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Wonder Whale kicking gym
Aug 12, 2014 by Paul W.
We don’t recommend training your toddler to kick whales, but Infantino says “babies will love kicking their feet and watching the soft sea creatures sway.”
The Wonder Whale Kicks and Giggles Gym comes with a water-filled pat mat, a tummy time bolster, and four linkable activity toys for “baby-activated fun.” It all makes for “a playful way to help improve motor skills and teach cause-and-effect,” the company adds.
It’s $42 here.
“Say goodbye to guesswork,” say the designers of a “smarter baby monitor that senses, learns and predicts.”
Worn around your baby’s ankle, the Sproutling monitors heart rate, skin temperature and body movement, and also tracks the room temperature, and humidity. The data is sent to your phone where the app creates simplified notifications. The wearable band, a smart charger, and a mobile app “work together to monitor, learn and predict your baby’s sleep habits and optimal sleep conditions.” It will let you know “if your baby is sleeping soundly or if something is wrong.”
Most baby monitors are simply “poor extensions of a parent’s eyes or ears,” the company adds “and require constant attention to see if the baby is moving or making noise. So we set out to create a more effective monitor — one that helps parents know how their baby is doing when she’s not moving or making noise, and at the times when a parent can’t pay full attention to a monitor.” Using the app on your phone, “you can check up on your baby anywhere, anytime.”
It sells for $249. There’s more information here.
(The company made a funny video on parenting here.)
This perfectly plush pal “is always ready to snuggle and snooze,” Fisher-Price says. With the Calming Vibrations Soother, your child can press the elephant’s heart to “hear 10 minutes of music and soft humming sounds with calming vibrations.”
The device “helps your baby understand when it’s time to wind down and go to bed,” the company adds. “When it’s time for rest, the calming vibrations, music and soft humming help your baby feel comforted and secure. Your baby will be cozying up for a nap – at home or away – in no time!”
It’s $15 here.
There are plenty of camera monitors that show you your baby in the crib — but what about showing your infant something interesting as well?
The Moonbeam will do just that: not only keep an eye on your child for you, but also display interesting images through its projector. “Now you can soothe and keep tabs on your sleeping baby from your mobile device,” the inventor says.
Moonbeam is bendable and covered in soft fabric, and wraps around the walls of the crib. It also has a speaker and infrared night vision.
It’s only a prototype now, but you can aid in its development here.
How do you keep your baby cozy during bath time? With the new and safe warming technology Babies R Us built into the “No More Chills Bathtub.”
“Bath time should be both calm and soothing for your baby, providing them warmth and relaxation to help them get ready for a sound sleep,” the company says. “Enjoy this special time without having to worry about your little one getting cold. The No More Chills Bather features a new, safe warming technology to keep your baby cozy during bath time. The heated sling securely cradles little ones, is battery operated. and safe to use in the water.”
It also expands to grow with your child, fitting in a sink or tub. The two-position back rest allows you to adjust the incline for your baby’s comfort.
It’s $74 here.
With “stunning color images and 3D models,” the Sprout app delivers “helpful information about you and your baby,” says developer Med Art Studios.
The app also provides tools for tracking weight, counting kicks, and timing contractions. You can “scan your entire pregnancy at a glance,” and “see when tests and procedures occur.” The info was written by doctors and mothers-to-be, the company adds.
Also, the images displayed are adapt to your baby’s gender.
It’s $4 here.