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Keep kids in touch with the Filip watch-phone



No parent wants to worry their toddler has toddled away out of sight… Now the Filip, a wearable locator/watch/phone, will “keep parents and kids in touch at the push of a button.”

Filip provides you with location, voice calling, and direct messaging to your child. “The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone,” the company says, “including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate.”

You can also set “Safe Zones,” so if your child enters or leaves a designated area, you get an immediate notification. An intelligent emergency procedure locates the child and puts them in touch with family if needed.

AT&T is the exclusive network provider in the US, and says additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.


See and talk with your baby in another room

vtech baby monitor
Why settle for an audio-only monitor? Devices like Vtech’s Safe & Sound let you not only listen in on your child, but also see and talk with them at the push of button, from the comfort of another room.

The adjustable camera mounts on or near the baby’s crib. The parent’s transceiver has a 2.8-inch color LCD, and can work with up to four cameras, so you can have one set up wherever you let your child rest. With the transceiver, you can talk to and sooth your child from across the house — or choose to play for them one of five lullabies built into the system. It even tells you the temperature in the baby’s room. A one-camera set is $130. (Affiliate link.)
The similarly-featured $180 Motorola model’s video quality is a bit better-reviewed. (Affiliate link.)


Baby air travel made easy


baby plane seat

Too often having a baby means traveling with your child to introduce them to far off relatives. The Flyebaby airplane baby comfort system can make the trip less of an ordeal without carrying around a heavy seat.

The hammock-like chair attaches to the seat in front of you and around your waist, keeping you face-to-face with your baby. And yes, it’s compliant with all FAA regulations. Also: Off the plane, it can fit on any chair to work as an impromptu high-chair. It’s $50 here(Affiliate link.)


The Time is Right for baby care


itzbeen timer

There’s a lot to keep track of with an infant, and some things should be scheduled or synchronized. That timing is a lot easier with the Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer.

Itzbeen’s $25 device  (Affiliate link) “helps sleep deprived new parents remember baby care details,” the company says, and helps first-time parents learn the basic needs of a baby. It was designed by a new mom and dad whose lack of sleep caused them to forget important details of caring for their own child.

It has four timers to keep track of your baby’s feeding, sleeping, diaper changes, and medications: “It keeps track of when baby last napped or ate or had a diaper change, so new parents don’t have to rely on their memories.”


Find your toddler fast



Kids can wander off — and while they might just be having some fun, new parents can quickly panic.

Now BeLuvv is developing the $25 Guardian accessory to ensure no panic is necessary: the wearable waterproof device sends parents a notification the instant a child goes beyond a custom-set distance.

The Guardian can also tie into what BeLuvv calls its “crowd-guarding network”  that it says will “turn every place into a safe playground for children.” Anyone who installs the app on their mobile device becomes part of  the “expansive and secure crowd-sourced platform to search for and pinpoint lost children.”


beluvv network

Don’t drop this cam


There are a lot of “baby cams” on the market, offering many ways to keep watch over your child when you are out of the room. One great choice was first designed as a general-purpose surveillance camera, not a parental device — and so it may deliver more features at a less boutique-y price.

The Dropcam is a $150 HD-resolution camera that sends a WiFi signal you can see and hear on your smartphone, or over the Web on a computer.
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Bedtime Baby beside you

snuzpod 3The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in their own sleeping area beside your bed, according to the Royal College of Midwifes — and so Little Green Sheep in the UK is offering “a safe alternative to bed-sharing: The SnuzPod bedside crib.”

The 3-in-1 design combines a bedside crib for a safe and easy night’s sleep; a stand-alone crib for the nursery later; and a removable rocking bassinet that can be used around the home.  “The SnuzPod provides your baby with their own safe sleeping space and the right support to match their needs,” the company says, “reducing the risks of bed-sharing and fear of smothering whilst still keeping your baby close.”

There’s more info here.