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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.
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.
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
Apr 30, 2014 by Paul W.
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
Apr 30, 2014 by Paul W.
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.
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.