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I really like the idea of the Itzbeen Timer. Basically it's a specialized timer that you can use to show how long it's been since feeding, diaper change, nap, medication, etc. Especially in the first few weeks when things are really hectic and you're both pitching in it can help you both keep track of things. My wife bought the Baby Timer app for her ...


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This is probably a given for many, but a good camera and camcorder can make this time even more exciting. We had an ok camera and a borrowed camcorder when our first was born, and bought a much nicer camera and our own camcorder before our second was born. One of our best investments, and I definitely got my gadget fix doing all the research! It doesn't ...


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This is quite common, but a baby monitor definitely comes in handy. This allows you to leave a baby in it's room without having to stress out by checking every minute. Children make lots of small noises when they are sleeping and the monitors are quite sensitive. You can starting cooking (or another noisy activity) and be assured the child is still sleeping ...


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If you are looking for a hack, I'm going to go against the grain here and recommend possibly skipping the baby monitor. If you still have a normal phone in the house, most cordless phones come with a built in "room monitor" feature. It works great. Moves from room to room easily. And it's not worthless when you are done with it.


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I second the choices listed above (baby monitor, thermometer, camera/video camera). The truth is you don't really need much in the way of gadgets. Most of your efforts will involve physically juggling lots of different things (bottles, baby, diapers, wipes, burp-cloths, etc.). However, there are a few other things that may or may not be helpful, depending ...


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My theory is, when a kid needs it, they will get one. What does needing a cell phone entail? They must be in some kind of a situation that requires it. This can include driving, frequent after school activities, school projects, etc. But if they pretty much just go to school and family activities, then there isn't as much of a need.


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Our own thoughts regarding this: when our son is old enough to go to and from school on his own, at which point we'd want him to have one. We've tentatively put this at 12 (but we've reserved the right to push that out further :). He is 8 at the moment and has been asking for a cellphone for about a year.


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Ideally, when they are old enough to raise enough money, on their own, for buying the phone and paying of the monthly plans. This will change with the child's lifestyle and community though. A cellphone is a useful way to keep track of where your kids are, and is incredibly useful in emergencies. If you're living in a highly urban area and your children ...


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"How old" can't be said in a numerical answer, but rather in terms of maturity. Above all though, if there's no real need for a phone, the child shouldn't have one. Parents must decide case-by-case, depending on how they thnk the kids will use the newfangled technology. Is the child mature enough to use it in time of need, and not just to gossip with ...


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A doorway bouncer is great fun and exercise ..once the baby is big enough to fit. They seem to love it. We've put both our kids in them and they just love going boing-boing-boing for (literally) up to an hour. You can't leave them unattended, but certainly it is entertaining for them while you do other things nearby (meaning tidy up, cuddle wife, prepare ...


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Video Baby Monitor We got a video monitor for the baby room. It was great because I could easily see if I actually needed to go in the room or if it was just time to roll around and be noisy. Amazon Mom and Subscribe and save programs This has saved us a ton of money and headaches. I have it set up to have diapers, wipes, baby oatmeal, and other ...


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Have you looked into putting in an IP camera instead? We have two of the Foscam FI8910W cameras, one in each child's room. We hooked them up to the wireless and then use any number of free or cheap apps to see the cameras on our phones, as well as just using the IP address assigned to the camera to view them on our laptops. We had one bad camera, which ...


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Booster music: This one's for yourself rather than for the baby. Some people benefit from playing sounds and music that trigger an effect in your brain-wave pattern. Pzizz is an example of that. If you need a 20-minute power nap, or need help falling deeply asleep, such music might work for you. This music is something I actually use, and despite ...


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A sit-in Activity Centre is great fun we found that our children and all their friends absolutely love this type of sit-in activity centre. The particular one we got was based on different genres of music and would play Salso, Tango, Rumba and Disco tunes when the baby worked out what keys to press. Each child got a different tune based on the combination ...



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