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Baby Tech

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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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

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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.

 

 

Planet’s Precious Pets Projected

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Get your kid interested in animal life from around the world with this interactive mobile.

The Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile from Fisher-Price combines animal-themed music with plush animal figurines, and movement with light projection. “Soft, colorful animal friends from around the planet twirl and smile down at your baby,” FP says.

It will play 20 minutes of music with nature and heartbeat sounds. It comes with a remote control, and 4 plush animals.

It’s $47 here.

 

 

Trike carries Tots

canopy strollerWant a stroller that also is a great way to teach your child the basic elements of bicycling? The My-Trike is a 3-in-1 canopy-style stroller that’s a “trendy, fashionable statement on wheels,” the maker says, “beautifully engineered and geared for child safety.”

There’s an adjustable rear handle and freewheeling clutch so you control the steering as your baby begins to learn balance and motor skills. As the child starts to grow and become more capable, the clutch easily pops out to allow the child control of the pedaling. It comes with an adjustable shade canopy, and is $150 here.

 

Kid-proof your iPad

lifeproof ipadBefore you let your child play with your iPad, protect it with LifeProof’s Nuud Case and Stand.

How tough is it? It’s designed to military standards to withstand drops from four feet, and its totally sealed from dirt and dust particles.

It’s not just tough — your kid can dunk your iPad, as the cover is completely water proof. It can even be submerged six feet below for an hour!

Even protected, every feature of the iPad is fully accessible and functional, including the volume controls, silent/screen lock, sleep button, home button and access to the charge and sync connector port

It’s $130 here.

 

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