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Baby Tech and Product Reviews

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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
Kid-proof your iPad
Before 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. More
Baby 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. More
Beanbags for Baby
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. More
A Smarter scale for kids
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. More
Real toy shapes interact with iPad
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. More
Toy is like a tree house
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. More