New baby not sleeping enough? This “rock n’ play” sleeper combines rocking with “calming vibrations,” Fisher-Price says. “The cozy fabrics give your little one a comfortable seat, and a gentle push from mom rocks and soothes baby.”
The Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n’ Play Sleeper also collapses and is very lightweight, “so its easy to move around the house or bring along on trips.”
It’s $59 here.
Sometimes you need a bed for your child when on-the-go. Howabout one that inflates in just 30 seconds?
The Tuckaire Toddler air bed from Shrunks “keeps children secure and comfortable throughout the night,” its makers say. It’s “great for overnight stays at the grandparents, hotel, and camping or perfect for the bedroom at home. Kids feel secure and cozy, and right at home, thanks to the portable air bed’s unique design.”
It’s $64 here, and includes a carrying bag, repair kit, and a Jetaire electric pump.
Babies don’t recognize themselves, but looking into a mirror can stimulate their senses and imagination.
The Sassy Crib and Floor mirror inspires baby’s vision, touch, exploration and communication and manipulation skills with high contrast colors, character faces and simple patterns and realistic forms, the maker says. The easel back allows mirror to be used on floor or attaches to crib with elastic. It’s all free of paint, phthalate, and BPA, they add.
There is also a two-color spinning ball that engages your baby’s curiosity, and red ladybug that attracts developing visuals, and a rotating bee.
It’s $9 here.
Get your kid interested in animal life from around the world with this interactive mobile.
The Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projection Mobile from Fisher-Price combines animal-themed music with plush animal figurines, and movement with light projection. “Soft, colorful animal friends from around the planet twirl and smile down at your baby,” FP says.
It will play 20 minutes of music with nature and heartbeat sounds. It comes with a remote control, and 4 plush animals.
It’s $47 here.
Baby in a Box?
Oct 18, 2013 by Paul W.
The Skinner Box, that is: a “futuristic” baby bed designed by psychologist B.F. Skinner to keep his new daughter comfortable and secure.
It seems like old-school tech now, but when Skinner built his “Air-Crib” it was the latest and greatest. His baby daughter was in it for eleven months [not non-stop!] when he wrote, “Her remarkable good health and happiness and my wife’s welcome leisure have exceeded our most optimistic predictions, and we are convinced that a new deal for both mother and baby is at hand.”
But it never caught on. Even though the behavioral expert designed it to maintain a comfortable temperature, provide built-in toys, and maintain feeding and sleeping schedules, society overall thought it a little too “Brave New World” — although Skinner did later report hearing from 73 couples who’d raised 130 babies using his design.
Read more about it here. Would you ever want to try something like this?
Bedtime Baby beside you
Sep 30, 2013 by Paul W.
The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in their own sleeping area beside your bed, according to the Royal College of Midwifes — and so Little Green Sheep in the UK is offering “a safe alternative to bed-sharing: The SnuzPod bedside crib.”
The 3-in-1 design combines a bedside crib for a safe and easy night’s sleep; a stand-alone crib for the nursery later; and a removable rocking bassinet that can be used around the home. “The SnuzPod provides your baby with their own safe sleeping space and the right support to match their needs,” the company says, “reducing the risks of bed-sharing and fear of smothering whilst still keeping your baby close.”
There’s more info here.