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Product Reviews

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

A Tampon-like Music Player for your Fetus

So here’s a controversial question: would you insert a music device into your vagina to serenade your fetus? The makers of Babypod certainly hope so (www.babypod.net).

Believe it or not, the makers claim that 100 babies have been born who were exposed to music via Babypod have had no damage to their hearing after the mom used the product during pregnancy. Read More

Baby Tech’s 2015 Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for your favorite baby, pregnant woman, or older child? Here’s a year-end review of our favorite Baby Tech items from 2015.

For pregnant women:

Leachco’s Snoogle Total Body Pillow. ZenKids’ stroller organizer. Infant Optic’s Video Baby Monitor with night vision Salter’s 914 Electronic Baby & Toddler Scale Giraffe Razor Extension Handle Baby Shower Planner app. Read More

Baby in a Longboard? Check it out!

Strollers manufacturers are constantly trying to outdo one another, and this one is no exception.

The Quinny Longboard Stroller allows adults to skateboard with their baby riding sidecar in an attached stroller seat. Safety is somewhat controversial, however, since it is only approved in Europe and not in the U.S. Read More

Merrily down the streaming videos

Amazon.com has just added a slew of educational videos for babies to its video streaming service.

Geared toward ages 6 months to 2 years, the videos cover everything from vocabulary to shapes to numbers to movement to sounds.

Baby Playpen Intro to Color Movement and Games (six episodes), Peekaboo I See You; Surprise! Read More

Pregnant? Here’s an app for that.


Winkpass Creation’s iPregnant app for iOS (iPhone and iPad) is a pregancy tracker chock-full of features.

Its Journal feature provides room for tracking weight, doctors appointments, and notes as your pregancy progresses. You can customize reminders (a lifesaver if you have the all-too-common “pregnancy brain”) as well as questions for your doctor. Read More

This ball will make baby move and crawl

 

VTech’s Move and Crawl Baby Ball, currently priced at $15 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members, is a learning toy that also provides exercise for your little one.

Once the toy is turned on, it rolls around by itself slowly, giving baby the motivation to crawl or walk after it. Read More

Soothing Slumbers Bear makes bedtime a breeze

Is your little one fussy at bedtime? VTech Baby’s Soothing Slumbers Bedtime Bear will help lull her to sleep with its soft, plushy fabric and an array of calming and tranquilizing tunes.

The Bedtime Bear, geared to ages newborn to 2 years, plays lullabies when the button on her tummy is pressed and stops automatically after 10 or so minutes (or before then if the button is pressed twice).  Read More

Make learning fun: Part 2

This is the second in our series on learning websites for children. Read Part 1 here.

A few more websites to acclimate the kids to the Season of School:

PBSkids.org is a favorite learning site among teachers and parents, but I found the navigation and sign-up process clunky (password authentication is a series of pictures, e.g.). Read More

Make learning fun: Part 1

Now’s the time of year when the kidlets are either back to school or getting ready to go back to school. If their brains have turned to mush over the long, hot summer, here are some websites to pique kids’ interests and teach them at the same time:

ABCya.com was developed by a grade-school teacher and features hundreds of games and apps for children from pre-K to 5th grade. Read More

New Baby Body Care Line from Whole Foods

New moms are on the search for natural and baby-safe body care products more than ever. But with the sea of choices, it can be daunting to hunt down something that you and the little one will love.

Luckily, Whole Foods Market just launched their 365 Everyday Value Baby Body Care line, making these products not only accessible, but also affordable. Read More

Spectra Baby Pumps: Portable and Quiet

With the highest ratings on Amazon and raves from new moms, the Spectra Baby series of breast pumps are getting a lot of attention. Many even seem to prefer them to their comparable Medela counterparts. There are two models of Spectra pumps available, in vastly different price ranges:

The Spectra Baby USA S2 is a quiet, battery operated model, complete with night light. Read More

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