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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.
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)