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Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Babies Build with Blocks
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baby blocksKids love to build, but babies aren’t born ready for Legos — so here’s a good starter set of ten colorful blocks for your baby to sort and stack.

“Filling the bucket with blocks, dumping them out, and starting over is great for eye-hand coordination and other early skills,” says Fisher Price. “Then your baby can move on to stacking and matching, and sorting the five different block shapes through the shape-sorting lid.” This can help a baby learn to identify and sort shapes and colors, enhance problem-solving skills, and motivate imagination, the company adds.  Man… that’s a lotta activity from some simple blocks!

The 10 blocks fit inside the bucket, with a carry handle. They’re $8 here. (Affiliate link)

“EuroSpa” for your Baby: bath, change stand
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This complete baby changing center has a bath tub, changing pad, and a bath stand, all in one unit.

The EuroSpa from Primo is also on wheels, so you can easily move it anywhere in your home.

The bath has two positions, either reclining for infants or sitting up a bit for toddlers. The changing pad has a safety strap and is made of easy-to-clean vinyl fabric.
It’s $160 here. (Affiliate link)

 

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Educate your Unborn Baby
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baby plus natal educationHere’s a real jumpstart on your offspring’s education: the BabyPlus is a “prenatal education system” that’s “developed to strengthen a child’s long-term learning capabilities.” 

The developer says infants who have used the BabyPlus “are born more alert and responsive, nurse better, sleep better, and enjoy improved school readiness.”

The BabyPlus provides audio lessons with which a baby can discriminate the simple rhythmic sounds of the gadget from those of the mother. It’s a “progressive developmental tool that gets results,” the company adds. “This patented, prenatal curriculum is designed to strengthen your baby’s learning capabilities with naturally derived audio lessons. For your child, the developmental benefits of BabyPlus last a lifetime.”

The BabyPlus is $150 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Detect against Ear infections
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earcheckHow can you best ensure your infant’s ear isn’t infected? With the Middle Ear Monitor.

EarCheck says its monitor is a “clinically proven home use device that accurately detects the presence middle ear fluid,” which is a key sign of an ear infection. “EarCheck helps parents identify when a child might have an ear infection, when it’s necessary to seek medical attention, and when the fluid is going away or gone. It quickly, accurately, and painlessly detects the presence of middle ear fluid.”

The EarCheck monitor is $50 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Listen in on your Unborn

gracco natal listenerThe Prenatal Listener lets you hear the sounds your unborn baby makes. “When you find out that you’re expecting, you can’t wait to meet your new baby,” developer Graco says. “The Listener’s design gently hugs the natural curvature of your belly, so it fits snugly and offers terrific sound quality.”

The gadget amplifies the baby’s heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and natural womb sounds, that begin late in the second trimester. The included guide explains the sounds you hear to help you differentiate them, “allowing you to connect with your yet-to-be-born baby.” The device can also record the sounds, so you can share them with friends and family.

The Prenatal Listener is $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Take the Tub Temperature
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4mom tub spoutThere are quite a few thermometers and the like out there to measure the water’s warmth — but this tub spout from 4moms tells you if the H2O is heated correctly right away by displaying the temp as the water comes out.

The cover has an easy-to-read color coded display that indicates safe, comfortable water temperatures, the company says. The spout cover also helps protect children from bumps and bruises that can be caused by knocking into the faucet. It’s also easy to install, and fits most faucets.

The Tub Spout Cover is $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Puppy plays to learn

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Baby’s best friend? You child can start learning A-B-Cs  and 1-2-3’s with this toy dog, which “invites baby to learn through singing, dancing and playing.”

The Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy comes with a CD of tunes, and also plays ten sing-along songs and games. “The cuddly pal enhances baby’s sense of security, inviting baby to hug and express friendship,” says maker Fisher-Price.

It’s $22 here. (affiliate link)

 

Stop SIDS: Snuza monitors baby

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is unfortunately a very real concern — and anything that can help alleviate that worry can be worth looking into. The latest gadget we’ve heard of for this is one of the simplest to use, and also one of the most portable.

The Snuza clips over the waistband of the baby’s diaper, and monitors movement and breathing. If none is sensed for 15 seconds, it vibrates to stimulate the baby. If movement is not detected within 5 seconds of the vibration, an audible alarm is activated. There are no wires or cords, and it’s made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics.

It’s $100 here. (affiliate link)