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Baby Product Reviews

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Toddlers take along tunes
Can a caterpillar “promote music appreciation and auditory development?” It can if it’s the handle for Baby Einstein’s Take Along Tunes. The device “introduces your little one to baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini.” The company says the large easy-to-press buttons “allows your baby to toggle through seven enjoyable melodies at home or on-the-go.” The colorful and easy to grasp Caterpillar handle ensures that your baby can take along their tunes anywhere. [More]
Bop that Dinosaur
At what age do kids start lovin’ dinosaurs? With the Poppity-Pop Musical Dino, Fisher-Price is hoping you can’t be too early with a toy dino — especially one that can “encourages motor skills stimulate the senses.” There are brightly colored balls that pop up and out of the dinosaur — you know, just like science shows real dinosaurs did — that your baby will crawl after, as well “fun tunes and silly sound effects” that can help babies “start to understand the cause and effect of actions.” Baby activates the fun by batting at the roller, dropping a ball down the dino’s tail or onto his back “to start the popping fun and music.” It’s $30 here. [More]
Portable play yard
No, we’re not advocating infant jail time, despite what the photo looks like: instead, it’s the Pop ‘n Play Portable Play yard from Summer Infant, which “allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child,” the company says. [More]
Oogi: Stretch that Toy
As a kid I had the pliable “Stretch Armstrong” toy — and this figure from the Swiss toy company Moluk goes further, literally: the flexible toy is made from stretchy silicone, and has a suction cup head, hands, and feet. The Oogi can stick to smooth surfaces, and is “irresistibly tactile,” the company says. [More]
Sit up, Baby!
Kids can’t be lying around all the time, I guess…. The Deluxe Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat from Fisher-Price helps tots stay upright when they want to, with “comfort and fun all in one.” The supportive upright seat “lets your baby see and interact with the world around them,” the company says. [More]
Baby-Gear maker makes $41 million
We’ve covered the robot baby buggies made by 4moms here — and now you can look forward to more high-tech help from the small company, as it just won a $41 million investment. The Wall Street Journal reports “the Pittsburgh startup is known for its Origami one-click easy-fold strollers that can charge your cell phone and rockers that use motion sensors and robotics,” and the “tech-savvy customer base includes actress Natalie Portman,” adds The Pittsburg Post-Gazette. [More]
Track your ovulation and fertility with Glow
Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can. Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.” The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). [More]