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Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.

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Baby need a boost?
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This portable folding booster seat can “help mom keep baby’s feeding surface clean and sanitized,” Fisher-Price says,  “but has all the other features moms and toddlers need.”

There’s a removable tray, with a snap-on cover that is sized to fit most toddler plates. The tray has 3 “tummy adjustments to allow for growing toddlers,” as well as let you more easily “remove the mess.”

The Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat is $30 here.

Find that infant

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Nah, we don’t expect many of you will lose track of your actual baby! But while holding onto that squirming new person, you might mishandle something else. And when that infant turns into a toddler and starts to wander off…

That’s where a gadget like the Findster GPS tracking system come in, to “help you track something more valuable than your keys. Like your kids.”

The marketing message is a little overblown here: “There’s one fear that everyone can relate to: the panic of losing a loved one. Chills, stomach-churning, racing heart, sweat and heavy breathing… Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Or your pet? You don’t have to. Not ever again.”

But the concept is simple and could be practical: Just as your smartphone has a GPS system that reads satellite data so you always know where it (and you) are, a GPS transceiver in a smaller module can be located anytime, anywhere — and even have that location data sent right to your phone.

With Findster, the developers say, “you are always connected to the ones you love. Findster tracks your loved one’s activity and location, keeping you informed on their health and safety.”

Pricing is projected to start at $90 for two of the modules. There will be no additional monthly fees.

It’s in development in Portugal and just secured its funding on IndieGogo.

Sound Sleeper calms restless infants
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sound sleepThe Sound Sleeper app promises “calming, soothing sounds of nature,” as well as white noise, relaxing melodies, and nursery rhymes — all to help your baby “relaxand drift gently off to sleep.

The software is billed as a “three-in-one sleep solution for you and your baby that will accompany you from birth to the toddler years.” It can “put your baby to sleep in minutes,” help the child stay asleep with its Listen Mode, and enable healthy sleep habits with the Sleep Tracking Mode.

Sleep sounds include rain, womb, and a vacuum cleaner. Once the baby is asleep, the Listen Mode turns the sounds back on the child wakes and cries “to soothe her at night.” And the Tracking mode generates color-coded sleep graphs to “help you analyze your baby’s sleep patterns.”

It’s free here.

 

Rollin’ and Learnin’

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“Pack your bag. It’s time for learning fun on the road.”

Your kid might not be old enough to travel the world, but with the Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase, “children learn language as they use their motor skills to explore with imaginative travel play,” says Vtech.

It features an easy-to-grab handle, and rolling wheels which “encourage on-the-go play.”

Pretend travel accessories promote role-play fun, and its greetings introduce children to English and Spanish. There are also 25 melodies and sing-along songs to “keep little ones engaged.”

It’s $37 here.

Inflatable Incubator could save babies

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An inflatable incubator can save premature babies in areas without full medical facilities.

This accordion-like instrument is called a concertina, and each end of its case contains electronics, including a ceramic heater, fans, a humidifier, and a computer, Fast Company reports. The collapsible middle section extends out and can be inflated into a bed.

Some places “aren’t great places to be born, but new cheap and easy-to-transport neonatal tech might make it a little safer,” the article concludes.

The design is an entry in this year’s Dyson Awards.

 

 

Starfish aims to prevent hot-car deaths

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An in-development device senses if a child has been left in a vehicle and alerts a parent’s phone.

As reported by the Daily Mail in the UK, the Starfish is a coin-sized weight-activated sensor that fits to child’s car seat. It pairs to a parent’s phone using Bluetooth, and then signals the phone if it goes too far from the sensor — that is, if the parent carrying the phone walks 20 feet away from the Starfish that is on their child’s seat.

starfish 1The develop notes that one child dies in a hot car every nine days in the US on average.

There’s more information on the Starfish Kickstarter here.

Turn everyday into play time

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A free app suggests ways to better encourage your baby’s development during the first year of life with fun activities.

Developer Mead Johnson says they’ll “tell you how to do each activity, describe any toys or props you might need, and let you know exactly how it helps your baby reach important motor, cognitive, communication and social milestones.”

It also makes it easy to “share your memories—whether they’re pictures or just descriptions of your baby’s reactions—with your friends and family on Facebook or by email.”

The AmazingBaby app is free here on iTunes.

 

 

Smart Diaper will detect dehydration
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Yes, it’s another online project to develop another wearable device for a baby… but this one specifically takes advantage of — get this — dirty diapers.

How? Well, as the developer Pixie Scientific says, “Kidneys filter specific solutes from blood into urine.  By taking useful data on these solutes, as well as by picking up on signs of bacterial activity from a wet Smart Diaper, we make use of something that would normally be thrown directly into the trash.  Smart Diapers alert you to certain conditions that require immediate attention and also track your child’s health for months, automatically looking for emerging trends in multiple combinations of parameters.”

Pixie Scientific has put the project up for backing here if you are interested.

 

‘Healthy Mama’ makes pregnancy safer
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Is this the first brand specifically for pregnant and nursing women?

The founder of Healthy Mama says she was surprised there wasn’t already such a resource, so she went and started one.

The company’s mission is to “provide products you and your doctor can trust,” she says. The FDA-approved remedies, safe and eco-friendly vitamins and pain-relievers,  “provide pregnant and nursing women with the safest solutions to common ailments, because all women deserve to feel healthy and happy during pregnancy and nursing.”

Also, the founder delivered her daughter prematurely “and spent five months in the hospital watching her fight for her life” and says she now wants to “help other women avoid this plight, and will partner with organizations that have the same mission of helping moms deliver full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

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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.