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Light-up potty for night toilet training

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Helping your baby through toilet training can be difficult, and every little bit of help along the way can make a great difference, say the makers of the new Lumi Potti.

The difference? A motion-activated nightlight lets your child find the potty at night, and use it confidently without needing your help.

The night-light potty helps toddlers “move onto independent toilet use in the best way possible,” says Small Ideas — a new firm “created by two mums for parents everywhere.” They add that their Lumi Potti “helps children master night dryness, encourages their natural toilet-training process, and is great for day and nap training.”
It’s $35 here.

Baby monitor buying guide

vtech baby monitorWe’ve covered a lot of baby monitors here at BabyTech — but how can you determine which one might be best for you? Consumer Reports has a guide that could help you make your choice.

“A baby monitor can give you peace of mind, letting you move around the house while your little one naps,” the non-profit organization says. “While monitors can be a blessing, many parents complain about audio interference and batteries that die sooner than expected. A monitor’s job is to transmit recognizable sound and, in the case of video models, images. The challenge is to find a monitor that works with minimal interference–static, buzzing, or irritating noise–from other nearby electronic products and transmitters, including older cordless phones that might use the same frequency bands as your monitor.”

You can look through their buying criteria and recommendations here.

Making a game of brushing teeth

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For kids, tooth-brushing is an unpleasant chore, says San Francisco-based Grush. “Parents are forced to spend a lot of time supervising their child’s brushing to make sure they brush properly.”

The solution to this problem? The video game toothbrush, which “transforms boring tooth-brushing into a fun game. The Grush Brush includes “advanced motion sensing technology that detects precise movements during brushing and then transmits this information wirelessly to a smartphone running an interactive and instructive brushing game for kids.”

Brushing information is also stored in the Grush Cloud for dentists who want to evaluate their patient’s brushing habits between visits. The company says its mission is to “help kids around the world to improve their dental health.”

For now, it’s a crowd-funded campaign idea, on Indiegogo. There’s more information here.

 

Track your tots with the hereO GPS watch

here0 gps watch

An upcoming gadget, the hereO GPS watch,  “enables parents to know the whereabouts of their children at any moment directly on their mobile” device.

“For the first time, tracking technology has been miniaturized to fit in a trendy kids watch,” say the project developers. Their hereO “is the world’s smallest real-time connected GPS tracking device, created specifically for children three years old and up.”

The developers add that while there are a number of child tracking products and services,  their watch half the size smaller of other wearable tracking, and it will be less than half the price. Also, the watch’s built-in SIM card automatically connects to a local carrier in more than 140 countries with no roaming fees.

It’s only a project now, but it’s reached it’s initial funding goal and is set to ship this summer for $149. There’s more information here.

 

Learn with a helicopter

VTech - Explore and Learn HelicopterThe Explore and Learn Helicopter combines a favorite toy with introductory learning tools.

There’s a spinning propeller of course, and wheels that roll for take-off. The exit door opens and closes — and releases colorful balls. “Pulling the helicopter and spinning the propeller promote imaginative role-playing,” VTech says. “Press on the piano keys, object buttons, and the puppy to hear fun phrases, piano sounds, and melodies.” It’s $16 here.

Blender and Bottle Warmer

cuisinartThe latest from Cuisinart does double duty: it’ll blend up the perfect baby food, and also heat up a bottle.

The device can chop, and pureé many foods — and the “steam blade” cooks it as well with “even steam distribution for quicker, more efficient results,” the company says.

It comes with a recipe booklet, spatula, bottle adapter ring, and measuring cup. It’s $126 here.

 

High-tech onesie has built-in sensors
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onesieHere are some high-tech pajamas: Mimo has built multiple sensors into a onesie, so that “while your baby is wearing the Kimono, you can check their movements and body position to see just how active or peaceful they are — no matter where you or your baby might be.”

Mimo says its clinically validated sleep algorithms let you know “when your baby falls asleep, when they wake, and how well they are sleeping. You can even track their sleep patterns over time.”

The respiration sensors are non-contact, soft, and comfortable for baby “while also letting you check your baby’s breathing,” the company says, “giving you the peace of mind that all is okay.”

The temperature sensor lets you “know for sure that your little one is the perfect temperature, with just a quick peek at the app.”

It’s $100. There’s more information here.

 

Book Sings and Squeaks in the Bath
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vtech sing book“Bath time can be reading time with the Sing and Squeak Bath Book,” Vtech says. “This soft, waterproof book actually floats in the tub.”

There’s also a light-up music button for sing-along songs — and a rubber ducky button for funny, squeaking sounds. Two electronic buttons introduce first words, fun sounds, and music.

The short rhyming songs promote language development, the company says, and the playful sing-along songs encourage parent-child interaction.

It’s $15 here.

“Apptivity” seat for iPad fun
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FP ipad baby seatFisher-Price says its new baby seat “is soothing and entertaining, with a touch of technology.”

There’s a 7×5-inch mirror “to reflect your baby’s smiling face, and promote facial recognition and a sense of self as baby develops,” Fisher-Price says. When you put your iPad into the mirror case, it can provide stimulation and engagement for your baby, while protecting your device from sticky fingers — or unintentionally navigating to other apps. Speaking of apps, with the guidance of child development experts, Fisher-Price developed free iPad apps especially for use with this seat.

It’s not just for staring at a screen: The toy bar puts dangling activity toys always within reach — and it’s adjustable or removable.

And finally, the comfy seat reclines to three different positions, with a soft head-support. It’s $67 here. 

 

Learn letters with LeapFrog

leapfrog lettersThe Letter Factory Phonics has 26 singing letters to bring the alphabet to life, LeapFrog  says.

It’s based on the award-winning Letter Factory DVD, but doesn’t require a disc player. Instead, “little learners place letter tiles in the “factory” to hear songs that teach the corresponding letter names and sounds,” LeapFrog says.

The learning system has helped more than 7 million children practice phonics in a fun way, the company adds. The tactile play with the individual letter tiles helps reinforce the curriculum.

It’s $20 here.