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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.
We’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.
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.
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
Apr 1, 2014 by Paul W.
The 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.
The 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.