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Baby’s First Bluetooth
Jan 8, 2015 by Sue M.
I love my Bluetooth wireless headsets and own two of them. They come in handy for playing music or TV at night without bothering my neighbors, for doing household chores without being tethered to my audio source, and for exercising accompanied by my favorite music.
So I was delighted to come across the LilGadgets Untangled Pro Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, which include all the features of grown-up headphones, but are tailored to younger ears and fingers.
The headphones, which have gotten a 5-star overall review from Amazon buyers, have a 10-hour charging life and a 180-hour standby; they come with a USB charger and a 3.5mm cable so you can use them wired to an audio device if the battery runs down. The headphones have a 30-ft range from their source device, and come with a one-year warranty.
The earphones and headband are made of soft, meshable fabric that’s friendly for young ears and heads. Although the official manufacturer’s recommendation is for use at age 4, many parents report that their 2 year olds use the headphones and love them.
The Untangled Pro Children’s Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are available here.
Looking for a fun, yet inexpensive, baby-shower or new-grandparent gift? The Baby Edition Countdown Clock, currently priced at $13.95 on Amazon.com, fits the bill.
The countdown clock can be easily set to display birthing due dates and other milestone events. It comes with four template overlays for baby’s due date, baby’s first birthday, baby’s first Christmas, and first day of preschool.
As your child grows and learns to tell time, you can use the countdown clock to mark important future events.
An order form is included for purchasing additional overlay templates for first day of school, summer vacation, chanukah, and braces off.
The clock runs on one AA battery (not included) and weighs a mere 6.4 ounces. Instructions to set countdowns are available online. The countdown clock can be purchased here.
Tired of your little one grabbing your phone or tablet? V Tech has an app for that–or rather, a bunch of apps. The Little Apps Tablet provides hours of fun and learning for 2- to 5-year olds (although Amazon reviewers report babies as young as 18 months being able to use it).
The electronic tablet comes with a color-changing screen, musical keyboard, and applications that teach counting, words, and letters. There are also four interactive apps included with the tablet: music play, a calendar activity, a pretend camera game, and a fun question and answer chat feature.
Two AA batteries (included) serve as the power source. The tablet measures 11.8 inches by 9.5 inches and is two inches thick. At only 1.2 pounds, it can be carried around by your child. (Many parents say their kids love using it on car trips.)
The Little Apps Tablet is available here.
Ideal for restless babies or to drown out surrounding noise, the Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System is a low-cost integrated music-and-light show that helps lull little ones to sleep.
The sound system includes 10 comforting sounds, including Heartbeat, Ocean, White Noise and Rain. Lullabies include: Rock-a-Bye, Hush Little Baby and Brahms Lullaby. Mozart Songs include Mozart Lullaby, Twinkle Twinkle and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
Three image cartridges are included to play soothing images on the nursery wall or ceiling: Soothing Sea, Calming Rainforest and Sleepy Sky. There’s also a soft-blue nightlight at the base of the unit.
The sleep timer allows you to set the running time for 15, 30 or 60 minutes (the Munchkin can also play continuously) and the voice-activation option turns on the unit when baby wakes up and makes a noise.
The Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System plugs into any AC outlet and comes with a 4-ft cord. It’s available here.