Ah, summer… the time when families hit the road, or skies, or both, for vacation pleasure. But pleasure can turn to pain if baby grows bored or tired, which is why we at Baby Tech will focus on travel-friendly toys and games for the next few weeks.

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Fisher-Price’s Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Laptop, currently available on Amazon for $13, designed for ages 6 months to 3 years, is just such a toy. Weighing only 1.5 lbs and running on two AA batteries (not included), the Smart Stages Laptop includes three levels of play so that it grows as your baby does.

Baby can press one of nine colored buttons, or the space bar, to hear songs and phrases about letters, numbers, colors and more. Open and close the lid to hear opposites, as well. The Smart Stages Laptop comes with a travel handle for easy transport.

There’s a manual switch for parents to set the learning level; the levels include Explore (first words and sounds), Encourage (prompts for simple directions and questions), and Pretend (imaginative fun and role-play). In all, there are 30+ songs, phrases and sounds, many of which reward your child’s actions.

The Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Laptop is available here.

Susan Moss is an owner/partner in BabyNames.com and is a freelance bookkeeper in Chicago, Illinois.