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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How can you best ensure your infant’s ear isn’t infected? With the Middle Ear Monitor.
EarCheck says its monitor is a “clinically proven home use device that accurately detects the presence middle ear fluid,” which is a key sign of an ear infection. “EarCheck helps parents identify when a child might have an ear infection, when it’s necessary to seek medical attention, and when the fluid is going away or gone. It quickly, accurately, and painlessly detects the presence of middle ear fluid.”
The EarCheck monitor is $50 here. (Affiliate link)
The Prenatal Listener lets you hear the sounds your unborn baby makes. “When you find out that you’re expecting, you can’t wait to meet your new baby,” developer Graco says. “The Listener’s design gently hugs the natural curvature of your belly, so it fits snugly and offers terrific sound quality.”
The gadget amplifies the baby’s heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and natural womb sounds, that begin late in the second trimester. The included guide explains the sounds you hear to help you differentiate them, “allowing you to connect with your yet-to-be-born baby.” The device can also record the sounds, so you can share them with friends and family.
The Prenatal Listener is $30 here. (Affiliate link)
There are quite a few thermometers and the like out there to measure the water’s warmth — but this tub spout from 4moms tells you if the H2O is heated correctly right away by displaying the temp as the water comes out.
The cover has an easy-to-read color coded display that indicates safe, comfortable water temperatures, the company says. The spout cover also helps protect children from bumps and bruises that can be caused by knocking into the faucet. It’s also easy to install, and fits most faucets.
The Tub Spout Cover is $30 here. (Affiliate link)
Puppy plays to learn
Jan 2, 2014 07:22 PM
Baby’s best friend? You child can start learning A-B-Cs and 1-2-3’s with this toy dog, which “invites baby to learn through singing, dancing and playing.”
The Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy comes with a CD of tunes, and also plays ten sing-along songs and games. “The cuddly pal enhances baby’s sense of security, inviting baby to hug and express friendship,” says maker Fisher-Price.
It’s $22 here. (affiliate link)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is unfortunately a very real concern — and anything that can help alleviate that worry can be worth looking into. The latest gadget we’ve heard of for this is one of the simplest to use, and also one of the most portable.
The Snuza clips over the waistband of the baby’s diaper, and monitors movement and breathing. If none is sensed for 15 seconds, it vibrates to stimulate the baby. If movement is not detected within 5 seconds of the vibration, an audible alarm is activated. There are no wires or cords, and it’s made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics.
It’s $100 here. (affiliate link)
“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.
It’s $7 here. (affiliate link)