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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Lights and Learning
Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM
Babies crave stimulation, and this little device delivers plenty. It’ll also help teach basic numbers with songs and color.
The Spin and Learn Color Flashlight combines animal sounds, changing color lights, music, and more than 50 songs to sing along with.
“With its easy-to-grip handle, your toddler will want to take this learning toy flashlight with them on every adventure,” maker Vtech says.
It’s $12 here. (Affiliate link)
Baby in a Box?
Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM
The Skinner Box, that is: a “futuristic” baby bed designed by psychologist B.F. Skinner to keep his new daughter comfortable and secure.
It seems like old-school tech now, but when Skinner built his “Air-Crib” it was the latest and greatest. His baby daughter was in it for eleven months [not non-stop!] when he wrote, “Her remarkable good health and happiness and my wife’s welcome leisure have exceeded our most optimistic predictions, and we are convinced that a new deal for both mother and baby is at hand.”
But it never caught on. Even though the behavioral expert designed it to maintain a comfortable temperature, provide built-in toys, and maintain feeding and sleeping schedules, society overall thought it a little too “Brave New World” — although Skinner did later report hearing from 73 couples who’d raised 130 babies using his design.
Read more about it here. Would you ever want to try something like this?
Piano at the Gym
Oct 18, 2013 12:17 PM
Is it ever too early to get your child started playing piano? Well, yes… But the Kick and Play Piano Gym doesn’t exactly count as rehearsing scales!
What the toy from Fisher-Price can do is help strengthen motor skills as your baby stretches and kicks, while also enhancing eye/hand coordination.
Plus, the musical responses “help your baby understand the magic of cause and effect,” the company adds.
It’s $45 here. (Affiliate link)
No parent wants to worry their toddler has toddled away out of sight… Now the Filip, a wearable locator/watch/phone, will “keep parents and kids in touch at the push of a button.”
Filip provides you with location, voice calling, and direct messaging to your child. “The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone,” the company says, “including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate.”
You can also set “Safe Zones,” so if your child enters or leaves a designated area, you get an immediate notification. An intelligent emergency procedure locates the child and puts them in touch with family if needed.
AT&T is the exclusive network provider in the US, and says additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.
Why settle for an audio-only monitor? Devices like Vtech’s Safe & Sound let you not only listen in on your child, but also see and talk with them at the push of button, from the comfort of another room.
The adjustable camera mounts on or near the baby’s crib. The parent’s transceiver has a 2.8-inch color LCD, and can work with up to four cameras, so you can have one set up wherever you let your child rest. With the transceiver, you can talk to and sooth your child from across the house — or choose to play for them one of five lullabies built into the system. It even tells you the temperature in the baby’s room. A one-camera set is $130. (Affiliate link.)
The similarly-featured $180 Motorola model’s video quality is a bit better-reviewed. (Affiliate link.)
Too often having a baby means traveling with your child to introduce them to far off relatives. The Flyebaby airplane baby comfort system can make the trip less of an ordeal without carrying around a heavy seat.
The hammock-like chair attaches to the seat in front of you and around your waist, keeping you face-to-face with your baby. And yes, it’s compliant with all FAA regulations. Also: Off the plane, it can fit on any chair to work as an impromptu high-chair. It’s $50 here. (Affiliate link.)