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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.
This electronic musical mobile can easily be installed above your baby’s bed, maker AGPtek says, and can rotate with the music.
The battery-operated Baby Bedding Musical Mobile plays twelve tunes. It’s $13 here.
You can view your baby from a 3.5-inch portable color display — and control the camera’s pan, scan, and zoom with the touchscreen.
Summer Infant says its set-up “ensures parents peace of mind, day and night.” The system also provides two-way audio communication so you can talk with your child through the touchscreen and camera with a 400-foot range, and “give comfort and reassurance, or gentle reminders from another room.”
There is also automatic black & white night vision “to clearly see baby in low-light and darkened rooms,” and sound-activated LED lights. The system can work with 3 optional additional cameras to keep an eye on all your children.
It’s $189 here.
Want to easily carry your infant while keeping your hands free? Despite the name of this column, we’re not recommending a robot this time: instead it’s a simple wrap made from 95 percent cotton with a little Spandex thrown in, and “free of buckles, straps or snaps.”
The Boba Wrap is comfortable for newborns and infants up to 35 pounds, and holds “snug against your body to achieve a perfect fit every time.” It is also ideal for breastfeeding, the maker says, adding that “carried babies sleep better, cry less, and are healthier and happier. Build a loving bond with your baby while living life to the fullest, with a Boba wrap.”
It’s $38 here.