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Baby product reviews

Did Einstein bend balls?
“Soft, flexible plastic with bright primary colors make this Ball fun and easy for little fingers to bend, squeeze, grasp, and roll,” says Baby Einstein.
The Bendy Ball also has a rolling Rattle Ball inside inside to add additional sounds and visual stimulation to the toy. More
Chewing and Winking
Looking for something a bit simpler for that brand-new baby? Manhattan Toy says its Winkel is a slightly sophisticated chew toy, a “mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes perfect for a teething baby to chew on.” Not only will babies “be engaged and amused by the responsive rattle,” the company adds, but caregivers can “safely refrigerate this pliable plastic toy to produce a soothing teether.” One customer review says it helped her baby “develop two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) well ahead of time.” It’s $13 here. More
Robot teaches tots
“With his quirky personality, rockin’ dance moves, and funny responses,” developer Vtech  says, “your child will love interacting” with its robot toy. Cogsley has an animated LCD screen, as well as mechanical moving parts, and “is the perfect learning robot friend.” Moving parts on Cogsley include twistable ears, spinning nose and eyes, moving arms, twisting body, and moving eyebrows and mouth. More
Foam case keeps your kid’s iPad safe
There are lots of cases for iPads — Jennifer and I each have ours in fake leather that makes them look like hardback books — but this one looks to be the toughest yet. The Khomo Safekids is made with dense heavy-duty foam (the same kind used in the soles of high-end sneakers, the company says). More
Seat holds baby and iPad
For when your child is too young to carry around a tablet but you still would like to have them view one on occasion: The “Apptivity” seat secures an iPad above the child’s head — and inside a case to “protect it from dribbles and drool,” says Fisher-Price. More
Little Scholar educational tablet for kids
Don’t want an Apple iPad or Google Android tablet? Here’s an independent effort: The Little Scholar tablet comes with custom content designed for children in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. It’s “like having a teacher 24-7,” developer School Zone says. With exciting activities, charming animations, and audio praise, these apps combine progressive challenge with playful creativity. More
Amazon Kindle FreeTime — a better babysitter
The Kindle tablets can be great ways to read plenty of books — but are they appropriate for your toddler?  Amazon thinks so, and has added software to its Fire tablet, Kindle FreeTime, with which parents can set educational goals for their kids, and make sure their kids have met their goals before switching to cartoons and games. More
Kids can learn electronics
Kids can do more than just play with new electronic gadgets — they can also learn how these things work. Snap Circuits by Elanco is a series of kits with simple circuit boards on which project components simply snap into place: no soldering or alligator clips required. More
Make better baby food
  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. More