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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Make better baby food
Dec 11, 2013 11:24 AM
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.
The One Step Baby Food Maker has a one-bowl design which means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking. The bowl and blade are dishwasher safe and free of BPA and phthalates.
“In as little as fifteen minutes, you can have a healthful, nutritious and delicious meal ready for your baby — with the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself,” Baby Brezza says.
It’s $68 here. (Affiliate link.)
We all grew up with stuffed animals — but ours weren’t stuffed with sensors. This new Tedi keeps an eye on your child for you, and sends alerts and updates to your phone.
Amidst the bear’s stuffing is also a microphone, a thermometer, a pulse detector — and even a special sensor that records how strongly your baby grips the bear!
Additionally, there’s a speaker through which you can talk to your baby from another room.
(But we’d bet many parents are tempted to use it to pretend the bear is talking!)
A TediTalk feature can help teach speech through the speaker as well, and special sounds can also play to help your baby sleep.
Tedi will sell for $99 early next year. There’s more info here.
Bounce the baby
Nov 28, 2013 11:10 AM
No question, babies sometimes just like to be bounced. Those times may not always coincide with you wanting to be the bouncer…
And so 4Moms developed the MamaRoo Bouncer, a simple device that does just what the names implies: safely provide the fun and comforting motion your child enjoys.
It’s the only infant seat with five different motions all modeled after the natural movements parents make to comfort their babies, 4Moms says.
To make sure it moves right, they first used motion sensors to measure just how real moms and dads moved about, then replicated those motions in the MamaRoo.
It’s $240 here. (Affiliate link.)
As your baby grows into a toddler, those first few steps can be precarious. Now you can make them a little less dangerous with these new “Walking Wings” that help a baby learn to walk while experiencing fewer falls.
The simple padded vest fastens around the baby, and helps maintain an easy natural balance.
It’s a lot easier on babies than holding them up by the arms.
It’s also easier on you, as you can walk around with the child without stressing your own back by hunching over.
It’s $25 here. (Affiliate link.)
Where to stick that thermometer? Howabout nowhere? The VeraTemp Non-Contact Thermometer lets you ensure your baby is just warm enough and no more, without any glass and mercury, without even requiring any contact!
The Infrared device provides convenience, accuracy, and precision when taking your child’s temperature, says maker Brooklands. “With the push of a button, the VeraTemp instantly and accurately takes a temperature without the need of any physical contact.” It’s not only more convenient and comfortable: it’s much more hygienic and can help eliminate cross contamination.
It can also measure the temperature in the room, and on any surface. Brooklands adds that the VeraTemp is made in Florida, and every unit is tested 15 times for accuracy before being shipped.
You may never have to stick an invasive thermometer in your child’s mouth or ear again.
It’s $38 here. (Affiliate link.)
They say babies can hear music in the womb… so why not pipe some in directly? The Baby-Bump Sound System from Bellybuds connect to any phone or music player, and adhesively attach to your belly.
It’ll also connect a standard set of headphones at the same time.
And it’s not just music: you can “play voices of family members to the womb to encourage bonding,” the maker says.
The hydrogel adhesive rings are reusable, medical-grade, and safe for your skin.
They’re $50 here. (Affiliate link.)