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Your beautiful baby’s face would look great on a new blanket, wall art, phone case, or t-shirt — but making your own personalized product could be costly or difficult… until now.
PrintMyBaby is a free iPhone app with which you can easily select a photo, choose an item, and instantly see onscreen what it will look like when it arrives at your home. It takes only a few clicks to complete your order. Product prices are among the lowest available, and they guarantee your satisfaction with the quality.
It’s currently US-only, and an Android version is in the works. Give it a look here for free.
Toddlers and babies need to move, and the Luv U Zoo Jumperoo can make it more fun for them to do so.
With sounds, lights, and the opportunity for plenty of movement, the Jumperoo is a fun, entertaining way for baby to develop crucial motor skills, Fisher Price says. It’s designed with a sturdy, freestanding base, and features a spinning seat with bright and colorful toys to touch, tug, and pull.
The seat height is adjustable to grow with your baby, while the soft spring covers are safe for little fingers, the company says. “Best of all, the Jumperoo rewards baby’s jumping with lights, sound effects and music so baby is encouraged to keep jumping. Whether your baby is turning, jumping, or grasping, the Jumperoo encourages gross motor development, hand-eye coordination, and introduces baby to a variety of textures, shapes, and colors.”
Normally $100, it’s $77 here.
Helping your baby through toilet training can be difficult, and every little bit of help along the way can make a great difference, say the makers of the new Lumi Potti.
The difference? A motion-activated nightlight lets your child find the potty at night, and use it confidently without needing your help.
The night-light potty helps toddlers “move onto independent toilet use in the best way possible,” says Small Ideas — a new firm “created by two mums for parents everywhere.” They add that their Lumi Potti “helps children master night dryness, encourages their natural toilet-training process, and is great for day and nap training.”
It’s $35 here.
We’ve covered a lot of baby monitors here at BabyTech — but how can you determine which one might be best for you? Consumer Reports has a guide that could help you make your choice.
“A baby monitor can give you peace of mind, letting you move around the house while your little one naps,” the non-profit organization says. “While monitors can be a blessing, many parents complain about audio interference and batteries that die sooner than expected. A monitor’s job is to transmit recognizable sound and, in the case of video models, images. The challenge is to find a monitor that works with minimal interference–static, buzzing, or irritating noise–from other nearby electronic products and transmitters, including older cordless phones that might use the same frequency bands as your monitor.”
You can look through their buying criteria and recommendations here.
For kids, tooth-brushing is an unpleasant chore, says San Francisco-based Grush. “Parents are forced to spend a lot of time supervising their child’s brushing to make sure they brush properly.”
The solution to this problem? The video game toothbrush, which “transforms boring tooth-brushing into a fun game. The Grush Brush includes “advanced motion sensing technology that detects precise movements during brushing and then transmits this information wirelessly to a smartphone running an interactive and instructive brushing game for kids.”
Brushing information is also stored in the Grush Cloud for dentists who want to evaluate their patient’s brushing habits between visits. The company says its mission is to “help kids around the world to improve their dental health.”
For now, it’s a crowd-funded campaign idea, on Indiegogo. There’s more information here.
An upcoming gadget, the hereO GPS watch, “enables parents to know the whereabouts of their children at any moment directly on their mobile” device.
“For the first time, tracking technology has been miniaturized to fit in a trendy kids watch,” say the project developers. Their hereO “is the world’s smallest real-time connected GPS tracking device, created specifically for children three years old and up.”
The developers add that while there are a number of child tracking products and services, their watch half the size smaller of other wearable tracking, and it will be less than half the price. Also, the watch’s built-in SIM card automatically connects to a local carrier in more than 140 countries with no roaming fees.
It’s only a project now, but it’s reached it’s initial funding goal and is set to ship this summer for $149. There’s more information here.