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Sadly, infants are still on occasion left in cars in hot weather. But a young boy from Nashville invented an easy system to help prevent this.
“When I was in fifth grade, I created the EZ Baby Saver to keep children from being left in hot cars,” says Andrew Pelham. “The EZ Baby Saver is a bright neon strap that stops parents in their tracks. When they’re getting out of the car, it forces them to stop and ask, “Is anyone still strapped in the back seat?” You can make your own EZ Baby Saver with rubber bands and duct tape! It’s a cheap, simple reminder that could save the life of a child. Click on the links above for free instructions and a video tutorial.”
Pelham took second place the Science & Engineering Division and won $500 in the 2013 Rubberband Contest for Young Inventors.
Instructions for how to make an EZ Baby Saver are here.
Here’s an explanatory video.
Babies Are Go
Jun 25, 2014 by Paul W.
With the Go-Pod portable activity seat, your baby can stay active wherever you are — and burn off that extra energy that’ll otherwise be keeping you both up at night.
Maker KidCo says the Go·Pod is an ultra lightweight, portable activity seat developed as an alternative to bulky, stationary activity centers. Its “mobility design” makes ideal for in-home or travel needs.
It has a locking button that ensures it’s safe for the baby, and a floor pad that keeps feet from touching undesirable surfaces. There are four seat height positions, so it’ll grow with your baby as well.
It’s $50 here, and comes with a carry bag.
Baby blooms in bath
Jun 25, 2014 by Paul W.
With the Blooming Bath, your infant can be safely and comfortably cleaned in a standard sink.
It’s a “great alternative to hard, plastic tubs,” says its maker, and is “super soft and cuddly to keep your baby happy and comfortable during bath time.”
It’s $47 here.
The DreamMover baby rocker “gently rocks at the speed of a mother’s heartbeat,” says its maker RoboPax, to “creates just the right amount of ambient noise.”
The company says its rocker “eases the transition from the womb into the world,” to “significantly reduce baby crying,”
The gadget works with all strollers, seats, pads, push chairs, etc., the company adds, and is easy to set up and clean.
It’s $60 here.
Another model works automatically when a baby cries. The “smart sleeper” rocks the crib gently and smoothly, its maker says, and stops after 5 minutes.
It’s $50 here.