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Baby can rock in the car
Jun 25, 2014 by Paul W.
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.
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.
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.
This is crafty: take a table and turn it into a chair for twin toddlers!
Using an Ikea dining room table, this father “made a modified activity table for a fraction of the price” of the commercial models he coveted. “I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. They sell for $300+, which is not in our high chair budget.”
Using the donated table, $17 chairs, and $3 belts, his family now has “something similar to an activity table that would accommodate the babies now, and the whole family at mealtime when the twins get older — as well as serve as a place to make crafts or paint.”
There’s more information here.
Camp with Baby
Jun 18, 2014 by Paul W.
That highchair in your dining room is probably too big and heavy to take with you when next your family enjoys the great outdoors. With the “ciao! Baby” portable highchair, your infant can sit upright for a meal wherever you go.
There’s no assembly required. It weighs about 8 pounds, and comes with carrying bag.
Normally $80, it’s $60 here.
One key worry for new parents: what is that you are feeding the child, exactly? What is that medication, precisely?
New tech might figure that out for you.
It’s easy to look past futuristic promises made on the Kickstarter crowd-funding web service — but this one checks out enough that it’s received more than $2 Million already, the TechCrunch new site reports.
SciO says its pocket-sized gadget scans food, plants and medicines, and displays their chemical compositions in understandable terms. “For long we have wondered and relied on the food labels to analyze the amount of calories in a particular item. A group of scientists has developed a tiny gadget that gives the consumers the power of learning the chemical composition of almost every consumable product, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more.”
You can find out more here.