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“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.
Children fly more safely
Jul 16, 2014 by Paul W.
The Child Airplane Travel Harness is the only child flying safety device approved by the FAA, its maker claims.
The safety harness was designed specifically for aviation travel, and compactly fits into a 6-inch sack, weighing only a pound. It’s easy to install, in less than 1 minute, they add.
It’s for kids one year and older.
It’s $75 here.
You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.
The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.
To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.
Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.
There’s more information here.
No, not like that…!
The Electronic Medical Play Set from Castle Toy includes an electronic stethoscope with lights and sounds, a light up thermometer, light up magnifier, patient’s badge, doctor’s badge, and a carry case.
It’s $33 here.
With the Advanced Solutions Electronic Nasal Aspirator, a necessary task can be a lot less unpleasant.
“Give your baby quick and gentle relief from congestion,” maker Safety 1st says. The gadget “quietly and efficiently removes excess mucus, and the clear reservoir lets you know it’s working.”
It has a contoured shape that is easy to hold, the maker adds, and its soft silicone tips can be easily sterilized. It comes with some expert advice about nasal congestion from the American academy of Pediatrics.
It’s $24 here.