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Sleevely smartens baby bottles

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Can your baby bottle tell you when your child last ate? It can if it’s wearing a Sleevely!

The device, now in development, monitors, records and transmits information about your baby’s feeding habits right to your phone. One of every four babies suffer from eating difficulties that require mandatory nutrition monitoring, its makers note.

Sleevely is especially “great if your baby is fed by multiple people – like your partner, grandparents, or daycare center,” the developers add. “As long as the caretaker feeding your baby has the Sleevely app, you will be able to log in and see how much your baby ate and when he was fed, no matter where you are.”

It also works as “benchmarking tool since your baby’s nutritional information is compared to the nutritional information of other babies that age,” they say. “Sleevely is also a great way to provide empirical feeding information to your pediatrician. Sleevely reduces parents anxiety and offer them a peace of mind: now you can easily, accurately and remotely monitor your baby’s feedings.”

There’s more information here.

 

 

Star Trek-Like Food Scanner

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One key worry for new parents: what is that you are feeding the child, exactly? What is that medication, precisely?

New tech might figure that out for you.

It’s easy to look past futuristic promises made on the Kickstarter crowd-funding web service — but this one checks out enough that it’s received more than $2 Million already, the TechCrunch new site reports.

SciO says its pocket-sized gadget scans food, plants and medicines, and displays their chemical compositions in understandable terms. “For long we have wondered and relied on the food labels to analyze the amount of calories in a particular item. A group of scientists has developed a tiny gadget that gives the consumers the power of learning the chemical composition of almost every consumable product, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more.”

You can find out more here.

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Help baby hold the bottle

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You can encourage your baby’s motor skills development with the Baby Bottle Holder — it works with your baby’s natural grip reflex.

The gadget from L’il Helper lets babies take an active role in feeding themselves by gripping large handles attached to their bottle. It fits most bottle sizes, and matches natural nursing posture, the maker says. It’ll also help out the adult doing the feeding!

It’s $11 here.

 

Self-warming baby bottle for when you’re on-the-go

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It can be hard to prepare a bottle for your baby when you’re on the move. The Self Warming Baby Bottle can make it a lot easier!

“This self-heating baby bottle warms milk to the recommended feeding temperature in about four minutes with no electricity or cords,” says its maker iiamo.

How does it work without power? Just load into the bottom of the bottle a disposable cartridge that holds only salt and water. Shaking the bottle generates heat from the rehydration of the salt, which warms milk poured in separately through the top.

It’s $34 here.

Blender and Bottle Warmer

cuisinartThe latest from Cuisinart does double duty: it’ll blend up the perfect baby food, and also heat up a bottle.

The device can chop, and pureé many foods — and the “steam blade” cooks it as well with “even steam distribution for quicker, more efficient results,” the company says.

It comes with a recipe booklet, spatula, bottle adapter ring, and measuring cup. It’s $126 here.

 

Warm the bottle and heat the food

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The Bib Expresso lets you prepare a bottle in 90 seconds with one hand. “It doesn’t get easier than this,” maker Beaba says.

The 3-in-1 Baby Bottle & Food Warmer also warms bottles (pre-mixed or breast milk), warms jarred food, and sanitizes bottles with a “unique self-cleaning option to ensure a healthy baby.”

It’s $150 here.

 

 

 

Beaba cooks for baby

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This could be a simpler way to cook fresh food for your child: The Babycook from Beaba is a compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer, and defroster. Beaba says it starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits and meats in less than 15 minutes, “while preserving their vitamins and flavors. It then purees and blends them to the desired consistency.”

You can also use the Beaba to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. “The defrosting function is ideal if you prepare and freeze food in batches,” the company says. It has a 2½-cup bowl, cooking basket, spatula, and recipe booklet.
It’s $120 here.

 

Make better baby food

 

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Making healthy homemade food for your infant can be simple, says Baby Brezza: Just add your ingredients and set your steam time, and its device will do the rest, steaming and blending fruits, vegetables, meats and fish all in one bowl quickly and easily.

The One Step Baby Food Maker has a one-bowl design which means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking. The bowl and blade are dishwasher safe and free of BPA and phthalates.

“In as little as fifteen minutes, you can have a healthful, nutritious and delicious meal ready for your baby — with the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself,” Baby Brezza says.

It’s $68 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

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