By Linzy Novotny
There were an estimated 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so it’s no surprise how many baby products are available. From baby bibs and bottle warmers to smartphone disguises and eco-friendly diapers, there is an endless amount of innovative products available to help with feedings, bath time and play time.
Here is this month’s editor’s picks for innovative baby gadgets:
Fancy/Tux Silicon Baby Bib
Spaghetti-stained cloth bibs aren’t exactly the height of baby couture, but bibs that are stain resistant and styled like tuxes and fancy dresses are. The silicon baby bib by Make My Day can be wiped clean or placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The bib also has a catchall for food, meaning less of a mess to be cleaned up during and after meal time. The bibs are easily adjustable and come in blue, green and pink. The bibs are available from MySweetMuffin.com for $14.50.
IPhone and iPad wielding parents no longer have to worry when their little ones take hold of their gadgets. Toyota Creatures disguise the iPad and iPhone into cuddly toys, the YetYet or Robotto. What toddlers and children won’t know is the cuddly toy is a disguise for a protective case. Both creatures have a downloadable app available through the iTunes store that allow toddlers and children to interact with the creatures. The creatures have a “natural user interface and edutain touch controls allow the screen to be tapped, panned, pinched, swiped and held,” according to the products’ website. The creatures play chimes and tunes, repeat voices and teach “musical qualities and sense of rhythm.” The creatures are available on Totocreatures.com. The iPhone-compatible creatures retail for $49.90 and the iPad version for $79.90.
Portable Baby Bottle Warmer
On-the-go mothers and caretakers no longer need to rely on electricity to warm bottles or food. With the portable baby bottle warmer by Make My Day, bottles and food that are placed inside the heating pouch will be warm after 15-20 minutes. Just bend the button on the top of the pouch and it will begin to heat. Reactivating the heating agent in the warmer is easy. Wrap a paper towel around the heating pouch and place it into a saucepan of boiling water. Leave in for 10 minutes and the bottle warmer is ready for next time. The bottle warmer is available from MySweetMuffin.com for $18.50.
bebePOD Flex Plus by Prince Lionheart
At about four months old, babies begin to sit up on their own, but even though this is when they’ll be able to do so, that doesn’t mean they won’t try to sooner. The bebePOD Flex Plus baby seat supports baby’s legs and back, making the seat perfect for little ones that want a new perspective on the world, but aren’t yet able to sit up on their own. The baby seat comes with an optional tray, tray-top toy and placemat. The baby seat can be placed on a chair as it comes with straps to secure it. The bebePOD Flex Plus is available at BabyAge.com in four colors for $48.
Baby Bullet Food Maker
The easiest way to know what your baby is eating is if you make it yourself. With the Baby Bullet, any food can be reduced to a purée. The 20-piece food maker set comes with small containers so several jars of baby food can be on hand at once. Now parents can make several jars of baby food and can rest assured that they know what is in their baby’s food. The Baby Bullet is available at Walmart.com for $59.
Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon
The spoon can still operate as an airplane, but is now able to easily reload. The Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon holds food in the spoon’s handle. When more food is needed on the spoon, just squirt the handle and more food is dispensed. The spoon is available in a variety of colors on Amazon.com. Price varies by color, but spoons start at $6.99.
Moby Wrap Original
With the Moby Warp Original, mothers can be close to their babies while still having their hands free. The wrap defers from other carriers because it has wide pieces of fabric that wrap around your body, using your back and shoulders to support the weight of your baby. The wrap also soothes babies by allowing them to be close in a comfortable position. The wrap retails for $44.95 and is available in 10 colors on the product’s website. A mini-version of the Moby Warp is available for children to carry around dolls and stuffed animals. The Moby Minis retail for $14.95 and come in a variety of colors and can be purchased on MobyWrap.com.
Lessen the chance of diaper rash while being eco-friendly at the same time. The gDiaper diapering system is made of two parts, gPants and gDiapers. The pants are a soft, breathable fabric that act as a second layer to baby’s diaper. Adjustable fabric fastener straps ensure the pant fits as baby grows to lessen the chances of diaper leaks. The gDiaper inserts come in cloth and disposable options. The disposable option is fully biodegradable and plastic-free. Both are “landfill-free options that go easy on the planet,” according to Milkmamasinc.com. The gPants come in a variety of colors, are available in four sizes and retail for $16.99. The gDiaper disposable inserts come in a pack of 40 for the small size and a pack of 32 for medium and large sizes. All sizes retail for $28.99. The gPants and gDiapers are available at Milkmamasinc.com.
Toddlers will have fun while spinning their snacks in a bowl that will never spill. The Gyro Bowl is a bowl set in between a circular handle. As baby and toddler move around the bowl spins around, keeping the contents of the bowl from spilling. The Gyro Bowl come s with a lid so the snack can easily be stored in a diaper bag. The bowl is available online and in store at Toys R Us for $12.99.
Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Naked is a two-position, collapsible baby bathtub. The bathtub can be reclined to support infants and expanded to fit toddlers up to 18 months old. The bathtub is one piece making switching between positions easy without the hassle of detachable parts. A drain plug makes bath time clean up easy and a slim profile makes storing the bathtub a breeze. The Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub is available in five colors on BoonInc.com for $69.99.