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Baby Tech and Product Reviews

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Vibrating Rock n’ Play helps newborns sleep
New baby not sleeping enough? This “rock n’ play” sleeper combines rocking with “calming vibrations,” Fisher-Price says. “The cozy fabrics give your little one a comfortable seat, and a gentle push from mom rocks and soothes baby.” The Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n’ Play Sleeper also collapses and is very lightweight, “so its easy to move around the house or bring along on trips.” It’s $59 here. More
Inflatable travel bed for toddlers
Sometimes you need a bed for your child when on-the-go. Howabout one that inflates in just 30 seconds? The Tuckaire Toddler air bed from Shrunks “keeps children secure and comfortable throughout the night,” its makers say. It’s “great for overnight stays at the grandparents, hotel, and camping or perfect for the bedroom at home. More
iPhone case lets kids learn
The Laugh & Learn Apptivity case from Fisher-Price protects your iPhone while it “lets babies enjoy their very own apps.” The durable case has easy-grasp handles “sized just right for baby to hold,” and of course it also protects your phone from dribbles & drool. More
LeapFrog’s wearable activity tracker
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. More
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. More
Whoa, who’s that cutie in the 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. More
Help baby hold the bottle
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. More
Toy rattle lights up
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. More
Planet’s Precious Pets Projected
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. More
Trike carries Tots
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. More