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Travel toys for tots: Smart Stages Laptop
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Ah, summer… the time when families hit the road, or skies, or both, for vacation pleasure. But pleasure can turn to pain if baby grows bored or tired, which is why we at Baby Tech will focus on travel-friendly toys and games for the next few weeks.

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Fisher-Price’s Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Laptop, currently available on Amazon for $13, designed for ages 6 months to 3 years, is just such a toy. Weighing only 1.5 lbs and running on two AA batteries (not included), the Smart Stages Laptop includes three levels of play so that it grows as your baby does.

Baby can press one of nine colored buttons, or the space bar, to hear songs and phrases about letters, numbers, colors and more. Open and close the lid to hear opposites, as well. The Smart Stages Laptop comes with a travel handle for easy transport.

There’s a manual switch for parents to set the learning level; the levels include Explore (first words and sounds), Encourage (prompts for simple directions and questions), and Pretend (imaginative fun and role-play). In all, there are 30+ songs, phrases and sounds, many of which reward your child’s actions.

The Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Laptop is available here.

All aboard the Magic Learning Bus
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Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 12.41.03 PMLeapFrog’s Touch Magic Learning Bus (currently available on Amazon.com for under $20, with free shipping for Prime members) is a musical learning toy for children ages 2 and older.

Making movements or touching the sensor will activate the bus, which runs on three AAA batteries (included). Children can toggle between the bus’s modes (Learning, Letter Exploration, and Music), and parents can go online for tips on expanding and enhancing the learning activities.

When a child touches one of the alphabet letters on the Magic Bus, the child hears the letter name, the letter sound, and 26 words that begin with the letter. Once the child recognizes each letter, there’s a Find the Letter game, The Magic Bus, is lightweight at 1.5 lbs, and parents can use a damp cloth to wipe off grimy fingerprints.

The Touch Magic Learning Bus is available here.

For your budding Buddy Rich
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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 3.20.51 PMVTech’s Kidibeat Drum Set, available on Amazon.com for under $20, provides little ones with hours of jamming, fun and learning.

The drum set works in three modes: free-style, playing along with nine pre-set songs (the drums light up as a learning guide to the songs), and learning about letters and numbers through structured play.

Geared to ages 2-5, the Kidibeat Drum Set runs on two AA batteries (included) and weighs two pounds. It includes a volume control for sound-sensitive parents, and comes with two drumsticks (but tiny hands work as well).

You can purchase the VTech Kidibeat Drum Set here.

Making music-lovers in the womb
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Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 2.45.26 PMWant to woo your in-utero baby with some sweet classical music, or with recordings of baby’s parents’ and siblings’ voices? Look no further than Lullabelly’s Prenatal Music Belt, currently available at Amazon for under $60.

The Prenatal Music Belt plugs into any type of portable music player–iPhone, iPod, CD player, etc.–and comes with an audio splitter and headphones so you can listen along with baby. The belt utilizes safe-sound-level technology, so that the maximum volume level never exceeds that of a normal  audible conversation.

The speaker inside the belt is removable, so the adjustable belt can be washed, and the belt is made of an ultra-soft fabric and attached by a long, wide strip of velcro.

The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt comes in a wide range of colors and is available here.

Vivaldi interactive – Four Seasons music app
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An interactive storybook for the iPad can foster a love of classical music in children of all ages. “Hear the beautiful music and get involved!” says developer Infinite Fermata.

The Four Seasons: A Vivaldi Storybook features a kid-friendly arrangement of one of the most beloved pieces of classical music, coupled with “loads of fun interactivity” with which children can make geese sing, or squirrels fly. There’s also art depicting animals and the natural world in all four seasons, and a “gentle wit and rich but simple language to encourage readers of all levels,” the developers say.
It’s $5 here.

Baby drum set
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Kids got rhythm: this new learning toy has three drum pads and cymbal, each with its own unique sound, VTech says.

Your child can play along to nine pre-set melodies in styles including rock, dance and pop, and choose from four different sounds for the drums. Each drum illuminates with an LED light.

It’s $18 here.

 

 

Listen up, baby!
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The Nuvo Advanced Pregnancy Audio System “provides a simple yet sophisticated way to safely deliver sounds, music, and recorded voices directly to your baby in the womb,” says maker Ritmo. “This system comes with the Safe and Sound Controller, which continually adjusts the music decibel level to provide an added level of safety to the listening experience for your developing child.”

The four-speaker surround sound belt offers a high-quality audio experience, while remaining lightweight and comfortable enough to wear at home and on-the-go. It securely positions speakers at strategic locations to ensure your baby receives a high-quality 360 degree audio experience, Ritmo says. It’s compatible with your phone and all music devices that feature a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack.

“When you listen to different kinds of music during and after pregnancy, you’ll be stimulating your baby’s senses and improving his or her brain development,” the company adds. “In fact, developing babies can hear sounds as early as 17 weeks.”

It’s $123 here.

 

Bellybuds pump sound to the Baby Bump

 

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They say babies can hear music in the womb… so why not pipe some in directly? The Baby-Bump Sound System from Bellybuds connect to any phone or music player, and adhesively attach to your belly.

It’ll also connect a standard set of headphones at the same time.

And it’s not just music: you can “play voices of family members to the womb to encourage bonding,” the maker says.

The hydrogel adhesive rings are reusable, medical-grade, and safe for your skin.

They’re $50 here. (Affiliate link.)

 

Piano at the Gym

 

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Is it ever too early to get your child started playing piano? Well, yes… But the Kick and Play Piano Gym doesn’t exactly count as rehearsing scales!

What the toy from Fisher-Price can do is help strengthen motor skills as your baby stretches and kicks, while also enhancing eye/hand coordination.

Plus, the musical responses “help your baby understand the magic of cause and effect,” the company adds.

It’s $45 here. (Affiliate link)