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Product Reviews

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

All aboard the Magic Learning Bus

LeapFrog’s Touch Magic Learning Bus (currently available on Amazon.com for under $20, with free shipping for Prime members) is a musical learning toy for children ages 2 and older.

Making movements or touching the sensor will activate the bus, which runs on three AAA batteries (included). Read More

A digital baby book you can send to print

Kidmondo is an online baby book that lets parents and caretakers track and share baby’s milestones and special moments. The feature-rich site includes pages for journaling, recording physical and medical data, tracking growth, posting pictures, and a food journal to record reactions to first bites. Read More

The mother of all body pillows

Leachco’s Snoogle Total Body Pillow is the top-selling body pillow on Amazon, thanks to its ergonomically designed comfort and support for moms-to be.

Designed by a registered nurse and mom, the Snoogle’s flexible shape conforms to the shape of your body, providing support for your back, hips and tummy while keeping your knees and hips in a neutral position. Read More

And on keyboard…

Ginzick’s Kids Music DJ Style Playmat with Keyboard & Microphone, currently available at Amazon for under $40 (with free shipping for Prime members), is the type of toy I wish had been around back in olden days when I was a kid. Read More

“Trying for a Baby” Tech

When I was trying to conceive–back before the Internet or smart phones or apps–I got serious. I’m a programmer so I had to do it by the numbers. So I whipped up a LOTUS 1-2-3 spreadsheet (I know, I’m dating myself) and plotted my basal body temperature, bodily changes, and even the dates and times of our marital sex bouts. Read More

A homework helper for younger spellers

The Franklin KID-1240 Children’s Talking Dictionary & Spell Corrector, currently available for under $50 at Amazon.com, offers personalized greetings, phonetic spell corrections, a rhyme finder, and 5 word-building games that include different skills levels.

Geared to children ages 6 and up, the unit runs on 4 AAA batteries (not included) and comes with 44,000 vocabulary words, as well as a guide to writing cursive for little hands. Read More

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