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Babies look different almost every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have not just a few photos of your child over the first year, but a daily record of the infant’s face — and a resulting video that lets you see how that face changes and matures over time?
You can also track your changes while pregnant. “Watch Me Change Face is an entertaining app to chart the way a person’s face changes over several weeks, months or a year,” says developer MJH Apps. “From growing a beard or aging with grace, it is a fun video memory for cataloguing our lives.”
The time-lapse app records changes in your personal appearance, the Frisco, Texas company says, and allows people to capture changes, like a child’s development, over an extended period of time.
The $2 app encourages users to take a picture each day, with reminders to take daily pictures. An overlay option properly matches photos. You can remove specific images from the final video, or adjust the length.
“For parents, this app is a perfect means of archiving a child’s progress from newborn to infant and beyond,” the company says, and is “an opportunity to share life’s best memories with friends and family worldwide.”
There’s more information here.
Just how high-tech can a baby carriage be? Any more than this one, and it’d be a spaceship.
It’s called the origami because it folds in three dimensions to a closed size of only 38x14x21 inches.
Not only does it fold up — it does so under its own power! The origami will open and close itself at the touch of a button, says maker 4moms.com.
And not only does it fold itself — the self-charging stroller makes electricity for the job with its built-in generators in its rear wheels charge the origami while you walk.
The buggy has daytime “running lights” make you and your baby more visible all the time, and pathway lights located under the stroller that turn on automatically in low-light conditions.
The LCD dashboard will show you how fast you’re walking, how far you’ve traveled, and the temperature, with its thermometer, speedometer, and trip/lifetime odometers.
There are also four cup holders, storage pockets, and a removable storage bag.
The $850 stroller can even charge your phone.
More information is here.
A device that can understand a baby’s cry? Sounds like science fiction. But UK-based Wellis claims it can do just that, and is now offering the third iteration of its Why Cry Baby Crying Analyzer — which it says is ten percent more accurate than the first.
The device recognizes different types of baby noises and cries — which in turn teaches parents what each sound means.
“During the first year of a baby’s life, it is very difficult for new parents to understand why their baby is crying,” the company says. “Once they learn if the baby is hungry, in pain, bored, or even, just overtired, they will be much more comfortable and confident and able to attend to the baby’s specific needs right away.”
Pricing ranges from $50–100. (Affiliate link)
Warm those baby wipes
Nov 4, 2013 04:22 PM
Why shock your child with a cold cloth when you can warm up that baby wipe first?
The $25 Wipe Warmer from Prince Lionheart has an EPA-approved anti-microbial additive to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
The warmer also has an “Ever-Fresh” system to keep wipes fresh “to soothe Baby’s delicate skin” and keeps wipes moist by an evaporation and condensation process.
It’s available here. (Affiliate link)
Shush the baby
Nov 4, 2013 04:21 PM
No, where not saying to keep the kid quiet with constant reprimand. Instead, the Baby Shusher “safely stops baby from crying with its rhythmic shush sound,” the maker Pneo says.
The battery-powered device “is a revolutionary new tool for parents using an ancient, but doctor-tested and approved technique to help soothe your fussy baby and get some much-needed sleep,” the company adds, “for both you and baby.”
It’s $35 here. (Affiliate link)
Dream of Sheep
Oct 26, 2013 02:24 PM
Baby not nodding off as needed? You can’t exactly inform an infant about counting sheep… But nonetheless, a sheep might be your solution… Ewan the Dream Sheep, that is.
The stuffed animal “emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency.” What sounds? Actual recorded heartbeat and womb sounds that “really do have a calming effect,” the developer says. It also makes more standard sleep sounds like rain fall and white noise.
It’s $68 here. (Affiliate link)