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Get a doctor on the screen

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Maybe you don’t have to drive to the emergency room –— or even schedule the visit with a pediatrician. A new service will bring the doctor to your house, any time.

Well, it’s not actually a house call: MDLIve will put the doctor onscreen for a two-way video call.

The service is for non-emergency medical issues, when your primary care physician is not available, and charges $49 for a doctor visit. It says it has “the largest telehealth network in the U.S.” and can even prescribe medications which are “sent instantly to your pharmacy of choice.”

And hey, want to talk it out? That’ll be $79 for a one-hour therapy session. They’re on-call as well.

 

Play that Piano… maybe kick it a little too

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“You’ve seen how your baby’s legs start moving with excitement,” says Fisher-Price. “Now those kicks can lead to something even more exciting and special, with musical rewards, dancing lights and adorable friends.”

The Kick and Play Piano can attach to the crib, or be played on the floor. Your baby can “build a song by kicking and tapping the keys.” The soft piano keys easily respond to baby’s kicks and touch, FP adds, and the colorful lights dance in time to the music.

It’s $25 here.

 

Baby Einstein goes to the jungle

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To the best of my knowledge, Albert Einstein was not a notorious safari adventurer. Nonetheless, the fine folks at Baby Einstein advise you “Send your baby to the jungle and back in the Safari Adventure Gym and Tunnel.”

The 4.5-foot long creative play space “provides a padded, roomy environment promoting three fun ways to play,” the company adds: “tummy time, sitting and crawling, with plenty of padded crawling space for babies to explore.” The tunnel mat “mixes in real-life imagery with vivid colors and 3 languages to enhance your baby’s sense of discovery.”

There are also a sun rattle, leaf-shaped teether, and a ring rattle with beads and extra links.

The Adventure Tunnel is $39 here.

 

Wonder Whale kicking gym

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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.

 

Anklet tracks tot’s sleep

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“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.)

 

 

 

An elephant soothes with vibrations

fp elephant sootherThis 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.

 

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