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Baby Product Reviews

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Starfish aims to prevent hot-car deaths
An in-development device senses if a child has been left in a vehicle and alerts a parent’s phone. As reported by the Daily Mail in the UK, the Starfish is a coin-sized weight-activated sensor that fits to child’s car seat. It pairs to a parent’s phone using Bluetooth, and then signals the phone if it goes too far from the sensor — that is, if the parent carrying the phone walks 20 feet away from the Starfish that is on their child’s seat. [ More ]
Turn everyday into play time
A free app suggests ways to better encourage your baby’s development during the first year of life with fun activities. Developer Mead Johnson says they’ll “tell you how to do each activity, describe any toys or props you might need, and let you know exactly how it helps your baby reach important motor, cognitive, communication and social milestones.” It also makes it easy to “share your memories—whether they’re pictures or just descriptions of your baby’s reactions—with your friends and family on Facebook or by email.” The AmazingBaby app is free here on iTunes. [ More ]
Get a doctor on the screen
Maybe you don’t have to drive to the emergency room –— or even schedule the visit with a pediatrician. A new service will bring the doctor to your house, any time. Well, it’s not actually a house call: MDLIve will put the doctor onscreen for a two-way video call. [ More ]
Baby Einstein goes to the jungle
To the best of my knowledge, Albert Einstein was not a notorious safari adventurer. Nonetheless, the fine folks at Baby Einstein advise you “Send your baby to the jungle and back in the Safari Adventure Gym and Tunnel.” The 4.5-foot long creative play space “provides a padded, roomy environment promoting three fun ways to play,” the company adds: “tummy time, sitting and crawling, with plenty of padded crawling space for babies to explore.” The tunnel mat “mixes in real-life imagery with vivid colors and 3 languages to enhance your baby’s sense of discovery.” There are also a sun rattle, leaf-shaped teether, and a ring rattle with beads and extra links. [ More ]
Wonder Whale kicking gym
We don’t recommend training your toddler to kick whales, but Infantino says “babies will love kicking their feet and watching the soft sea creatures sway.” The Wonder Whale Kicks and Giggles Gym comes with a water-filled pat mat, a tummy time bolster, and four linkable activity toys for “baby-activated fun.” It all makes for “a playful way to help improve motor skills and teach cause-and-effect,” the company adds. [ More ]
Anklet tracks tot’s sleep
“Say goodbye to guesswork,” say the designers of a “smarter baby monitor that senses, learns and predicts.” Worn around your baby’s ankle, the Sproutling monitors heart rate, skin temperature and body movement, and also tracks the room temperature, and humidity. The data is sent to your phone where the app creates simplified notifications. [ More ]