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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.
That’s the question the BBC asks in a recent news story — and like most headlines that are questions, the answer is “No.”
Or at least, probably not…
“Babies may feel more comfortable about new technologies than their parents,” the article says. “They may be too young to have their own email address, but newborns and infants are being viewed by many tech start-ups as the next big thing.”
The article runs down many upcoming promising new gadgets — a lot of which we’ve covered here at BabyTech, but ends with a quandary: “There’s this dilemma to embrace technology, with possibilities that our child will be a coding genius by 11 — yet also offers us a child that doesn’t interact with others and endlessly plays on Minecraft.”
Tablets are getting so affordable you might be tempted to buy a Samsung or HP for your toddler — but Vtech is offering one designed especially for young children, and its only $45 here.
“With hundreds of apps to download, your child will have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning,” the company says.
The InnoTab 3 Learning App Tablet has a full-sized 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and a “G-Sensor” for game play.
Also, “kids will love taking photos “with the built-in camera that rotates for better shooting angles. There are also 55 special effects, and it can record video as well.