The technology that’s being integrated into today’s kid gear is truly unreal. These days, you can find everything from NASA-grade baby products to coding gadgets in your kiddo’s toy bin. But there hasn’t been a real update to the stuffed animal since Mr. Teddy Ruxpin in the ‘80s. Now your tiny tot’s beloved fluffy teddy can get a major healthy and techy upgrade. Meet your child’s new best friend, Jerry the Bear.
Described by his creators as a “professional snuggler” whose “super powers are revealed to his special friend only,” this teddy bear is actually a device used to help kids with their health and wellness. Your child (three years and older) can do all sorts of activities with Jerry, from feeding him and checking his health to gauging his mood and more. Your little one learns responsibility, along with basic pediatric care and vocabulary to prepare your child for any potential health questions.
It’s not all stats and vitals though. Jerry and your wee one can have meal time together, read Jerry-specific books alongside each other and establish play patterns that help add up to healthier habits. For example, if Jerry wants a nutritious meal, your child can give it to him, which might in turn inspire him or her to ask for one from you.
Jerry was originally created to help kids with Type-1 diabetes establish good practices and learn about the body’s response and care. The creators have since expanded to a regular “Health + Wellness Jerry” and a “Food Allergies Jerry,” which even comes with an Epi pen for the bear. Jerry currently only speaks English and “Magic Forest Animal,” but there’s potential for Jerry to learn new languages, as the software could be updated with more features in the future. These toys begin shipping in summer of 2016, and at $99+, they could be a good investment to help your child set up some healthy habits.
If you struggle with Type-1 diabetes or food allergies with your child, we’d love to hear what healthy habits you keep. Tell us in the comments!