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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.
This electronic musical mobile can easily be installed above your baby’s bed, maker AGPtek says, and can rotate with the music.
The battery-operated Baby Bedding Musical Mobile plays twelve tunes. It’s $13 here.
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.
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.
From Fisher-Price comes a portable and adjustable rocker that “grows” with your baby from newborn to toddler.
The seat supplies soothing vibrations as well, and has two toys built in.
(You can see the reviews on Amazon are very good, except for one that notes it looks as low-cost as it is.)
It’s $38 here.
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.