Friday, May 16th, 2014
Baby monitors that work with your phone are the next generation. If you’re looking for one that allows you to keep an eye on your sweetie and keep track of her milestones, try Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor. When paired with the BabyBundle app, it can stream video on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device for viewing essentially anywhere.
We love how this app does more than just monitor your baby though. It brings all of your new momma concerns into one easy platform, from tracking your infant’s growth, to recording doctor’s visits, and creating a Stream of Life with photos and journal entries that can be sent to family and friends.
The app was founded by pediatrician and fellow mom Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg. There’s a Health Reference to look up any newborn concern easily, plus a parenting guide with tips from the expert herself.
Test the BabyBundle app for yourself and enter our latest giveaway. This week, ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader will have the chance to win Withings’ Smart Baby Monitor, a $250 value! To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 22. Be sure to check back on May 23 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
The interwebs are abuzz with the Mimo, a baby bodysuit with a sensor attached that allows parents to track their child’s temperature, breathing, position, and so on from their smartphone. I saw it at a trade show last September and dismissed it, because 1) it’s creepy to have a sensor attached to your baby outside of an obvious medical situation 2) it’s $200! for the starter kit and 3) new parents need to sleep when their baby sleeps, not track each breath on their smart phone.
But the Consumer Electronics Show and one Today Show segment later, everyone is excited about how this will change the baby-monitoring world, and maybe it will. After all, a good video baby monitor costs about $200 (or more). And traditional baby monitors often have cords, which are a safety hazard, so maybe having the sensor stuck right on the baby’s outfit is best. The bodysuit is machine-washable, Mimo promises, and presumably can take the spit up/vomit/explosive diaper happenings that come with a baby.
On the flip side, my brother and his wife are using a nap app, Sprout’s Baby Sleep Tracker, with my niece right now, and I am unsure if it is making them more relaxed parents or making them feel like scientists studying data. Presuming you put your baby in a safe sleep environment, does it matter to have a graph showing whether the last nap was 20 minutes or 40? I look at the bar graphs that the Mimo produces and I start to get agitated. A friend with a newborn posted to Facebook, in regards to Mimo, “Oh yeah. This won’t give me a nervous breakdown.”
Like most things in the baby world, whether or not you “need” something like the Mimo will come down to your personality and lifestyle. Does a flood of information calm you down, or key you up? Do you love tech, and consider yourself an early adopter? Or are you happier doing things the low-tech way? There is no right or wrong answer. Different strokes for different folks.
We are huge safe-sleep proponents here and do like that the Mimo promotes back sleep and teaches parents to watch things such as temperature (overbundling your baby, daytime or nighttime, polar-vortex or no, is a SIDS risk). Here’s a video with some more safe-sleep reminders. And what do you think, would you buy the Mimo?
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