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Bounce that baby softly, in style

 

nuna baby seatNuna 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.

 

 

BabyTech DIY: Highchair for twin babies

ikea twin high chair

This is crafty: take a table and turn it into a chair for twin toddlers!

Using an Ikea dining room table, this father “made a modified activity table for a fraction of the price” of the commercial models he coveted. “I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. They sell for $300+, which is not in our high chair budget.”

Using the donated table, $17 chairs, and $3 belts, his family now has “something similar to an activity table that would accommodate the babies now, and the whole family at mealtime when the twins get older — as well as serve as a place to make crafts or paint.”

There’s more information here.

 

Camp with Baby

ciao baby camp chair

That highchair in your dining room is probably too big and heavy to take with you when next your family enjoys the great outdoors. With the “ciao! Baby” portable highchair, your infant can sit upright for a meal wherever you go.

There’s no assembly required. It weighs about 8 pounds, and comes with carrying bag.

Normally $80, it’s $60 here.

 

Beanbags for Baby

Baby Beanbag

This looks pretty comfortable: The Babybooper Bean Bag is touted as being a safe and cozy seat or snuggle bed for a newborn baby (with a 3-point harness) and is also suitable as a super comfy and versatile bean bag seat for older kids right through to about 5 years of age.

The maker says this kind of seat can also aid to relieve reflux for your baby, and helps prevent flathead.

It’s $70 here.

“Apptivity” seat for iPad fun

FP ipad baby seatFisher-Price says its new baby seat “is soothing and entertaining, with a touch of technology.”

There’s a 7×5-inch mirror “to reflect your baby’s smiling face, and promote facial recognition and a sense of self as baby develops,” Fisher-Price says. When you put your iPad into the mirror case, it can provide stimulation and engagement for your baby, while protecting your device from sticky fingers — or unintentionally navigating to other apps. Speaking of apps, with the guidance of child development experts, Fisher-Price developed free iPad apps especially for use with this seat.

It’s not just for staring at a screen: The toy bar puts dangling activity toys always within reach — and it’s adjustable or removable.

And finally, the comfy seat reclines to three different positions, with a soft head-support. It’s $67 here. 

 

This Leopard will Hug your Baby

hugaboo leopard

This plush seat is more than just comfortable: it’s upright seating position helps stabilize your infant’s back, sides and legs while they learn to sit up, Hugaboo says. “This upright position also helps prevent against after-meal reflux.”

The 360-degrees of comfy support “safely wraps your baby in plush comfort as they observe their surroundings.” It also has two toy attachments that are “perfect for floor time activities that develop sensory and motor skills.”

It’s $90 here.

 

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