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Bathe and weigh the baby
Nov 21, 2013 by Paul W.
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.)
Baby’s First photo album
Nov 21, 2013 by Paul W.
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.)
One primary problem in getting pregnant: pinpointing when your most fertile.
Fairhaven Health says its OvaCue Fertility Monitor can identify when ovulation will occur to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
The fertility monitor predicts ovulation up to seven days in advance, and is 98 percent accurate. It’s not a pee-on-a-stick test, either: The OvaCue uses saliva samples to measure changes in electrolyte concentration. You just place the sensor on your tongue for five seconds each day.
It’s $280 here. (Affiliate link.)
iPad on the iPotty
Nov 13, 2013 by Paul W.
Sometimes it’s tough to get the tyke to take to the toilet-training. One way to keep ’em on the seat long enough: distraction! With an iPad!
Of course you don’t want that pricey device dropped in the tank, and that’s where the iPotty Activity Seat comes in. The small stand both securely holds the iPad on its adjustable stand, it also helps protect the tablet.
The stand rotates 360 degrees, and has a clear touchscreen protector to guard against smudges. The seat is easy to clean with removable inner potty bowl, potty seat and a splashguard.
It’s $40 here. (Affiliate link)
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.