OBall Toy Review

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We like

Non-toxic for when babies put the toy in their mouths

Easy to grip allows babies to learn to reach for the ball

Helps develop fine and gross motor skills as well as manipulation

Encourages playing well with others and sharing toys

Is super lightweight and won’t hurt your baby if they get bopped by the ball

The colorful design allows babies to recognize colors

We don’t like

The original design does not come with a rattle or other noise maker

Cannot be used when windy as the ball is not heavy enough to sustain wind

How it works

OBall is regarded as one of the best play balls you can purchase for your child. From the design to the action of a play, the OBall helps your child develop social skills, language skills, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills. The ball is extremely lightweight and easy to handle, and the ball is made of a plastic material that will not hurt your baby. There are several variations of the ball in the event that you want to bring a different learning experience to your child’s development, and the OBall can be found online or in the toy section of major retailers everywhere. The OBall is a great toy for your baby that will grow with them as long as they want the ball.

 

Design

Design

The OBall is a round ball that resembles a spherical cage. It has thirty-two holes that make the ball easy to grip and handle. It comes in a rainbow color scheme, but it can be purchased in other color schemes as well depending on your likes and dislikes. The ball is made of a pliable plastic that can be squished and squeezed without it breaking or coming apart. It weighs about one ounce and is light enough for your baby to pick up and throw without any hassles or hang-ups.

The plastic is BPA and latex free so that you can ensure that your baby is playing with a safe product. When the ball is squished or pressed on, it simply folds in half and the minute the pressure is released it resumes its old shape. It can never be put out of shape and will always remain round and ready for play. To clean the OBall just wipe it down with a warm washcloth and some soap. Never use household cleaning wipes or baby wipes as your baby will most likely put the ball in their mouth.
Safety

Safety

The OBall is a completely safe toy for your baby or toddler. The ball’s light weight makes it easy for your baby to grip the ball. The holes are large enough for them to fit their hands and fingers into the ball and pick the ball up. Since your baby is still learning how to use their motor skills there is the risk that your baby may bop himself or herself on the head or face with the ball, but that should not be a worry for you because the design of the ball means that your baby won’t get hurt because the plastic is so soft and the ball is so round that they may laugh more than cry if they get a light bop on the forehead.

The OBall is also safe for your child to put in their mouth. It is non-toxic allowing for your baby to mouth the ball as they begin to explore their toy and their environment. Some experts will say that babies should not be deterred from putting objects in their mouths as this is the first way they learn and discover. Having a toy like the OBall that allows this kind of exploration, is always a good thing to have.

Because the OBall can be squished and stepped on, your baby will not be at risk of leaning on the ball and rolling off of it and potentially hurting themselves. When a baby puts their weight on the ball, it simply squishes under their weight.
Gripping Skills

Gripping Skills

Because the OBall has thirty-two holes that make up the ball, your baby will have no problem whatsoever gripping onto the ball and picking it up. This type of reaching that your baby will do is the basis for them developing their fine and gross motor skills. The gripping skills that your baby will develop will enable them to pick up other toys and eventually grip on to furniture and other items around the house to pick themselves up and start the first stages of balance that will assist them when they start walking.

Gripping is very important as it will lead to your child being able to turn the ball around and other objects around in their hands as they start to explore and learn how their toys work. The gripping will also aid babies in their reaching skills and will encourage them to reach for toys and objects. Reaching and gripping come in handy when your child starts to feed themselves and reach and grab onto food and cutlery when they start eating. Gripping is also necessary when your child starts to hold up their own bottle and sippy cup so they can give themselves water, milk, or juice.
Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

OBall’s design allows babies to grip their ball with two hands and start the process of developing their fine motor skills. Your baby will be able to maneuver their bodies in a way that they can hold up their arms and hold the ball in front of them. They will use their reaching skills to grasp on to the ball and then they will use their skills of dexterity to pull the ball close to their body so they can play with the ball. When a baby holds a ball in front of them with both hands, your baby will begin to concentrate on the middle of their bodies, which is a starting point for when development begins to happen for your child. Your baby becomes centered and can become aware of all the parts of their body. Once your child gets used to the balancing and the awareness in their bodies, they will then be able to expand their skill set that they will use when they start playing with all of their toys.
Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

The OBall is a great way for your baby to learn how cause and effect work when playing and learning. As your child is gripping the OBall, they will eventually get the urge to throw the ball, and when they do so, the ball will wind up far away from them. The first lesson to be learned is that when you throw something it goes far. Another lesson to be learned is that the harder you throw something the further away it will land.

What’s good about this kind of cause and effect is that it will get your baby to move. Your baby will want to get the ball back and will then start crawling, wiggling, sliding, or rolling towards the ball. This exercise is not only good for your baby, but it will begin to help them develop all the muscles they will need to fully crawl and walk and move around their play space. They will quickly learn that when they move efficiently towards the ball, they will reach it and they can then grab it again and play with it or throw it to another place in their area.
Language Development

Language Development

Although OBall does not come with any features that allow for babies to hear words or learn a language, it helps children learn one of the first sounds in language development and that sound is the “B” sound as in ball. As you play with your child and repeat the word “ball” over and over again, your child will pick up on that sound and start saying the “bah-bah” sound of the letter “B”, which will start your child off speaking and learning how to say ball. Eventually, they will see the ball and just start uttering the sounds and word.

While playing with your child with the OBall, you will get the opportunity to play with them and speak to them. The quality time spent together will further their educational development.
Social Skills

Social Skills

OBall is a great toy because not only can it be played alone, but it can be played with a parent as well. When playing with your child with the OBall, you can have a social time with them that will allow them to interact and laugh and play. One of the best ways to exercise those social skills is to roll the ball to your baby and have them try to roll the ball back. When your child is interacting with you on this kind of level, they are not only learning about following directions, but they are also learning how to use their balance and skills to push the ball back to you. You can also play a gentle game of tug-of-war with your baby to help them better define their gripping skills.

The entire time that you are playing with your child, you will also be able to talk to them and they can improve upon the listening and understanding skills as far as language is concerned. The interaction also teaches them how to play and how to play with others while sharing a toy. It is also the goal to get them to giggle and laugh as they learn.
Play With Pets

Play With Pets

Not only can you use OBall to play with your baby, but your baby can use it to play with the family pet. Many pets that have gotten into baby’s toys have chosen the OBall to play with because it is so light and easy to knock around. By having your baby roll the ball to the family pet and have the pet then interact with your baby while they are playing is a great way for your baby to understand how to play with the pet and play with them safely. Many babies get a kick out of the family pet and how the ball will get returned every time your baby throws the ball for your pet to fetch.
Price

Price

The OBall is not an expensive toy to buy. Depending on what retailer or online seller you choose, you can get the OBall fairly cheap. For what you are spending, you get your money’s worth for the learning and development your child will receive from this toy. The price is also worth the purchase because of the materials that the OBall is made from. The materials are not only durable, but they are also safe for your child to use and play with it. The materials and design of the ball also make it virtually impossible for the ball to break as the material is malleable enough to get stepped on, squished, and pushed down on. With a toy that is so durable, it will easily last you many years and many babies. It is an affordable purchase with a lot to offer.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The OBall is a great purchase for the parent who wants to buy an affordable toy that offers a lot. On the developmental side, OBall helps your child develop all the skills necessary for balance and gripping. What’s more is that the ball will also help your child develop fine and gross motor skills plus manipulation that will aid them when they start to play with more complex toys and feed themselves and grip onto their own bottles and cups. On the social side, the ball allows your baby to understand cause and effect as well as playing with others and learning language skills while they are playing. The ball is soft and so lightweight that a seven-month-old can easily pick it up and throw it around their play area. The ball is enjoyed by all ages and with its long lifespan can be part of yours or your child’s toy collection for as long as you choose to have the ball. The OBall is a simple and great buy for your baby that will allow them to grow and develop important skills.
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