Technology

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stupid ads..

if baby/child's app games could not have ads, that'd be cool -.-

Stephanie posted in Babies Jun 09

Baby monitor apps?

We already have one baby monitor but now that we have a second child, we’d like to set something up for both rooms. We have an old iPhone we were thinking of using as a monitor but not sure what app works best and is most secure and reliable. Any recommendations?

  • Kendall
    Jun 09

    We have the iBabyCare monitor that you view through an app on your phone! You can connect more than one camera too. We LOVE it. My husband likes to look from work too 😂🙄

  • Diana
    Jun 10

    We have a Motorola camera that has the monitor and you can download and app to watch from your phone wherever you are

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jun 06

How do you guys feel about other people posting pictures of your kid on social media?

  • Morganne
    Jun 08

    Honestly. I'm pretty annoyed by it. I wouldn't mind if they asked, I hate scrolling through my news feed and seeing pictures of MY baby on someone else's wall without my consent.

Renee posted in Technology Jun 04

My daughter stays in her room and plays on Youtube all the time

What can I do to get her off of it?

  • Kristin
    Jun 04

    Change the Wi-Fi password

  • Savanna
    Jun 05

    Have a game night, or at least two hours a day strictly for family, where their attention is family based. I don’t recommend just taking her phone away or doing anything drastic, as this could just cause more conflict where there doesn’t need to be any. As a personal tip, try Geocaching as a family! Geocaching is a giant treasure hunt that is available to everyone and you’d be surprised at how ... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Jun 01

Best app to track ovulation

Looking for the best free ovulation/period tracking app? :) I used one before I had my son, but it was just the first free one I found and wasn’t very good.

  • Brittany
    Jun 03

    I used Clue and really loved it!!

  • Mikayla
    Jun 06

    Clue is by far the best that I've used, you can track whatever you want and it's so easy to use!

Anne posted in Safety May 30

Free app to help prevent hot car deaths

Every parent who drives their children around, especially in summer and in hot climates, should get this app. It's free and it works. Here's what it does: 1. It uses your location to detect when you're in a moving car. Unless you tell it otherwise, it assumes you have a child in the car. 2. Once you stop, it will send you an alert asking if your child is with you. With one tap you ... More

  • Teddy
    Jun 04

    Katie, that’s what I was thinking too. It would know the local temp and tell you to park in the shade so the car seat buckle doesn’t get too warm and (obviously) make sure not to leave a kid in the car and have a reminder of how a 75’ day can turn a car into an oven in direct sun, etc. doesn’t seem to have anything to do with temp, just not leaving a kid in the car. I personally wish I lived in... More

  • Erin
    Jun 09

    -From the Creator @ Dan Not true. The app does NOT require ANY use whatsoever during driving. You should educate yourself more before commenting. @Jay We built in a feature that allows you to tell the app when you dont have kids with you at all. PS. Fathers are responsible for more babies left behind than alllll others. @Whitney The app has settings that allow it to be temporarily put t... More

Anonymous posted in Technology May 30

Recommendations for photo books?

I want to make a photo book for my grandmother’s 95th bday. I’ve tried apple’s books, chatbooks and Walgreen’s. Any other suggestions for super easy + high quality photo books? Bonus points if it works well with Google photos. Thanks!

  • Vm2634
    Jun 04

    FreePrints has an app for free photobooks. You get one free every month (hardcover) and pay shipping. I think shipping was $5.99 if I remember correctly. I did one two months ago and I was great.

  • Kathleen
    Jun 08

    I tried Google's photo books when they first came out a few months ago. They were half price and I actually was really impressed with the quality. It can be very quick and hands off, if that's what you want. Put the photos into a folder, make a book out of that folder. I did a smaller one and it was one photo per page, no formatting on my part and shipping was quick. I'm not sure if... More

Sous vide: it's a minor miracle.

That's why we're teaming up with Nomiku to bring Winnie users $49 sous vide machines (yes, that's $200 off retail). 😲 To grab this deal just follow the link below and choose $49 worth of chef-made sous vide meals, which feature fresh, healthy ingredients and start as low at $2 apiece. Why we love it: Nomiku makes sous vide super easy. All you do is tap, drop in the pre-wrapped and... More

Anonymous posted in Education May 30

Recommendations on educational iPad apps for a 2 year old?

  • Whitney Rhodes
    Jun 01

    Jellies! There's a category of videos for kids 2+ and they're all educational. Colors, shapes, ABCs, numbers, trucks (real-life, not animated), five senses, manners and respect, you name it. http://jelliesapp.com/

  • Lorraine
    Jun 14

    Little Reader and Curious World

What are your favorite podcasts to listen to with kids?

I’m on a road trip and looking for some kid friendly podcasts, preferably for kids ages 6-10. So far we’ve tried Tumble, which is a cute science one, and The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (which my kids liked but I think is more geared towards like ages 10-12). Looking for anything science related, comedy, storytelling, or mystery.

Anne posted in Technology May 25

Here with your PSA that Winnie is really useful for traveling with your kids!

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/this-is-the-only-app-you-need-to-find-kid-friendly-places-all-over/

  • Stefan
    May 26

    Hi, where in Winnie can I find a directory of playgrounds or places that have activities for kids? (I’m new to this app/community) article says it’s “yelp for parents” so I was expecting to see a map of places but i only see discussions on various topics. Thanks!

  • Diane
    May 27

    Go to the search icon- (magnifying glass) at bottom of home screen. Click it and on the page that opens you will see icons for things like parks, activities, etc. It will default to your current location but at the top you can see "change your location" also. And when you go visit places, be sure to create a post to let others know what you discovered. Hope this helps.

Technology limit?

Hi. ! I have a 13 year old stepdaughter . I’m very blessed to have a great relationship with her. :) my question is though how Can I get her to not be on her phone 24/7? I would love advice from other parents how they’ve dealt with this and how it’s worked out for them . Myself and her father have agreed to take her phone away every day at 5pm so it’ll one —- make her finish any chores she has... More

  • Britt
    May 19

    While I agree phones from minors needs to be taken away overnight it does seem to be a little early in the afternoon. Especially if she’s been at school all day where she isn’t supposed to be on her phone either. I’d say take the phone (if you must) when she walks in the door until hw and chores are completed. And if you want her to spend quality time with you guys have game nights (board, card... More

  • Kristina
    May 20

    I have my son earn screen time by reading. If he reads for an hour he can be on his phone for an hour etc...

Morning, what age do you start letting your child have their own tablet like a kindle fire for kids?

  • Margaret
    May 27

    3

  • ANN
    Monday

    Amazon has an app that blocks things on the tablets that are not for their use plus you get books and games for them. It's called AMAZON FREETIME

Cathy posted in Technology May 14

What are some apps y’all use? For gas tracking, organization, groceries, coupons. Anything really!!

  • Meegan
    May 24

    Here is a 5 minute video! I hope this helps those interested in using Ibotta. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAh_KQhKnAY @Renata and any others following this thread. :)

  • Whitney Rhodes
    May 30

    For kids video apps... PBS Kids is great. I prefer Jellies, though. It 's kinda like YouTube Kids but doesn't have any ads, you get to select what topics your kids watch (and they're sorted by age range), and all the videos are reviewed by people to make sure they're educational and safe. http://jelliesapp.com/

App to get free ebooks & audiobooks using your library card

Life changing app alert! This has been around for a while in the form of Overdrive, which was a really big PITA to set up and use, but they just launched a new app called Libby which looks way easier to deal with. It really does work though. You put in your library card number and then you can check out ebooks and audiobooks just like regular library books. Definitely worth downloading if you ... More

  • Ashley
    May 14

    Love this! Thanks for sharing it

Do you need all these monitors and gadgets?

Our third baby is out of the infant side of things. I work in the tech space and have seen a ton of these gadgets come out that monitor the babies health at all times. I have wrestled with the ideas of these for awhile and this article capture that for me. http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/05/why-using-smart-wearable-baby-monitors-was-a-mistake.html Whats the net impact of these? on parents h... More

  • Anonymous
    May 11

    As someone who has struggled with anxiety for years, I am constantly paranoid about something happening to my baby while she’s sleeping - especially now that she’s in her own room. I can completely understand why it might make some parents more anxious, but I can’t be at peace if my daughter even naps without her Owlet. Maybe some might consider that a problem but I can sleep soundly at night a... More

  • Anonymous
    May 14

    I agree with the above post regarding the Owlet. Absolutely love mine and definitely can relax and not have to constantly check for breathing. That being said, I lost a nephew to SIDS when I was 14 years old and I think that pretty much scarred me for life, so the Owlet is my lifesaver.

Does anyone else use Alexa, Philips Hue to make life easier with a baby?

  • Aida
    May 01

    Oh yes, we have these bulbs to help us turn lights on and off while we have our hands full. Also love the different colors, can turn on light with a warm red or blue hue so it’s not so bright when waking up in the middle of the night. Also use Alexa and Google as sound machines.

Anonymous posted in Technology Apr 23

what age do you allow your child to get a phone?

  • Kerry
    Apr 28

    I’m a little late to the party here, but... my daughter got her phone when she went into high school. My son will get his at the same time. My daughter does a lot of sports (some which travel) and it has given me a great deal of comfort being able to contact her. I did get her an iPhone, but only because of the restrictions. I can set a passcode only I know which can prevent the download of... More

  • Harlee
    May 10

    My son is 9yrs old. He got his first cell phone at 8

Anonymous posted in Technology Apr 18

How do you guys feel about people taking pictures of your baby/child without asking your permission? I was at a birthday party this weekend where a lot of distant friends met my baby for the first time. They proceeded to take pictures of him as they passed him around. I’m not sure how to feel about this as I know they are big on social media and I wouldn’t be surprised if they posted his pic... More

  • Gina
    Apr 23

    Since before birth everyone knew our stance on posting pictures of our child. We made sure to tell everyone close to us that we will not be posting any photos of her and the photos we did post of her didn't show her face at all. When she got to the age of 1 I did make a post showing her face but I rarely post pictures of her and if I do I only post on Instagram since I don't have everyo... More

  • Jessica
    Apr 23

    I confronted a stranger (a guy with no kids and a big camera) taking pictures of my daughter at a pumpkin patch on her birthday. I approached him and asked him to delete photos. Her said he would. I said I wanted to see- he then asked which child was mine-?!?! How was he going to delete without knowing that? He then left quickly. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. What was he plannin... More

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