I know I haven’t done anything really “crafty” in a long time since we’ve been more focused on bigger builds around the house, but I just have to share these DIY Montessori-style baby rattles with you all. Tootie loves them so much! And before you question my fitness as a mother outright, yes, those are plastic liquor bottles.
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Now that that’s established, let’s talk about these rattles. I saw her playing with something very similar at daycare one day. The lovely ladies told me she played with them a lot and really enjoyed them. She goes to a Montessori-style daycare (well, by the time I post this, we’ll have moved her to a new daycare, but we loved her Montessori daycare while it lasted!), and they are big on toys that don’t have batteries and engage babies’ senses. I am not the crazy parent who only wants my kid to play with wood toys. She plays with the “learning farm” on this thing and it blows her mind and keeps her entertained. So it’s cool with me. But I think a balance is also good.
And honestly, I’m all for anything that keeps my kid entertained while I wash her bottles or change her diaper, especially if it’s cheap. So I added these little guys to my to-do list and whipped them together on a Saturday during nap time. Check out how easy they are.
Here’s what I used:
- Plastic liquor bottles (no, I didn’t buy a bunch and drink them, I’m too old for liquor now)—these are really perfect because her little hands can get a great grip on them.
- Plastic beads, pom pom balls, sequins, rhinestones.
- Gorilla Glue, I wanted to make sure the glue was super strong and formed a permanent bond.
And here’s how I made them:
Step 1: I did some themed bottles because I’m me. Here are a couple ideas:
- Red, white, blue, and gold
- Black, white, and gold
- Pink, black, and rhinestone
- Purple, white, and silver
- Orange, blue, and silver
- Yellow, orange, and gold
…you get it. Some of them I just put the leftover beads in.
Step 2: After I’d filled the bottles, I squirted Gorilla Glue into the cap part and screwed it on as tightly as possible. Then I let the glue dry for a few hours. This is a very important step—I did not want any chance of the small objects getting out as they are obviously choking hazards.
And then we ate them, as you do toys.
Tootie went nuts for these things, and the initial excitement hasn’t worn off, either. Since I made so many, I keep them in most rooms in the house, in the car, by her changing pad. It works great!