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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.
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.