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The Pack ‘n Play On The Go has a durable frame that makes it perfectly suited for travel, maker Graco says, and its push-button design makes it fold up fast and without a hassle.
The travel play yard is 20 percent more compact than traditional play yards, Graco adds, “making it the perfect piece of gear to bring along when you’re traveling.” The toy bar features three soft toys to give your baby lots of visual interest and amusement. “You’ll love watching your child giggle and laugh as the toys float overhead.”
It’s $80 here.
Listen up, baby!
Mar 3, 2014 by Paul W.
The Nuvo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System “provides a simple yet sophisticated way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices directly to your baby in the womb,” says maker Ritmo. “This system comes with the Safe and Sound Controller, which continually adjusts the music decibel level to provide an added level of safety to the listening experience for your developing child.”
The four-speaker surround sound belt offers a high-quality audio experience, while remaining lightweight and comfortable enough to wear at home and on-the-go. It securely positions speakers at strategic locations to ensure your baby receives a high-quality 360 degree audio experience, Ritmo says. It’s compatible with your phone and all music devices that feature a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack.
“When you listen to different kinds of music during and after pregnancy, you’ll be stimulating your baby’s senses and improving his or her brain development,” the company adds. “In fact, developing babies can hear sounds as early as 17 weeks.”
It’s $123 here.
Want to keep clean the tool your kids use to keep their teeth clean? Of course you do — and this cute and simple gadget will do it quickly and safely.
There’s no need for boiling water or bleach when the Zapi UV character toothbrush sanitizer eliminates 99.9 percent of the bacteria that threaten your mouth, and the germs found on most toothbrushes, using only ultraviolet light. The Ninja Zapi “delivers a playful way to store and sanitize individual toothbrushes,” the company says. It’s $40 here.
“It’s the little moments that make traveling together better,” says Brica. “With the Baby In-Sight Mirror, connecting in the car is as easy as a glance in the rear-view mirror.”
This wide-angle mirror is designed to ensure you can always see your baby in the back seat — and the infant can see you as well.
The extra-large convex “Clear-Sight” mirror provides superior reflection and a distortion-free image, Brica says. The soft-touch frame is lightweight, and its multiple attachment options fit most vehicles. The mirror is crash-tested and shatter-resistant. It’s $15 here.
Sometimes just the right sound is all that needs to make your baby calm and happy. The SoundSpa offers four soothing sounds: heartbeat, white noise, ocean, and lullaby.
The “on-the-go” mobile device from HoMedics has a clip to attach to strollers, diaper bags, cribs and more. There’s also an auto-off timer. It’s $10 here.
It’s a fun, interactive, and educational activity center with a natural theme: Fisher-Price says its Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym “encourages healthy development while entertaining and calming baby.”
The gym has a soft quilt and offers music, lights, and nature sounds to keep your baby safely occupied. The activity gym “stimulates growing babies with music, lights, nature sounds, games and textures, the company says. It includes a spinner with rattling beads, spinning butterflies, shiny mirror, crinkly leaf for peek-a-boo fun, movable and stationary activity toys. “A cushy monkey, jingly toucan, cute elephant, and parrot with spinning paddle invite baby to bat them around, an action that helps develop gross motor skills.”
It’s designed for use from new-borns on up, and it’s $59 here.