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Parents on the go will love ZenKid’s stroller organizer, currently on sale at Amazon for about $25. The collapsible and durable velcro-attached bag includes room for a few large bottles, keys, wallet, cell phone, wipes, diapers, snacks and other miscellany and keeps your hands free from purses and bulky diaper bags while walking baby or using a jogger.
The organizer comes with an insulated cup or bottle holder, which keeps temperatures stable, and both a zippered and mesh mini-compartments. The velcro straps are long, and adjustable, so the organizer fits even the bulkiest strollers.
Amazon reviewers love the organizer bag and have rated it 5 stars. They point out that it’s easy to clean, holds as much as far-bigger diaper bags, and is a lifesaver on family outings where you’d bring a stroller.
The organizer weighs only 8 ounces, and measures 13 x 4 x 6.5 inches. ZenKid offers a no-hassle money-back guarantee and will provide you a full refund if you aren’t happy.
Buy it here.
Yet another amazing learning toy from VTech: Its Touch and Learn Activity Desk, geared to toddlers aged 2 to 4 years old, will provide your child with hours of educational fun.
It comes with four double-sided activity mats that overlay the top of the desk and include activities that introduce numbers, letters, animals, people and more. Flip up the desktop and there’s a chalkboard/easel for your child’s creative masterpieces.
The desk, which runs on four AA batteries and has an LED display, includes 30+ learning activities, 20+ songs, and 160+ vocabulary words. There’s a volume control for sound, and an auto-shutoff feature to prevent battery rundown.
The Vtech Touch and Learn Activity Desk is currently priced at just under $50 on Amazon and is available here.
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.