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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.
From Fisher-Price comes a portable and adjustable rocker that “grows” with your baby from newborn to toddler.
The seat supplies soothing vibrations as well, and has two toys built in.
(You can see the reviews on Amazon are very good, except for one that notes it looks as low-cost as it is.)
It’s $38 here.
With the BabyBump pregnancy tracker, just enter your due date (or calculate from the last menstrual period) and the personal countdown screen shows the remaining weeks and days — with schematic embryo pictures of a baby for each week, as well as details about your baby’s size, weight and development.
The free app for iOS and Android from Alt12 Apps also helps you track your daily weight and waist measurements, as well as your mood, energy, appetite, cravings, morning sickness, and other notes.
Sounds like magic to me, but, 4Moms claims its Infant Tub lets the clean water flow in whole making the dirty water go out.
And with the built in color-coded temperature gauge, “it’s easy to get your baby’s bath water to a safe and comfortable temperature,” the company says.
Okay, maybe not magic: it requires three AAA batteries. But it fits single and double sinks. It’s $50 here.
“Kids grow up fast,” say that developers of the Lifecake app, with which you can “see and share their amazing progress with a private, beautiful photo and video timeline.”
The free app for iPhone and Android makes it easier to enjoy photos of your child, combining your pictures with those your spouse takes. All photos are sorted by age, so you “zoom to any age in seconds, or compare stages from birth to today.”
You can also update faraway family with the app, and so skip the email.
Nuna says its baby seat accommodates babies, toddlers, and kids as they grow — and it was “inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a breeze — the Leaf baby seat treats baby to a similarly mesmerizing ride… a motor-free ride to newborn dreamland, a wiggle party once they’re walking, or a crash pad after a hard day on the preschool playground.”
The seat’s motion “lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over 2 minutes — no batteries, no cords, no buzz, no noise.”
It’s also endurance-tested up to a whopping 130 lbs, and so “should keep them rocking out for years.”
The company cites its “elegant, serene design that feels right at home in the living room.”
It’s $220 here.