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Haba Clutching Toy Rainbow Caterpillar

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Best for Babies 6 months and up
Top benefits Develops motor skills, lightweight design, bright colours
Considerations Limited entertainment value
Bottom line Haba Clutching Toy Rainbow Caterpillar is a minimalist rattle toy with colourful beads and a wooden ring that baby can shake and grasp.
Buy CAD $18.00 USD $12.99


  • Made from sturdy beech and maple wood
  • Wooden beads are dyed with a non-toxic, water-based stain
  • Made in Germany


There’s something to be said for getting back to basics with kids’ toys—no batteries to replace, no volume to turn down, no tiny bits to break. The Haba Clutching Toy Rainbow Caterpillar comes complete with all of these perks, and more. It’s made of sturdy beech and maple with just a bit of plastic thrown in, and it makes just enough noise to interest baby without annoying mom and dad. Infants will be attracted to the bright colours (thanks to non-toxic, water-based stain), and although it’s not meant to be a teething toy, its smooth, hard texture will be pleasing on the gums. This minimalist toy is good for developing motor skills, such as grasping and shaking, and the rotating plastic ring that surrounds the wooden beads of the caterpillar produces a satisfying rattling sound. While it may not hold your baby’s attention forever,it’s so well made and classic that it could be passed on for other kids to use (and it’s easily cleaned with just a damp cloth). Best of all, it’s light and small enough to toss in your bag and pull out whenever you need a quick distraction—perfect for diaper changes on the go.

When I first saw this toy, I thought it looked like a rather basic rattle and wasn’t sure how much it would capture my baby’s interest. However, the bright colours and good shaking noise really seem to appeal to him.” —Suzanne, mom of one