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Baby Breeza’s Formula Pro makes preparing bottles a snap for parents and caregivers, especially in the middle of the night.
The Formula Pro measures and mixes your powder and water, and heats it to an optimal 98 degrees F at the best consistency. Water and formula are stored in airtight compartments in the unit, so you can start making a bottle with the push of a button.
You can also determine the capacity of each bottle, by setting the Formula Pro to produce bottles with 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces of formula. Prepared bottles can also be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. The formula reservoir holds enough powder to make 20 8-oz bottles.
Amazon reviewers of the product stress the necessity of reading the instructions, as well as routinely washing the Formula Pro, for its optimal performace. Buy it here.
The Fisher Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘n Swing soothes the most restless babies. It includes two swing settings–back and forth or sideways–and six swing speeds, easily adjustable through the swing’s controls on the top. It also includes 16 songs to play–and a volume control–plus ambient noise including nature sounds.
The seat is padded with a soft, washable insert that includes a head support, and a mobile that can be set so little birdies circle above baby’s head. The seat is position-adjustable by a button, and accommodates babies up to 25 pounds.
The swing, which is easily assembled with a Phillips screwdriver, runs on AC power (adapter included) or on four D batteries, and can be folded up for storage or for travel.
The Snuggabunny Cradle ‘n Swing is available here.
The Shrunks Indoor Travel Bed, pictured left, is geared to young ones who’ve outgrown their cribs. The lightweight, portable, inflatable mattress comes with an electronic airpump, a repair kit and a travel bag, and weighs only 6 pounds.
Each side of the bed has a security rail that prevents your little one from falling, and a sheet-tuck feature that works with any crib-sized sheet.
You can use the bed for camping, travel to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, in hotel rooms, or at home as a transition bed between crib and toddler bed.
The Shrunks Indoor Travel bed is available here.
It’s an activity toy, and it’s a walker.
VTech’s Sit-to-Stand Walker, part of the company’s Infant Learning product line that grows along with your baby, offers a variety of stimulating activities for babies as young as 1 year old.
Baby can play with learning games about animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. The music mode has a keyboard, and buttons to press for animal sounds. A play phone lets baby hear animal sounds.
As baby grows into a toddler, the activity panel can be attached to the sturdy wheeled walker frame, which is motion-activated to play melodies as sound effects as baby walks. Its rubber wheels keep baby steady while baby’s learning to navigate walking, and the rear wheels lock for stability and standing while baby’s learning to stand.
The walker runs on 3 AAA batteries (included), and comes with a user’s manual.
The Sit-to-Stand Walker is currently priced at under $35 at Amazon and is available here.