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Baby Tech and Product Reviews

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Babies R Us warms the tub
How do you keep your baby cozy during bath time? With the new and safe warming technology Babies R Us built into the “No More Chills Bathtub.” “Bath time should be both calm and soothing for your baby, providing them warmth and relaxation to help them get ready for a sound sleep,” the company says. More
Sprout is a “personal pregnancy app”
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. More
Monitor your baby with a touchscreen
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. More
Low-tech: carry your baby in a wrap
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. More
Affordable adjustable rocker

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. More
Free app for your baby bump
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. More
Clean water flows in, dirty water flows out
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. More
Bounce that baby softly, in style
  Nuna 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. More