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Clip-on keeps kid close
May 28, 2014 by Paul W.
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.
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.
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
May 21, 2014 by Paul W.
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.
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
May 14, 2014 by Paul W.
Want 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.