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Sterilize that pacifier
Feb 12, 2014 by Paul W.
“Nobody likes to see their baby sick,” Pipila says, “and a pacifier is a common breeding ground and transporter of harmful germs. Sterilizing your baby’s pacifier is essential in preventing the spread of these germs.”
To help prevent the spread of germs, the Pipila sterilizes your baby’s pacifier in about 3 minutes with simple ultraviolet. It helps eliminate up to 99.9 percent of germs, the company says, and is ideal for parents and babies on the go.
It’s $35 here.
With the Woombie, you can “swaddle your baby safely and effectively,” and “ease your mind and comfort your baby so you may both achieve a better night sleep.”
The Woombie is the original cocoon-like swaddle, its maker says, and is recommended by doctors, nurses, doulas and countless moms and dads. It “is the safest and most natural way to swaddle your baby, encouraging baby to softly stretch extremities as needed, just like in the womb.” The Woombie comforts, softly confines arms and gently compresses baby’s unique curves to hug baby preventing startling issues, face scratching, overheating and also preventing dangerous loose unraveled blankets from covering baby’s face, the company adds.
It’s $28 here.
Mandela says its Expression bustier “gives you the freedom to do other things while pumping.” It’s made mostly of cotton, and is compatible with most electric breast pumps.
It’s $26 here.
This pacifier from Summer Infant is also a full digital thermometer, letting you take your baby’s temperature in a comfortable, non-invasive way. The pacifier beeps when the reading is complete. It not only displays the temperature, it shows a “Fever Alert” when baby gets too warm, glowing red if the temperature registers at 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This gives you a “quick visual reading, especially when taking a child’s temperature at night.”
It’s $22 here.
With this dispenser’s one-hand operation, wipes and diapers are always within reach, keeping one had free for your baby. It fits all sizes and brands of disposable diapers, and even holds cloth diaper inserts and cloth wipes, maker Bobee says. The decals are repositionable and removable.
It’s $42 here.
Learning to Walk
Jan 29, 2014 by Paul W.
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)