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Amber Leventry's Blog

Through technology, common sense, and really creative minds, there is an unlimited supply of products for parents and their children. Parenting is hard work so I love kid products and baby gear that make life easier for moms and dads. And I love products that make the world better. I hope to find both for you, while never losing sight of the fact life should be fun too. See something I should know about? Send me a message on Twitter @AmberLeventry.

I am a parent of three—two are twins. I write about parenting for The Next Family. My writing has also been featured on Scary Mommy and Huffington Post.

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Lumo Play Turns Any Room Into An Interactive Playspace

Imagine an iPad or Android tablet big enough and strong enough to walk, jump, and dance on. And imagine access to over 100 interactive games geared to get children moving, laughing, and learning. Now imagine being able to have that in your living room with one small projector. Stop imagining and get ready for Lumo.

Jinkies! LEGO Unveils Scooby Doo Building Sets

LEGO and Warner Bros. have teamed up to bring Scooby-Doo out of our favorite childhood memories and into our children’s hands. The rollout will be paired with a new 22-minute video featuring Scooby and the rest of the beloved sleuths, produced with the help of Warner Bros. Animation. Jinkies!

Osmo Is a Tangible, ‘Actual Reality’ Gaming System For iPad

Osmo uses Reflective Artificial Intelligence to combine old school education with new school technology. With four digital games that need physical interaction using tools like letter tiles, pencils, and puzzle pieces, your child with truly be able to wrap their hands around what they are learning.

Have Girl Scout Cookies Year-Round With Your Very Own Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

The allure of Girl Scouts Cookies is their celebrity and fleeting availability. Would we still want them if they were available year-round? Hell yeah. Girl Scout Cookies are delicious. Buttery tastiness should not be seasonal. Gone are the days of waiting for the neighbor kid or a co-worker to bring you an order form. Gone are the days of having missed that order form and longing for a sleeve of Thin Mints. Now you—more specifically your child—can make Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Lemon Cookies anytime a craving strikes.

10 Best Wearable Tracking Devices To Keep Kids Safe

All parents want to keep their children safe. But the debates between the different parenting styles used to keep our kids safe are heated, and safety is defined a bit differently for every way of parenting. Free-range parents would never leash their child. Helicopter parents would never let their child take the subway alone. But when it comes to crowded events, theme parks, or giving our children the independence to venture out in the world alone, will the latest trend in child safety be common ground? Wearable technology with GPS tracking capabilities is paving the way as the newest approach to protect our children. Here are 10 of the best child tracking devices on the market.

Bounceroo Gerry Giraffe Will Put His Neck On The Line For Your Baby

Warren Newton, dad of four, and Innovative Baby Products want you to meet Gerry. Gerry’s formal name is Deluxe Bounceroo, but that’s a mouthful. Gerry is a giraffe who quietly rocks your baby while she is in her rocker, car seat, or crib. Your hands and feet are free to do things like eat, walk to the bathroom, or fold the laundry that has piled up for three weeks. Take your time. Gerry has everything under control.

FunPod HighChair Is The Perfect Kitchen Accessory For The Little Foodie

The award-winning FunPod by Little Helper is about to become even more helpful. The FunPod HighChair will be the world’s first 5 in 1 highchair that will take your child from tasting their first foods to cooking them with you.

Super Undies Will Turn Kids Into Potty Training Super Heroes

Potty training is a rite of passage every parent and child go through. The process can range from what nightmares are made of to a surprisingly easy transition from diapers to underwear. Most potty training stories fall somewhere in between, and the end result is still the same. But some children take a little longer and some need extra help at night. Super Undies will make your child feel like a super hero while they conquer potty training and bedwetting fears.

Bitybean Child Carrier: Big Idea, Compact Solution

I love when simple solutions evolve from complex problems. I also love when big products and product lines come from small businesses. Bitybean is a small company from a little town in northern Vermont which took a big idea and made it into the convenient Bitybean UltraCompact Baby Carrier.

CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel our children’s desire to learn.