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Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Clip-on keeps kid close


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.



Planet’s Precious Pets Projected

projection mobile

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.

Baby drum set

vtech drum set

Kids got rhythm: this new learning toy has three drum pads and cymbal, each with its own unique sound, VTech says.

Your child can play along to nine pre-set melodies in styles including rock, dance and pop, and choose from four different sounds for the drums. Each drum illuminates with an LED light.

It’s $18 here.



Beanbags for Baby

Baby Beanbag

This looks pretty comfortable: The Babybooper Bean Bag is touted as being a safe and cozy seat or snuggle bed for a newborn baby (with a 3-point harness) and is also suitable as a super comfy and versatile bean bag seat for older kids right through to about 5 years of age.

The maker says this kind of seat can also aid to relieve reflux for your baby, and helps prevent flathead.

It’s $70 here.

A Smarter scale for kids

smart scale

Would you like an easier way to track your baby’s weight? Now you can place your child on the smart scale’s cradle to receive high-accuracy weight measurements, which are then automatically uploaded and charted using the free Baby Companion app.

The app also compares your baby’s progress to other babies of the same age and gender, the developer says, and lets you monitor nutrition by logging bottle intake and breastfeeding.

As your baby grows up, so does the Withings Smart Kid Scale; its cradle detaches and can be used to weigh children up to about 55 pounds.

It’s $150 here.