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Baby monitors?

Does anyone have suggestions for a good baby monitor under $100?

  • Sam
    6h ago

    We use NEST cam

  • Sarah
    4h ago

    We have the YI Dome Camera (purchased on Amazon) and we love it.

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Yesterday

Any recommendations for a baby monitor to add to baby registry?

  • Samantha
    Today

    Nest Camera! It’s a home security camera that can be used after baby is older. Can access from your cell phone, iPad, Apple TV, nest website. My husband often watches our little boy fall asleep from work. It’s pretty neat!

  • Anonymous
    2h ago

    We have the ibaby care! It’s a little more pricey than some would want to spend but it’s WiFi so we just downloaded an app and we can move the camera and view. Our baby sitter downloaded it, and even my mom in AZ downloaded it to be a sleepy baby creep. Moral of the story, having the app makes everything easier for us!

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Tuesday

Screen time disagreement

Anybody disagree with their partner/spouse about screen time usage with toddlers? What do you about it? My husband doesn’t care about the research out there about screen time being bad. He argues that is all around us and why fight it. While I agree that there’s no use in fighting it when we are out and about, I still believe that we can control how much our toddler is exposed to it in our hom... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    I am in the same boat as you. Although my son is just one so haven't started screen time yet. But my husband is same way. He doesn't care as much. Following.

Vicky posted in Technology Sunday

Any apps you guys recommend for activities for toddlers? Im looking to give my nanny ideas for 1y/o

  • Karla
    Sunday

    Galore and Meetup

  • Vicky
    Monday

    Thanks Karla good call, but I was thinking more about ideas on activities to do at home... an app with ideas on games or different activities

Learning apps

What are some good learning apps that your kids enjoy?

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Oct 11

Electronics

My baby is 26 months old. He is always wanting to play apps on my phone or watch his favorite shows on the laptop or TV. I was wondering how much time other moms and dads allow their babies on iPads or tablets or just anything? How much is too much? I have some (stahm) friends who have the tv on all day long and sometimes it’s just background noise or the baby is watching they let the babies de... More

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. I feel like a bad mommy sometimes because he loves watching tv and playing on the phone and anytime I turn it off or take it away he has a huge tantrum...because of this, we decided we want to limit how much TV time he gets. His favorite right now is Mickey Mouse clubhouse and Disney movies..which I think is pretty educational but still think it’s necessary to... More

  • Stay-At-Home Dan
    Friday

    Don’t feel like a bad mom. A bad mom wouldn’t be concerned or even care about limiting tv watching. As parents we try our hardest to do what’s right for our children or what we think is beneficial. As children grow, we have to adjust our parenting strategies to accommodate and challenge them. Parenting is tough and we have to take it a day at a time. It’s easier said then done. Definitely hav... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Oct 08

alternative therapy/counseling

Any favorite online or mobile counseling websites or apps that people use (that aren't too pricey)? I don't have the ability to have in person sessions but I'm feeling desperately in need.

  • Tristan
    Oct 09

    I don’t have an answer for you right now. But to see someone needing help and not even getting an answer? I know how much that can hurt. So, I’m here to say that at the very least, we are here for you. I know it’s not what you asked, but I hope it’s enough for now.

  • Sam
    Oct 10

    Following, I am interested in finding something like that also. Or maybe a forum or private group or page where moms/women connect and chat/vent privately with some one....any one who is just willing to listen every now and then. I’ve searched all over the web with no luck on anything legit. It should not be so hard to find a safe and affordable place online to access basic counseling or suppo... More

Anonymous posted in Making Friends Oct 05

Curbing cellphone use

I'm a stay at home mom with a 5 month old. I have no car, and no friends in the area, and my husband works until 8 PM everyday... so my adult interaction is little and far between. I've found that this has caused me to rely on my phone for some company and now it's hard for me to go long without it during the day at all. Any other parents experience this, or have ideas to kind of li... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 09

    Its so hard, I’m in the same boat. I have a 2 year old and twin newborns. My mother in law is even around to help out lately but I’m still constantly on the phone as I feel that’s my only connection to others like me. I also had a really stressful, high risk pregnancy with the twins and traumatic birth and feel connecting with other twin moms really helps me through Facebook but maybe it’s actu... More

  • Jennifer
    Oct 10

    I know the feeling! I can’t drive for medical reasons for 6 months so I spend a lot of time on my phone. If you have an iPhone you can put a timer on certain apps to where you can actually limit your time. If you find you spend to much time on social media which is a big one for me put a limit on that. If you have android I don’t know if they have something similar or not

Aye posted in Technology Sep 29

Is Baby Sparks worth the money?

There is an app called baby sparks and it just has activities you can do with your LO and it goes my their age, helps you with milestones etc. is it worth the money or is there any other app/etc like it?

  • Momof1
    Sep 30

    I used Kinedu free version and baby sparks free after he got older and learned to walk I found both of them less interesting

  • Mallory
    Sep 30

    I thought it was worth it for the first 4 or 5 months. Gave me lots of things to do with him, and if I recall, the lifetime price was the cost of a nice book. Once he got more active on his own, I stopped using it so much. But I did think it was worth it in the beginning when I needed ideas for what to do with him. Plus, now I can still check it if I want to see any activities to develop a skill.

Tablets for curious kiddos

Is there a tablet for kids where you can turn on a show or movie and lock the controls so they can’t get out of it? I’m traveling for four hours with my daughter in a couple weeks and it’ll just be us. So I wanted to have a backup plan just in case the toys and books don’t work. She’s only interested in one show (word party) but whenever she gets an electronic in her hands she loves to push the... More

  • Kevin Riley
    Oct 01

    This can be done on iPad or iPhone with “Guided Access” which is found under “Settings”>General>Accessibility>Guided Access. Works amazingly!

  • Jordan
    Oct 02

    Thank you!!!

Tracker for toddlers .

Hi ladies ! My daughter will staying at Babysitter soon this is the first time she ever stays with someone other than us and my mother. Does anyone know a good watch that you could track them from work or an app for her tablet . I been searching but found not a single good app . Thank you !

  • Anonymous
    Sep 20

    Is her tablet an apple product? You can track through find my iPhone fairly easily. If not, see if the tablet has something built in. But if you’re really worried, I’d get a watch with gps.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Sep 15

Favorite Websites about Baby’s Educational Development?

Hi! Do you all have favorite websites or resources around baby brain development and activities? Thanks!

  • Austin
    Sep 16

    I try not to worry too much about it but I do have wonder weeks and like it because it tells you about when baby is going to be in a stormy or sunny mood

  • Maggie
    Sep 20

    Aha parenting is really good but agree, I try not to pay much attention to that specifically milestones.

Hi everyone, anyone using lovevery play gym? Is it worth spending $140?

  • Malak
    Sep 13

    It’s amazing. My daughter loves it. The company is actually really great and they have all kinds of clean educational type of toys.

Oliver posted in Flying Sep 09

Free iOS apps to keep 1yo and 3yo boys busy on 6hr plane ride?

  • Anonymous
    Sep 09

    Go on App Store and look in the free kids games section! Also you should probably take your credit card info off of it just in case or at least put parental controls on!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10

    iPad or iPhone? I have tons of ideas where you’ll feel GOOD about the screen time. 🙂

Color blocks on kids YouTube?

Does anyone show their toddler this?

  • Findley
    Sep 10

    I show my daughter the less creepy ones cause some get really weird. I monitor everything she looks at and we watch together. It helps she knows all her colors for sure

Hey guys! I have a quick question do any of you know any good co parenting apps?

  • Selene
    Sep 15

    Kinedu may be a good option, if you’re looking for activities you can both do with your LO :)

Ashly posted in Technology Aug 25

ABC mouse website

Does anyone use ABC mouse.com? Pros/Cons? Worth the money? Other apps/websites out there that are similar? Thanks

  • Jen
    Aug 26

    I bought it and my 5 year old daughter never wanted to sit and do the lesson. If you have a child that likes to sit and play games it’s an awesome program just didn’t work with my specific child

  • Hannah
    Aug 26

    Try Learn With Homer! We like it a lot better than ABC Mouse.

Tristan posted in Safety Aug 24

The monitoring app you added to your kids’ phone is a security nightmare.

Please don’t spy on your kids via their phones by adding (what is basically) malware and these janky apps that are poorly secured. 1) one app, TeenSafe, was found to be insecure and may have inadvertently shared your passwords: https://www.zdnet.com/article/teen-phone-monitoring-app-leaks-thousands-of-users-data/ 2) This is not a great way to build trust with your teens/kids. My work does th... More

Amy posted in Family Life Aug 23

What photo sharing site/app do you use?

I don't want to flood social media with kid pictures, but i want grandparents and close friends to have access to lots of pictures. Do you have a method you think works well? It needs to be both android and apple friendly, and usable from a computer browser too.

  • Shani
    Aug 27

    Def google photos 👌🏾

  • Andrea
    Sep 03

    I use Google photos and created a shared album

How young is too young?

My daughter is starting kinder this year, is it to soon to get her a cell phone? I got my first daughter a cell phone when she was in 2nd grade and she did good but my 4 yr old is so advanced that I think is okay but I still have worries. My husband says its okay but being in the criminal justice field my head is split. Please help? Thank you

  • Perry
    Aug 18

    Why wait until 4? Baby selfie right out of the womb!

  • Brittani
    Aug 29

    Seems kinda young to me. I got my first phone at the age of 9

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