY OWNŽ? Is it sterile?
A: Wiping thoroughly with alcohol (60% minimum concentration) is the preferred method, since it
will affect the surface polish much less than water. Alcohol is an
effective germicide, much better than "antibacterials", which promote the
evolution of resistant strains of bacteria.
We recommend "drug-store"antiseptic alcohol, which is 70 or 90% alcohol and water. "Hardware-store" alcohol has undesirable
Rub Rattle firmly with clean
cotton cloth moistened with alcohol, let rattle dry thoroughly, and polish
vigorously with dry, clean cloth. Once the rattle is thoroughly dry, the
rattle is safe for teething.
* Do not use rubbing alcohol,
"hardware-store" alcohol, antibacterials, or soap.
* Do not put rattle
in oven or otherwise apply heat.
* Do not allow Rattle to soak in
New: A very dirty rattle may be
cleaned with Ecover brand unscented (or equivalent) dish detergent and
rinsed thoroughly in COLD water. The surface will have a soft roughness.
Some of the polish may be restored by polishing dry with enough friction
to generate some heat.
Remember, there is
no lacquer or wax coating, so the shine of the new rattle will dull with
age and exposure to moisture and chewing (it is a teething toy, after
all). If the rattle gets
wet, it may have a soft velvety
roughness, which a baby does not mind, and is not a problem.
In its sealed package, MY VERY OWNŽ is as clean as the inside of a tree --
probably cleaner, since much heat is generated in the manufacturing
process when it is polished.
Q: Isn't it too big and heavy? What if baby hits himself?
A: This is mostly a question of baby's age. The most important thing is
the child's level of neuromotor maturity.
have seen children as young as 4 months with sufficient motor control to
enjoy MY VERY OWN® Rattle.
We have also seen healthy babies who did not mature to this level until
ten months, who as adults make more money than we do.
If the child has good control of his arms and hands, he won't hit himself.
If he does so accidentally, he may be startled, but no harm is done, and
something will be learned.
Healthy babies do
not deliberately injure themselves. The most important thing is the
child's level of neuromotor maturity. If he has good control of his arms
and hands, he won't hit himself. If he does so accidentally, he may be
startled, may even cry, but no harm is done, and something will be
http://www.loewenton.org/ratl2a.htm for a more in-depth
Q: Will it come apart, especially if it gets wet?
A: MY VERY OWNŽ
Rattle is made from a single piece of wood, so it can't come apart.
Water will not hurt the Rattle. Moisture, however, will dull the polish of
the new rattle. There is no lacquer, wax, or oil - the shine is just very
Do not soak the rattle! It will
not come apart, but will need to be dried slowly to prevent cracking.
Q: Do babies like it? It's just plain wood. Babies like
A: The experience of MY VERY OWNŽ Rattle is
primarily tactile, not just for babies, but even for adults. Pick one up
and feel it. See what we mean? Older babies (around 10 months and up)
enjoy watching the rings as they move them.
Infants prefer MY VERY
OWN(R)Rattle because of the textural complexity. The appeal of the
Rattle for an infant is only partially visual, which is why color or the
lack of it is not an issue.
Since most adults live in a world which
is almost exclusively visual and auditory, they (both infant development
professionals and the lay public) tend to neglect tactile sensory
development. The moving rings and complex textures encourage tactile
learning, which doesn't always get the emphasis it deserves in a child's
MY VERY OWN® Rattle
meets or exceeds all relevant standards for safety, and has been
laboratory tested for import into Europe (CE Certified). It is on the CPSC
small batch manufacturers registry, and is exempt from batch testing for
lead and phthalates since it is made entirely from an unmodified,
naturally grown material.
A FEW (MORE!) WORDS ABOUT RATTLE SIZE, RATTLE WEIGHT, AND INFANT AGE:
Isn't it too big for a baby? what if a baby hits himself? Etc. Etc.
note that we still recommend
MY VERY OWNŽRATTLE
for infants FIVE MONTHS OLD AND OLDER.
And we still say:
"REMOVE RIBBON (AND DISCARD IT
OR PUT IT AWAY FOR SAFEKEEPING
BEFORE GIVING RATTLE TO BABY !!"
MY VERY OWNŽ Rattle meets or exceeds all relevant standards for
Federally mandated and voluntary, and has been laboratory tested for import
into Europe (CE Certified). MY VERY OWNŽ Rattle is an
uncoated, unfinished natural wood product, and so is exempted from the
testing requirements under CPSIA 2008. More details on Federally required
testing for lead and phthalates...
The perfect gift for baby showers, maternity, baptism, christening, new baby. Moms will appreciate this classic heirloom toy. Also a great gift for Christmas, Easter, Hannukkah. Smart mothers want natural wood for teething.