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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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Great Gift: Kobert Waterproof Case

phonekobertThis is a little more parent-tech than baby-tech, although if your baby is a drooler this may help! I received a Kobert Waterproof Case for review this week and the first thing I did was their suggested “tissue test.” Put a tissue inside, close the two clasps and submerge it into water for five minutes. (Better the tissue than my phone in case it didn’t work!)

Well I got distracted online and didn’t go back to it for about thirty minutes. But when I took the tissue out of the case, it was completely dry!  That alleviated any worries that my phone would get wet.

I have an iPhone 5 and it fit fine, even with its protective case, however they claim it will fit most cell phone models, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5, 4, Galaxy s5, s4, S3 and more.

The Kobert Waterproof Case comes with a stylus that worked well, even through the thick plastic. The only thing you can’t do is press the buttons on the side or top of the phone. It also includes a strap that allows you to carry it by hand or around your neck.

I tried it out in the bathtub, and checked my messages, Facebook and and even used the keyboard with my wet fingers! I can definitely see using it in the hot tub, kitchen, or at the beach…anywhere you might have a water issue.

I played classical music in iTunes and it sounded great through the case. No muffling. My daughter said to call her to check the sound of phone calls and we had a great conversation! I even used Siri to execute the command to call. No problems there.phonekobert2

Amazon sells the Kobert for a mere $12.99, which is incredibly affordable for any case. The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee and 1-year replacement guarantee.

I should mention that last year I got a LifeProof case as a present and hated it–it was really hard to put on and take off my phone and I eventually ditched it. The Kobert alternative really works well for how I use my phone.

My daughter made me promise to buy one for her stocking!

 

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It’s Raining Babies

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Baby Shower Planner is an application for Android devices that’s a soup-to-nuts helper for organizing and planning–you guessed it!–baby showers. It comes pre-loaded with more than 125 items, and you can save/edit the app’s data to other computers for ease of entry. The app is password-protected, and doesn’t need an internet connection.

Features include tablet support, templates, customized lists and categories, color coding, an invitation-tracker, shopping lists, and a quick-add option. Lists can be exchanged with others by email and printed through email.

The Baby Shower Planner app costs $.99 and is available here for immediate download.

A Childbirth Tutorial for Those Stuck at Home

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Childbirth: A Multimedia Course & Resource Kit is a CD that was developed by a family physician and a registered nurse who teaches childbirth classes as a guide for pregnant women as well as for their partners and caretakers.

Its eight lessons include: 1. Your Last Weeks of Pregnancy (relaxation techniques, breathing, exercises, labor induction), 2. Early, Active and Transition Labor (breathing techniques, comfort measures, timing contractions, medical interventions, fetal monitoring, analgesics), 3. Pushing (breathing methods, pushing positions, episiotomies, forceps and vacuum use), 4. Delivering the Placenta (expelling the placenta, massaging the uterus, cord blood testing), 5. Special Situations (cesarean sections, breech and multiple births), 6. Postpartum Care of Yourself (physical changes, diet, exercise, sex life), 7. Care of Your Newborn (bathing, colic, cord care, diaper changing, sleeping, spitting up), 8. Feeding Your Newborn (breast feeding instructions and demonstrations, expressing and storing breast milk, breast care, formula preparation and feeding, feeding cautions).

Each lesson includes video clips, text and images demonstrating key concepts of delivery, infant and mother care, as well as an optional self-assessment. The resource kit that accompanies the CD contains birth-plan templates, a baby-shower planning guide, doctor-visit templates, and a video of an actual birth. The self-paced tutorial makes it easy for parents with hectic schedules or who are on bedrest to find out the nuts-and-bolts of prenatal and postnatal care, and also serves as a refresher course for subsequent pregnancies.

Purchase it here.

 

 

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Baby’s First Music Player

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Most every adult has had the experience of being driven nuts by a toddler toy that plays the same song over. And over. And over. Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t referring to tykes in his quote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…”–but it’s an apt description nevertheless. My niece just started college, yet I still remember the opening drum riff of the Mickey Mouse marching-band toy she got on her first birthday.

So it’s no wonder that Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is currently the top-rated toy on Amazon.com. It’s priced at well under $10, comes with seven sweet extended classical music pieces to keep baby busy or relaxed, as the case may be (and Mommy/Daddy sane). It has a carry handle and lights that sync with the music, and uses 2 AA batteries (included). It’s lightweight–only 3.7 ounces–and baby can toggle through the music selection by pressing an easy-to-use button.

Take Along Tunes features “baby-friendly” versions music by composers Chopin, Vivaldi, Mozart & Rossini, among others. Although the manufacturer recommends it for babies 3 months and older, many parents report using it even earlier.

Buy it here.

 

 

 

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