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Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Cuddly critter keeps your baby in view
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infantech baby view s 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. Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 6.02.48 PM

Kibo robot teaches kids programming

kinder kids programming

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.

Vibrating Rock n’ Play helps newborns sleep
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vibrating bed

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.

Inflatable travel bed for toddlers
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tucker air bedSometimes 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.

iPhone case lets kids learn

iphone case FPThe Laugh & Learn Apptivity case from Fisher-Price protects your iPhone while it “lets babies enjoy their very own apps.”

The durable case has easy-grasp handles “sized just right for baby to hold,” and of course it also protects your phone from dribbles & drool. It also blocks the Home button to prevent accidental “baby dialing.”

Fisher-Price provides free Laugh and Learn learning apps for the child-proof case.

It’s about $8 here.

 

LeapFrog’s wearable activity tracker
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leapfrog leapband

LeapFrog says its upcoming LeapBand is the first wearable activity tracker designed just for children that “encourages active play and healthy habits while nurturing their very own personalized virtual pet.”

LeapBand “gets kids moving and having fun with 50 different activities and challenges,” the company adds, “tracking a child’s physical moves so the more active a child is, the more points they earn with their virtual pet.” As the child earns points through active play, they can unlock additional games, challenges, levels of play and virtual rewards for their on-screen pet.

The LeapBand has a built-in accelerometer, color screen, rechargeable battery, and a water-resistant design.

It will be available in August for about $40. There’s more information here.

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Clip-on keeps kid close

ChildMinderSoftClip

How can you make sure you don’t forgetfully walk away from your baby – or that the baby isn’t wheeled away from you? …With the ChildMinder SoftClip.

The tiny clip-on device beeps for eight seconds when you move more than fifteen feet away from a child. It’s especially intended for use in the car, to ensure parents don’t forget the baby is in the backseat! “It’s easy to install, and is spill proof,” BabyAlertUSA says. Seems like it should also work on a stroller or carriage.

It’s $82 here.

 

Whoa, who’s that cutie in the mirror?

baby mirror

Babies don’t recognize themselves, but looking into a mirror can stimulate their senses and imagination.

The Sassy Crib and Floor mirror inspires baby’s vision, touch, exploration and communication and manipulation skills with high contrast colors, character faces and simple patterns and realistic forms, the maker says. The easel back allows mirror to be used on floor or attaches to crib with elastic. It’s all free of paint, phthalate, and BPA, they add.

There is also a two-color spinning ball that engages your baby’s curiosity, and red ladybug that attracts developing visuals, and a rotating bee.

It’s $9 here.

 

Help baby hold the bottle

baby bottle holder

You can encourage your baby’s motor skills development with the Baby Bottle Holder — it works with your baby’s natural grip reflex.

The gadget from L’il Helper lets babies take an active role in feeding themselves by gripping large handles attached to their bottle. It fits most bottle sizes, and matches natural nursing posture, the maker says. It’ll also help out the adult doing the feeding!

It’s $11 here.

 

Toy rattle lights up

noggin stick

This rattle doesn’t just make a sound — the NogginStik lights up in different colors when your baby shakes it.

It’s designed to encourage tactile and visual development, maker SmartNoggin says. There are also different textures on the handle to stimulate the sense of touch, and a mirror on the bottom so babies can stare at themselves.

It’s $20 here.