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Baby Tech

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Self-warming baby bottle for when you’re on-the-go

iamo bottle

It can be hard to prepare a bottle for your baby when you’re on the move. The Self Warming Baby Bottle can make it a lot easier!

“This self-heating baby bottle warms milk to the recommended feeding temperature in about four minutes with no electricity or cords,” says its maker iiamo.

How does it work without power? Just load into the bottom of the bottle a disposable cartridge that holds only salt and water. Shaking the bottle generates heat from the rehydration of the salt, which warms milk poured in separately through the top.

It’s $34 here.

Real toy shapes interact with iPad

tiggly shapes

Noted by Time Magazine as one of the “toys that will make your kids smarter,” Tiggly Shapes develops motor skills, spatial thinking, creativity, and language.

Toddlers toy with tablets, the company says, and “you might think it’s crazy to let a youngster touch such a pricey device,” but Tiggly Shapes encourages it. The four colorful shapes interact with three free iPad apps: Tiggly Draw, Tiggly Safari, and Tiggly Math. The games encourage creative and critical thinking and aid in motor-skill development. They can be experienced in 8 different languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin).

They’re $30 here.

 

Toy is like a tree house

treehouse toy

Your child’s senses will be running wild as they explore and discover ball play, shape sorting, turning gears and more. VTech says its Grow & Discover Tree House has so many fun activities, “your little one will never want to come out from their tree house play tent.” And that’s a good thing, as the toy “provides a variety of activities to stimulate toddlers senses and help develop important motor skills.”

Babies can drop the balls through the holes and watch them roll, sort the shape sorters, or use the fabric to play peek-a-boo or hide and seek. They’ll play hide and seek, and crawl around the tent and play peek-a-boo through the colorful fabric flaps. There are 20 features to develop fine motor skills and learn about numbers, shapes and more.

It’s $63 here.

 

No calls: this phone is for Laughing & Learning

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smilin' Smart Phone

This light-up phone helps your child learn phone numbers, the alphabet, counting and more, Fisher-Price says, and “dial up fun.”

The Laugh & Learn Smilin’ Smart Phone has an interactive phone friend with realistic phone sounds to encourage early role play, as well as games, music, and ring tones. And it all “encourages baby to say hello and bye-bye.”

It’s $18 here.

 

 

“See” your child before conception

genepeeks

How will your genetics combine with those of your spouse? A new service can emulate your potential embryo by virtually mixing DNA.

The technique is primarily aimed at letting parents screen out genetic disorders. But GenePeeks’ science will also, according to its patent, show eye and skin pigmentation, height and waist size, and more.

The company’s Matchright service will be available in two US fertility clinics later this month.

New Scientist has the full story here.

Snap and Surprise camera

vtech baby cam

No, it doesn’t actually take a picture. The Snap and Surprise camera is all about “colorful role-play,”  Vtech says. It has fun mechanical features, such as a light-up lens your baby can spin, and a slider “to choose images for imitative play.”

When the shutter button is pressed, it doesn’t snap an exposure, but a “cute puppy pops out of hiding for some peek-a-boo fun.” The Snap and Surprise Camera “is sure to make your baby smile.”

It’s $12 here.

 

Translating a baby’s cry

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Why is your baby crying? Some scientists believe they can translate the variations in the crying to determine just what the infant would like to communicate. And now you can understand as well with the Biloop Cry Translator.

In 3 seconds it will tell you the reason for crying, the developer claims.

The CryTranslator is medically tested and has been praised by pediatricians and professionals in the sector, the maker says. It’s a simple and lightweight device that’s designed so you can handle it with one hand and attend to your baby with the other.

It’s $80 here.

iPad addicted infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’?

baby ipad

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads, according to a report by the UK’s Telegraph.

Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones, the Telegraph adds. “Many children aged just three or four can “swipe a screen” but have little or no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads, it was claimed.”

Parents should turn home WiFi off overnight to stop children playing online games on iPads, the association advises.

You can read the full story here.

 

Babies on FaceTime: what are they thinking?

skyping baby

When adults and even children use video conferencing, we of course recognize that the screen is merely showing us an image of someone far away as we speak. Babies? Not so much.

Science News reports on a new study looking at how young children respond to video calls. “Lots of families use video calling to connect with long-distance relatives, but scientists don’t know how babies handle the technology,” the article notes.

The researchers at Georgetown University are studying how young children interact with video communication technology like Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts. “There’s almost no research that explores how children under age 2 are using video calling at home, yet these are the children who are most likely to benefit from it,” they said.

The full article is here — as the reporter and her child participate in the study.

 

If only they worked: “Mute button” pacifiers

mute buttonTwo companies are offering tongue-in-cheek pacifiers with “mute buttons” to muffle a babies incessant sounds.

“Sometimes you just need your little angel to be a little less…noisy,” says Personalized Pacifiers. Its Mute Button Pacifier “is the perfect way to please your baby,” the company says, and is made of non-toxic, hygienically formed, natural bite-resistant materials designed to form naturally in the mouth, “satisfying babies need for supplemental sucking and providing parents with peace of mind.” It’s $5 here.

Big Mouth Toys’ Mute Button Pacifier looks more like a real mute button. It’s BPA free and exceeds CPSC safety standards, the company adds, and costs $11 here.