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An interactive storybook for the iPad can foster a love of classical music in children of all ages. “Hear the beautiful music and get involved!” says developer Infinite Fermata.
The Four Seasons: A Vivaldi Storybook features a kid-friendly arrangement of one of the most beloved pieces of classical music, coupled with “loads of fun interactivity” with which children can make geese sing, or squirrels fly. There’s also art depicting animals and the natural world in all four seasons, and a “gentle wit and rich but simple language to encourage readers of all levels,” the developers say.
It’s $5 here.
There are lots of audio and video baby monitors out there now, but the Angelcare does quite a bit more: it tracks movement with sensor pads you place under your baby’s mattress.
It will sound an alarm when no movement is detected for 20 seconds.
It also monitors sound, with a range of 820 feet, “and eight channels to minimize interference,” the company says. There’s also a temperature display, and indicator lights.
The full system is $170 here.
The motion-only version is $65 here.
Can a “friendly froggy character” make potty training fun? Fisher-Price says its Potty Froggy makes the task “easy and inviting.”
The potty has big handles to help toddlers “feel comfortable and secure on the potty.” There’s also an integrated splash guard to help prevent mess, the company adds, “and the removable bucket makes clean up a breeze.”
It’s $13 here.
Billed as a “perfect entertainer for both baby and toddler” the Activity Station features a seat that rotates 360 degrees around the table top to gives your baby full access to all toys and activities.
With Bright Starts’ Around We Go, your baby can use the flip book to activate melodies, piano keys, and silly sounds. The “Action/reaction station” has toys including a bead chaser and popping, spinning, and sliding characters.
It’s $98 here.
Baby need a boost?
Sep 2, 2014 by Paul W.
This portable folding booster seat can “help mom keep baby’s feeding surface clean and sanitized,” Fisher-Price says, “but has all the other features moms and toddlers need.”
There’s a removable tray, with a snap-on cover that is sized to fit most toddler plates. The tray has 3 “tummy adjustments to allow for growing toddlers,” as well as let you more easily “remove the mess.”
The Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat is $30 here.
Find that infant
Aug 29, 2014 by Paul W.
Nah, we don’t expect many of you will lose track of your actual baby! But while holding onto that squirming new person, you might mishandle something else. And when that infant turns into a toddler and starts to wander off…
That’s where a gadget like the Findster GPS tracking system come in, to “help you track something more valuable than your keys. Like your kids.”
The marketing message is a little overblown here: “There’s one fear that everyone can relate to: the panic of losing a loved one. Chills, stomach-churning, racing heart, sweat and heavy breathing… Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Or your pet? You don’t have to. Not ever again.”
But the concept is simple and could be practical: Just as your smartphone has a GPS system that reads satellite data so you always know where it (and you) are, a GPS transceiver in a smaller module can be located anytime, anywhere — and even have that location data sent right to your phone.
With Findster, the developers say, “you are always connected to the ones you love. Findster tracks your loved one’s activity and location, keeping you informed on their health and safety.”
Pricing is projected to start at $90 for two of the modules. There will be no additional monthly fees.
It’s in development in Portugal and just secured its funding on IndieGogo.