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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. The shows are presented in a secure, ad-free, and child-friendly environment. They can watched on a PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet. “Sesame Go’s video player was specially customized with little hands in mind,” the developers add, saying its “colorful, easy-to-control buttons will make it simple for your child to use.”
The video subscription service is $4 a month, with a 2-week free trial.
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.
It’s good from newborn to 24 months with a 3-position height adjustment that “grows with your baby.” The playmat, “exersaucer,” and activity table are one unit, and fold to “significantly smaller to make travel and storage easy.”
It’s $90 here.
Laugh & Learn Laptop
Apr 15, 2014 by Paul W.
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.
It’s $20 here.
Your beautiful baby’s face would look great on a new blanket, wall art, phone case, or t-shirt — but making your own personalized product could be costly or difficult… until now.
PrintMyBaby is a free iPhone app with which you can easily select a photo, choose an item, and instantly see onscreen what it will look like when it arrives at your home. It takes only a few clicks to complete your order. Product prices are among the lowest available, and they guarantee your satisfaction with the quality.
It’s currently US-only, and an Android version is in the works. Give it a look here for free.
Toddlers and babies need to move, and the Luv U Zoo Jumperoo can make it more fun for them to do so.
With sounds, lights, and the opportunity for plenty of movement, the Jumperoo is a fun, entertaining way for baby to develop crucial motor skills, Fisher Price says. It’s designed with a sturdy, freestanding base, and features a spinning seat with bright and colorful toys to touch, tug, and pull.
The seat height is adjustable to grow with your baby, while the soft spring covers are safe for little fingers, the company says. “Best of all, the Jumperoo rewards baby’s jumping with lights, sound effects and music so baby is encouraged to keep jumping. Whether your baby is turning, jumping, or grasping, the Jumperoo encourages gross motor development, hand-eye coordination, and introduces baby to a variety of textures, shapes, and colors.”
Normally $100, it’s $77 here.
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.