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Baby drum set
May 14, 2014 02:37 PM
Kids got rhythm: this new learning toy has three drum pads and cymbal, each with its own unique sound, VTech says.
Your child can play along to nine pre-set melodies in styles including rock, dance and pop, and choose from four different sounds for the drums. Each drum illuminates with an LED light.
It’s $18 here.
Beanbags for Baby
May 14, 2014 02:33 PM
This looks pretty comfortable: The Babybooper Bean Bag is touted as being a safe and cozy seat or snuggle bed for a newborn baby (with a 3-point harness) and is also suitable as a super comfy and versatile bean bag seat for older kids right through to about 5 years of age.
The maker says this kind of seat can also aid to relieve reflux for your baby, and helps prevent flathead.
It’s $70 here.
Would you like an easier way to track your baby’s weight? Now you can place your child on the smart scale’s cradle to receive high-accuracy weight measurements, which are then automatically uploaded and charted using the free Baby Companion app.
The app also compares your baby’s progress to other babies of the same age and gender, the developer says, and lets you monitor nutrition by logging bottle intake and breastfeeding.
As your baby grows up, so does the Withings Smart Kid Scale; its cradle detaches and can be used to weigh children up to about 55 pounds.
It’s $150 here.
It can be hard to prepare a bottle for your baby when you’re on the move. The Self Warming Baby Bottle can make it a lot easier!
“This self-heating baby bottle warms milk to the recommended feeding temperature in about four minutes with no electricity or cords,” says its maker iiamo.
How does it work without power? Just load into the bottom of the bottle a disposable cartridge that holds only salt and water. Shaking the bottle generates heat from the rehydration of the salt, which warms milk poured in separately through the top.
It’s $34 here.
Noted by Time Magazine as one of the “toys that will make your kids smarter,” Tiggly Shapes develops motor skills, spatial thinking, creativity, and language.
Toddlers toy with tablets, the company says, and “you might think it’s crazy to let a youngster touch such a pricey device,” but Tiggly Shapes encourages it. The four colorful shapes interact with three free iPad apps: Tiggly Draw, Tiggly Safari, and Tiggly Math. The games encourage creative and critical thinking and aid in motor-skill development. They can be experienced in 8 different languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin).
They’re $30 here.
Your child’s senses will be running wild as they explore and discover ball play, shape sorting, turning gears and more. VTech says its Grow & Discover Tree House has so many fun activities, “your little one will never want to come out from their tree house play tent.” And that’s a good thing, as the toy “provides a variety of activities to stimulate toddlers senses and help develop important motor skills.”
Babies can drop the balls through the holes and watch them roll, sort the shape sorters, or use the fabric to play peek-a-boo or hide and seek. They’ll play hide and seek, and crawl around the tent and play peek-a-boo through the colorful fabric flaps. There are 20 features to develop fine motor skills and learn about numbers, shapes and more.
It’s $63 here.