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The Fisher Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing soothes the most restless babies. It includes two swing settings–back and forth or sideways–and six swing speeds, easily adjustable through the swing’s controls on the top. It also includes 16 songs to play–and a volume control–plus ambient noise including nature sounds.
The seat is padded with a soft, washable insert that includes a head support, and a mobile that can be set so little birdies circle above baby’s head. The seat is position-adjustable by a button, and accommodates babies up to 25 pounds.
The swing, which is easily assembled with a Phillips screwdriver, runs on AC power (adapter included) or on four D batteries, and can be folded up for storage or for travel.
The Snuggabunny Cradle ‘n Swing is available here.
The Shrunks Indoor Travel Bed, pictured left, is geared to young ones who’ve outgrown their cribs. The lightweight, portable, inflatable mattress comes with an electronic airpump, a repair kit and a travel bag, and weighs only 6 pounds.
Each side of the bed has a security rail that prevents your little one from falling, and a sheet-tuck feature that works with any crib-sized sheet.
You can use the bed for camping, travel to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, in hotel rooms, or at home as a transition bed between crib and toddler bed.
The Shrunks Indoor Travel bed is available here.
It’s an activity toy, and it’s a walker.
VTech’s Sit-to-Stand Walker, part of the company’s Infant Learning product line that grows along with your baby, offers a variety of stimulating activities for babies as young as 1 year old.
Baby can play with learning games about animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. The music mode has a keyboard, and buttons to press for animal sounds. A play phone lets baby hear animal sounds.
As baby grows into a toddler, the activity panel can be attached to the sturdy wheeled walker frame, which is motion-activated to play melodies as sound effects as baby walks. Its rubber wheels keep baby steady while baby’s learning to navigate walking, and the rear wheels lock for stability and standing while baby’s learning to stand.
The walker runs on 3 AAA batteries (included), and comes with a user’s manual.
The Sit-to-Stand Walker is currently priced at under $35 at Amazon and is available here.
Infant Optics’ Video Baby Monitor with night vision is a compact, wireless, durable system that let’s you keep an eye on your baby wherever you are at home.
To set up the system, just plug the adaptor into the camera and monitor, then turn them on.
The monitor has a range of up to 800 feet in open areas, and 150 feet through walls and ceilings. The night-vision V mode turns on automatically, and offers a clear digital black-and-white picture of baby. (Day vision is in color.)
A voice-activation standby mode saves power by shutting down if there’s no noise for three minutes. There’s also a white-noise mode that filters out extraneous sound. You can buy additional cameras for the system too; the monitor will work with up to four cameras at once.
The system can be purchased here.