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In this ongoing update, we’ll fill you in on the latest in gear, gadgets, and new ideas that can make caring for your baby safer, more efficient, or more fun.

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Find that infant

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Nah, we don’t expect many of you will lose track of your actual baby! But while holding onto that squirming new person, you might mishandle something else. And when that infant turns into a toddler and starts to wander off…

That’s where a gadget like the Findster GPS tracking system come in, to “help you track something more valuable than your keys. Like your kids.”

The marketing message is a little overblown here: “There’s one fear that everyone can relate to: the panic of losing a loved one. Chills, stomach-churning, racing heart, sweat and heavy breathing… Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Or your pet? You don’t have to. Not ever again.”

But the concept is simple and could be practical: Just as your smartphone has a GPS system that reads satellite data so you always know where it (and you) are, a GPS transceiver in a smaller module can be located anytime, anywhere — and even have that location data sent right to your phone.

With Findster, the developers say, “you are always connected to the ones you love. Findster tracks your loved one’s activity and location, keeping you informed on their health and safety.”

Pricing is projected to start at $90 for two of the modules. There will be no additional monthly fees.

It’s in development in Portugal and just secured its funding on IndieGogo.

Sound Sleeper calms restless infants

sound sleepThe Sound Sleeper app promises “calming, soothing sounds of nature,” as well as white noise, relaxing melodies, and nursery rhymes — all to help your baby “relaxand drift gently off to sleep.

The software is billed as a “three-in-one sleep solution for you and your baby that will accompany you from birth to the toddler years.” It can “put your baby to sleep in minutes,” help the child stay asleep with its Listen Mode, and enable healthy sleep habits with the Sleep Tracking Mode.

Sleep sounds include rain, womb, and a vacuum cleaner. Once the baby is asleep, the Listen Mode turns the sounds back on the child wakes and cries “to soothe her at night.” And the Tracking mode generates color-coded sleep graphs to “help you analyze your baby’s sleep patterns.”

It’s free here.

 

Rollin’ and Learnin’

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“Pack your bag. It’s time for learning fun on the road.”

Your kid might not be old enough to travel the world, but with the Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase, “children learn language as they use their motor skills to explore with imaginative travel play,” says Vtech.

It features an easy-to-grab handle, and rolling wheels which “encourage on-the-go play.”

Pretend travel accessories promote role-play fun, and its greetings introduce children to English and Spanish. There are also 25 melodies and sing-along songs to “keep little ones engaged.”

It’s $37 here.

Inflatable Incubator could save babies

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An inflatable incubator can save premature babies in areas without full medical facilities.

This accordion-like instrument is called a concertina, and each end of its case contains electronics, including a ceramic heater, fans, a humidifier, and a computer, Fast Company reports. The collapsible middle section extends out and can be inflated into a bed.

Some places “aren’t great places to be born, but new cheap and easy-to-transport neonatal tech might make it a little safer,” the article concludes.

The design is an entry in this year’s Dyson Awards.

 

 

Starfish aims to prevent hot-car deaths

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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.

starfish 1The develop notes that one child dies in a hot car every nine days in the US on average.

There’s more information on the Starfish Kickstarter here.

Turn everyday into play time

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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.

 

 

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