In a nutshell: The Alilo Smarty Shake and Tell Rattle is an interactive tool that offers children various songs, rhymes and sounds to keep them occupied. The device not only plays music but is able to identify and vocalize colors. The rabbit-eared design is sure to be a hit among both babies and children.
The perks: With color-identifying technology, families can simply place and press the Alilo Smarty over an object – the rattle will then say that color. Purchases include nine color cards that parents can use to test this feature. The device also comes with 20 different rattle sounds as well as preloaded tunes that are family favorites.
In addition to its light-up silicone ears, the Smarty has a battery that can be recharged via USB cable. The rattle comes in four colors – blue, purple, yellow and pink – and helps with children’s language development and word and color recognition.
The headaches: While the color sensor is meant to encourage both color and word association, the feature is not always accurate. It can be difficult for parents to switch the device between various settings, including rattle sounds and songs for sleep.
Since the tail works to control the rattle’s volume, it’s easy for parents to change the sound levels without really wanting to. Additionally, there’s no way to set and lock the volume, so adults may have to consistently adjust for their little ones.
Final verdict: The lightweight Alilo Smarty Shake and Tell Rattle is an easy and interactive way to occupy children ranging from two months to two years old or older. The color identifier will keep kids occupied and the various songs available will soothe parents and children alike.
The device is easy to charge and the rubbery ears are perfect for teething babies. Due to its availability in multiple colors, the Smarty is perfect for both sons and daughters. At an average price of $39.99, the rattle may be a little more expensive than others on the market. If it keeps children engaged and happy, however, it may be considered a small price for parents to pay.