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Baby Tech

Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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A robot pet based on your iPhone
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romo robot rover

The Romo Robotic Pet roves your home on a wheeled base, carrying your iPhone or iPod Touch from room to room.

“Romo is a curious digital creature who lives in your phone and explores your world on his roving base,” says developer Romotive. “Just download the app and dock your iPod Touch or iPhone. Let him explore your world and snap photos of what he sees. Program him to respond and adapt to his environment. You can even control Romo remotely via web browser or other iOS devices – from anywhere in the world.” Your kids can train him to recognize faces, dance to music, or chase a ball. You can also “invite friends and family anywhere in the world to control your Romo remotely while streaming 2-way video and audio,” Romotive adds, and parents can “go room to room to say good night while away on business.”

It can move about at a top speed of one foot per second, and runs around for two hours nonstop on a charge. “You play. Romo learns.”

The rover and apps are $150 here. (Affiliate link.) (Phone not included.)

Make better baby food

 

baby breza

Making healthy homemade food for your infant can be simple, says Baby Brezza: Just add your ingredients and set your steam time, and its device will do the rest, steaming and blending fruits, vegetables, meats and fish all in one bowl quickly and easily.

The One Step Baby Food Maker has a one-bowl design which means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking. The bowl and blade are dishwasher safe and free of BPA and phthalates.

“In as little as fifteen minutes, you can have a healthful, nutritious and delicious meal ready for your baby — with the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself,” Baby Brezza says.

It’s $68 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

Hi-tech Teddy monitors baby

tedi sensorsWe all grew up with stuffed animals — but ours weren’t stuffed with sensors. This new Tedi keeps an eye on your child for you, and sends alerts and updates to your phone.

Amidst the bear’s stuffing is also a microphone, a thermometer, a pulse detector — and even a special sensor that records how strongly your baby grips the bear!

Additionally, there’s a speaker through which you can talk to your baby from another room.
(But we’d bet many parents are tempted to use it to pretend the bear is talking!)
A TediTalk feature can help teach speech through the speaker as well, and special sounds can also play to help your baby sleep.

Tedi will sell for $99 early next year. There’s more info here.

 

Bounce the baby

 

mamaroo

No question, babies sometimes just like to be bounced. Those times may not always coincide with you wanting to be the bouncer…

And so 4Moms developed the MamaRoo Bouncer, a simple device that does just what the names implies: safely provide the fun and comforting motion your child enjoys.

It’s the only infant seat with five different motions all modeled after the natural movements parents make to comfort their babies, 4Moms says.
To make sure it moves right, they first used motion sensors to measure just how real moms and dads moved about, then replicated those motions in the MamaRoo.

It’s  $240 here. (Affiliate link.)

Help your baby start to walk

Upspring Baby Walking Wings

As your baby grows into a toddler, those first few steps can be precarious. Now you can make them a little less dangerous with these new “Walking Wings” that help a baby learn to walk while experiencing fewer falls.

The simple padded vest fastens around the baby, and helps maintain an easy natural balance.

It’s a lot easier on babies than holding them up by the arms.

It’s also easier on you, as you can walk around with the child without stressing your own back by hunching over.

It’s $25 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

Take a Temp without a Touch

infrared thermometer

Where to stick that thermometer? Howabout nowhere? The VeraTemp Non-Contact Thermometer lets you ensure your baby is just warm enough and no more, without any glass and mercury, without even requiring any contact!

The Infrared device provides convenience, accuracy, and precision when taking your child’s temperature, says maker Brooklands. “With the push of a button, the VeraTemp instantly and accurately takes a temperature without the need of any physical contact.” It’s not only more convenient and comfortable: it’s much more hygienic and can help eliminate cross contamination.

It can also measure the temperature in the room, and on any surface. Brooklands adds that the VeraTemp is made in Florida, and every unit is tested 15 times for accuracy before being shipped.

You may never have to stick an invasive thermometer in your child’s mouth or ear again.

It’s $38 here. (Affiliate link.)

Bellybuds pump sound to the Baby Bump

 

baby bumps

They say babies can hear music in the womb… so why not pipe some in directly? The Baby-Bump Sound System from Bellybuds connect to any phone or music player, and adhesively attach to your belly.

It’ll also connect a standard set of headphones at the same time.

And it’s not just music: you can “play voices of family members to the womb to encourage bonding,” the maker says.

The hydrogel adhesive rings are reusable, medical-grade, and safe for your skin.

They’re $50 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

Remotely ensure your baby is breathing

 

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Sometimes you can be understandably worried — but with the Vitals Monitor from Owlet you can see that your baby is breathing… Wherever you are.

“Get a snapshot into your child’s well-being,” say the developers. The “Smart Sock” communicates with your smartphone. It uses pulse oximetry, just as hospitals and pediatric offices do, to measure heart rate and oxygen levels. It will even show your child’s skin temperature. The $250 device has a built-in sensor “so you will know if your child is too hot or too cold.”

And there’s also a “Rollover alert” so you’ll know if the baby rolls facedown. “Doctors recommend that infants sleep on their backs,” Owlet adds.

There’s more information here.

 

Bathe and weigh the baby

baby tub thermometer 2

How can you ensure the bath water is not too cold, not too hot, but just right? With the 3-in-1 Baby bath tub, scale and water thermometer.

Not only that, but the tub from Aqua Scale also records your baby’s weight — while compensating for the water!

The tub also has an ergonomic anti slip insert that the company says “keeps baby in ideal bathing position.”

It’s $60 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

Baby’s First photo album

baby photo album

You don’t want your child chewing on a photo print — but one secured in a plastic toy-like frame will be safe.

The Discovery Forget Me Not holds 8 photos at the standard 4×6-inch size. “Now loved ones never be to far away,” says manufacturer Tomy, “as your little one can not only see but also hear with this delightful photo album.” That’s right, it also lets you record 8-second messages for each photo.

It’s $55 here. (Affiliate link.)