We tend to collect all sorts of stuff when we're pregnant, in preparation for baby. But while most of that gear can wait a few weeks or more after the baby comes, there's one thing that's an absolute essential score during pregnancy: a car seat. You can't go home from the hospital without it!
One new entrant into the market now offers one-of-a-kind technology meant to protect babies from the dangerous consequences of being left in hot cars.
The Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace Infant Car Seat uses a wireless receiver that plugs into the car and syncs with the chest clip around the baby. If the car is turned off and that clip is still buckled, an alert sounds to grab the attention of the driver. It works in any car manufactured in 2008 or after. A version of this car seat has been Walmart's best seller, and now the updated offering with the new technology is available on walmart.com for just under $150. (The car seat will be in the retailer's stores beginning in mid-August.)
The exclusive sale of the high-tech car seat at Walmart is just one of a bunch of new baby products and services from the retail giant: new national brands have been added, and expectant parents can also now create a baby registry using the Walmart mobile app—making it even easier to register for that all-important car seat.
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Alesandra Dubin is a mom to one-year-old boy-girl twins. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.
Photo: Courtesy of Evenflo