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Toy rattle lights up
May 21, 2014 04:45 PM
This rattle doesn’t just make a sound — the NogginStik lights up in different colors when your baby shakes it.
It’s designed to encourage tactile and visual development, maker SmartNoggin says. There are also different textures on the handle to stimulate the sense of touch, and a mirror on the bottom so babies can stare at themselves.
It’s $20 here.
Get your kid interested in animal life from around the world with this interactive mobile.
The Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile from Fisher-Price combines animal-themed music with plush animal figurines, and movement with light projection. “Soft, colorful animal friends from around the planet twirl and smile down at your baby,” FP says.
It will play 20 minutes of music with nature and heartbeat sounds. It comes with a remote control, and 4 plush animals.
It’s $47 here.
Trike carries Tots
May 14, 2014 02:45 PM
Want a stroller that also is a great way to teach your child the basic elements of bicycling? The My-Trike is a 3-in-1 canopy-style stroller that’s a “trendy, fashionable statement on wheels,” the maker says, “beautifully engineered and geared for child safety.”
There’s an adjustable rear handle and freewheeling clutch so you control the steering as your baby begins to learn balance and motor skills. As the child starts to grow and become more capable, the clutch easily pops out to allow the child control of the pedaling. It comes with an adjustable shade canopy, and is $150 here.
Kid-proof your iPad
May 14, 2014 02:38 PM
Before you let your child play with your iPad, protect it with LifeProof’s Nuud Case and Stand.
How tough is it? It’s designed to military standards to withstand drops from four feet, and its totally sealed from dirt and dust particles.
It’s not just tough — your kid can dunk your iPad, as the cover is completely water proof. It can even be submerged six feet below for an hour!
Even protected, every feature of the iPad is fully accessible and functional, including the volume controls, silent/screen lock, sleep button, home button and access to the charge and sync connector port
It’s $130 here.
Baby drum set
May 14, 2014 02:37 PM
Kids got rhythm: this new learning toy has three drum pads and cymbal, each with its own unique sound, VTech says.
Your child can play along to nine pre-set melodies in styles including rock, dance and pop, and choose from four different sounds for the drums. Each drum illuminates with an LED light.
It’s $18 here.
Beanbags for Baby
May 14, 2014 02:33 PM
This looks pretty comfortable: The Babybooper Bean Bag is touted as being a safe and cozy seat or snuggle bed for a newborn baby (with a 3-point harness) and is also suitable as a super comfy and versatile bean bag seat for older kids right through to about 5 years of age.
The maker says this kind of seat can also aid to relieve reflux for your baby, and helps prevent flathead.
It’s $70 here.