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It’s not yet available, but this could be a tool to watch for when it ships this Summer: Blue Maestro says its Pacifi is the world’s first smart pacifier that monitors a baby’s temperature and transmits the data to an app on a parent’s smartphone.
The app even time-stamps and plots the temperature data in a graph. You can also record when medications are administered, set up alerts and reminders, and share the data with care-givers and medical professionals.
Pacifi also features a built-in proximity sensor so you can monitor its location — and so be alerted when your child wanders off. In the app, just set the distance for the alarm to trigger.
The Pacifi transmits temperature data via the new “Low Energy” Bluetooth, so there’s no need to worry about radio frequencies close to your child’s head.
Combining safety for your baby and small children with ease of use for you, Clek says its Foonf convertible car seat helps to prevent injury to your child in the event of a collision.
The patented REACT (Rapid Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology) safety system reduces impact forces by up to 40 percent. The seat has a steel sub-structure with energy-absorbing foam in the sides and headrest to protect in a side impact.
Also, the car seat is a slim 17-inches wide, so three can fit side-by-side if needed. And it’s even approved for use in aircraft.
The Foonf is $398 here.
“Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers,” VTech says. “Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”
The walker has 5 piano keys that play music notes, 3 colorful spinning rollers, 3 shape sorters and light-up shape buttons, and even a telephone handset, spinning gears, and an open/close barn door.
It’s $30 here
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.