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Product Reviews

Reviews of products, gadgets, and new innovations for babies and their parents.

ClearBlue Monitor: Fertility-Friendly

 

The ClearBlue Fertility Monitor is an easy-to-use fertility tracker that detects both LH and estrogen hormones, and provides indicators for Low, High and Peak fertility days.

It’s non-invasive, and the manufacturer contends that results are comparable to serum-hormone measurements and ultrasound technology in gauging fertility–yet you can test yourself at home. Read More

Keep track of your kids with the Filip watch

A wearable tracker can locate your kids wherever they are, combining GPS, cell tower location, and Wi-Fi triangulation to provide the most accurate location information indoors and out.

“Parents want to keep in touch,” says Filip Technologies, which claims its FiLIP is the first location and communication device of its size in the world, “all contained safely within one small wristwatch.”

Why not a phone? Read More

Glow App now helps post-pregnancy

From prenatal to postpartum: We covered Glow in September when it provided ovulation and fertility tracking, but now the company has added a whole ’nother niche to its service: First, Glow would help you get pregnant; then Glow Nurture gave pregnancy tips; now it takes on the behavior and feelings you might experience after giving birth. Read More

Great Gift: Kobert Waterproof Case

This is a little more parent-tech than baby-tech, although if your baby is a drooler this may help! I received a Kobert Waterproof Case for review this week and the first thing I did was their suggested “tissue test.” Put a tissue inside, close the two clasps and submerge it into water for five minutes. Read More

It’s Raining Babies

Baby Shower Planner is an application for Android devices that’s a soup-to-nuts helper for organizing and planning–you guessed it!–baby showers. It comes pre-loaded with more than 125 items, and you can save/edit the app’s data to other computers for ease of entry. Read More

Baby’s First Music Player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most every adult has had the experience of being driven nuts by a toddler toy that plays the same song over. And over. And over. Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t referring to tykes in his quote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…”–but it’s an apt description nevertheless. Read More

Send those baby pics more simply

Having a new baby introduces a lot of complications — including sending photos of your infant to all your friends and relatives, on all the various services they might be using.

A new service named KidPost aims to simplify that for you, by consolidating all the shots on all the sites, and sending them in one email message to those people such as your grandparents who might not be the most tech-savvy…

You can still share photos wherever you like — just add the hashtag “#kidpost” and those pictures are later consolidated into a daily message. Read More

Take a hike, baby!

Some baby carriers area almost baby-sized — but the Bitybean is an “ultracompact” carrier that can fit in purse when not in use.

It’s made of machine-washable nylon/polyester, with an optional fleece infant liner.

It weighs just 8 ounces and is “smaller than a water bottle,” but it will let you front- or rear-carry for infants 3 months old, from 8-40 pounds, with anatomically designed shoulder and waist straps. Read More

Both Big and Mini Bilibos

All right, you’re asking, “What the heck is a Bilibo and why does it come in two sizes anyhow?”

The Bilibo “combines a rocking chair, spinning top, cradle and tunnel in one single toy,” says its maker Kid O.

Bilibo arouses curiosity, engages the imagination and playfully trains basic motor skills and balance, the company adds. Read More

Start singing, baby!

This gadget is more than just an amplified microphone: turn the mic on “and a glowing baby-animal will appear on the mirror with a mic in the hand” to join your tot in a tune.

And it’s more than just songs: With its Activity Cube Center, “everywhere baby turns there is something to do and learn,” maker WolVol says. Read More

Time Saving Beauty Products for Moms

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As a mom, it can be easy to feel that time is just not on your side. With so many responsibilities, keeping up appearances can fall to the wayside without much thought. Come an opportunity to get gussied up, we’re often forced to “stick to the basics.” What if I told you there are beauty products out there that will not only keep you looking and feeling great, but also save you time? Read More

Baby-Gear maker makes $41 million

We’ve covered the robot baby buggies made by 4moms here — and now you can look forward to more high-tech help from the small company, as it just won a $41 million investment.

The Wall Street Journal reports “the Pittsburgh startup is known for its Origami one-click easy-fold strollers that can charge your cell phone and rockers that use motion sensors and robotics,” and the “tech-savvy customer base includes actress Natalie Portman,” adds The Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Read More

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