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“Having a baby can be exhausting,” write Jeana Lee Tahnksep at Mashable. “Aside from the growing it and pushing it out part, the first few months (or even years) are riddled with little sleep, interrupted sleep, floor sleep, rocking chair sleep and sleep that leaves you guzzling coffee like there’s no tomorrow.”
Her solution? Advice from the experts. How did she get it? Delivered live to her home, via Google’s Helpouts.
“A quick search on baby sleep pulled up quite a few options and I took a few minutes to read descriptions and watch the video introductions,” she writes. She selected one, paid $25 for 30 minutes, and “I thought it was well worth it. …She was fantastic. I didn’t expect a miracle to happen that night after one conversation, but at least I had some new tactics to try and moreover some expert insight into why my baby was waking up at dawn.”
She concludes that “I’m grateful to have help just a screen away and am betting that more sleep consultations, terrible twos and potty training advice are in my future.”
The full story — with helpful links — is here.
Get to work, baby!
Oct 14, 2014 10:45 AM
Your baby can “work and learn” with nails that light up as they are pounded, and “your little fixer can pound, tap, spin, slide and drill.”
The Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench from Fisher-Price has 15 sing-along songs and tunes, along with lively music, fun sounds and phrases, the company says, for “discovering the alphabet, counting, shapes, colors, opposites and actions.”
There are three interactive learning modes, and “tool friends” that “bring the workbench to life:” a dancing drill, spinning vise, twirling paint roller, count-and-slide ruler ,and rattling hammer. “Playtime just got a major renovation.”
It’s $25 here.
To bridge the gap between sterile medical devices and the natural journey of pregnancy and motherhood, Bellabeat says, it’s devices are made primarily of wood, the Next Web reports.
It’s trio of tracking devices for expectant mothers include:
• The Leaf bracelet- or pendent-style activity tracker to monitor sleep and stress levels.
• The Balance smart scale that transmits data to Bellabeat’s app.
• The Shell fetal heart monitor which also tracks baby movements, and let’s you play music to your child.
There’s more information here.
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. The “baby version of an MP3 player” has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody and promote visual perception.
It’s $10 here.
Bop that Dinosaur
Sep 29, 2014 12:26 PM
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.
Portable play yard
Sep 29, 2014 12:24 PM
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.
The freestanding portable pen measures 14 square feet in area, with sides that are 26 inches tall. The lightweight folding metal frame is fully assembled and “unfolds in seconds,” they add. The mesh sides provide easy visibility, and the canvas floor is water-resistant to “help keep baby dry even on damp grass.”
It’s $80 here.