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Withings WiFi Smart Baby Video Monitor for Android or iOS

The Withings Smart Baby Video Monitor is compatible with your iOS or android device allowing you to monitor your baby from anywhere in the world with your iphone, iPad, iPod touch, kindle fire and many more! You can connect to the camera over WiFi and 3G/4G and set up alerts for temperature, humidity, sounds and movement. The app also allows you to talk back, play lullabies, pan and zoom! The Withings smart baby wifi baby video monitor really does do it all.

Set up
Setting up the Withings Smart Baby Video Monitor is simple and hassle free. The instructions are in plain English and easy to follow with a good troubleshooting guide. In brief you pretty much connect to the camera via Bluetooth and you are prompted to do the rest.
Connectivity
The camera can connect to your internet connection through an Ethernet cable or wifi. It is also possible to connect via Bluetooth. It is recommended that whilst at home you connect to your camera via wifi. As long as your android or iOS device is connected to the internet (through wifi or 3G/4G) then you will be able to view your baby and access/control some amazing features.
Picture Quality
The 3 megapixel camera transmits high quality digital video to your iphone, iPad or android device in real time. He wide angled lens allows you to easily view your baby’s sleeping environment and surroundings without having to adjust the position the camera is facing, in fact, all you need to do us attach it to the end of the cot and you are guaranteed a perfect view of your little one. The camera automatically switches to night mode and the picture quality is very clear.
Features
The smart video monitor simply has it all but, the thing I love about this camera is its ability to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world (as long as your phone/tablet has an internet connection. Here is a list of the features you can control from anywhere:

  • Zoom in: Simply pinch your touchscreen to zoom in on your sleeping Angel.
  • Tilt and pan: slide your finger up and down or left and right and you can easily view your baby’s surroundings for absolute peace if mind.
  • Talk back: Late night at the office? Away on business? Wish your baby goodnight through the video monitor and comfort her in the night with the talk back function.
  • Play lullabies: Select from a list of seven lullabies to play to your baby and have it timed to fade out as your baby doses off.
  • Listen in: No matter where you are, even if you have closed the app, you are able to hear your baby in crystal clear digital quality sound.
  • Monitor the atmosphere: As you know, it is important your baby doesn’t overheat or get too cold, it is simple to monitor the ambient room temperature and humidity levels and set up alerts if they get too high or too low
  • Tailor made alerts:As well as temperature and humidity alerts, you can also set up alerts to warn you about sleep disruption problems and motion detector alerts if your child shows xtensive fidgeting patterns….
  • Create a glow: Make a rainbow, turn the lights up or fade them out once your baby is ready to settle down.
  • The Withings smart video baby monitor combines the power of your smart phone/tablet with the best features from existing video monitors resulting in a stylish, easy to use, convenient monitor that enables you to check on your baby and her environment from anywhere in the world. Check out a quick round up of real customer reviews:

    Good Points

  • App is very intuitive and has some nice features
  • Set up is easy and fast, had it working in 5 minutes.
  • The best bit is the product keeps getting better with new firmware updates.
  • Really impressed by temperature and humidity sensors
  • Well-designed, intuitive, easy to set up, and better than any of the baby monitors I’ve had so far.
  • Negative Points

  • the price!
  • Who is it good for?

    This is an all singing all dancing wifi video baby monitor, this is for you if you want to use either your iOS device or android device to monitor your little one and really want the added extras of being able to talk back and monitor temperature and humidity. If these aren’t essential to you, it may be worth considering the BabyPing, however, this feature list will be pretty hard to beat!

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    Features and Specifications

  • 3-megapixel high definition video sensor: 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Intuitive camera with angle adjustment and zoom x4 via virtual PTZ
  • Wide angle shot: 90° horizontally, 120° diagonally
  • LED infrared night vision up to five meters with automatic activation system
  • Dual input microphone, 16 bit sound sampling at 44.1 kHz, AAC 32 kbit/s encoding
  • Detects movement and noises
  • Adjustable alert levels for noise, movement, temperature and humidity
  • Sends alerts via Apple Push Notification
  • History available from within the WithBaby app
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz/ Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/ Ethernet 10-100 Mbit/s
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    TV time for babies and toddlers

    watching childrens tv on a laptopTelevision is a big part of most of our lives, add to this the time spent on your phone, tablet and laptop and we are probably looking at back-lit screens for entertainment purposes for a longer period of time than any generation before us. Research has shown British children have regular access to an average five screens at home by the age of ten. But how much time should your baby or toddler be in front of the TV? Or watching nursery rhymes on your iPad? Or playing games on your phone? TV has been blamed for contributing towards childhood obesity, aggression and even ADHD. So, in a world where we are surrounded by shiny objects emitting bright lights that amuse and entertain, how can we get the balance right for our children? Or is there a balance at all?

    How much TV time is acceptable for a baby?

    In 1998 the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) advised every child under the age of two should watch no television at all, and children aged two and older should watch no more than 2 hours a day maximum. This includes time spent on video games and iPads etc. The AAP report said TV deterred children from interacting with their parents (or vice versa), and interaction is crucial to vocabulary development. So no tv for you and no tv for baby.

    What? No TV for 2 years?

    Baby sat infront of tvFirst of all, lets not forget children have been around a lot longer than television sets and have always been able to keep themselves entertained. At the same time, we can’t ignore the fact parents are busier than ever before, life can be hectic and sometimes the tv can be a life/sanity saver. My advice would be, don’t feel guilty about using the TV, just be sensible about. 5 minutes of TV for a baby and gradually increasing this as she grows will do your child no harm, the fear for paediatricians is parents using the TV as a babysitter or having it constantly on in the background disrupting free play and distracting your child. Sitting with your child, talking about the programme and commentating on what is happening is a sure fire way to turn your baby/toddlers TV time into something a little more productive. Once the tv is off again it may inspire you to create some imaginary play based on what you have watched together or sing songs you have heard. Most program’s aimed at young children often have their own catchy songs or incorporate popular rhymes into the program. Having your television on in the background is a distraction for you both and will ultimately result in your child thinking this is normal (which doesn’t bode well for later in life) and may be the cause or a contributing factor of a language delay. Babies need to differentiate between various sounds and tones as part of their language and speech development and the background noise of a television is more than capable of hampering this. Keep telly watching time short. A few minutes at a time is quite enough stimulation for a baby, this can increase slightly for toddlers but you should still watch the majority of programmes together.

    What about my baby’s older siblings?

    It can be an extremely difficult balancing act with two young children at home, in terms of getting the balance right with tv time my advice would be:

    Trust yourself, if you feel your toddler is watching too much TV then he/she probably is.

    One thing you can try is to allow your child to watch recorded programmes or DVDs – this way you can control when the program starts. You can then watch it together once baby is having a nap – it gives you some much needed one to one time and prevents too much passive/ background TV viewing for your baby.

    What is the harm in TV viewing or having it on in the background?

    Parents who watch their own programmes during the day or who leave the television on in the background aren’t doing their children any favours at all – your baby’s brain develops rapidly and in a unique way; between the age of birth to three, neural pathways are constantly being created which are essential to your child’s development, a child sitting in front of the TV or constantly being distracted by the TV will not be given as many opportunities to create and reinstate these neural pathways which could lead to concentration problems later in life. The more a television is on, the less opportunity there is for conversation or the more likely it is that conversations will be unfinished or unproductive. The bottom line is, turn your TV off if no one is watching it.

    Why watch it with my child?

    Surely it’s a time to do the laundry? Or clean the kitchen right? Wrong! Academic success is linked not only to how much TV viewing time your child has but also how the TV is viewed. A child who watches a moderate amount of television with a parent will score better academically than a child who watches the same amount on his/her own. It also sets a much better example if you watch it together. Why not watch the TV together then do the laundry together afterwards?

    In a study of more than 2,000 children, by D A Christakis of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, it was found that for every hour watched at age one and age three, children had just under a ten percent higher chance of developing attention problems that could be diagnosed as ADHD by age 7. A toddler watching three hours of television daily had nearly a 30 percent higher chance of having attention problems at school.

    Top tips for sensible TV time

    • Lead by example: Don’t watch your programs whilst you are with your child, or if you do make sure it is once in a blue moon.
    • Setting limits from day one : It is much easier to gradually increase viewing time as your baby grows than try to reign it in once you have realised it has gone too far.
    • Pick your viewing carefully: Watch age appropriate programs that offer some form of educational material.
    • Watch it together: Discuss the programme, refer back to it at a later date, create drawings and play it out together, don’t let your child be a passive viewer!
    • Don’t have on in the background: it will distract you and distract your child and may harm your child’s speech, concentration and your relationship with each other.
    • Use the pause and skip button : Pause it to discuss what is going on, skip it if you need/ want it to end soon (particularly if your child has been ‘sucked in’).
    • No TV in the bedroom: Your child should not have a tv in the bedroom and you should never watch tv at dinner time.
    • Trust your instinct: If you think your child may be having too much TV time, you are probably right. Try reducing it gradually and making it more productive.
    • Plenty of play time: Unstructured’ free play time is much more valuable for the developing brain than any electronic media however educational it claims to be.
    • Everything in moderation: This is the key. Just as it is for junk food. Be honest with yourself and do the best you can for your baby’s developing brain.

    If you are interested in further reading, you may find this study by D A Christakis of Seattle Children’s Research Institute interesting in which mice were overstimulated to simulate the effect of infants watching television.

    Your comments are very much appreciated. Do you agree with me? Do you have any thing to add?

    What’s the Difference Between a Sleepsuit, Babygrow and Vest?

    This has confused parents for as long as they have have existed but now, finally, courtesy of babyknowledge – your definitive guide to what the difference is between a sleepsuit, a babygrow and a vest.

    This is a sleepsuitThis is a sleepsuit. It is usually fastened using poppers that cover its complete length -from top to bottom including both legs. This makes it much easier to put on and take off your baby. Its estimated tog value is 4.0 tog.

    This is a babygrow - red This is a babygrow and I feel this is the item that causes most confusion. It is also known as a body suit but is often referred to as a vest. Sometimes this is spelt ‘babygro’ but also refers to the same item. The estimated tog rating of babygrows is 1.0 tog.

    This is a vest - whiteThis is a pack of vests. Newborns don’t tend to wear vests, parents prefer the above option (which gets called a vest, but none the less, for clarity, this is a pack of vests for babies). Vests have an estimated tog rating of 0.2 tog.

    I realise this is far from rocket science but if this post helps to clarify the subject for just one person then it has been worth writing. And hey, if you are that person, share the love and hit that like button. Thanks for reading!

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    BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby Video Monitor for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    At last a wifi video monitor compatible with my iPhone and iPad! The BabyPing Wi-Fi Baby Video Monitor is used with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it is the next generation of video baby monitors. You can easily view your child at any time time of day, from anywhere, using your iOS device. All you need is a wifi, 3G or 4G Internet connection. You do not need a separate monitor or to turn your pc on, you do not need a charging dock and you do not need to worry about loss of signal – it even works with wifi range extenders. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch you can view your baby with ease.
    Rest assured, setting up this video monitor is easy and the support available from BabyPing is second to none should you require assistance. There are five easy steps to set this up:

    • Download the BabyPing app to your iOS device (no need to open the app just yet).
    • Using the network cable provided, plug one end into your router and one into the camera.
    • Plug the camera in and turn it on
    • Ensure your iOS device is connected to your wifi (not 3G or 4G)
    • Open the BabyPing app on your iOS device, this will find the connected camera and automatically set it up for you. The Baby Ping will now work with your wireless network.

    Night vision example picture of BabyPingOnly devices that are connected to your wireless internet network have access to view the monitor, for additional security you can add password protection. If you would like access through 3G or 4G, you will need the readily downloadable BabyPing+ app and must create a password. The great thing about this is you can give the password to friends and family should you wish – this is particularly helpful if you have a family member living overseas. As an admin user you are able to view the log in times and dates of other members and revoke access should you wish. Once you are connected and your app is up and running, there is nothing else you have to do, in fact, the app continues to run in the background so should you need to be made aware of something (such as your baby crying or a connection problem), this will pop up as a notification on your iOS device.

    BabyPing continuously works in the backgroundThe BabyPing camera is mains powered only so you never have to worry about replacing or recharging batteries, you shouldn’t have any problems locating a nearby plug socket as the cable length is 3 metres long. The built in high definition microphone can be set so you hear every murmur, movement, gurgle and cry or can be adjusted using built in ‘smart filter’ technology to enable only sounds above a set volume to register. Unlike other video or audio baby monitors, there is no background noise. The images are crystal clear thanks to the high definition camera and even the automatic night vision has a clarity and definition which is beyond that offered by standard video monitors, I am really pleased to see that no light is emitted around the lens when in night vision mode (as is the case with most video monitors) – switching automatically to night vision will not disturb your sleeping baby. And of course it is not just your baby who shouldn’t be disturbed unnecessarily, the app, which is constantly connected and continuously running in the background allows you to choose how you want to be notified of such alerts with options of a silent alert or vibration alert available. It was only a matter of time before something this good was made available for iOS users. Baby Ping have kept everything that is great about video monitors and made it better. Here’s some feedback from customers:

    Good Points

    • The image quality is brilliant even in the night vision mode
    • I’ve been able to give access to the camera to my mum who lives overseas
    • If one of us goes to bed and the other stays up we can both watch the baby on our iPhones and/or iPad
    • Superb picture quality and very sensitive to noise.
    • The design has an Apple device feel to it and the set up is very straight forward
    • I was amazed by the simplicity of the set up process.
    • Read more reviews…

    Negative Points

    • You can not buy a standalone monitor to go with it, but the app does run in the background of your iPhone/iPad etc so it’s not too important
    • It doesn’t have talk back or a built in room thermometer.

    What’s in the Box?contents in the box of BabyPing

    • BabyPing Monitor
    • Monitor stand
    • 3m Power supply
    • 2m iDevice extension power cable
    • 1m Network cable
    • Allen key
    • Pack of cable clips
    • Attachable rubber feet
    • Mounted screws

    For the technically mindedHow the Baby Ping works

    • Monitor:
      310,000 Pixel 1/4″ CMOS lens.
      60°(H) 45°(V) viewing angle.
      30fps @ 640×480 resolution. Built-in microphone.
    • Night Vision:
      30 invisible infrared LEDs with viewing distance of 10m.
    • Network Connections:
      Ethernet and Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n).
    • Wi-Fi Security:
      WEP (64/128 bit), WPA-PSK (AES/TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES/TKIP).
    • Mains Operated Power:
      100-240V AC. 3m power supply
      with UK/US/EU attachments
    • Power Consumption:
      3.75W.
    • Monitor Weight: 150g.
    • Dimensions: 85mm x 85mm x 30mm.

    Manufacturers Product Description

    product features of Baby PingBabyPing is a high quality video baby monitor for use with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allowing parents to utilise the latest technology to see and hear their baby 24/7 through a secure, interference-free, wireless WiFi. Combining a Wi-Fi video and audio device, our free dedicated app, and the power of the Apple iOS devices, parents can now enjoy using a functional sleek product that fits in to their lifestyle. BabyPing isn’t designed to just watch your baby occasionally, BabyPing is the first device designed to reassure and give confidence in replacing old-style monitors with the latest modern, safe, technology.

    Who is it good for?

    BabyPing with baby on iphone screenIf you have an iOS device and you are looking for a video baby monitor, this really could be for you. It doesn’t monitor the room temperature or have a talk back function (which I can honestly say I never used) but that really isn’t as big a deal as it sounds. Step into the future and monitor your baby whilst you watch love film or catch up on some emails. The fact you can view this whilst away from home (think date night, a long day at work or distant relatives) is a real selling point for me. If you have an iOS device you quite often use in the evenings, don’t clutter your house with a standard video baby monitor, parent unit and charger dock. You just don’t need to anymore!

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    Summer Infant Secure Picture Me Digital Video Monitor

    The Summer Infant Secure Picture Me Digital Video Monitor is impressive. It is a new design when compared to most, or should I say all video monitors available to date. The parent unit looks more like a digital photo frame than a monitor screen and can in fact be used for this purpose.

    Summer infant secure picture me monitor and cameraThe secure picture me is security encrypted, has a range of 100 metres and a large 3.5″ monitor screen, i have not seen any reports of poor reception. The images are clear and vivid and the night vision is good quality as is the sound. This video monitor is ready to go straight from the box, you quite literally plug the camera in, plug the parent unit in (UK and EU plugs included), position the camera and you are good to go. The camera has a tilt facility and can be wall mounted or placed on a flat surface so you shouldn’t have any problems finding the ideal place to view your baby’s cot.
    You have the option of buying two additional cameras so is great if you have twins or a quickly expanding family! The feature I love the most is the ability to take screenshots of your baby direct from live viewing and store them on the parent unit, this can then be used as a digital photo frame when not in use as a monitor screen – up to ten pictures can be stored for this purpose. You will love switching this onto the photo frame view during the day particularly when you have visitors. Now everyone can see how cute your baby is when he/she is asleep!

    Features

    • Record and play photo images of you baby to share with friends and family
    • Stores up to 10 pictures on first in first out basis
    • Colour 3.5″ LCD Screen
    • Night Vision in black and white
    • Option of up to two additional cameras
    • Camera Scanning
    • Sound only option
    • Sound Light – Visual LED traffic lights capture babys every sound
    • Temperature Sensor
    • Table Top or Wall Mounted
    • UK and EU plugs included

    Good Points

    • Video quality is decent, and is obviously designed to work well in very low light
    • Literally just plug it in and go
    • Long cable so easy to move parent unit around
    • Easy to alter sound and brightness etc
    • The whole device is very simple to use
    • The monitor signal goes through the thick stone walls and we get a very clear picture.
    • The additional thermometer is very useful.
    • Captures even slightest voice vibrations in baby’s room.
    • Sound is perfectly clear and it has a great lighting function which goes from green to red depending on the noise level

    Negative Points

    • The only negative point I could find was cosmetic based but even this was forgiven once the unit was turned on and working, “the whole product looks like a toy with a odd webcam (when unboxing) so my fears were growing, however, that changed when,I turned it on. The picture quality is very nice and its night vision is very good”.

    Who is it good for?

    Summer infant additional camera
    I recommend the Summer Infant Secure Picture Me Digital Video Monitor for parents who don’t need their monitor screen to be portable, perhaps if you just plan to use it in your living area of an evening and take to bed with you at night. I know you will love the idea of taking a few pictures of your sleeping baby and displaying them to visitors during the day.

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