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How to Travel With Your Smart iBaby Monitor This Holiday Season

Tis the season to be jolly, merry, and to do a lot of traveling to be with your loved ones. That means that you have to pack all of your baby essentials, including your iBaby monitor. But don’t worry, traveling with your iBaby monitor is as easy as installing it for the first time. Just follow the instructions below created by our customer support tech for a safe holiday season.

 

Perfect Christmas Gifts for Busy and Modern Parents

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And with this wonderful new season, spending hours at the mall are a given to find the perfect Christmas gift. But if thinking about going to the mall turns you into a grinch, we can all understand. Especially if you have to do so with one or two of Santa’s hyper little helpers. And if you’re like us and leave everything to the last minute, you’re likely scrambling to figure out what to buy. But don’t worry, we came up with a list of perfect Christmas gifts for busy and modern parents.

Every parent, even the techie in your life, will love the iBaby Care M7. Whether it’s to see their baby through the night, or to keep a extra eye on a furbaby. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to keep an eye on things straight from their phone. Plus, it’s on sale! And who doesn’t like some Christmas deals?

#2 Coffee Machine

If you’re shopping for someone whose blood has turned into coffee, an upgraded coffee machine is the best present you can get. Whether it be an upgrade Keurig, or a step up to an espresso machine, a new coffee maker is the way to win this Christmas. Find one at your local target store or even ship one from Amazon. And if you have prime, you’ll get it before Christmas.

#3 iRobot Roomba

Parenting is tiring. And if you come home after work and don’t want to spend your free time cleaning up the house, let a robot do it for you! A Roomba will vacuum your floors while you enjoy a cup of wine or relax. Plus, if you’re buying this for your significant other, this will make cleaning time go by that much faster. And who doesn’t love a clean home?

#4 Amazon Kindle

If you’re shopping for a book lover, look no further. Amazon’s Kindle is the perfect gift for anyone who spends their free time with a book cracked open. And to make it an even better gift, pre-load it with lots of free or discounted e-books offered on Amazon!

#5 Amazon Echo integrated with Alexa

If having a smart home is a priority to some of your friends, having an Amazon’s Alexa in their house is a necessity. With Alexa you can ask an array of questions, play music and even place Amazon orders.

#6 Gift Cards

If you’re still undecided on what to get your friends or family members, giving them a gift card is the safest route. Get them a gift card to their favorite store. Hint: Mom’s love Target!

How to Survive the First Few Weeks of Motherhood

Giving birth is the beginning of a whole new world. A time of excitement, sweet moments, and maybe a couple of breakdowns. After all, you can be supermom, but you’re still human. During the early stages, a lot of new mothers wish the whole parenting thing came with a manual. And yes, most moms tend to freak out about little things. Like if your baby is eating enough, if they’re safe while they sleep, or why they’re shaking. So, to help ease your thoughts, we have compiled a list of the top tips on how to survive the first few weeks of motherhood.

#1 Sleep When Baby Sleeps!

As a newborn, you’ll notice that your baby will sleep a lot. Of course, you’ll also come to realize that their sleeping patterns aren’t what you expected. Newborns sleep around 16 to 17 hours a day. Now, that seems like a lot, but when they wake up every two to three hours to feed, you’ll start to know the real meaning of exhausted. And that’s why it’s always best to sleep when your baby sleeps. This will help recover your strength for the next diaper change and feeding. And sure, you’ll probably get the urge to clean around the house or do some work, but you have to relax and learn to go with the flow.

#2 Don’t Be Scared of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be intimidating for new moms. Especially when your breast milk hasn’t come in, your nipples are sore or your baby doesn’t know how to latch. It can also be disappointing to have a bad experience with breastfeeding your baby. But there are a lot of FREE resources out there that can help you improve your breastfeeding experience.

So head to your hospital and ask about free lactation classes or access to a lactation consultant. Don’t be afraid to speak up and asses any questions you may have about breastfeeding. If your baby is not feeding correctly, and he is losing weight, definitely contact your pediatrician and explore other options.

#3 Partner Tag Team

Being a parent isn’t a one-man show. You and your partner should work as a tag team to give each other a break. So, if your partner is a night owl, then they should wake up during the night. And if you’re an early bird, you wake up in the morning.  There has to be a lot of compromises in parenting in order for things to run smoothly.

#4Trust your mom instincts:

Most of the time, we are told never to trust our gut. But, as a parent, If you ever feel like something isn’t right, trust your instincts. They don’t lie. Get that second opinion. Do your own research. Bottom line is, you know best for your baby, and if something doesn’t sit well with you or your partner, don’t do it.

#5 Take a Break!

Motherhood isn’t always Instagram or picture perfect. There will be days where you won’t be able to shower. And days where you’ll probably want to cry. Don’t worry this happens to a lot of new moms.  Motherhood is great and all, but every mom deserves a break. Take a couple hours to do some shopping, do your nails or anything you did sans baby. And if you ever get the urge to see what your little one is doing, with an iBaby monitor, you can check in straight from your phone.

Pool Safety Tips for a Great Summer

The best part about summer is cooling off at the pool with your kids. No matter their age. But as much fun as laying by the water sounds, pool time can give parents a surge of anxiety. And sure, these concerns are completely warranted. After all, more than 250 kids drown in pools each year due to lack of precautions. Because of this, it’s important to practice pool safety protocols to help keep your baby safe.  So, if you want to learn more about pool safety tips for a Great Summer keep reading!

#1 Supervision

Whether your child is 6 mos or 4-years-old, supervising them during pool time is critical. Yes, we’re talking to you kiddie pools, pools and jacuzzis. And that’s because children under the age of 4 are more prone to suffer from accidental drownings. So regardless of your child’s swimming experience, or the depth of the water, you must always keep an eye on them.

#2 Flotation Devices
Wearing the appropriate flotation device when swimming is helpful for inexperienced swimmers. Make sure that you buy the appropriate size depending on your baby’s age and weight. Ideally, the best way to keep your baby safe from the water is to enroll them in swimming lessons. You can introduce them to the water as early as when they’re 6-weeks old.
#3 Appropriate Fencing
The majority of backyard pools drowning occur due to the lack of fencing. Because of this, children fall prey to falling or walking into pools resulting in death. So, it’s important that you install the appropriate fence with latches to prevent any accidents. Make sure you follow the fending regulations where you live since they vary state-by-state.
#4 Have a Clean Pool
To prevent any infections or stomach problems, it’s crucial to keep a clean pool. This means taking the appropriate potty breaks to prevent accidents in the pool. If your baby’s not potty trained, wear swimming diapers to prevent spillage. This will help keep your baby safe and healthy from bacteria and infections.

 

The Best Summer Safety Tips For Your Baby

It’s summertime!

 
And now that the days are longer and the weather is 100° hotter, it’s time to bring out the bathing suits and ice-cream. But along with all the fun, new and experienced parents have a lot of concerns. Like whether their baby is well protected from the sun, and what to do when the bugs start biting. And because of this, there are lots precautions all parents should take as soon as the calendar hits June. So, we have compiled a list of Best tips to keep your baby safe during the Summertime. 
Protecting your baby from the sun is crucial. Even more when young children are more prone to heat strokes and heat exhaustion. Because of this, it’s important to protect your baby whenever you leave the house. And that includes dressing them in loose, easy-to-breathe clothes. This includes cotton onesies, shorts, sun hats, dresses, and sleepers. It’s always important to check your baby for signs of overheating or distress.

Apply Sunscreen

Protecting your baby from the sun’s UV rays is important to keep their delicate skin safe. Parents with children under 6 months, should apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Children under 6 months should never apply sunscreen since their skin is too fragile.

Playing in the pool is one of the fondest memories most kids have during summer. But as fun as it is, parents should practice extreme precautions to avoid drowning. If your baby is under 4 months old or can’t hold his/her head up, then they aren’t old enough to play in a pool or any water source. Always make sure they are never alone in the water and only do so when accompanied by a reliable adult.

If your baby is old enough to swim, don’t immerse them completely in water. Some babies haven’t learned to hold their breath which can result in drowning or swallowing of water. This can lead to the intake of bacteria that can cause stomach problems or diarrhea.

Bug Safety

Insect and mosquito bites can cause huge downers during any summer vacation. And as irritating as it is to apply smelly bug repellent, it’s crucial to do so to avoid hurtful bug bites. Bug repellents that use the ingredient ‘deet’ or ‘picaridin’ are safe for infants 2 months and older to use.

 

Top Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

Carrying your baby for nine months creates a special and unbreakable bond. After-all, you did provide all the important nutrients and necessities they needed. But once he’s pushed out of the comfort of your womb and into the outside world, creating a bond is even more important. And that’s where skin-to-skin contact comes in. Skin-to-Skin contact gives babies the security and comfort they found in your womb. And even better, it can have a lot of health benefits that can carry onto their infancy. So, here are the top reasons to have skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby.
Breastfeeding Experience
Skin-to-skin contact between baby and mom can begin a strong lifetime connection. So, if you can have skin-to-skin contact after birth, it will usually result in your baby’s first breastfeed. This tender moment will help you produce prolactin, the hormone that begins milk production. Skin-to-skin contact also benefits your baby’s growth, digestion, and increase interest in feeding.
Fights Infections
Skin-to-Skin contact introduces your baby to the helpful bacteria on your skin. This means that the same bacteria that colonizes you will also colonize the baby. And that will help promote new breast milk that contains antibodies. These antibodies will fight off infections and improve your baby’s immune system.
Premature Babies
Skin-to-Skin contact can help the health of premature babies. The warmth and comfort of your skin provides the same level of security they found in the womb. It also helps improve oxygen levels, reduce stress and assist in healthy development.
Emotional Bond
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact can strengthen the bond between baby and parent. During the first time of contact, the body releases love hormones create a bond. Some of the hormones like oxytocin, and prolactin, help mom be closer to baby. This is beneficial for mom’s in reducing postpartum depression and stress.

Going on Vacation? Top-tips to make traveling with a toddler hassle-free

Is it still considered a vacation if your toddler’s tagging along? Yes! But your hands may be fuller. But just because your baby is coming it doesn’t mean your days of relaxing by the beach are over. Preparation is key when planning a vacation. And this includes choosing a destination, activities, and bringing relaxing toys. And trust us, you’re bound to experience a couple breakdowns down the road. So, don’t worry. We have compiled the top tips to make traveling with your toddler easier and hassle-free.
Choosing the appropriate destination is crucial for a happy baby. If your little one has never flown before or has a hard time on planes, choose a destination that requires little to no fly-time. If you choose to fly, make sure to make seat airline reservations. This will to get you the appropriate location for a car seat and will reduce any last minute mishaps.
Soothing Breakdowns:
A toddler having a breakdown is a rite of passage. And because of this, it’s important to bring some of their security and comfort items. This could be a mini backpack they can carry full of their comfort toys, snacks, or books. It’s also best not to overthink when your child is having a breakdown. Breakdowns are an inevitable truth about parenting. And some people, will most likely feel sympathetic rather than judgemental.
Pack Food:
It’s always important to pack some of your toddler’s favorite foods. This will keep them entertained with something to munch on and can even help with ear popping.
Things not to do:
Don’t give your baby any medication that promises to keep them asleep. We’re talking to you Benadryl. This medicine can backfire on you and actually keep your baby awake. If that’s not the case, you will feel the anguish of a baby that does not want to.
Realistic Truth:
Traveling with your baby is never easy. There will be breakdowns, tears and maybe some anger. But at the end of the day, there’s probably no one you’d rather travel with than with your family. 

Cloth Diapers Vs. Disposable. What Should You Use?

When it comes to your baby’s tooshie, you probably want to know everything there is about the diapers that go on it.  And if you’re a new or expectant parent, you’ve probably wondered what route to go; disposable or cloth. But regardless of what you’ve heard, both type of diapers have their ups and down. So here at iBaby, we’ve gathered all the information you need to make your decision on cloth vs. disposable diapers.
The difference between cloth and disposable:

Cloth and disposable diapers are completely different, but get the same job done. Contrary to disposable, you can throw cloth diapers in the laundry and re-use them. They may seen old school, but they have come a long way from the time our grandparents used them. You can find them in different shapes, sizes, and several levels of support. On the other hand, disposable diapers are straightforward to use and can be throw in the trash.

Pros of Using Cloth Diapers:
Using cloth diapers can save you thousands of dollars by the time your baby is potty trained. And since you can re-use them, you know you won’t be spending time or money at the store. It’s also said that cloth diapers help make potty training easier. The cloth can help kid’s become familiar with the feeling of underwear. In addition, cloth diapers are beneficial to the environment. They produce less waste and don’t take up room in landfills.
Cons of Using Cloth Diapers:
Cloth diapers can be more time consuming since you have to wash them and can’t throw them out in the bin. Washing cloth diapers can be a process and require in-depth research on what products to use and how to use them.
Pros of Using Disposable Diapers:
Disposable diapers are the most common type of diapers you hear of. And that’s because of the ease they bring to parents. All you do is roll it up, throw it in the bin and put on a new one. These diapers are easy to use and super convenient for parents who are on the go.
Cons of Using Disposable Diapers:
Some disposable diapers contain toxins that can be dangerous to the environment and to your baby. Disposable diapers can also be expensive and can cost thousands until your baby is potty trained. There are a lot of organic diaper brands that can be healthier for your baby and are biodegradable.

Most Commonly Asked iBaby Monitor Questions Answered!

iBaby monitors are some of the most unique smart baby monitors. Our entire line, ranging from M6 to the M7, come equipped with safety features that help make monitoring effortless. And now that you own an iBaby or two, you’re probably wondering how to use it. So, we have compiled the most commonly asked questions and answered them to make your transition to an iBaby Monitor hassle-free.

What Does VOC Measure? (iBaby Care M7, iBaby Monitor M6S, iBaby Air, and iBaby AirSense)
VOCs—Volatile Organic Compounds—are chemical compounds made up of carbon and hydrogen. They become distinct by their ability to evaporate or survive to standard living conditions. The majority of VOCs are man-made and can come from products like paint, cigarette smoke, wood treatments or even dust.

Because of the sensors, iBaby monitors can detect the most common VOCs in the room. However, They do not detect dangerous substances like Carbon Monoxide.

Our iBaby Care app sends VOC alerts ranging from 1 to 4. When reading the air quality chart level 4 means the air in the room is in perfect condition. Level 3 means the room air quality is moderate, level 2 means the air quality could be reactive to sensitive groups. And Level one means that you need to open a window and let the room air out.

Many different things can trigger the sensors in the iBaby Monitor. Dust, aerosol sprays, and even nail varnish can trigger an alert.

How to save and delete videos and photos from the media and alerts sections?

Exporting your media is a great way to save your favorite pictures and videos. If you have an iOS device, tap on the media gallery located on the top right of the app. Then, tap on the image you would like to save and tap on the export button. Once you tap the icon, you will see the option to save to your phone or share on  social media.

On  Android devices, images and videos are saved to the local media gallery.

What are background notifications and notifications?

At iBaby, our highest priority is the safety of you and your family. And that’s why our monitors are equipped with smart alerts and sensors. You can change your alerts by heading into alert settings and modifying what notifications you’d like to receive. The iBaby Care app will then send you alerts or background notifications according to your selections.

Background notifications are alerts you will receive if the app is running in the background of your phone. Regular notifications are the alerts you will receive inside of the iBaby Care App, but will not show when you’re outside of the app.

How do I connect my iBaby Monitor with a 2.4 GHz or 5GHz connection?

Dual-band routers usually come in two frequencies 2.4 GHz or 5GHz. All iBaby Monitors, with the exception of the iBaby Care M7 and iBaby M6S, require installation on a 2.4 GHz frequency.

So, if you do not use the proper internet connection, installation of your monitor will not complete. If you don’t have a dual internet connection, you will need to contact your internet provider to separate it

How to Shop With Your Baby

Shopping with a baby can be one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks any parent can go through. This can sometimes make you feel afraid and like you’re going into battle. And if we’re being honest, it can be. Shopping with a baby is physically and mentally challenging and you may wonder if it’ll ever be enjoyable again (it will). Here at iBaby, we understand the struggle of shopping with a baby or even two. And because of this, we have compiled some amazing tips on how to shop with your baby and help you conquer any shopping spree. And help you feel sane along the way.
1.Prepare with favorite toys
The easies way to keep your baby entertained during a shopping trip is to pack some of their favorite toys. Attach some car seat toys and small books that will keep your baby amused during your trip. Another great way to keep your baby entertained is by engaging and making silly faces while you shop. This will make your baby laugh and feel included in the activity.
2. Think Ahead
Preparation is key when planning any trip with your child. Especially when you’re going to the store. Before you leave the house, make sure your baby is fed and does not have a dirty diaper. If not, this can result in a very grumpy baby and a very short trip to the store.
Thinking ahead and packing an assortment of snacks is also a great way to  keep your baby busy and entertained. This is even more helpful when you’re grocery shopping.
3. Early Bird Catches the Worm
It’s always best to hit the stores early in the morning to prevent large crowds that might stress your baby out. Make sure you plan your trip around the store hours and how busy it can get.
4. Nap Time
Taking your baby out during nap time can alleviate the stress of shopping. The smooth rocking of a car and a shopping cart will help them unwind and enjoy the ride.
5. Baby Carrier
Using a baby carrier will make a shopping trip easier and bearable. Carriers allow you more mobility and help keep your baby close to you. This allows you the freedom of strolling the store without having a fussy baby.
6. Online Shopping
It is said that online shopping was specifically created for parents. We’re kidding. But it sure seems that way. Online shopping can relieve the stress of going into a crowded store and having a grumpy baby. This is the best method for parents to get comfortable and enjoy a shopping trip straight from their bed.