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Manhattan Toy Skwish Classic Rattle and Teether Grasping Activity Toy

4.7 out of 5 stars 435 customer reviews
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  • Classic, multi-sensory clutching rattle encourages grasping and reaching which are important for gross motor skills
  • Skwish is easy for little hands to grab and hold on to while rattling the beads that slide back and forth on dowels
  • Wood construction with elastic ties allow rattle and teether to flatten, or "Skwish", and always return to its original shape
  • Carefully constructed of sustainable wood with a non-toxic, water based finish
  • Skwish rattles and teethers from Manhattan Toy have been an awarding winning favorite of both babies and parents for over 30 years!
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Skwish from Manhattan Toy is a time honored classic, instantly recognizable, an intriguing blend of ingenious design and developmental function. The geometrical shape and interconnecting wooden dowels have long piqued the curiosity of adults – imagine how it must appear to a baby as they begin to experience the world around them? Skwish has fascinated babies and parents alike for over 30 years.

Bright, complementary colors and its one of a kind shape instantly capture baby’s attention. The lightweight wooden dowels, smooth finish, and elastic ties make it easy for little hands to grab and hold. Babies will love “Skwishing” it down and watching it return to its original shape – Skwish is a perfect clutching toy for developing gross motor skills. The beads slide back and forth along the dowels when shaken, producing a very pleasing rattle and allowing baby to explore sound and learn cause and effect. The spatial and tactile elements have been shown to be helpful to those on the Autism spectrum. Skwish is carefully constructed of sustainable wood and features a non-toxic, water based finish.

For over 30 years, Manhattan Toy has been making award-winning, high quality, visually appealing toys for babies, toddlers and kids. Manhattan Toy offers more than 500 exclusive, original product designs distributed and sold worldwide through specialty retail stores, catalogs and websites. All of our products, from the newest concepts to our time-tested classics, are innovatively designed to inspire imaginative play and delight our customers.

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  • Item Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000GI0S4E
  • Item model number: 200980
  • Our recommended age: 3 months - 2 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 months - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)

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I thought it would be helpful to have a review of this toy from the perspective of somebody with a long history with it. My daughter, who is now 14 years old, had one of these as a baby. She liked playing with it then, and it is one of the few toys she kept well into her childhood. At first, babies use it more for a rattle or a teether. Then when they're toddlers, they use it more as a ball (bounce it, throw it, roll it, catch it) or a stress-relief toy (squish it, smush it). In later toddler years, they start to contemplate the 3-D complexity more and enjoy trying to make it flex and pull into different shapes as they stretch the elastic with stronger muscles.

While I admit it may not be as "exciting" as all the flashy, battery-operated, ADHD-inducing noisemakers that are on the market now, I believe this toy has a huge intrinsic value for letting a child contemplate shape, 3-D depth perception, color, movement, and cause and effect. I can't prove this, but I also think this toy might subconsciously plant seeds in a child's mind to help them understand atomic and molecular structure in the future (I'll let you know after my 14-year-old gets her first report card in Chemistry in a couple of years!) I just think the Skwish is the toy-equivalent of playing classical music to your baby. Your child most likely will not sit down and play with it for hours at a time, but in the few minutes s/he does spend with it, you will see the little gears turning in her mind.

I'm thrilled to see that this toy is still around, because I want to get one for my new daughter (9 mos old)! What I cannot attest to is the CURRENT quality of these toys. 14 years ago, it was EXCELLENT. If they have cheapened it up over the years, then that might be a problem.
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We loved this toy. I was worried at first that it could be a choking hazard with the small beads and elastic string, but I figured Manhattan Toy is a respected company and they must have gone through rigorous testing first, right? However, last week my son was playing with this in the car and one of the wooden rods broke, causing the elastic to snap and a bead to fall off.

I wanted to give Manhattan Toy the benefit of the doubt - maybe this is just a fluke somehow - but they have failed to respond to both a call and an email. I am very disappointed, and do NOT recommend this toy for your baby. It just isn't safe.
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I am a pediatric occupational therapist and this is the go to toy for all infants during developmental play. They are successful in reaching and grasping some part of this toy because of all the strings, wooden balls and wooden dowels that are the perfect size for little hands. It squishes and bends with their movements and is very entertaining. As therapists we use this toy with multiple children daily for years and it has withstood all of that. We also clean it after every child and the paint has not even started to come off. I am having my first child and made sure this was on my registry!!!
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My son is seven months old and he enjoys his skwish toy. He likes to look at it and shake it and examine it and chew on it.
It arrived less that 48 hours after ordering it with standard shipping. I had a question and I called the toy company's customer service and they were quick, courteous, and helpful. I needed to verify that it was OK that the baby chewed on it (with all the toy scares in the news) and my fears were put to rest. YES, it is safe for the baby to chew on!
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My 10 month old son loves this toy. I like that it does not take batteries and that they get to decide what they are going to do with it. It smooshes down flat and can get pulled into many diff. positions. The srings are very stretchy. It is well made and very colorful. It is very easy for a baby to grab onto and lightweight to pick up. Entertaining for all of us. My 4 year old enjoys to join in the play with brother. Everyone who sees it loves it and wants to know what kind of toy it is. very different from the typical baby toy. My son enjoys something that is not blinking or singing in his face every time he touches it. I would highly recommend this toy!!
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By Jill Boyer on January 9, 2007
I bought this for my nephew that was coming to visit from Germany. He is 13 months old and loved it (since it is labeled for 0-12 months). It was perfect for the plane ride (9 hour ride) since it is light weight can be "skwished" with out breaking it, and it doesn't make much noise (it only makes noise when the wood pieces slide on the ropes and hit each other). This is the kind of toy that can be bought for a much younger (3 months or so)child and it will grow with them. I would absolutely recommend this toy for car rides, plane trips or just playing around the house.
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We got one of these for our two-month old and she just loves it! You can't tell from the picture, but the black lines on the toy are STRETCHY! It's great for gripping and not too heavy (our two month old can hold it!)

It's worth every penny!!
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The other reviewers are right when they say this is perfect for little hands to hold and little mouths to nibble. When my son was playing with it a few weeks ago he suddenly started crying his "I'm hurt" cry. I couldn't find anything wrong with him so I just chalked it up to teething pain. Well, it just happened again and to my horror I noticed a drop of blood on his bib. This toy somehow gave him a cut on his lip, poor thing. Maybe it got caught between the elastic bands or between a band and one of the balls. I now realize that it must have hurt him the first time, too. Twice is two times too many, so this toy is going in the trash. It's a shame because he really liked it, until it hurt him.
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