Using Wearable Tech for Child Safety

A child is the most valuable treasure for parents. As such, it is but natural for parents to be concerned about their child’s safety and well-being. Moms in particular would like to keep their eyes on babies and toddlers all the time. But since this is not possible, they rely on tools like baby monitors to help them out. Parents would then move on to wearable tech for kids as their child grows and become more independent.

At home there is no need to fuss when the kids are out of sight. But it is a different story when you are out in a crowded mall or park. Kids can easily get lost if they wander away from you. And when you lose sight of your child in a public place, panic can easily set in. Wearable tech for kids equipped with proximity alarms can help you address this safety concern. These devices can be strapped on your kids clothing, bags, or even worn on their wrists. Parents are notified if their child goes beyond a preset perimeter. Usually this is set on  a 5 meter radius. The alarm may come directly from the wearable device or sent through the parent’s smart phone.

Older kids like teens and tweens may not be too keen on wearing devices designed for toddlers. Luckily, wearable tech for teens is also available. A smart watch with GPS tracker is a popular choice for this age group. This watch allows parents to monitor the location of their kids and set safe zones as well. Parents are immediately notified if the child goes to unsafe areas or locations beyond the identified safe zones. If you want extra features in your tracker, then you may want trackers for kids with special needs. These devices are equipped with voice monitoring and location alert features to ease your worries whenever your child is out of sight.

The swimband is another wearable tech that parents can get for their kids. This is a personal drowning detection device that can be worn as wristband, goggle strap, or headband. It is designed to set off an alarm if a non-swimmer gets into the pool or if a child becomes submerged in water longer than they should. A perfect wearable tech for families who love the water.

 

Bringing Baby Home: High Tech Help to Soothe New Parent Nerves

If you’re a new parent, it’s completely normal to feel nervous or scared about what lies ahead. After all, you’ve never done this before so it’s as much a learning curve as it is actually being a parent. Everything is new and nerves are totally natural.

In fact, it’s estimated to take four months for new moms to properly get the hang of motherhood, and many new dads are often scared to hold their baby for the first time. But once you’re discharged from hospital and able to bring your baby home for the first time, the comfort blanket of medical professionals on-hand is gone and the real work has to start. To lessen the nerves of bringing baby home and help soothe any worries you may be feeling, below you’ll find some high-tech solutions for those baby nerves.

4moms Self-Installing Car Seat

A true game-changer in the world of car seats, this innovative 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat is guaranteed to take a load off your mind when it comes to strapping your baby in the car. You’re likely to be pretty nervous the first time you take your baby out anyway, let alone having to worry about keeping the car seat as safe and secure as possible.

This self-installing car seat comes with a user-friendly app that talks you through the exact process of where to place the seat to ensure it’s perfectly secured. Also featuring electric motors that automatically level the seat to keep it 100% safe for your baby at all times, the app will alert you if the seat isn’t perfectly positioned at any point, giving you an instant heads-up if something needs to be altered for the sake of your baby.

Alarm Clock for Me

Being a new parent can wreak havoc on your sleeping pattern. But, with this android alarm clock, drifting to sleep and getting up at early hours won’t seem as much of a chore.

Featuring a handy customizable alarm clock, this app also offers an innovative sleep timer feature that softly lulls you to sleep with either white noise or relaxing music. So, if you find yourself having to get up multiple times to tend to your baby during the night, Alarm Clock for Me makes falling back to sleep that little bit easier.

 

Smart Pacifier

The first time your baby gets sick is likely to be a nerve-wracking experience for any new parent, so having a device that allows you to both monitor and track your baby’s progress will be a huge help.

 

The Smart Pacifier is just like a regular pacifier loved by babies, but also takes accurate temperature readings. It saves previous readings too so you can track the progress of your child’s temperature – all from a simple pacifier!

 

Parenthood is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and fulfilling life experiences you can have, but nerves and worry are highly likely to come along too. But with the added help of these high-tech devices and apps, being a parent will seem a little less scary and much more manageable.

 

Gabby Rogers gave birth to her son 6 months ago and has a 2-year-old daughter too. Currently staying at home to raise her little family, Gabby shares her thoughts and tips on parenting.

From Kindergarten to College: The Best Android Apps for School Kids of All Ages

With the prevalence of mobile devices today, even children as young as five or six can use the technology for fun and education. Kids grow up now using apps and mobile devices, more so than any other generation before.

By the time today’s kids get to college, the mobile devices seem to be an extension of their body: they are comfortable using them and do so at every chance they get. The good news is that there are so many apps out there that kids of all ages — as well as their parents — can use them to keep them safe and to keep them on track. Here are some of the best apps for kids to use today.

 

Weather Live Free

Knowing what the weather will bring day in and day out is an important thing to know, even for children. This way, they can be prepared for rain, cold or heat that can harm them or just ruin their day.

This weather app by Apalon Apps is easy to use for kids of nearly any age and will keep them “in the know” when it comes to the weather. The app has the temperature and the “feels like” temperature, as well as the humidity percentages and the wind speed and direction. Kids can use the sunset time to know how much longer they have before it gets dark and they can look at the constantly updated weather radar to know the weather in their area.

There’s even a widget built in, so they can get the information on the homescreen of their mobile devices.

 

Family Locator

This app is geared toward parents who worry about what their children are up to and where they are.

You just download the app to your device as well as your child’s, and then you can set boundaries on the maps. You will receive an alert anytime your child’s devices leaves the designated areas. You can also get alerts for when your child arrives at a specific destination, like school or a friend’s house.

The best part is that the app is free and you can download to all of the devices in your family, so you can help keep up with everyone and keep each other safe.

 

BillGo

If you have a child headed off to college, or if you just want to teach your children fiscal responsibility, this app is great.

The app manages all of the bills anyone has, sends alerts when payments are due and allows you to check balances on any accounts you have. It’s an all-in-one app that helps you and your children track finances and helps to teach children to pay bills on time. You can split the bills with anyone who has the app, so you can help that college student stay on top of their finances.

Use these apps whenever you want to get more out of the mobile devices your children are sure to use.

 

Naomi Holmes is Mom in a blended family consisting of college-aged kids right the way down to toddlers. Life is crazy but great, in equa