Gadgets and new innovations for babies and their parents.
The Prenatal Listener lets you hear the sounds your unborn baby makes. “When you find out that you’re expecting, you can’t wait to meet your new baby,” developer Graco says. “The Listener’s design gently hugs the natural curvature of your belly, so it fits snugly and offers terrific sound quality.”
The gadget amplifies the baby’s heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and natural womb sounds, that begin late in the second trimester. [Read more...]
Baby’s best friend? You child can start learning A-B-Cs and 1-2-3’s with this toy dog, which “invites baby to learn through singing, dancing and playing.”
The Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy comes with a CD of tunes, and also plays ten sing-along songs and games. [Read more...]
“Soft, flexible plastic with bright primary colors make this Ball fun and easy for little fingers to bend, squeeze, grasp, and roll,” says Baby Einstein.
The Bendy Ball also has a rolling Rattle Ball inside inside to add additional sounds and visual stimulation to the toy. [Read more...]
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. [Read more...]
“With his quirky personality, rockin’ dance moves, and funny responses,” developer Vtech says, “your child will love interacting” with its robot toy. Cogsley has an animated LCD screen, as well as mechanical moving parts, and “is the perfect learning robot friend.”
Moving parts on Cogsley include twistable ears, spinning nose and eyes, moving arms, twisting body, and moving eyebrows and mouth. [Read more...]
There are lots of cases for iPads — Jennifer and I each have ours in fake leather that makes them look like hardback books — but this one looks to be the toughest yet.
The Khomo Safekids is made with dense heavy-duty foam (the same kind used in the soles of high-end sneakers, the company says). [Read more...]