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Best Time for Baby-Making


The makers of the Ovatemp fertility tracking app are now offering the complementary ONDO digital thermometer to monitor the start of ovulation.

A woman’s fertility cycle can be measured based on basal body temperature throughout the month, TechCrunch reports, and the thermometer makes it easy to check that, sending the temperature information via Bluetooth to your iPhone when you stick the thermometer under your tongue.

Ovatemp says its methods are based on traditional Chinese medicine.

The ONDO will ship next Spring, and is available for pre-order now for $75 here.


Baby goes for a drive

FP car

All right, it’s actually a stationary car — but it encourages your baby to sit up, crawl, pull up, stand & move all around for play inside & out, says Fisher-Price.

The Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car is a “vehicle for fun” the company says, “fully loaded with busy activities inside and out.”

Your baby can turn the key, honk the horn, turn the steering wheel or shift the gear to activate lights, learn phrases, and sing along to 75 songs and tunes. There are Learning, Music, and Imagination modes to introduce babies to letters, numbers, colors, first words, greetings & more.

It’s $67 here.



The Tablift Tablet Stand


It’s not pretty, but I love it. The new Tablift tablet stand looks like something out of War of the Worlds, so I was a bit skeptical about using it. Until I used it! Touted as “the most stable tablet stand on the market,” its four bendable rebar-like legs keeps it stable on the couch, chair or bed without touching your body. Therefore when you move, it doesn’t.

The Tablift works with all models and sizes of the iPad and Samsung Galaxy. I tried it out on my iPad – both horizontal and vertical. It’s comfortable and stable and very handy for reading (watching Netflix) in bed or tweeting along with your favorite television program on the couch!

It would most likely fit over most preggo tummies, and I can see it being a great asset for kids and toddlers who want to watch their shows or play their games on the couch, in bed or at a table. It also folds up to be very compact, for travel or storing away:

Tablift - folded

Disclaimer: I did receive this product free for review, but am seriously considering purchasing several more for holiday gifts. You can get it here for about $50. For more information about this product, visit the Tablift website.

Get live expert advice for baby sleep

baby sleep“Having a baby can be exhausting,” write Jeana Lee Tahnksep at Mashable. “Aside from the growing it and pushing it out part, the first few months (or even years) are riddled with little sleep, interrupted sleep, floor sleep, rocking chair sleep and sleep that leaves you guzzling coffee like there’s no tomorrow.”

Her solution? Advice from the experts. How did she get it? Delivered live to her home, via Google’s Helpouts.

“A quick search on baby sleep pulled up quite a few options and I took a few minutes to read descriptions and watch the video introductions,” she writes. She selected one, paid $25 for 30 minutes, and “I thought it was well worth it. …She was fantastic. I didn’t expect a miracle to happen that night after one conversation, but at least I had some new tactics to try and moreover some expert insight into why my baby was waking up at dawn.”

She concludes that “I’m grateful to have help just a screen away and am betting that more sleep consultations, terrible twos and potty training advice are in my future.”

The full story — with helpful links —  is here.


Get to work, baby!

FP workbench

Your baby can “work and learn” with nails that light up as they are pounded, and “your little fixer can pound, tap, spin, slide and drill.”

The Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench from Fisher-Price has 15 sing-along songs and tunes, along with lively music, fun sounds and phrases, the company says, for “discovering the alphabet, counting, shapes, colors, opposites and actions.”

There are three interactive learning modes, and “tool friends” that “bring the workbench to life:” a dancing drill, spinning vise, twirling paint roller, count-and-slide ruler ,and rattling hammer. “Playtime just got a major renovation.”

It’s $25 here.


Trio of tracking devices for expectant mothers

bellabeat leaf

To bridge the gap between sterile medical devices and the natural journey of pregnancy and motherhood, Bellabeat says, it’s devices are made primarily of wood, the Next Web reports.

It’s trio of tracking devices for expectant mothers include:
• The Leaf bracelet- or pendent-style activity tracker to monitor sleep and stress levels.
• The Balance smart scale that transmits data to Bellabeat’s app.
• The Shell fetal heart monitor which also tracks baby movements, and let’s you play music to your child.
There’s more information here.

Toddlers take along tunes

baby einstein portable player

Can a caterpillar “promote music appreciation and auditory development?”

It can if it’s the handle for Baby Einstein’s Take Along Tunes. The device “introduces your little one to baby-friendly versions of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Vivaldi, Chopin, and Rossini.” The company says the large easy-to-press buttons “allows your baby to toggle through seven enjoyable melodies at home or on-the-go.”

The colorful and easy to grasp Caterpillar handle ensures that your baby can take along their tunes anywhere. The “baby version of an MP3 player” has colorful lights that dance across the screen to enhance each entertaining melody and promote visual perception.

It’s $10 here.

Bop that Dinosaur

dino bop

At what age do kids start lovin’ dinosaurs?

With the Poppity-Pop Musical Dino, Fisher-Price is hoping you can’t be too early with a toy dino — especially one that can “encourages motor skills stimulate the senses.”

There are brightly colored balls that pop up and out of the dinosaur — you know, just like science shows real dinosaurs did — that your baby will crawl after, as well “fun tunes and silly sound effects” that can help babies “start to understand the cause and effect of actions.” Baby activates the fun by batting at the roller, dropping a ball down the dino’s tail or onto his back “to start the popping fun and music.”

It’s $30 here.

Portable play yard

portable playyeard

No, we’re not advocating infant jail time, despite what the photo looks like: instead, it’s the Pop ‘n Play Portable Play yard from Summer Infant, which “allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your child,” the company says.

The freestanding portable pen measures 14 square feet in area, with sides that are 26 inches tall. The lightweight folding metal frame is fully assembled and “unfolds in seconds,” they add. The mesh sides provide easy visibility, and the canvas floor is water-resistant to “help keep baby dry even on damp grass.”

It’s $80 here.


Oogi: Stretch that Toy

OogiAs a kid I had the pliable “Stretch Armstrong” toy — and this figure from the Swiss toy company Moluk goes further, literally: the flexible toy is made from stretchy silicone, and has a suction cup head, hands, and feet.

The Oogi can stick to smooth surfaces, and is “irresistibly tactile,” the company says. “Oogis have also been spotted playing in the bathtub, on fridges or mirrors. Oogis are very social beings: They love to touch, embrace, form chains and do crazy acrobatic tricks. Their favorite hobbies are Oogi Yoga, extreme climbing or darting onto windows and other targets.”

Sound silly? That’s the idea. Here’s a video showing what they can do:

And there’s more information here.