okay, I’ve been a bit slack on projects lately, but I thought I’d share an alternative to one expensive baby contraption for all the techie parents & parents-to-be out there!
My husband got the latest iPhone (he is a serious die-hard apple fan), and we had his previous phone lying around for some time. He was planning on giving it to his dad who currently dons a phone that, let’s just say, is nowhere near the touch screen technology, but being comfortable with the good ol’ non-touch-screen-technology, he refused the upgrade (and in my husband’s mind has decided to stay in the stone age).
So, thoughts of selling it were floating around, but it ended up sitting in a drawer for several months.
Until this guy came along.
Now that he’s sleeping in the crib more these days, and we were catching up on our latest shows (like Hell’s Kitchen!), we needed a monitor to watch the little guy (especially because it’s hard to hear anything over the constant beeping of good ol’ G. Ramsay).
What do I do: buy a sleek looking baby monitor thang at Costco.
What husband does: tells me to return it, and breaks out the iPhone (in his mind this contraption can do anything & everything).
He went ahead onto his favourite tech accessory site (which has seriously cheap prices, and free shipping! The catch? You never know when the package will arrive… I think when they receive a certain amount of orders, they ship the orders out from China), and he bought this holder for the phone so it could rest on a high shelf and angle the phone down over the crib.
We downloaded this app onto all of our apple devices, and found the program easy to use, only giving you two options at a time. They definitely considered mommy-brain when making this thing. ;)
Using another apple device (we use our iPhones & iPads), you can wirelessly play soft lullaby music, shine a light, or even press the microphone button if you wanted to speak to your kiddo via P.A. system.
You can even see how much noise the baby’s making (so if you’re paranoid freaks like we are, this will save you the trip to hover over your kid’s nose to make sure he’s breathing… yup, we’re crazy).
Also, you can even log & share the baby’s activity with family & friends (if your friends don’t mind getting those kinds of emails!)
Here’s what it looks like on my iPad (Liam’s listening to his favourite baby tunes, hence the lit up music option):
We’re using the iPhone 4 in our nursery, but this app is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 4S, and 5.
I’m not sponsored by this app or by Apple, but I wanted to share this seriously easy baby monitor with you! (and really, it just cost us the price of the app, which was $4, and the dock, which was $5!).
Now we can indulge our paranoia by watching our baby like a hawk… all while indulging in some good ol’ Hell’s Kitchen action. ;)