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Time for Bed by Mem Fox

If ever there was a perfect bedtime book for the younger set, Time for Bed is it.  Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Jane Dyer, this board book is almost trance-inducing.  Each page follows the same rhythm, and each page has gentle rhymes.  Read aloud, it is the spoken form of a lullaby.  I find it hard to stay awake while reading it — not because it’s boring, but because it is all too effective. [Read more...]

Dream of Sheep

 

Baby not nodding off as needed? You can’t exactly inform an infant about counting sheep… But nonetheless, a sheep might be your solution… Ewan the Dream Sheep, that is.

The stuffed animal “emits soothing sounds at a low base frequency.” What sounds?  Actual recorded heartbeat and womb sounds that “really do have a calming effect,” the developer says. [Read more...]

Speedy Sterilizing with steam

 

Philips says its Avent sterilizer “effectively eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria from your baby’s feeding items in just minutes.”

The $75 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer holds six bottles, as well as breast pumps, bottles, cups, and more. (Affiliate link)

“Used by hospitals, steam sterilization is an effective way to protect your baby from harmful bacteria,; the company says.” Simply plug the unit into any standard electrical outlet to safely and effectively eliminate most household germs in as little as six minutes.”

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Baby Formula faster — and safer

 

Baby formula has to be boiled to 212 degrees. Of course it has to be cooled before serving. The first task is exacting, the second time-consuming. Or at least they were: the Piena Baby Tender Touch Formula Maker will automatically boil, cool, and dispense water, “at the perfect, safest temperature for your baby,” the company says. [Read more...]