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Baby Tech

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Babies R Us warms the tub

warmer bathtub

How do you keep your baby cozy during bath time? With the new and safe warming technology Babies R Us built into the “No More Chills Bathtub.”

“Bath time should be both calm and soothing for your baby, providing them warmth and relaxation to help them get ready for a sound sleep,” the company says. “Enjoy this special time without having to worry about your little one getting cold. The No More Chills Bather features a new, safe warming technology to keep your baby cozy during bath time. The heated sling securely cradles little ones, is battery operated. and safe to use in the water.”

It also expands to grow with your child, fitting in a sink or tub. The two-position back rest allows you to adjust the incline for your baby’s comfort.

It’s $74 here.

Sprout is a “personal pregnancy app”
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sprout app

With “stunning color images and 3D models,” the Sprout app delivers “helpful information about you and your baby,” says developer Med Art Studios.

The app also provides tools for tracking weight, counting kicks, and timing contractions. You can “scan your entire pregnancy at a glance,” and “see when tests and procedures occur.” The info was written by doctors and mothers-to-be, the company adds.

Also, the images displayed are adapt to your baby’s gender.

It’s $4 here.

 

Monitor your baby with a touchscreen

summer infant

You can view your baby from a 3.5-inch portable color display — and control the camera’s pan, scan, and zoom with the touchscreen.

Summer Infant says its set-up “ensures parents peace of mind, day and night.” The system also provides two-way audio communication so you can talk with your child through the touchscreen and camera with a 400-foot range, and “give comfort and reassurance, or gentle reminders from another room.”

There is also automatic black & white night vision “to clearly see baby in low-light and darkened rooms,” and sound-activated LED lights. The system can work with 3 optional additional cameras to keep an eye on all your children.

It’s $189 here.

Low-tech: carry your baby in a wrap

boba wrap

Want to easily carry your infant while keeping your hands free? Despite the name of this column, we’re not recommending a robot this time: instead it’s a simple wrap made from 95 percent cotton with a little Spandex thrown in, and “free of buckles, straps or snaps.”

The Boba Wrap is comfortable for newborns and infants up to 35 pounds, and holds “snug against your body to achieve a perfect fit every time.” It is also ideal for breastfeeding, the maker says, adding that “carried babies sleep better, cry less, and are healthier and happier. Build a loving bond with your baby while living life to the fullest, with a Boba wrap.”

It’s $38 here.

 

Free app for your baby bump
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babybump

With the BabyBump pregnancy tracker, just enter your due date (or calculate from the last menstrual period) and the personal countdown screen shows the remaining weeks and days — with schematic embryo pictures of a baby for each week, as well as details about your baby’s size, weight and development.

The free app for iOS and Android from Alt12 Apps also helps you track your daily weight and waist measurements, as well as your mood, energy, appetite, cravings, morning sickness, and other notes.

 

Clean water flows in, dirty water flows out

4Moms Infant Tub

Sounds like magic to me, but, 4Moms claims its Infant Tub lets the clean water flow in whole making the dirty water go out.

And with the built in color-coded temperature gauge, “it’s easy to get your baby’s bath water to a safe and comfortable temperature,” the company says.

Okay, maybe not magic: it requires three AAA batteries. But it fits single and double sinks. It’s $50 here.

App streamlines photos of your growing child

lifecake

“Kids grow up fast,” say that developers of the Lifecake app, with which you can “see and share their amazing progress with a private, beautiful photo and video timeline.”

The free app for iPhone and Android makes it easier to enjoy photos of your child, combining your pictures with those your spouse takes. All photos are sorted by age, so you “zoom to any age in seconds, or compare stages from birth to today.”

You can also update faraway family with the app, and so skip the email.

 

Bounce that baby softly, in style

 

nuna baby seatNuna says its baby seat accommodates babies, toddlers, and kids as they grow — and it was “inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a breeze — the Leaf baby seat treats baby to a similarly mesmerizing ride… a motor-free ride to newborn dreamland, a wiggle party once they’re walking, or a crash pad after a hard day on the preschool playground.”

The seat’s motion “lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes — no batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise.”

It’s also endurance-tested up to a whopping 130 lbs, and so “should keep them rocking out for years.”

The company cites its “elegant, serene design that feels right at home in the living room.”

It’s $220 here.