Monthly Archives: October 2014

The New 1.0.3 Version of iBaby Care App is Available

We are happy to let you know that the new 1.0.3 version of iBaby Care App is now available on AppStore for download. Be advised that downloading the new update may result in some of your photos or videos stored in ‘Media’ getting lost. We recommend taking necessary steps to save your files on your iPhone or iPad. This is a one-time server upgrade and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Feel free to contact us with any questions at support@ibabylabs.com.

To save your files, click on the picture icon at the top right corner of the video feed. Click on selected file > click the share icon on the left bottom of the page.

 

Is Pregnancy Without Maternity Clothes Possible?

Your closet is full of clothes and yet there is nothing to wear… Does it sound familiar? A lot of pregnant women feel the frustration of limited wardrobe options. Maternity clothes are often more expensive than regular clothes and may not fit your personal style. That is why some women pledge to go through the nine month journey without buying anything from the maternity department… Is it even possible?

Well, some purchases are unavoidable. As the body changes rapidly, you will have to accommodate the change with a lot of new underwear. Some women complain of having to buy a new bra every two weeks. In such a case, buying a sports style bra may save you not only some money but may also give you more comfort that is not attainable with a regular bra.

Aside from underwear, other regular clothes can indeed be worn in a smarter way during pregnancy:

  • Tops: Everyone has heard the trick of borrowing shirts from your husband’s closet. Unfortunately, what many women discover is that while husband’s shirts do have room for the belly but they also come with some unattractive room in the shoulder and arm area. Instead, wear your own shirts unbuttoned with a camisole underneath. You can add a large scarf if you are feeling ‘too naked’. As an alternative, you can go for tunics and cardigans that can be worn after you have a baby.
  • Bottoms: to continue wearing your regular jeans and shorts, you can slip a hair elastic through the hole and button them in the elastic. Unfortunately, this often means leaving the fly open, so make sure to wear a longer top. A great alternative to jeans is jeggins that will ‘grow’ with you and can be worn after the birth as well.
  • Dresses: When your regular dresses do not fit any more, it is time to switch to empire waist type dresses. If it is not your favorite type, you can also try shirt dresses or skirts with an elastic at the waist.

Being pregnant often means fewer choices of what to wear. Don’t be afraid to wear the same pieces combined in a different way. And of course, do not forget that accessories are able to transform your outfit dramatically without breaking the bank.

How to Find the Best Name for Your Child

One of the most important decisions you will have to take as a future parent is naming your baby. The process of selecting a name often results in pressure and stress. The good news is, no matter how long it will take you, the decision will be made eventually. Sometimes you just need to see the baby to know his name. Here are some tips to make the process easier for parents-to-be:

  • Start discussing the options with your partner as soon as possible. If you are going to be a single parent, choose a few people you can confide in and talk through the ideas. Remember, the decision does not have to be taken overnight; it is okay if it takes days or months!
  • Accept suggestions from relatives and friends courteously but do not give in to pressure to name your child something you do not like. It is a good idea to start a list of names that you and your partner like, and cross out the ones that do not make the cut as you go.
  • If you like two names, consider either using both as the first and middle name for your baby or ‘saving’ the name for the next child. As a way to reach a compromise, some couples decide that the woman will have a final say in naming the first child, and the husband will name the second one.
  • Use the ‘opposites attract’ rule: if your last name is long, choose a shorter first name for your baby and vice versa. Similarly, if your child will have a unique sounding last name, go for a simpler first name.
  • If you and your partner come from different cultures, you might want to pick a more neutral name that would not identify your child with one culture only.
  • Finally, research the meaning of the name you like and see how that fits with your vision. Make sure the name will not make an embarrassing nickname for your child later in life.

Don’ t make the mistake of worrying much about choosing the name. Instead, have fun exploring the options and enjoy the anticipation of meeting your little one.

Healthier Trick-or-Treat Options

Most people associate Halloween trick-or-treating with candies – after all, it is so easy to go to a supermarket and buy a jumbo bag of assorted chocolates to give out to kids. However, we encourage you to think outside the box and choose healthier alternatives. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only Halloween sweets that make children happy. Check out some of our suggestions for food as well as non-food items that are likely to be a hit with fairies and superheroes alike.

Sweet foods

Go for dried fruit or raisins in small packages instead of chocolate. You can also choose yogurt covered fruits or fruit bars. If you would like to buy chocolate, choose dark chocolate that contains less sugar. You can also try single serve juice cartons or cans. Fresh fruits – and anything else that is not commercially packaged – should not be given or accepted.

Savory foods

Crackers is a simple choice if you would like to go the non-sweet route: goldfish crackers, Graham crackers or Japanese rice crackers are usually liked by kids. As an alternative, pick up some vegetable or coconut chips, microwave popcorn or even some turkey jerky. Sunflower or pumpkin seeds are rare allergens and would be a more appropriate choice than other seeds or nuts.

Non-food items

With non-food items, there are a lot of choices of things that would make kids happy. For book lovers, you can pick some coloring books with crayons, mini books or bookmarks. Toys are always a safe choice: balls, frisbees, plastic of stuffed toys, Lego or playing cards. Make sure that the toys you choose do not contain small parts that would be unsafe for younger children. You can also get anything arts and crafts: Play-Doh, watercolors, stickers or markers.

Earthquake Preparedness for the Nursery

Last week marked the bitter anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California. While 25 years later it is still impossible to predict when an earthquake might happen, geologists agree that the chances of ‘The Big One’ striking California in the next thirty years are high. If you live in the Golden State, it is important to know what you can do to prepare for this kind of disaster. As a parent, you might be naturally more worried about the safety of your children. Today we examine how to earthquake proof your baby’s nursery.

There are general recommendations for the way to set up dwellings in seismic active areas that could help minimize the damage caused by a quake. Probably the first thing that comes to mind is anchoring all furniture that might fall down. Specialists recommend mounting any furniture that is taller than it is wide to the walls or floor.

Do not place the crib near the window. Windows and mirrors are usually the first things to break, and you want the baby’s bed as far away from them as possible. It is best to avoid hanging shelves and pictures in the nursery because they represent a falling hazard in an event of a quake. If you would like to hang a shelf anyway, do not put it above the bed and do no place heavy objects on it. Along similar lines, do not set the crib right under a ceiling lamp. The safest place to have the crib in the nursery is near an interior wall.

When your child gets a bit older, start educating him on what to do during an earthquake. Practice ‘Drop, Cover and Hold on’ drills in a fun way and teach your child to stay put until shaking stops. Spend some time educating yourself on what to expect after an earthquake and what items you need to have ready in case of disaster.

iBaby Labs on Bloomberg Radio

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We are excited to share that Bloomberg Radio has recently featured iBaby Labs in their interview with John Barnabas! Tune in for the full length interview of our Director of Product Development, Elnaz Sarraf, where she talks about our latest iBaby Monitor M6 and adding a social dimension to modern child care: http://bit.ly/1rd7Kc9

Taking Your Newborn to a Restaurant

If you are a new parent, you probably are still learning in what ways your life changes when a baby comes on board. A question that many parents ask is, ‘Can I take my newborn to a restaurant?’. You may be concerned about the exposure to people, noises or that your little one will cry non-stop. The truth is, taking a newborn to a restaurant is easier than it seems. In fact, the earlier you start taking your baby out, the faster it will build its immune system, and you will become more confident in what you can do with your child.

You probably know that newborns spend on average 16 hours per day sleeping in the first three months of their lives. Chances that your baby will sleep while you are out are quite high. To help your baby sleep or stay happy if he is awake, make sure you feed him and change before heading out. Also, be prepared for a baby feeding in the restaurant if necessary.

Choose a place that is close to home for the first few outings. You might want to pick not the most fancy one but the one that is more child-friendly and has a quick service. It is a good idea to go to a restaurant during its less busy hours. That will ensure you get your food faster and there won’t be too many people inside in case things do not go as planned.

As always, have your diaper bag ready for the outing. Don’t forget toys and a pacifier. Try to place the stroller or the baby car seat away from where people walk. When choosing a seat, look into getting one that is further away from other people in case your baby starts crying. If he does, do not despair – we all were kids once and crying is what babies do. If the baby gets too loud, you might want to take him out to calm him down.

Remember, life is about celebrating. Celebrate your growing family even if things do not go smooth. In the next months you will learn more about your baby and will know more than anyone else. Until then, experiment, try new things and do not be afraid to fail.

Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding

From foods that change the taste of your breast milk to foods that make your baby colicky, there are certain products that should be avoided while breastfeeding. While the complete list can vary from woman to woman, some foods are just on everybody’s list. With time, you will naturally learn what works for your baby and what does not. In the meanwhile, let us examine five most common foods and food ingredients that will most likely have a direct effect your baby while you are nursing.

Caffeine

Caffeine, found in coffee, teas, sodas and even chocolate might make your baby fussy and sleepless. To avoid the negative effects of caffeine, try decaffeinated coffee or caffeine-free tea. Chocolate lovers might want to switch to white chocolate or milk chocolate that has less caffeine.

Gassy foods

Some foods are able to make your baby colicky and gassy. Some common ones are some vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus and brussel sprouts), starchy foods (such as corn, potatoes, pasta and rice), and some fruits (such as dried fruits, figs, dates and apples). If you still want to eat these, try consuming them in the morning or afternoon while the baby is active. Eating gassy foods before sleep time will almost certainly guarantee a fussy baby at night.

Spicy foods

While certain spicy foods such as chili and jalapeño can trigger bloating and excessive gas in your baby, other ones are able to change the taste of your milk that a baby might not like. Steer clear from onions, garlic, cinnamon and curry.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits can lead to upset stomach in babies and might also cause rash. Common fruits to watch out for include oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes and tangerines. A similar effect is ascribed to kiwis, strawberries, cherries and prunes. The last two can also have a laxative effect on the baby.

Allergy triggering foods

If you have a family history of food allergens, you should avoid eating tree nuts and nut containing products while breastfeeding. However, if it is not the case, you can eat nuts while checking for any reaction from the baby. Another common allergen is cow milk, and many nursing mothers report a positive change in their babies once milk is removed from their diets.

Mom Blog Society is Impressed with M6 Monitor!

Mom Blog Society

See why people LOVE iBaby Monitor M6 and why they are impressed with its performance!

Today’s baby monitors sure have come a long way, especially the iBaby M6 Monitor created by Apple. Of course with Apple being the leader in technology and gadgets, you expect something good, right? With the iBaby M6 they certainly deliver way beyond my expectations. It’s the coolest baby monitor I have ever seen or used!

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