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Baby formula has to be boiled to 212 degrees. Of course it has to be cooled before serving. The first task is exacting, the second time-consuming. Or at least they were: the Piena Baby Tender Touch Formula Maker will automatically boil, cool, and dispense water, “at the perfect, safest temperature for your baby,” the company says.
It’s still in development. But the makers say it’s inspired by “our own experiences as parents… Making a bottle took at least 10 minutes, from boiling the water, measuring out the formula, and then cooling the water to just the right temperature. There had to be a faster, more efficient way. We looked around for a baby formula maker. There were plenty of bottle warmers, but nothing that made mixing the formula for the bottle any easier. Engineers by education, we decided to create our own solution.”
The countertop device adjusts in height to fit bottles of all sizes. And it’s made of food grade, high-temperature resistant polypropylene, with no BPA or other harmful chemicals, Pienna claims. There’s a separate container to store and dispense the formula powder: The aluminum container can is air and water tight, which prevents air and moisture from affecting the quality of the powder formula.
The Formula Maker is also engineered to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, Piena adds: When microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew come in contact with the inner powder container surface and the water reservoir surface, antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microbe and disrupts key cell functions so that the microbe cannot function, grow or reproduce. Plus any microorganisms in the water are destroyed during the boiling process.
Glow is a new fertility tracking app that helps couples trying to conceive a baby.
The free iPhone app collects information about menstrual cycles, cervical mucus, and other physical and emotional states — from which it discerns and advises on how to maximize your chances of pregnancy. The advice comes from medical consultants, as well as anonymized, aggregated data collected from other users about what worked best.
“Our emerging ability to crunch and analyze vast quantities of data will be specifically used to help get you pregnant,” the developer says. “There is nothing more exciting than starting a family. But, the first step of getting pregnant can seem surprisingly difficult at times. Don’t lose hope. Pregnancy is a special experience, and our mission is to bring that experience to you as early as possible.”
Time writes more about it here.
Lights and Learning
Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM
Babies crave stimulation, and this little device delivers plenty. It’ll also help teach basic numbers with songs and color.
The Spin and Learn Color Flashlight combines animal sounds, changing color lights, music, and more than 50 songs to sing along with.
“With its easy-to-grip handle, your toddler will want to take this learning toy flashlight with them on every adventure,” maker Vtech says.
It’s $12 here. (Affiliate link)
Baby in a Box?
Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM
The Skinner Box, that is: a “futuristic” baby bed designed by psychologist B.F. Skinner to keep his new daughter comfortable and secure.
It seems like old-school tech now, but when Skinner built his “Air-Crib” it was the latest and greatest. His baby daughter was in it for eleven months [not non-stop!] when he wrote, “Her remarkable good health and happiness and my wife’s welcome leisure have exceeded our most optimistic predictions, and we are convinced that a new deal for both mother and baby is at hand.”
But it never caught on. Even though the behavioral expert designed it to maintain a comfortable temperature, provide built-in toys, and maintain feeding and sleeping schedules, society overall thought it a little too “Brave New World” — although Skinner did later report hearing from 73 couples who’d raised 130 babies using his design.
Read more about it here. Would you ever want to try something like this?
Piano at the Gym
Oct 18, 2013 12:17 PM
Is it ever too early to get your child started playing piano? Well, yes… But the Kick and Play Piano Gym doesn’t exactly count as rehearsing scales!
What the toy from Fisher-Price can do is help strengthen motor skills as your baby stretches and kicks, while also enhancing eye/hand coordination.
Plus, the musical responses “help your baby understand the magic of cause and effect,” the company adds.
It’s $45 here. (Affiliate link)
No parent wants to worry their toddler has toddled away out of sight… Now the Filip, a wearable locator/watch/phone, will “keep parents and kids in touch at the push of a button.”
Filip provides you with location, voice calling, and direct messaging to your child. “The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone,” the company says, “including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate.”
You can also set “Safe Zones,” so if your child enters or leaves a designated area, you get an immediate notification. An intelligent emergency procedure locates the child and puts them in touch with family if needed.
AT&T is the exclusive network provider in the US, and says additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.