This Toy Will Teach Your Baby How to Code

think-and-code2

Coding is all the rage and there are more jobs for computer programmers and in the tech space than there are people who can fill those positions. Now, parents can start molding their tots to be able to work in the tech space with Fisher Price’s Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar.

The toy teaches the basics of coding, like sequencing and programming, with segments of the caterpillar’s body. Each of these eight segments is labeled with different symbols and colors. Kids put them together, attach them to the caterpillar’s smiling, blinky-eyed, motorized head, and press a button to get the whole toy to move.


think-and-code

The child can cause the toy to move different ways. Here’s how it looks.

Fisher  Price also sells three expansion packs at $15 each, allowing kids to add additional features like turning 180 degrees, or making different sounds or lights.

The caterpillar also works with a free companion app on iOS and Android that teaches counting and patterns.

 Order one for your baby! It debuted last January for $50, retail but is available for under $40 at Amazon.com.
dkt39-think-and-learn-code-a-pillar-d-1

Bellyitch’s Favorite Thing Winners Announced

bellyitch-favorite-thing
Thanks you for entering our annual Holiday Giveaway! We got over 5,000 entries for 10 items worth over $800! Using our giveaway interface over at Gleam.io, we randomly selected winners who are all announced on the widgets below.

We did not however confirm the winner of the abiie High chair so that one isn’t listed because we may pull a new winner if the winner does not respond. Also, because the KoalaSafe Router was late entry, we’re extended that contest into the new year!

See you at the next big giveaway!


abiie High Chair ($189)
 

Easy-DoksTechDevice Dock ($79.99)
 

GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller ($99)
The Shower Saver ($29.99)

Jillian Michaels and 13 Piece Super Slicer ($39.98)

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($59.99)
NewerTech NuGuard KXs Military Grade iPhone/iPad Case ($59.99)
 

Put Me In The Story Personalized Storybook ($34.98)
 

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99)

Eliminate Fights with Your Kid w/this Router Controls all Devices, WIN IT (Bellyitch’s Fave Thing $99)

koala-safe

The last and final item in our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway  is a router and app to help parents monitor their children’s devices.

If you are planning to get your child a new screen – tablet, phone, gaming system, laptop or computer- for Christmas, you could eliminate the need to be nagging them to turn off their device but using  KoalaSafe, a wireless router which is its own network that can schedule a time to turn off the devices, thus turning the internet off.


The Australia-based company recently announced their partnership with curbi,  an app which regulates screen time on handheld devices outside the home.

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls to easily protect and manage their screen time all year long – at home and on the road.

It has a family-friendly WIFI access point that’s easy to use. Through a simple smartphone interface, parents can set time-limits, site blocking and monitoring of youngsters’ mobile devices, laptops, PlayStations and more, which are connected through KoalaSafe.

Then when a child heads outside to school or a friend’s place, curbi takes over the care with content filtering and app blocking. With just a couple of clicks parent can lock apps, block inappropriate sites and limit screen time.

Together KoalaSafe and curbi are simple to use, giving parents total control over the content their children access from smartphones and tablets at home and on the road. Parents can:

  • Monitor, control and set limits for use inside or outside of the home
  • Get detailed information about what kids are doing when connected
  • Stop offline apps from being used

We Love love these parings and lucky for one Bellyitch reader, they’ll get to get their very own device retail value of $99! Enter below but you only have a few hours!

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router with Parental Controls ($99)

Your Child will be Amazed Seeing Her Name in a Personalized Story Book; Win It (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $34.98)

elf

Next up on our list of favorite items is a gift that would certainly surprise and put a smile on the face on any child that receives it!

Put Me In The Story is an innovative children’s platform that takes nationally bestselling children’s picture books by celebrated and award-winning authors, and integrates personalization—creating personalized books that make your child the star of beloved children’s stories.


This is a great trend in storybooks because it brings the experience of reading a book even more alive for a child. I think it creates a love of reading and getting lost in a good book if a child can see his or her name in it and can further imagine herself or himself as the characters in the book.

With Put Me In The Story, authors are allowing readers to personalize their copyrighted, bestselling books to create the ultimate gift.

The guys at Put Me In The Story will gift one fortunate Bellyitch reader with their own book, “Ginger, Can you Help an Elf“, one of the newest titles, which would be PERFECT for the holidays!

Enter below thru midnight!

Put Me In The Story Personalized Storybook ($34.98)

This Military-Grade Cover Will Protect Your iPhone; WIN IT (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $59.99)

newer-tech

We are extending the Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway for ONE  MORE Day to squeeze in the last three products.

I am loving NewerTech NuGuard KXs Case for iPhone 7, 6 & 6s and  Screen Protector for iPhone/iPad:


The KX case uses state­-of-­the-­art military-grade X­Orbing Gel Technology to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. This revolutionary technology is engineered into a one-piece design that features a hard outer shell integrated with a soft interior core, providing protection and style at a price you’d pay for a regular case. Incredibly thin at ½”, it protects your iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and other iPhones against accidental drops, impacts, and scratches, while still easily fitting in your pocket.

Love it! I do not go anywhere without this level of protection for my digital devices. I’ve had too many cracked screens to go out unprotected! This case sounds like it would do the trick for insulating your device from all damages and bumps and bruises.

The case retails for up to $59.99, depending on the device but today you can win your very own by entering the contest below:

NewerTech NuGuard KXs Military Grade iPhone/iPad Case ($59.99)

Give Your Kid These Friendly Headphones for Christmas; WIN IT (Bellyitch Fave Thing $59)

kidz-gear

Next on our last and final day of sharing Bellyitch’a Favorite Things are these Bluetooth  headphones just for kids

The Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones are a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for that kid who loves Music or watching YouTube video series without distraction or distracting others around him.


Win it!

Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones ($59.99)

This Gamesir Controller turns your Android Phone into a Joystick, WIN IT (Bellyitch Fave Thing)

bellyitch-fave

We are in day 4 of the Bellyitch’s Favorite Things annual holiday giveaway!

Today, we’re exploring a gamer’s wishlist item: an awesome game controller that can be used on the PC or an android phone and is compatible with many PC based games currently on the market!


g3s_03

 

My 14-year old son is a major gamer. In fact, he plans to build his own computer so he can game with speed and ease. Ordinarily, I’d frown on that because he should be focusing on his academics but the geek in me is excited over the idea of the boy building his own desktop from the ground up.

Anyway…I digress.

Until that happens, this Gamesir Gamepad multi-platform bluetooth portable game controller that I became aware of recently is perfect!  Apparently, it allows for the real gaming experience from his android device and a desktop.

All of the Gamesir controllers have an ergonomic rubberized handle which is good for getting a good grip  and it vibrates to coincide with active movement in the game. To connect, use Bluetooth to pair your phone with the controller, then plug into your phone and go! They come with an  LED light so the user can see the controls when gaming in dark rooms like basements. The makers claim 30+ hours of battery life in their latest controller, the M2, before needing to be recharged and to be supported by a number of existing games on the market.

I have NOT tested out this controller or any of them yet so I cannot vouch for any of the claims by the manufactureres, but there have been plenty of reviews you can find here for all their controllers.

The makers, GameSir are in Hong Kong and since being founded, they have grown and branded out and now service more than two million users worldwide including in China, Canada, Japan, India, Brazil, Argentina, the UK and France as well as America so the contest to get this controller is international! Worldwide baby! Enter Below to win an earlier generation GameSir G3s:

GameSir G3s Bluetooth Wireless Controller ($99)

Why Wasn’t this ‘Shaver Helper’ Around Before? Win It! (Bellyitch’s Fave Things $29.99)

bellyitch-favorite-things

We are on Day three of Five of our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things of 2016 annual giveaway!

Today, I’m talking the Shower Sidekick , a portable, adjustable shaving stand that effortlessly locks into place in any three walled shower (no complicated or permanent installation required).

This contraption is PERFECT for the preggers woman who stopped seeing her feet 4 weeks and 5 OB appointments ago. It’s essentially a “shelp” that provides a safe and sturdy place to rest one’s foot while shaving the legs.


After all, balancing with one foot on the wall, bending over, or sitting on the dirty shower floor is annoying enough without a bump the size of a bowling ball protruding from your belly.

They get us and that is why The Shower Sidekick (retails: $29.99) is one of Bellyitch’s Favorite Things of 2016. You can order yours here Of you can win one as part of our contest here:

There are many ways to win and entrants can enter daily.

The Shower Saver ($29.99)

ENTER TO WIN: 5 Device Dock/Charge Station for Families ($79 VAL. Bellyitch Fave Things)

picmonkey-image

Today is day two of our Bellyitch Favorite Things  and also among our list of fave gadgets and devices for parents and families is this Easy-Doks Dok CR33! It is a universal 5 device charger that simultaneously charges, docks, cradles and plays music on any device that uses a USB cable, including smartphones, tablets, watches, MP3 Players, and more.

The CR33 uses Smart SCD Technology (Smart Current Detection) that adjusts the current flow to ensure proper charging current and amps specific for each device. It also includes a high quality 6 watt Bluetooth Speaker and Speaker Phone to play music or answer calls hands-free on one device on its high quality speaker system while charging.


It retails for $79.99 and you can purchase it from Amazon.com or win it in our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway! One lucky Bellyitch reader will go home with this lovely device for their family!

Enter below to win, now thru Saturday, December 17 at Midnight. Open to US Entrants only! Check out the original post to enter to win some of the other prizes in the Giveaway. And check back at the blog daily for other things to win!

Easy-DoksTechDevice Dock ($79.99)
 

Win this Scandinavian-Designed Tot to Teen High Chair ($189 WIN IT!)

bellyitchs

It’s Day Two of our Bellyitch’s Favorite Things Giveaway

Today, we’re sharing our love of this very creative high chair that grows with your baby from infancy to adulthood:

unnamed-3

Unlike traditional high chairs that are big, bulky, and cost a ton of money, the versatile Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair will grow with your child. It’s a chair that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime. Simple to convert, this beautifully crafted, all-in-one high chair can transform into an adult size seat in less than 20 seconds. It’s an inexpensive and long lasting gift that new moms or parent will appreciate and love.

parade500

Created by highly skilled engineers, the 2015 gold medal winner of the National Parenting Publications Awards, is a practical solution to daily-life situations. From holiday festivities to birthday celebrations, you’ll be ready to welcome any extra guests with Abiie Beyond Junior Y High Chair.
Abiie Beyond Junior Y is a one-time purchase that can last a lifetime and is loaded with features:

  • Easy to transportWith Abiie’s compact design, traveling is hassle-free.

  • Cleaning is easy – Comes equipped with waterproof seat cushion and one-hand removable tray that can be easily thrown into the dishwater.

  • Anti-microbial heat sterilization – Keep your child’s environment hygienic and safe.

  • Dual restraint system – Adjust for a 5-point harness or 3-point harness.

  • Go green – Material is biodegradable and recyclable making it eco-friendly.

  • Toxin-free – No harmful substances* such as BPA and Phthalate.

The Abiee chair retails for $189 but given that it will have multiple, life-long nullity, that’s a perfect price point! You can WIN you very own chair by entering our contest below!

abiie High Chair ($189)