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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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.)
Sometimes you can be understandably worried — but with the Vitals Monitor from Owlet you can see that your baby is breathing… Wherever you are.
“Get a snapshot into your child’s well-being,” say the developers. The “Smart Sock” communicates with your smartphone. It uses pulse oximetry, just as hospitals and pediatric offices do, to measure heart rate and oxygen levels. It will even show your child’s skin temperature. The $250 device has a built-in sensor “so you will know if your child is too hot or too cold.”
And there’s also a “Rollover alert” so you’ll know if the baby rolls facedown. “Doctors recommend that infants sleep on their backs,” Owlet adds.
There’s more information here.
How can you ensure the bath water is not too cold, not too hot, but just right? With the 3-in-1 Baby bath tub, scale and water thermometer.
Not only that, but the tub from Aqua Scale also records your baby’s weight — while compensating for the water!
The tub also has an ergonomic anti slip insert that the company says “keeps baby in ideal bathing position.”
It’s $60 here. (Affiliate link.)
You don’t want your child chewing on a photo print — but one secured in a plastic toy-like frame will be safe.
The Discovery Forget Me Not holds 8 photos at the standard 4×6-inch size. “Now loved ones never be to far away,” says manufacturer Tomy, “as your little one can not only see but also hear with this delightful photo album.” That’s right, it also lets you record 8-second messages for each photo.
It’s $55 here. (Affiliate link.)
New parents: Would you like make an entire week’s worth of healthy, nutritional baby food in less than 5 minutes? You can with the Baby Care System, maker Baby Bullet claims.
With the baby-sized blender, you can “make perfect baby food for every stage of development,” the company says. Not only will you save time and money, it’ll likely be much better for your child than store-bought baby food.
The $80 full system comes with the power base, batch bowl, blend blade, milling blade, and more. (Affiliate link.)