It’s not every year that the Baby Bjorn or the Boppy are invented, but this year we did see our fair share of useful, inventive baby products. Here are 5 that have made our lives easier and more enjoyable as moms with little ones.
Mamaroo Infant Seat ($165): It’s a bouncy seat, a swing, and a sleeper all in one. Really! The Mamaroo infant seat lets you choose from five different settings (from Ocean Wave to Car Ride) to soothe your little one to sleep or to keep her entertained for long periods of time. The space-age design and bold color choices are modern and fun, and the different vibrations and motions suit individual baby moods and needs.
Indestructibles ($5 each): The year board books were introduced was surely a banner year for new baby products, but it’s been awhile since anything has come close to the convenience, the durability, and the appeal. But 2010 brought us Indestructibles, which are not just sturdy, but waterproof, tear-proof, teething-proof, and safe. With child-friendly titles like Hey Diddle Diddle and Mary Had a Little Lamb, these books are a welcome and fun way to introduce baby to reading without worry or waste.
Duck Duck Moose Apps ($2 each): If you have an iPad, you have a wealth of entertainment (and learning potential) for your baby right in the palm of your hands. Everything from flashcards to coloring programs provide stimulation and fun for even the youngest tots. If you’re not sure where to begin, Duck Duck Moose makes many great apps for baby. The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a good place to start, as this colorful app not only includes the beloved song, but hide-and-seek games, animation, and interactive play.
Philips Avent Basic Baby Monitor ($94): Of course, baby monitors weren’t invented this year, but with all things technological, they do get better with age. Philips new basic baby monitor with DECT technology is a perfect example. Not only does it guarantee no digital interference (not easy with all the cell phones, satellites, laptops and the like these days), it lets you adjust the sensitivity of the microphone enough to hear your baby’s breathing. The fantastic range and ease of use make this a great and lasting addition to the baby monitor world.
Tatamia High Chair Swing ($350): Yes, it’s a high chair and a swing. Cool, huh? Peg Perego’s new Tatamia high chair is designed for years of use. You can use it as a recliner and swing for infants and then as a highchair for toddlers up to 45lbs.
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