Gone are the days of scratchy-audio baby monitors, glass thermometers or even warming milk in a stove pot. Go gaga over the latest innovations in the booming baby-care market.
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Who says the spa experience is only for adults? With gentle water jets and bubbles, Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa and Shower comes with a newborn sling for the smallest bathers and can be used in standard tubs for older children. $49. (800) 966-6546; walmart.com.
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Those early baby monitors were great for simply hearing when your baby was awake and needing you. Today’s monitors tell you the nursery’s air quality, stream high-resolution video and connect to your smartphone—just for starters. The iBaby Monitor M6S has night vision and can report room temperature and humidity and provide charts to track your baby’s sleeping habits. $230. (650) 396-2436; ibabylabs.com.
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The product itself may not be high-tech—it’s a plastic potty seat with a stand for holding an iPad (sold separately). But the CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty may be just the thing for a weary parent trying to get a child excited about potty training. A touchscreen protector is included. $34. (888) 280-4331; amazon.com.
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When was the last time you fed your baby? Changed him? Is it time for his medication? Keeping track of changings, feedings, sleep, medication and other timely details is what Itzbeen Pocket Nanny does best. $22. (855) 297-9516; itzbeen.com.
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Accuracy, speed and simplicity are what parents want when checking the temperature of a feverish child. Briggs’ RediScan 1-Second Infrared Thermometer delivers a digital readout in a single second with a noncontact scan of the forehead. There’s also a nighttime display setting and 10-reading memory recall. $61. (800) 247-2343; briggscorp.com.
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Kinsa’s Smart Ear Thermometer reports your child’s temperature in one second with the press of a button. It also connects to your phone, allowing you to track health history for your entire family and share details with your doctor. $50. (888) 280-4331; amazon.com.
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Pass the pacifier
A pacifier is a soothing prop for a cranky baby. Why not let it double as a thermometer? Summer Infant’s Pacifier Thermometer includes a glowing fever-alert feature for quick nighttime readings, with soft beeps to let you know when the reading is complete. $12. (800) 268-6237; summerinfant.com.
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The mamaRoo mechanical cradle by 4moms features five distinct movements to rock your child to sleep: car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye and wave. Play one of its built-in sounds, or plug into your own MP3 player for customized entertainment. $270. (412) 434-8380; 4moms.com.
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While your little one sleeps, you can monitor her positions, motion, breathing and more with Mimo Smart Baby Monitor sleepwear. The monitor fits into a custom onesie and broadcasts directly to your smartphone, where you can store the information and get live audio. $199. (877) 415-6466; mimo.com.
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Born Free’s Bottle Genius takes some of the labor and worry out of getting just the right formula mix and temperature for your baby’s bottles. It features a built-in scale for measurement accuracy, has an automatic sanitizing cleaning cycle and works with all major bottle brands. $170. (888) 222-9787; toysrus.com.