Rosie seems to get a buzz out of shaking anything that makes a noise - don't most babies? Anyway, I had a whole bunch of miniature shampoo and conditioner bottles left over from hotel stays...
I washed them out and filled them with different grains (rice, barley, popcorn), and hey presto - baby maracas! Officially the easiest DIY project ever.
They're the perfect size for little hands and have become an instant hit with Rosie. They’ve been especially handy during long car rides and in restaurants… and the best bit? They don’t make any loud, obnoxious sounds that will end up ringing in your head for days on end!
They're also so small and light that you can keep a couple in your handbag, manbag, baby bag, glove box, stroller - and it's no sweat when they get lost because they’re effectively free!