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In this ongoing update, we’ll fill you in on the latest in gear, gadgets, and new ideas that can make caring for your baby safer, more efficient, or more fun.

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BabyTech DIY: Highchair for twin babies

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This is crafty: take a table and turn it into a chair for twin toddlers!

Using an Ikea dining room table, this father “made a modified activity table for a fraction of the price” of the commercial models he coveted. “I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. They sell for $300+, which is not in our high chair budget.”

Using the donated table, $17 chairs, and $3 belts, his family now has “something similar to an activity table that would accommodate the babies now, and the whole family at mealtime when the twins get older — as well as serve as a place to make crafts or paint.”

There’s more information here.

 

Camp with Baby

ciao baby camp chair

That highchair in your dining room is probably too big and heavy to take with you when next your family enjoys the great outdoors. With the “ciao! Baby” portable highchair, your infant can sit upright for a meal wherever you go.

There’s no assembly required. It weighs about 8 pounds, and comes with carrying bag.

Normally $80, it’s $60 here.

 

Star Trek-Like Food Scanner

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One key worry for new parents: what is that you are feeding the child, exactly? What is that medication, precisely?

New tech might figure that out for you.

It’s easy to look past futuristic promises made on the Kickstarter crowd-funding web service — but this one checks out enough that it’s received more than $2 Million already, the TechCrunch new site reports.

SciO says its pocket-sized gadget scans food, plants and medicines, and displays their chemical compositions in understandable terms. “For long we have wondered and relied on the food labels to analyze the amount of calories in a particular item. A group of scientists has developed a tiny gadget that gives the consumers the power of learning the chemical composition of almost every consumable product, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more.”

You can find out more here.

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Will new gadgets result in paranoid parents?

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That’s the question the BBC asks in a recent news story — and like most headlines that are questions, the answer is “No.”

Or at least, probably not…

“Babies may feel more comfortable about new technologies than their parents,” the article says. “They may be too young to have their own email address, but newborns and infants are being viewed by many tech start-ups as the next big thing.”

The article runs down many upcoming promising new gadgets — a lot of which we’ve covered here at BabyTech, but ends with a quandary: “There’s this dilemma to embrace technology, with possibilities that our child will be a coding genius by 11 — yet also offers us a child that doesn’t interact with others and endlessly plays on Minecraft.”

Learning App is a tablet for toddlers

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Tablets are getting so affordable you might be tempted to buy a Samsung or HP for your toddler — but Vtech is offering one designed especially for young children, and its only $45 here.

“With hundreds of apps to download, your child will have so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning,” the company says.

The InnoTab 3 Learning App Tablet has a full-sized 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and a “G-Sensor” for game play.

Also, “kids will love taking photos “with the built-in camera that rotates for better shooting angles. There are also 55 special effects, and it can record video as well.

 

Gadget soothes crying babies

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Crying baby? Much-needed relief may be on the way.

The Mother’s Touch mimics a mom’s gentle massaging and caressing, the developer says. It’s “the only device to simulate a Mother’s circular clockwise massaging motion, to naturally soothe a crying, fussy baby.”

It can ease “teething, colicky, or fussy babies due to separation anxiety or sleep issues.” Use a drug-free solution to naturally ease baby’s discomfort.

The maker, a mom herself, is currently seeking funds on the crowd-sourced site Kickstarter for its first production run.

Don’t buy it? There’s a video here showing the device working its magic on an upset infant.

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