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Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Embryo app shows you 3D details

embryo app

With the Carnegie Embryo Collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, specialists have defined normal human embryo development for decades, and created a Virtual Human Embryo database. Now app developers used the information to provide you with all this info in a more convenient form.

“The Embryo App uses mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies to add interactive capabilities to the digital information, enhancing our understanding of embryo development,” they say. The app has videos showing human fertilization, photo micrographs of early stages of embryo development, digital images of the early stages both in 2D and 3D,  and even a pregnancy calculator.

It’s free.
You can download it here.

 

 

Portable gadget soothes infants

baby sootherThe Vibe Portable Soother from Summer Infant “helps relax your baby anywhere.”

The gadget’s vibration “gives your baby the comfort of movement even when standing still,” the company says.

It can also play white noise, a lullaby, and heart beat sounds “for additional soothing.”

It has attachment options for cribs, bassinets, play yards, strollers, and carriers. It shuts off automatically after 20 minutes. There are adjustable volume and vibration speed controls.

It’s $15 here.

 

Baby Saver prevents kids being left in car

babysaverSadly, infants are still on occasion left in cars in hot weather. But a young boy from Nashville invented an easy system to help prevent this.

“When I was in fifth grade, I created the EZ Baby Saver to keep children from being left in hot cars,” says Andrew Pelham. “The EZ Baby Saver is a bright neon strap that stops parents in their tracks. When they’re getting out of the car, it forces them to stop and ask, “Is anyone still strapped in the back seat?” You can make your own EZ Baby Saver with rubber bands and duct tape! It’s a cheap, simple reminder that could save the life of a child. Click on the links above for free instructions and a video tutorial.”

babysaver inventor

Pelham took second place the Science & Engineering Division and won $500 in the 2013 Rubberband Contest for Young Inventors.

Instructions for how to make an EZ Baby Saver are here.

Here’s an explanatory video.

 

Babies Are Go

baby sootherWith the Go-Pod portable activity seat, your baby can stay active wherever you are — and burn off that extra energy that’ll otherwise be keeping you both up at night.

Maker KidCo says the Go·Pod is an ultra lightweight, portable activity seat developed as an alternative to bulky, stationary activity centers. Its “mobility design” makes ideal for in-home or travel needs.

It has a locking button that ensures it’s safe for the baby, and a  floor pad that keeps feet from touching undesirable surfaces. There are four seat height positions, so it’ll grow with your baby as well.

It’s $50 here, and comes with a carry bag.

 

 

Baby blooms in bath

blooming baby

With the Blooming Bath, your infant can be safely and comfortably cleaned in a standard sink.

It’s a “great alternative to hard, plastic tubs,” says its maker, and is “super soft and cuddly to keep your baby happy and comfortable during bath time.”

It’s $47 here.

 

Crib rockers helps crying babies sleep

robopax dreammove

The DreamMover baby rocker “gently rocks at the speed of a mother’s heartbeat,” says its maker RoboPax, to “creates just the right amount of ambient noise.”

The company says its rocker “eases the transition from the womb into the world,” to “significantly reduce baby crying,”

The gadget works with all strollers, seats, pads, push chairs, etc., the company adds, and is easy to set up and clean.

It’s $60 here.

Another model works automatically when a baby cries. The “smart sleeper” rocks the crib gently and smoothly, its maker says, and stops after 5 minutes.
It’s $50 here.

crib rocker

 

Baby can rock in the car

dozer rocker

Can your child only doze when being gently rocked to sleep? Well now car travel can also be more restful with the Dozer Rocker, a portable car seat rocking chair.

It’s made by Baby Fanatic, which says the portable and lightweight gizmo is “designed by a Mom and Dad to be exactly what is needed.” It’s small enough to fit in the pocket of your diaper bag, and also generates white noise to help quiet the baby.

It’s $40 here.

 

 

Sleevely smartens baby bottles

sleevley process

Can your baby bottle tell you when your child last ate? It can if it’s wearing a Sleevely!

The device, now in development, monitors, records and transmits information about your baby’s feeding habits right to your phone. One of every four babies suffer from eating difficulties that require mandatory nutrition monitoring, its makers note.

Sleevely is especially “great if your baby is fed by multiple people – like your partner, grandparents, or daycare center,” the developers add. “As long as the caretaker feeding your baby has the Sleevely app, you will be able to log in and see how much your baby ate and when he was fed, no matter where you are.”

It also works as “benchmarking tool since your baby’s nutritional information is compared to the nutritional information of other babies that age,” they say. “Sleevely is also a great way to provide empirical feeding information to your pediatrician. Sleevely reduces parents anxiety and offer them a peace of mind: now you can easily, accurately and remotely monitor your baby’s feedings.”

There’s more information here.

 

 

Bendy foam headphones made for kids

head foam

While many of us sometimes listen to tunes through our headphones, standard models are too small and hard for tots — not to mention to fragile. HeadFoams are made to be child-friendly and child-proof.

“As parents, we’ve bought countless pairs of headphones for our kids,” say the developers at Marblue. “In their enthusiasm, kids will accidentally twist, pull, drop, and fight over headphones. The consequence? Broken headphones that need to be replaced. This gets expensive!! Our solution to these and other headphone problems we have had along the way are our patent-pending HeadFoams.”

The cans can be bent, twisted, even involved in a tug-of-war — and “this means buying one nearly indestructible pair is more cost-effective than the many less expensive ones we have bought over time.”

The ’phones also limit volume to 85 decibels. “This limits the sound level to what experts and doctors consider safe. We know young kids are not happy about this limit, but we feel really great about it because as parents and school owners, we want to protect those developing ears from harm.”

Normally $40, they’re $25 here.