I spy with my little iPad: devices that monitor baby’s every move
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Potty with iPad attached
In today’s high-tech world, you can get a gadget or an app that will solve almost any problem. It seems that nothing is immune to the high-tech touch – and that includes baby products.
There are plenty of gadgets aimed at parents that range from the useful to the absurd. The problem is telling the difference. All sorts of crazy and wonderful products have sprung up in the past couple of years offering parents the chance to keep a close eye on their children, help their development along or simply just keep them entertained.
Do you need a bottle that will tell you how much milk your child has drunk? How about some smart pyjamas that will allow you to choose your child’s bedtime story? And who could forget the iPotty, the product no one asked for but CTA Digital chose to make anyway? It’s a minefield.
Remember the days when baby monitors were simply audio, alerting you to when your child cried? Those days are long gone. Of course you can get an audio-only baby monitor but these days it is far more common to have video built in too.
The monitors range in sophistication, from those that will broadcast within the house to monitors whose video feed you can hook up to wifi and access over the internet no matter where you are in the world.
While that might seem like overkill, they are useful for parents who travel often but still want to check in with their baby.
Remote-controlled lullabiesWithings, for example, has a Smart Baby monitor, which connects to your iOS or Android device. It not only provides video but will also monitor temperature and humidity in the room, and can send an alert when noise or movement reaches a certain level.
You can turn on a night light, or set a lullaby to soothe your baby to sleep from the WithBaby app and, through Withings’ website, you can access the feed remotely and even talk to your baby.
That will set you back €250 and requires you to have a smartphone, tablet or laptop on standby to use it.
For something a little more budget friendly, there’s the D-Link Eye On Baby Camera DCS 825L. It offers the same functions – video, remote access, even the ability to take photos and video clips – but it costs €130.
It also comes with a mounting kit so you can put the monitor out of baby’s reach. If you’re an Android user, the app also performs better than it does with Withings’ version, which was originally made for iOS.