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Learning to Walk

VTech Sit-to-Stand

The Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker was made to grow with your baby, says VTech: “Little ones can play with the standalone activity panel on the floor while discovering animals, colors, music, shapes and numbers. Attach the panel to the walker as babies grow, and they’ll continue to learn as they move along.”

Your baby will enjoy spinning the three flowers to hear fun phrases, sound effects, and a melody, the company says, or pressing the piano keys to learn colors, numbers and animal sounds.” Baby can also press the piano keys to play piano notes. When a melody is playing, pressing the piano keys will activate fun animal sounds on top of the melody. “In both modes, little ones will enjoy picking up the phone to hear animals singing and opening or closing the swinging door to play hide-and-seek with the friendly cow.”

It’s $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Chewing and Winking

winkel

Looking for something a bit simpler for that brand-new baby? Manhattan Toy says its Winkel is a slightly sophisticated chew toy, a “mesmerizing maze of safe, soft, continuous tubes perfect for a teething baby to chew on.”

Not only will babies “be engaged and amused by the responsive rattle,” the company adds, but caregivers can “safely refrigerate this pliable plastic toy to produce a soothing teether.” One customer review says it helped her baby “develop two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) well ahead of time.”

It’s $13 here. (affiliate link)

A robot pet based on your iPhone

 

romo robot rover

The Romo Robotic Pet roves your home on a wheeled base, carrying your iPhone or iPod Touch from room to room.

“Romo is a curious digital creature who lives in your phone and explores your world on his roving base,” says developer Romotive. “Just download the app and dock your iPod Touch or iPhone. Let him explore your world and snap photos of what he sees. Program him to respond and adapt to his environment. You can even control Romo remotely via web browser or other iOS devices – from anywhere in the world.” Your kids can train him to recognize faces, dance to music, or chase a ball. You can also “invite friends and family anywhere in the world to control your Romo remotely while streaming 2-way video and audio,” Romotive adds, and parents can “go room to room to say good night while away on business.”

It can move about at a top speed of one foot per second, and runs around for two hours nonstop on a charge. “You play. Romo learns.”

The rover and apps are $150 here. (Affiliate link.) (Phone not included.)

Bounce the baby

 

mamaroo

No question, babies sometimes just like to be bounced. Those times may not always coincide with you wanting to be the bouncer…

And so 4Moms developed the MamaRoo Bouncer, a simple device that does just what the names implies: safely provide the fun and comforting motion your child enjoys.

It’s the only infant seat with five different motions all modeled after the natural movements parents make to comfort their babies, 4Moms says.
To make sure it moves right, they first used motion sensors to measure just how real moms and dads moved about, then replicated those motions in the MamaRoo.

It’s  $240 here. (Affiliate link.)

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