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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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“You’ve seen how your baby’s legs start moving with excitement,” says Fisher-Price. “Now those kicks can lead to something even more exciting and special, with musical rewards, dancing lights and adorable friends.”
The Kick and Play Piano can attach to the crib, or be played on the floor. Your baby can “build a song by kicking and tapping the keys.” The soft piano keys easily respond to baby’s kicks and touch, FP adds, and the colorful lights dance in time to the music.
It’s $25 here.