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Translating a baby’s cry
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. More
iPad addicted infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’?
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. More
Babies on FaceTime: what are they thinking?
When adults and even children use video conferencing, we of course recognize that the screen is merely showing us an image of someone far away as we speak. Babies? Not so much. Science News reports on a new study looking at how young children respond to video calls. More
If only they worked: “Mute button” pacifiers
Two companies are offering tongue-in-cheek pacifiers with “mute buttons” to muffle a babies incessant sounds. “Sometimes you just need your little angel to be a little less…noisy,” says Personalized Pacifiers. Its Mute Button Pacifier “is the perfect way to please your baby,” the company says, and is made of non-toxic, hygienically formed, natural bite-resistant materials designed to form naturally in the mouth, “satisfying babies need for supplemental sucking and providing parents with peace of mind.” It’s $5 here. More
Fun ways to early reading skills
With the AlphaZoo Spinner, children can “press and spin their way to early reading skills,” LeapFrog says. Toddlers can listen and learn the names of the letters when in Letter mode, and the names and sounds of animals when in Animal mode, “all while building gross and fine motor skills. More
Free “one-stop app” for parenting advice
Pediatrician Dr. Jen offers a new free app for your mobile device that provides parental tips and advice. Baby Bundle is billed as a the first comprehensive app that “helps new parents be the best parents they want to be by simplifying the process of recording milestones and medical information, and delivering guidance and reassurance from Dr. More
Sesame Street whenever your child wants it
Could this app help your child prepare for school? Studies show preschoolers who watch Sesame Street perform significantly better than those who don’t, the Sesame Workshop says. With Sesame Go, your children can instantly watch hundreds of episodes of Sesame Street, Sesame Street Classics, and Pinky Dinky Doo episodes. More
Baby’s Exerciser and Learning Center
The “Life in The Amazon” Triple Fun Active Learning Center “offers parents a safe alternative to walkers,” maker Evenflo says. The center has eleven age-appropriate toys that “help your baby achieve important developmental milestones,” the company adds, “with rock, spin and bounce actions that provide your baby with plenty of exercise to strengthen legs, back and neck muscles” to help develop fine motor skills, object exploration, and tactile development. More
Laugh & Learn Laptop
The Laugh & Learn Smart Screen Laptop “makes learning fun,” Fisher-Price says. “Power up a world of learning fun with a baby-appropriate laptop that’s just their size.” The small device has nine colorful keys that are easy to press, and “bring learning to life on the animated screen so baby can learn numbers, shapes, colors, object names, initial letters and more.” Character comes to life when the lid is flipped open, Fisher-Price adds, and there are sing-along songs, words, sounds and exciting activities, in both English and Spanish. More