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Clean water flows in, dirty water flows out

4Moms Infant Tub

Sounds like magic to me, but, 4Moms claims its Infant Tub lets the clean water flow in whole making the dirty water go out.

And with the built in color-coded temperature gauge, “it’s easy to get your baby’s bath water to a safe and comfortable temperature,” the company says.

Okay, maybe not magic: it requires three AAA batteries. But it fits single and double sinks. It’s $50 here.

App streamlines photos of your growing child


“Kids grow up fast,” say that developers of the Lifecake app, with which you can “see and share their amazing progress with a private, beautiful photo and video timeline.”

The free app for iPhone and Android makes it easier to enjoy photos of your child, combining your pictures with those your spouse takes. All photos are sorted by age, so you “zoom to any age in seconds, or compare stages from birth to today.”

You can also update faraway family with the app, and so skip the email.


Bounce that baby softly, in style


nuna baby seatNuna says its baby seat accommodates babies, toddlers, and kids as they grow — and it was “inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a breeze — the Leaf baby seat treats baby to a similarly mesmerizing ride… a motor-free ride to newborn dreamland, a wiggle party once they’re walking, or a crash pad after a hard day on the preschool playground.”

The seat’s motion “lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes — no batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise.”

It’s also endurance-tested up to a whopping 130 lbs, and so “should keep them rocking out for years.”

The company cites its “elegant, serene design that feels right at home in the living room.”

It’s $220 here.



Children fly more safely

child harness

The Child Airplane Travel Harness is the only child flying safety device approved by the FAA, its maker claims.

The safety harness was designed specifically for aviation travel, and compactly fits into a 6-inch sack, weighing only a pound. It’s easy to install, in less than 1 minute, they add.

It’s for kids one year and older.

It’s $75 here.



Implant controls fertility remotely


You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.

The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.

To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.

Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.

There’s more information here.


Aspirate baby’s nostrils electronically


With the Advanced Solutions Electronic Nasal Aspirator, a necessary task can be a lot less unpleasant.

“Give your baby quick and gentle relief from congestion,” maker Safety 1st says.  The gadget “quietly and efficiently removes excess mucus, and the clear reservoir lets you know it’s working.”

It has a contoured shape that is easy to hold, the maker adds, and its soft silicone tips can be easily sterilized. It comes with some expert advice about nasal congestion from the American academy of Pediatrics.

It’s $24 here.



A clever way to intro baby to solid food


Clevamama says it has “the safest most hygienic way to introduce your baby to solids without the risk of choking.”

The ClevaFeed is easy to use, the company says: “simply snap open the top of the feeder, place food in the teat and allow your baby to suck the food through the teat.”

The ClevaFeed is a great way to introduce new flavors and textures to your baby, the developer adds, while “also ensuring excellent nutrition from a very early age.”

It’s $10 here.


Embryo app shows you 3D details

embryo app

With the Carnegie Embryo Collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, specialists have defined normal human embryo development for decades, and created a Virtual Human Embryo database. Now app developers used the information to provide you with all this info in a more convenient form.

“The Embryo App uses mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies to add interactive capabilities to the digital information, enhancing our understanding of embryo development,” they say. The app has videos showing human fertilization, photo micrographs of early stages of embryo development, digital images of the early stages both in 2D and 3D,  and even a pregnancy calculator.

It’s free.
You can download it here.



Portable gadget soothes infants

baby sootherThe Vibe Portable Soother from Summer Infant “helps relax your baby anywhere.”

The gadget’s vibration “gives your baby the comfort of movement even when standing still,” the company says.

It can also play white noise, a lullaby, and heart beat sounds “for additional soothing.”

It has attachment options for cribs, bassinets, play yards, strollers, and carriers. It shuts off automatically after 20 minutes. There are adjustable volume and vibration speed controls.

It’s $15 here.