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LeapFrog puppy helps tots read

leapfrog puppy reads“Children learn more when they’re having fun,” LeapFrog says. The company’s toys “help your child learn about reading, writing, numbers, colors, matching, shapes and manners.”

“Read With Me Scout” is a “cuddly companion that provides the perfect interactive introduction to reading,” LeapFrog says. “The plush puppy pal” reads from 5 included books, and then asks questions to engage kids and deepen their comprehension. “This adorable introduction-to-reading experience is designed by our learning experts to inspire and entertain early readers everywhere.”

You can also switch the puppy into sleepy-time mode for relaxing stories, and 8 minutes of lullabies. It’s $24 here.


Easier feeding with squirting spoon

Boon Squirt Spoon


Scooping each mouthful of baby food out of bowl or jar can be tedious. This simple gadget can make feeding much simpler: just load the food into the handle, and then squirt out each individual mouthful directly into the spoon!

The Squirt Spoon dispenses baby food “one bite at a time,” maker Boon says, and it’s especially convenient for one-handed feeding, or when you’re on-the-go. There’s less mess made as well.

The Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon is dishwasher safe, and free of BPA, phthalate, and PVC. It’s $8 here.



Friendly gadget speaks letters

vtech gadget letter friend

Don’t think it will give your kid an English accent, but it should help them learn letters: the Little Gadget Letter Friend from Vtech uses English voices “dispatched from the UK.”

The 7-inch talk robot “is sure to get your little one excited about learning!” Vtech says. “He shakes, dances and responds to your child with funny voices and sound effects.”

The toy helps kids learn letters, phonics, words, objects, telling the time, and more. It’s $65 here.


Pacifier tells temp via Bluetooth


It’s not yet available, but this could be a tool to watch for when it ships this Summer: Blue Maestro says its Pacifi is the world’s first smart pacifier that monitors a baby’s temperature and transmits the data to an app on a parent’s smartphone.

The app even time-stamps and plots the temperature data in a graph. You can also record when medications are administered, set up alerts and reminders, and share the data with care-givers and medical professionals.

Pacifi also features a built-in proximity sensor so you can monitor its location — and so be alerted when your child wanders off. In the app, just set the distance for the alarm to trigger.

The Pacifi transmits temperature data via the new “Low Energy” Bluetooth, so there’s no need to worry about radio frequencies close to your child’s head. 

Safe travels: convertible car seat

clet car seatCombining safety for your baby and small children with ease of use for you, Clek says its Foonf convertible car seat helps to prevent injury to your child in the event of a collision.

The patented REACT (Rapid Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology) safety system reduces impact forces by up to 40 percent. The seat has a steel sub-structure with energy-absorbing foam in the sides and headrest to protect in a side impact.

Also, the car seat is a slim 17-inches wide, so three can fit side-by-side if needed. And it’s even approved for use in aircraft.

The Foonf is $398 here.


Walker helps toddler learn more than just moving

vtech walker

“Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers,” VTech says. “Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”

The walker has 5 piano keys that play music notes, 3 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters and light-up shape buttons, and even a telephone handset, spinning gears, and an open/close barn door.

It’s $30 here

Packable play yard travels with you

graco baby pen

The Pack ‘n Play On The Go has a durable frame that makes it perfectly suited for travel,  maker Graco says, and its push-button design makes it fold up fast and without a hassle.

The travel play yard is 20 percent more compact than traditional play yards, Graco adds, “making it the perfect piece of gear to bring along when you’re traveling.” The toy bar features three soft toys to give your baby lots of visual interest and amusement. “You’ll love watching your child giggle and laugh as the toys float overhead.”

It’s $80 here.


Listen up, baby!

nuvo sound system

The Nuvo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System “provides a simple yet sophisticated way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices directly to your baby in the womb,” says maker Ritmo. “This system comes with the Safe and Sound Controller, which continually adjusts the music decibel level to provide an added level of safety to the listening experience for your developing child.”

The four-speaker surround sound belt offers a high-quality audio experience, while remaining lightweight and comfortable enough to wear at home and on-the-go. It securely positions speakers at strategic locations to ensure your baby receives a high-quality 360 degree audio experience, Ritmo says. It’s compatible with your phone and all music devices that feature a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack.

“When you listen to different kinds of music during and after pregnancy, you’ll be stimulating your baby’s senses and improving his or her brain development,” the company adds. “In fact, developing babies can hear sounds as early as 17 weeks.”

It’s $123 here.


Ninja sanitizes child’s toothbrush

ninja tooth brushWant to keep clean the tool your kids use to keep their teeth clean? Of course you do  — and this cute and simple gadget will do it quickly and safely.

There’s no need for boiling water or bleach when the Zapi UV character toothbrush sanitizer eliminates 99.9 percent of the bacteria that threaten your mouth, and the germs found on most toothbrushes, using only ultraviolet light. The Ninja Zapi “delivers a playful way to store and sanitize individual toothbrushes,” the company says. It’s $40 here.

tooth brush

Special car mirror keeps baby in view

brica baby mirror“It’s the little moments that make traveling together better,” says Brica. “With the Baby In-Sight Mirror, connecting in the car is as easy as a glance in the rear-view mirror.”

This wide-angle mirror is designed to ensure you can always see your baby in the back seat — and the infant can see you as well.

The extra-large convex “Clear-Sight” mirror provides superior reflection and a distortion-free image, Brica says. The soft-touch frame is lightweight, and its multiple attachment options fit most vehicles. The mirror is crash-tested and shatter-resistant. It’s $15 here.