Tag: baby monitors

11 of our favorite nursery must-haves | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

We’re so excited to share our own favorite baby registry nursery must-haves as part of our ongoing Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, which we’re bringing to you thanks to our partner, Gugu Guru. Some of our picks we bet you’ve seen (or maybe recommended yourself!), some of them are definitely worth a look if they’re new to you. You will find all of our nursery must-haves right on the Gugu Guru site where you can easily add them (or anything on the web at all) to your baby registry there with a single click. It’s seriously a lifesaver for expectant parents, with completely custom product recommendations that they offer you based...

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Sponsored Message: Nanit may be the biggest thing to happen to baby monitors.

  This is a sponsored message from Nanit If you’ve ever lost sleep waiting impatiently for your baby to fall asleep — or worse, woken your little one up when you’ve just peeked in —  you need to meet Nanit, a tremendous new advancement in baby monitors. In fact it’s part baby monitor, part translator, part personal baby guru. And what new parent couldn’t use one of those? – Don’t miss a special limited-time offer below –  Nanit is designed to track everything about your baby’s sleep, no wearable required. You’ll have access to a wealth of information with ease through the nicely designed companion app, including data...

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Our favorite cool tech picks this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed!   1. These cord tacos make a great Father’s Day gift. No hot sauce required. 2. Everything you need to know about iOS 9 and all the big Apple News you might have missed this past week. 3. We rounded-up 6 of the best iPhone 6 screen protectors because we know life happens. Often times to your phone. 4. You won’t believe what these baby monitors can do. The future is here! 5. Hooray for free music! We’ve got...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. We love this geeky upcycled jewelry — a perfect Mother’s Day gift for a techie mom. 2. You’ll never guess what this new selfie app can do. 3. Could someone really hack into your baby monitor? Editor Liz offers some facts to put your mind at ease. 4. This hot new tech toy might be at the top of every kid’s (and dad’s) wish list. 5. Is Amazon Fire TV a good fit for families? We’ve...

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10 modern growth charts to measure your kids inch by inch

I have really fond memories of my grandmother tracking the height of the grandkids on the wooden trim in her kitchen pantry, but when she sold her home, without actual growth charts, our childhood memories were left behind. So I love the new concept behind modern growth charts that are keepsakes you can move from home to home (or room to room) with you. It’s been a while since we looked for some really cool modern growth charts for our readers, so we’ve scoured the Internet for the coolest designs, from graphic to painterly, so you can spend your time monitoring...

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A celebration of motherhood firsts: tips for traveling with baby on the first vacation

This post is part of a monthly series with our Baby Shower Gift Guide sponsor, babyGap celebrating motherhood firsts. And there are lots! The first time you travel with baby doesn’t have to be horrible at all. (Or…as horrible as you think it will be.) We’ve all been longtime advocates of traveling with your kids early and often. It’s something you’ll never regret, whether you’re flying across country or making daytrips to the cousins’ house. Here are some of our top baby travel tips, from years of experience of traveling with children under 12 months. Ask us if you...

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What’s new (and awesome!) for families at Azul Beach Hotel

My family’s trip to Azul Beach Hotel in Cancun a few years ago was one of our all-time favorite vacations. And that’s saying a lot, considering we traveled with our (then) three kids under the age of 4, including a 3-month old. Since our first visit, this boutique family hotel has undergone a huge multimillion dollar renovation, and I was thrilled to be invited back to experience it firsthand. And based on what I saw, you’ll want to be sure to add Azul Beach to the top of your list for your next family vacation. Snazzy New Accommodations The biggest...

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Web Coolness – Amazing mocktail recipes, the baby products you can live without, and internet love for a bullied grandma

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Two yummy mocktail recipes for summer, from our own Stacie Billis. (We’ve got you covered in this heatwave, pregnant mamas!) Rootbeer float popsicles? Save one for us! Is Sesame Street coming to the big screen? Great decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy for your next summer party without spending a fortune or tons of hours of prep time. Design fans will be blown away by these ceramic dishes. So cool. Loving this gorgeous boy’s nursery which blends modern with vintage. What baby products...

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Father’s day gift ideas? 10 questions from readers with lots and lots of answers

Father’s Day is only one week away so no wonder we’ve been fielding so many questions from our readers about last minute gifts for Father’s Day! To help you out, we thought we’d gather a few of them from Facebook, Twitter, email, and our recent live chat on The Motherhood, with the hopes that they’ll help you out too. And psst…don’t worry. We’ve got even more to come this week. We’ve got you covered! What are some good ideas for getting the kids involved with making a high quality gift for dad? -Erin Check out our post on DIY...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’re in awe at how far technology has come, even in just the past year. Our favorite picks from the past week are so 2012. And that’s a really awesome thing. 1. Check the home thermostat from work? Turn on the fan from carpool? With the invention of one special gadge, the future is here, friends. 2. This new app is as close as you can get to actually being at Disneyland, without spending $6 on a bottle of water. 3. This amazing new digital video baby monitor does everything but burp the baby.  4. Pretty smart phone cases...

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Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo – Undiscovered paradise for families

The idea of a family beach vacation usually conjures up images of crowded beaches, a muddy ocean, and food I will wish I hadn’t eaten. Doesn’t really sound like a vacation to me. So when Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo invited Cool Mom Picks to check out their resort for families, you can bet my interest was piqued. Costa Rica is one of those places that not only looks amazing but actually is, considering every single person I spoke to who had been there had nothing but awesome things to say. Followed by, “I can’t wait to...

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A guide to responding to those really bad emails from family. (You know the ones.)

We’re happy to be working with our sponsor Yahoo! Mail, who’s helping encourage families to stay connected via email. Which, as we know, is a good thing! While email (and email etiquette) seems to have been around for a million years or so, oddly, we all still have those well-meaning folks in our lives who insist on filling our inboxes with chain letters, photoshopped pics passed off as real ones, and dated news about the Y2K virus. (Oh noes!) While even the best of us might be tempted to get a little snarky with our responses from time to...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby gifts, blankets, strollers and gear

Whatever we cover here for bigger kids, our hearts still belong to those beautiful new babies, and their new moms who are just discovering the world of cool possibilities for them. While we have an awesome annual baby shower gift guide with more than 100 awesome picks, here are a few favorites of the year that might show up on our 2011 guide, coming out soon. Baby Gifts The new Jonathan Adler Junior collection (at top) means I’ve got a new go-to site for well-designed baby gifts for those mamas in my life who just won’t be satisfied with...

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The video baby monitor that just may turn you into a video baby monitor fan.

In my now six year tenure as a parent, I’ve learned you should never say never. Because there’s a good chance, especially if you have more than one kid, that your never will come back to bite you in the butt. So while I can say with confidence that I will never purchase a wipes warmer, since using the new Philips Avent digital video baby monitor, I’m now eating a few of my words about video baby monitors. To be fair, this cool monitor is much different than some of the heftier models I’ve seen (and admittedly, joked about),...

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Hospital gowns get a (much needed) upgrade

I know none of us cared what we looked like during the moments our babies were born. The health of baby and mama were the most important things in the universe, and there was very little room for vanity. But when I think back to all the hours (many many hours) before and after that newborn snuggle came, I know I would have liked to feel a little bit less like a linebacker and a little more feminine. I would have loved to be wearing this Pretty Pushers delivery gown. It would have eliminated the inevitable cringe at that...

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Web Coolness – hot labels for kids, nursery themes for boys, and an airline #fail

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Stroller Traffic tips us off to hot new labels for kids to keep an eye out for. Lauren at our new blog find, With Two Cats, has smart ideas for gender-neutral or boy nursery themes. Mom finds rounds up some smart maternity shapewear – and agrees with our point of view, that no, your Spanx are “not suffocating the baby.” Breaking news: Kids love cartoon-shaped food! Shocking! (via ParentDish) The baby monitor of our dreams, over at DaddyTypes. On Blogher: Spirit Airlines...

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They grow up so fast. Don’t take bad pictures.

Forget the baby monitor or motorized swing: what I really could have used when my kids were little was photographer and dad Nick Kelsh’s entertaining and smart new DVD, How to Photograph Your Baby, a companion to the classic book by the same name. If you have any idea what an f-stop is or took Photography 101 in college, this DVD is not for you. For people like me, though, How to Photograph Your Baby helps parents take gorgeous baby photos without the suggestion that you buy more expensive equipment. Kelsh comes across as a friendly college professor on...

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Sassy Web Watch iC: A video baby monitor for the truly obsessed.

When I put my little guy down for a nap, I close the door and don’t look back. I’m not one for compulsively checking on him (because with my luck, I’ll wake him up) and I’d never even considered using a video baby monitor. Until now. Lately I’ve been satisfying my inner voyeur — and my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s — with the Sassy Web Watch iC. This amazing video monitor not only works here at home, but on the Internet too, with a free Skype or MSN account. Isn’t that cool? So I can watch my baby toss...

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A baby monitor for your iPhone? Sure. What the heck.

I remember that time we went to visit my folks for the holidays, and in the midst of packing the presents and the pack-n-play, I somehow forgot the baby monitor. Well, I was sure I’d hear the baby when she woke up. But by the time I went to check on her I discovered that she’d been screaming with indignation for long enough that I immediately dissolved into a puddle of maternal guilt. If you find yourselves out of town without a baby monitor but with internet access (thus, you are here), we have a great solution in CodeGoo’s...

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Make it a Double

With all the great frank and funny mom books out there, it’s about time someone came up with an equally entertaining daddy alternative. So we were tickled when we found out that Robert Wilder, well-known writer, columnist, and dad of two, had done just that.

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