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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.
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.