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Product Reviews

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

Track your ovulation and fertility with Glow

Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can.

Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.”

The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). Read More

Vivaldi interactive – Four Seasons music app

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. Read More

Baby need a boost?

This portable folding booster seat can “help mom keep baby’s feeding surface clean and sanitized,” Fisher-Price says,  “but has all the other features moms and toddlers need.”

There’s a removable tray, with a snap-on cover that is sized to fit most toddler plates. Read More

Smart Diaper will detect dehydration

Yes, it’s another online project to develop another wearable device for a baby… but this one specifically takes advantage of — get this — dirty diapers.

How? Well, as the developer Pixie Scientific says, “Kidneys filter specific solutes from blood into urine.   Read More

Wonder Whale kicking gym

We don’t recommend training your toddler to kick whales, but Infantino says “babies will love kicking their feet and watching the soft sea creatures sway.”

The Wonder Whale Kicks and Giggles Gym comes with a water-filled pat mat, a tummy time bolster, and four linkable activity toys for “baby-activated fun.” It all makes for “a playful way to help improve motor skills and teach cause-and-effect,” the company adds. Read More

Projector soothes baby in the crib

There are plenty of camera monitors that show you your baby in the crib — but what about showing your infant something interesting as well?

The Moonbeam will do just that: not only keep an eye on your child for you, but also display interesting images through its projector. Read More

Babies R Us warms the tub

How do you keep your baby cozy during bath time? With the new and safe warming technology Babies R Us built into the “No More Chills Bathtub.”

“Bath time should be both calm and soothing for your baby, providing them warmth and relaxation to help them get ready for a sound sleep,” the company says. Read More

Sprout is a “personal pregnancy app”

With “stunning color images and 3D models,” the Sprout app delivers “helpful information about you and your baby,” says developer Med Art Studios.

The app also provides tools for tracking weight, counting kicks, and timing contractions. You can “scan your entire pregnancy at a glance,” and “see when tests and procedures occur.” The info was written by doctors and mothers-to-be, the company adds. Read More

Affordable adjustable rocker


From Fisher-Price comes a portable and adjustable rocker that “grows” with your baby from newborn to toddler.

The seat supplies soothing vibrations as well, and has two toys built in.

(You can see the reviews on Amazon are very good, except for one that notes it looks as low-cost as it is.)

It’s $38 here. Read More

Free app for your baby bump

With the BabyBump pregnancy tracker, just enter your due date (or calculate from the last menstrual period) and the personal countdown screen shows the remaining weeks and days — with schematic embryo pictures of a baby for each week, as well as details about your baby’s size, weight and development. Read More

App streamlines photos of your growing child

“Kids grow up fast,” say that developers of the Lifecake app, with which you can “see and share their amazing progress with a private, beautiful photo and video timeline.”

The free app for iPhone and Android makes it easier to enjoy photos of your child, combining your pictures with those your spouse takes. Read More

Crib rockers helps crying babies sleep

The DreamMover baby rocker “gently rocks at the speed of a mother’s heartbeat,” says its maker RoboPax, to “creates just the right amount of ambient noise.”

The company says its rocker “eases the transition from the womb into the world,” to “significantly reduce baby crying,”

The gadget works with all strollers, seats, pads, push chairs, etc., the company adds, and is easy to set up and clean. Read More

BabyTech DIY: Highchair for twin babies

This is crafty: take a table and turn it into a chair for twin toddlers!

Using an Ikea dining room table, this father “made a modified activity table for a fraction of the price” of the commercial models he coveted. “I heard about activity tables for daycare centers. Read More

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