In this ongoing update, we’ll fill you in on the latest in gear, gadgets, and new ideas that can make caring for your baby safer, more efficient, or more fun.
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Learning to Walk
Jan 29, 2014 03:08 PM
The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker was made to grow with your baby, says VTech: “Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow, and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”
Your baby will enjoy spinning the three flowers to hear fun phrases, sound effects, and a melody, the company says, or pressing the piano keys to learn colors, numbers and animal sounds.” Baby can also press the piano keys to play piano notes. When a melody is playing, pressing the piano keys will activate fun animal sounds on top of the melody. “In both modes, little ones will enjoy picking up the phone to hear animals singing and opening or closing the swinging door to play hide-and-seek with the friendly cow.”
It’s $30 here. (Affiliate link)
A Traveling Play Yard
Jan 29, 2014 03:06 PM
With the Pack ‘n Play On The Go, your baby will be kept comfy and cozy whether at home or away, says maker Graco, “and the durable frame makes it perfectly suited for travel.”
The whole thing folds up at the push of a button, making it easy to store and to carry. This travel play yard weighs 22.5 pounds, and is 20 percent more compact that traditional play yards, Graco says, “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 amusing visual interest. The playpen has airy mesh on all sides to provide maximum ventilation to keep the child comfortable. It also has a removable, full-sized bassinet, “which provides the perfect spot for your baby to catch a nap, at home or away.”
It’s $70 here. (Affiliate link)
Kids 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)
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)
Here’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)