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Babies Are Go
Jun 25, 2014 02:55 PM
With the Go-Pod portable activity seat, your baby can stay active wherever you are — and burn off that extra energy that’ll otherwise be keeping you both up at night.
Maker KidCo says the Go·Pod is an ultra lightweight, portable activity seat developed as an alternative to bulky, stationary activity centers. Its “mobility design” makes ideal for in-home or travel needs.
It has a locking button that ensures it’s safe for the baby, and a floor pad that keeps feet from touching undesirable surfaces. There are four seat height positions, so it’ll grow with your baby as well.
It’s $50 here, and comes with a carry bag.
Baby blooms in bath
Jun 25, 2014 02:53 PM
With the Blooming Bath, your infant can be safely and comfortably cleaned in a standard sink.
It’s a “great alternative to hard, plastic tubs,” says its maker, and is “super soft and cuddly to keep your baby happy and comfortable during bath time.”
It’s $47 here.
The DreamMover baby rocker “gently rocks at the speed of a mother’s heartbeat,” says its maker RoboPax, to “creates just the right amount of ambient noise.”
The company says its rocker “eases the transition from the womb into the world,” to “significantly reduce baby crying,”
The gadget works with all strollers, seats, pads, push chairs, etc., the company adds, and is easy to set up and clean.
It’s $60 here.
Another model works automatically when a baby cries. The “smart sleeper” rocks the crib gently and smoothly, its maker says, and stops after 5 minutes.
It’s $50 here.
Can your child only doze when being gently rocked to sleep? Well now car travel can also be more restful with the Dozer Rocker, a portable car seat rocking chair.
It’s made by Baby Fanatic, which says the portable and lightweight gizmo is “designed by a Mom and Dad to be exactly what is needed.” It’s small enough to fit in the pocket of your diaper bag, and also generates white noise to help quiet the baby.
It’s $40 here.
Can your baby bottle tell you when your child last ate? It can if it’s wearing a Sleevely!
The device, now in development, monitors, records and transmits information about your baby’s feeding habits right to your phone. One of every four babies suffer from eating difficulties that require mandatory nutrition monitoring, its makers note.
Sleevely is especially “great if your baby is fed by multiple people – like your partner, grandparents, or daycare center,” the developers add. “As long as the caretaker feeding your baby has the Sleevely app, you will be able to log in and see how much your baby ate and when he was fed, no matter where you are.”
It also works as “benchmarking tool since your baby’s nutritional information is compared to the nutritional information of other babies that age,” they say. “Sleevely is also a great way to provide empirical feeding information to your pediatrician. Sleevely reduces parents anxiety and offer them a peace of mind: now you can easily, accurately and remotely monitor your baby’s feedings.”
There’s more information here.
While many of us sometimes listen to tunes through our headphones, standard models are too small and hard for tots — not to mention to fragile. HeadFoams are made to be child-friendly and child-proof.
“As parents, we’ve bought countless pairs of headphones for our kids,” say the developers at Marblue. “In their enthusiasm, kids will accidentally twist, pull, drop, and fight over headphones. The consequence? Broken headphones that need to be replaced. This gets expensive!! Our solution to these and other headphone problems we have had along the way are our patent-pending HeadFoams.”
The cans can be bent, twisted, even involved in a tug-of-war — and “this means buying one nearly indestructible pair is more cost-effective than the many less expensive ones we have bought over time.”
The ’phones also limit volume to 85 decibels. “This limits the sound level to what experts and doctors consider safe. We know young kids are not happy about this limit, but we feel really great about it because as parents and school owners, we want to protect those developing ears from harm.”
Normally $40, they’re $25 here.