“Filling the bucket with blocks, dumping them out, and starting over is great for eye-hand coordination and other early skills,” says Fisher Price. “Then your baby can move on to stacking and matching, and sorting the five different block shapes through the shape-sorting lid.” This can help a baby learn to identify and sort shapes and colors, enhance problem-solving skills, and motivate imagination, the company adds. Man… that’s a lotta activity from some simple blocks!
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This complete baby changing center has a bath tub, changing pad, and a bath stand, all in one unit.
The EuroSpa from Primo is also on wheels, so you can easily move it anywhere in your home.
The bath has two positions, either reclining for infants or sitting up a bit for toddlers. The changing pad has a safety strap and is made of easy-to-clean vinyl fabric.
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- Take the Tub Temperature: digital spout
- Listen in on your unborn: Prenatal Listener
- Detect against Ear infections: EarCheck
- Educate your Unborn Baby: BabyPlus
- Puppy plays to learn
- Stop SIDS: Snuza monitors baby
- Did Einstein bend balls? The Bendy Ball.
- Chewing and Winking: the Winkel
- Robot teaches tots: Cogsley
- Little Scholar educational tablet for kids
- Seat holds baby and iPad: the Apptivity
- Foam case keeps your kid’s iPad safe: the Khomo Safekids
- Amazon Kindle FreeTime — a better babysitter
- Kids can learn electronics
- A robot pet based on your iPhone
- Make better baby food
- Hi-tech Teddy monitors baby: TediTalk
- Help your baby start to walk: Walking Wings
- Take a Temp without a Touch: VeraTemp
- Bounce the baby: MamaRoo
- Bellybuds pump sound to the Baby Bump
- Remotely ensure your baby is breathing: Owlet Vitals Monitor
- Bathe and weigh the baby: Aqua Scale
- Baby’s First photo album: Discovery Forget Me Not
- Baby-sized blender for complete nutrition
- iPad on the iPotty: Activity Seat
- Find out if you’re Fertile: OvaCue
- Time-lapse app records facial changes: Watch Me
- One futuristic super-stroller: 4Moms origami
- Warm those baby wipes
- Shush the baby: Pneo baby shusher
- Why are you crying, Baby? – Wellis’ Analyzer
- Dream of Sheep: Ewan sleep aid
- Baby Formula faster: Piena Baby Tender Touch
- Speedy Sterilizing with steam: Phillips Avent 3-in-1
- A Baby Monitor that will call you: Baby Alarm app
- Piano at the Gym: Kick and Play
- Lights and Learning: Vtech color flashlight
- Baby in a Box? The Skinner Air Crib
- You’re glowing, says fertility app: Glow
- Keep kids in touch with the Filip watch-phone
- See and talk with your baby in another room: Vtech’s Safe & Sound monitor
- Baby air travel made easy: Flyebaby seat/hammock
- The Time is Right for baby care: Pocket Nanny Baby Care Timer
- See your unborn baby’s heartbeat: BabyWatch Health Tracker
- Find your toddler fast: Guardian wrist-wearable tracker
- Don’t drop this cam: DropCam WiFi HDD
- Bedtime Baby beside you: SnuzPod crib
The developer says infants who have used the BabyPlus “are born more alert and responsive, nurse better, sleep better, and enjoy improved school readiness.”
The BabyPlus provides audio lessons with which a baby can discriminate the simple rhythmic sounds of the gadget from those of the mother. It’s a “progressive developmental tool that gets results,” the company adds. “This patented, prenatal curriculum is designed to strengthen your baby’s learning capabilities with naturally derived audio lessons. For your child, the developmental benefits of BabyPlus last a lifetime.”
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 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.