The more cool gear for
kids parents I see, the more convinced I am that it might be worth it for the tech alone: motorized folding stroller, self heating water bottle, high def baby monitor, iPod bouncer. Here are a few things I'd considered as a tech obsessed parent.
1. The Origami Stroller from 4 Moms is a self folding power assisted folding stroller (think convertible car at the touch of a button!). According to the creators, "it's cool to watch. Like stop traffic cool." But the cool factor doesn't end there. Just checkout how small the stroller is when closed! Letting motors do the work allows the Origami to fold up into a super compact package that can fit in the tiniest of trucks. But wait, that's not all - the Origami comes with a LCD Dashboard interface letting you know how charged the battery is, how far you've walked, and just in case, whether the "vehicle" is occupied or not. Optional accessories include powered speakers for an mp3 player and a cell phone charter.
2. Digital Video Monitor: Why settled for standard def of your precious newborn? Baby monitoring is probably one of the most convenient uses of technology for a baby to make sure they're doing okay. Safety 1st's High-Def Digital Video Monitorhas a range of more than 650 feet, auto-night vision, auto channel selector and rechargeable cordless parent unit.
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3. Self Heating Go Water Bottle by Iiamo: Though it's not yet available in the U.S., the Iiamo Go feeding bottle allows you to heat a baby's bottle in just 4 minutes regardless of where you are. Free from BPA, PVC, Lead or other nasty chemicals, the Iiamo Go heats up the milk in about 4 minutes with a 100% organic disposable heating cartridge.
4. The Clearwater Tub, also from 4 Moms, is much more than the typical plastic basin bathing tub. The Clearwater tub has a built in digital thermometer, a outlet for dirty water and built in cup rest for rinsing. The rinsing reservoir also ensures you're not rising your baby with dirty water.
5. Combi iPod Bouncer, available at ThinkGeek, has a built in speaker system and vibration unit that plugs into your iPod or other MP3 player. The hammock style seat design features a 2 position recliner and 3 point padded harness. Sounds comfy to me!