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Crying baby? Much-needed relief may be on the way.
The Mother’s Touch mimics a mom’s gentle massaging and caressing, the developer says. It’s “the only device to simulate a Mother’s circular clockwise massaging motion, to naturally soothe a crying, fussy baby.”
It can ease “teething, colicky, or fussy babies due to separation anxiety or sleep issues.” Use a drug-free solution to naturally ease baby’s discomfort.
The maker, a mom herself, is currently seeking funds on the crowd-sourced site Kickstarter for its first production run.
Don’t buy it? There’s a video here showing the device working its magic on an upset infant.
If you need to keep an eye on your baby in the backseat of your car, now a plush monkey, giraffe or puppy can do it for you. Infanttech’s “Always In View Baby Monitor” uses 2.4 GHz wireless to show your child while you are still driving safely and focusing on the road. There’s a high-definition camera inside a cute plush character that attaches to your vehicle’s headrest. The camera on the InfantTech Always In View Baby Monitor uses infrared lighting, which allows for it to be used day and night. For ages: birth and up. They list at $400, but are only $190 here.
Is it ever to early to get children engaged in programing their own computers? Well, before 4 years of age is too young — but 4-year-olds are the whom this Kickstarter project is aimed at.
The Kibo from KinderLab Robotics is “a robot kit that teaches youngsters fundamentals of programming through intuitive, age- and developmentally-appropriate technology” by showing kids how to customize and personalize their own two-wheeled robot base unit.
Kibo engages four- to seven-year-olds in building instruction sets that control the actions of robots by creating programs, or lines of code, through the use of familiar ‘manipulative’ wooden blocks. Each block represents an action for the robot.
It’s based on research at Tufts University. “It’s important that children grow up with the understanding that technology isn’t magic, but is something that they can learn to master, “the researchers behind the project say.
There’s more information here.
New baby not sleeping enough? This “rock n’ play” sleeper combines rocking with “calming vibrations,” Fisher-Price says. “The cozy fabrics give your little one a comfortable seat, and a gentle push from mom rocks and soothes baby.”
The Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n’ Play Sleeper also collapses and is very lightweight, “so its easy to move around the house or bring along on trips.”
It’s $59 here.
Sometimes you need a bed for your child when on-the-go. Howabout one that inflates in just 30 seconds?
The Tuckaire Toddler air bed from Shrunks “keeps children secure and comfortable throughout the night,” its makers say. It’s “great for overnight stays at the grandparents, hotel, and camping or perfect for the bedroom at home. Kids feel secure and cozy, and right at home, thanks to the portable air bed’s unique design.”
It’s $64 here, and includes a carrying bag, repair kit, and a Jetaire electric pump.
iPad Play made Real
May 28, 2014 by Paul W.
Osmo gives your child’s hands “the freedom to create and discover in real life,, developer Tangible Play says, “and turns any surface into an imaginative playing field.”
The developers had kids of their own, and “wanted to create a way of bringing real-world play back into digital gaming to encourage social interaction, creative thinking and problem-solving.”
Using Osmo promotes social intelligence and creative thinking, they claim. “No one likes seeing their little ones turned into screen zombies disengaged from the world and people around them. Osmo is an iPad gaming device which aims to bring real world and social play to the iPad, by transforming the space in front of the tablet into an interactive environment.”
The Osmo reflector mounts over the iPad’s frontcamera. Then, its “Reflective Artificial Intelligence” recognizes and respond to your child’s real-world moves. No batteries, electronics, or WiFi are required.
It’s available for pre-order here for $99.