Soothing toys help calm the child and in some cases lull the child to sleep. Some of the soothing toys in the current market helps distract the child by playing music and keeping them quiet. Some of them are part of the pacifier model where the younger child gets to use a pacifier as well as play it; some of them are vibrating bouncers on top of which the child gets to sleep. The needs of soothing toy that have been identified for the new product is one that should pacify, must be usable as a monitor to track food intake, must have a safety monitor checking aspect and must also include some reminder settings. The primary need that has to be met in creating a soothing toy is that it must soothe. If the child is in a cranky mood or needs attention or is in pain after its regular medical shots, the soothing toy must pacify the child and help calm down its tantrums (Seiter, 1992).
A second need identified is that the same toy could either have some form of monitoring mechanism for the food intake of child or could come with some notepad like toy pad which would be useful for parents to jot down details right there. It can also have some form of reminder module which would alert the parents about the time for feeding baby, tracking the time of sleep, etc. The above mentioned needs are that of functional needs, based on the purpose that the product is going to be made use of. Apart from the functional needs, there are some basic requirements of the product in terms of safety that has to be handled as well. Any product which comes into close proximity to the skin surface of baby must be non-toxic. Toxic chemicals or toxic plastics must not be used here. The material in question must not bend or change form or properties under heat conditions, stress, cold conditions or humidity. The product material as such must not come apart easily under stress. It should be baby proofed and must be checked for any loose ends, such as screws which could be harmful for the child and its health.