Robot Vacuums and Toddlers: Removing Microscopic Carpet Junk from Your Toddler’s Access

My Toddler Eats Random, Microscopic Debris From the Floor!

My toddler has an eagle’s eye and can spot microscopic debris on the floor that she then sets forth to place in her mouth.  Between two shedding, hyper dogs and my cruising little toddler, vacuuming is not easy (especially considering my little one is terrified of our handheld vacuum).  This is unfortunate because I live in a house full of people with severe allergies.  I could vacuum during my toddler’s naps – sure, or even possibly at nighttime, but there are 100 other things that I need to be doing, such as preparing her meals, doing the dishes, perhaps showering myself if I am so lucky, or cleaning up the house, etc.  I’m not saying that vacuuming should come last, but this process can be easier.  How, you may ask?


Robot Vacuums 

If you can afford to spend the money on a basic model of a robotic vacuum, about $300, it will be worth your time.  The iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum has been great for my Toddler who loves to put random stuff in her mouth.  Between random clothing tags and pins that somehow appear on my floor (which my little one always attempts to eat), my shedding dogs, and little one’s allergies, this little robot vacuum has provided me a great deal of happiness in the form of less worry and house chores made easier. I run my iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum twice a day and my life with my toddler has been significantly easier because you I don’t have to worry (as much) about what random specs of practically nothing are on my floor that she will put in her mouth!


Here’s a brief video of the Roomba cleaning our living room:


We bought a refurbished  Robotic Vacuum vacuum off of Amazon.com – buying refurbished saved some money and it still came with a limited warranty so we were fine that it.  There are other brands  that are very similar to Roomba and may be cheaper than the Roomba brand (again, we went with the refurbished model to save money). Some features that I love about my robotic vacuum are that it can go over electrical cords (for the most part).  Another thing I like is that it can go underneath your TV stands and sofas too.  Just run the Roomba, and leave the room…but I am telling you that you will probably end up following it around in sheer “ahhh,” staring at and mesmerized by this wonderful creature (oops: I mean vacuum) at it as it cleans your floors the first few times that you use it.  When you come back to the room, there are beautiful vacuum lines in your carpet, without you having to do anything!  

The Roomba self-docks itself too.  It’s like the smartest pet you’ll ever have!  You might even love it so much that you name it (not that I did or anything).  Be sure to set up the “lighthouses” which tells the Roomba not to, for example, go down your basement stairs.   Also, keep your eyes peeled during the holidays and there should great deals going on.



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My Toddler’s Obsession With Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street


Does your toddler have a “lovey” that she/he is infatuated with?  My little daughter is basically obsessed with Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street.  And frankly, so am I.   What is there not to love about Abby Cadabby?  She’s basically the nicest fairy; she teaches my toddler how to “share”; and she’s BFFs with Elmo.  I love Abby Cadabby.


Here is a video of Tessa meeting her stuffed plush Abby Cadabby toy for the first time.





We bought the  Abby Cadabby Plush Doll from Amazon.com.

Abby Cadabby
Plush Doll




In the second video below is great example of why going down the toy aisle at the store with toddlers (or me) is bad news (i.e., we saw a SECOND Abby Cadabby doll…).  So yes, my daughter now has a second Abby Cababby doll, which is completely unnecessary, but I think I was just as excited as she was to see a “talking” Abby Cadabby doll on clearance.  The second Abby Cadabby doll “talks”…or at least she used to because I had to take her batteries out before I went crazy after hearing, “Oh hi! I’m Abby Cadabby!” for the 100,000th time (I love Abby Cadabby, but not that much).




Here is the Abby Cadabby Costume that we bought for her for this upcoming Halloween off of Amazon.com:

Abby Cadabby Toddler
Halloween Costume

I will post pictures of her wearing it once we get closer to Halloween because if I let her wear “Abby” sooner, then she will probably want to eat, sleep, and bathe in the costume, and then it will be all ucky for Halloween.


Sesame Street – Best of – N’SYNC Guest Starring

 

The Sesame Street obsession continues…

If you are like me and were, at some point in your life, in love with the boy-band, N’SYNC, then you might get a kick out of this oldie-but-goody video of N’SYNC guest starring on Sesame Street. If you also happen to be a Sesame Street fan, then there is a very high chance that you will appreciate this video.  

N’SYNC – Believe in Yourself (Sesame Street)

 

 

 

This is what I did instead of my to-do list….

My Family Portrait
The beautiful, and lovely, family portrait image shown above is an excellent example of me completely ignoring that “little voice in my head,” who told me I needed to be tackling the important items on my to-do list instead doing what I was actually doing — drawing my family portrait on Microsoft Word.  Yes, instead of packing for my upcoming trip like I should be doing, I decided to draw a picture of my family (and our living room) on my computer using the “insert shapes” function of Microsoft Word.  

But I must say – what a masterpiece.  

I did not draw the dogs or the toddler (thank you, Clip Art), but I did draw Mr. Mia and I did draw myself (me = blonde woman in the photo)….and I don’t mean to brag, but I designed the living room myself too.  

Oh, and I also decided make myself lose 10-pounds when I drew myself (don’t try to tell me you wouldn’t do the same).  The yoga pants are accurate.  Mr. Mia does wear black a lot, but he is cuter in real life (his hair is rather difficult to draw).

Although we don’t have hands or feet in the portrait, please stay tuned for the next time that I decide to procrastinate doing my laundry or any other important things that need to be done in my life and instead decide make a portrait using the “insert shape” function in Microsoft Word.

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Top 9 Sippy Cups for Baby and Toddler

Sippy Cups and Your Sanity - Top Sippy Cups for Toddlers


Don’t waste your money on bad sippy cups. Do your research.  In a previous post, My Battle With Sippy Cups, I go into detail about my experience, and frustrations with sippy cups.  We’ve devised a list (see below) of the best sippy cups that the baby market has to offer (in our opinion).  Speaking for my own family, we have tried virtually every sippy cup out there.  Name a sippy cup – any sippy cup – and there is a 99% chance that we have it our kitchen cabinet.    

Along with my own experience with sippy cups, Mommy Mia Monologues has teamed up with other fellow moms, and we’ve read consumer reviews to compare a wide variety of other opinions.  We’ve devised a list of the best sippy cups on the market. Here is that list:


The Best Sippy Cups for Toddlers and Babies


1.  Nuk Learner Sippy Cups

Link:  NUK Learner Cups


I love the NUK Learner Cups and these made a great transition cup for when we weaned our daughter off of the bottle and onto sippy cups (which was not an easy transition!).  The reason the NUK Learner Cups make such great transition cups is because they are similar to the nipple of a bottle.  These sippy cups come in large capacity and small capacity.

  • Great For: Transitioning from a bottle to sippy cups
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Beginner





2.  Dr. Brown’s Sippy Cups
Link:   Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Sippy Cup


I love the Dr. Brown’s Soft-Spout Sippy Cup because they are seriously, seriously spill-proof.  This is the sippy cup that I give my daughter when I let her run around the house with a sippy cup full of milk – I don’t have to worry about the milk getting all over the carpet and the floor.

  • Great For:  A Seriously Spill-Proof Sippy
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Intermediate Beginner to Advanced Beginner 



3.  Playtex Insulator Spout Cup
Link:   Playtex Insulator Spout Cup

I recommend the Playtex Insulator Spout Cup for a toddler who is experienced in using sippy cups, as the flow can come out quite fast when they suck on the spout.  The handles are easy for babies to grab and this sippy cup is easy to clean as long as you rinse it out right after using it.  

  • Great for:   A proficient drinker and for when your toddler is very thirsty (for example, in the summertime after playing outside), and wants to guzzle down some water.
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

4.  Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Soft Spout Trainer Cup

Link:  Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Soft Spout Trainer Cup


If I had to marry a sippy cup, I would marry the Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Soft Spout Trainer Cup.

  • Great for:  When baby is transitioning from a nipple-like spout to a harder spout
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Beginner to Advanced Beginner

5.  Lansinoh mOmma Spill Proof Sippy Cup
Link:   Lansinoh mOmma Spill Proof Cup

The Lansinoh mOmma Spill Proof Cup  is fantastic and if I was made of money, I would buy more of these. My toddler loves how this sippy cup wobbles around on her high chair tray, and I credit this cup with helping teach my toddler to pick up a sippy cup on her own (which was a huge win for me because then I no longer had to hold it for her constantly).  They run about $10 each on Amazon.com.

  • Great For: Entertaining baby and helping baby learn to pick up the sippy cup on her own.
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Beginner to Advanced Beginner





6.  Nuby No Spill Cup with Reversible Valve

Link:  Nuby No Spill Cup With Reversible Valve

Once your little one moves from requiring a sippy cup that has handles, these Nuby No Spill Cup With Reversible Valve make a fantastic bang for your buck.  These cups are $2.99 each on Amazon.com, but I’ve seen Walmart sell these for $1.87 each.  The great part about these cups is that the valve is reversible (slow-flow and fast-flow).  These cups are extremely easy to clean – these cups fit in your dishwasher easily and the valves are also idiot-proof as far as cleaning.  We stocked up on these because they are so easy, and so affordable (compared to other cups).

  • Great for:  Affordability
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Expert

7.  Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Spill-Proof Cups
Link:   Gerber Graduates BPA Free Fun Grips spill Proof Cup.


On the slightly more expensive end of the handle-free sippy cup is the Gerber Graduates BPA Free Fun Grips spill Proof Cup.  My 18-month-old loves this cup because it’s easy to grab (the hour-glass shape helps her grip the cup).  If you can afford spending a couple extra bucks on these cups, it may be worth it.

  • Great For:  Transitioning away from sippy cups with handles to holding a “big kid” cup
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner to Expert

8.  Sippy Cups With Straws
Link:  Sippy Cups with Straws


If your baby has trouble tipping up a sippy cup to get the liquid out like my baby did, then I strongly urge you to consider purchasing at least one sippy cup that has a straw.  When we introduced our 9-month-old to the traditional sippy cups, she didn’t yet understand the concept of gravity and that she needed to tip the cup back for the liquid to come out; she would get so frustrated when no liquid would come out, and she hated sippy cups until we gave her a sippy cup that had a straw.  We bought the Playtex Baby First Lil’ Gripper Twist ‘n Click Straw Trainer Cup and the Munchkin Click Lock Trainer Cup, but I do NOT recommend either of these.

  • Great for:  Babies who don’t yet understand the concept of tipping up a cup to drink from it
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Beginner to Expert


Don’t Forget:  

  • I highly advice that you also get a Sippy Cup Straw Cleaner, because cleaning out straws thoroughly is tricky without one. 

9.  Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottle
Link:  Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottle

I’m not sure who uses our Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottle more – my toddler or me.  I LOVE these things!  You can carry water on-the-go and you don’t have to worry about it spilling in your purse or your diaper bag!  They also make these in Contigo Autoseal Mugs for Adults (your drink will stay hot/cold for an extremely long-time in the Contigo Autoseal Mugs for Adults).

  • Great for: Drinking on-the-go without spilling liquid in your purse or diaper bag.
  • Sippy Cup Skill Level:  Expert



BONUS!

10.  Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup

Link:   Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup

The Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup is AMAZING for children who are leaning to hold real cups.  This cup is one-of-a-kind in that the cup has a 360 degree drinking edge that the child can drink from, and this edge seal up completely once the child is done sipping.  The is the way to go if you want to avoid spills while teaching your toddler or preschooler to hold big kid cups.  



What is your 
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Top 20 Must-Have Items for Sick Baby or Toddler

Top 20 Must-Have Items for Sick Baby this Flu Season Blog Post Title Photo


Nothing pulls on a mom’s heart strings or stresses a mommy out quite like a sick baby.  Make sure that you’re prepared for this flu season by stocking up on these 20 essential items and for your sick baby or toddler:

1.   Boogie Wipes

Link:  Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes Photo

Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes  are great for wiping the nose area without irritating the skin.  They also come in a “Fresh Scent” (instead of the traditional “Grape Flavored Scent.”  My little one seems to prefer the fresh scent.


2.  Cool Mist Humidifier

Link:  Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Photo

Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Cool mist humidifiers are the best – think the hippo Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is adorable and Crane is an amazing brand.  I have researched and experimented with very any of these pain-in-the-a** items, and I have narrowed it down to the two best humidifiers out there for babies (see my post on the Top 2 Humidifiers for Baby (Easy-to-Use). I’ve known a few people, including myself, who have been very disappointed with humidifiers bought in the stores.  (They are either to loud, difficult to clean, or have some other idiosyncrasy).  


3.  Liquid Medication Dispenser Syringe

Link: Infant Medicine Syringe Dispenser

Infant Medicine Dispenser Photo

Infant Medicine Dispenser

Having multiple Infant Medicine Syringe Dispensers on hand is extremely helpful. It’s hard to have too many of these things with a toddler or baby in the house.  Dispensers usually come in the box with each medication bottle that you purchase (for Infants medicine).  Save them! Otherwise, you’ll be forced to clean the dispenser after each use every single time.  If you’re supermom, then fine, clean it each time.  If you’re human like me, then you’ll be incredibly tired, and distracted, when you have a sick baby.  So clean it [tomorrow] and use a spare dispenser the next time.  

4.  Nipple Medication Dispenser 

Link:  Nipple Medication Dispenser


Nipple Medication Dispenser Photo

Nipple Medication Dispenser for Baby

If your young infant needs medication, Nipple Medication Dispensers Nipple dispensers are fantastic for this.  I prefer to use the  Infant Medicine Syringe Dispenser once my baby gets older – but the Nipple Medication Dispenser was the only way my child would take medication when she was a newborn.




5.   The FridaBaby (aka, “NoseFrida”) Nasal Aspirator

Link: FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator

NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator for Babies Photo

FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator

I was reluctant to try the FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator (aka, the “NoseFrida) at first, but this boogie-sucking item is a must-have.  It is fantastic.   My child used to DESPISE the booger sucker (so much so that I even published Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker: Mommy Support Needed a separate blog post, seeking advise in my moment of booger-sucking desperation).  Thanks to the readers at Mommy Mia Monologues, who suggested the Nosefrida to me, my child no longer fears booger sucking time (see How the Nosefrida Changed My Boogy Little Life).

Video of my daughter saying “ahhh” (in relief) 
each time we use the Nosefrida…hilarious.


(and/or the hospital-grade Booger Sucker)

Baby Booger Sucker Photo
Booger Sucker (I drew a happy face on the thing because 
I wanted to daughter to like it so badly).

For traveling and for daycare, keep a booger sucker on hand as well.  The booger suckers that they give you at the hospital are the best out there.  I have yet to find a great one in the store, though I’ve been told that Amazon.com has a few booger suckers with a lot of potential.  My child despises the booger sucker.  More on that in the post Help! Baby HATES the Booger Sucker: Mommy Support Needed.



6.  Spare Batteries for Baby Thermometer

Link:  Thermometer Batteries

Spare Batteries for Baby Thermometer Photo

Spare Baby Thermometer Batteries

There is no worse time to realize that your baby thermometer is out of batteries than when you have a sick, crying baby.  Do not let this happen to you.  Baby Thermometer Batteries(especially the Ear Thermometers)  are usually those weird, round batteries – not your simple AAA or AA batteries  – the digital thermometer batteries often require those circular kind of batteries that have weird names numeric descriptions to them, like the “CR-2032.”  Trying to figure out the type of battery your baby thermometer takes (not to mention, going to the store to buy the battery), while you have a sick baby or toddler will make you insanely stressed out.  Buy your thermometers spare battery before your baby gets sick – keep spare batteries on hand.

7.  Forehead and Ear Thermometer for Baby

Link:   Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer (Dual Mode)

Forehead and Ear Thermometer Photo

Forehead and Ear Thermometer

A Forehead and Ear Thermometer is the key to getting your babies temperature without waking the baby up.    This Thermometer model is fabulous because it acts as both an ear and a forehead thermometer – whereas most models are usually one or the other.  Using the forehead and ear thermometers are not supposed to be quite as accurate as the rectal thermeter to get an accurate reading of your baby’s temperature; however, I’ve always had success with these at gaging the range of my child’s termperature – if it’s high then I also use the rectal thermometer to make sure I have an accurage idea of whether to bring her to the hospital.



8.  Tissues with Lotion

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Photo


Tissues with Lotion


If your baby or toddler has a runny noise, chances are that you’ll be wiping it a lot.  Using tissues with lotion is a good idea because it helps soften the rubbing on baby’s already raw skin.  



9.  Aquaphor for Baby Healing Ointment

Link:  Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Photo

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment 

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is amazing for chapped skin due to runny noses.  Use these ointments to rub around your baby’s chapped little nose and lips.  When your little one has a cold, this can make the world of a difference to your baby.  I swear my little one looks up and thanks me each time I rub this on her poor, chapped lips and nostrils when she is sick.




10.  Wet Ones, Antibacterial Wipes

Link:  Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes
Wet Wipes Photo

Wet Wipes

Load up on Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes.  You’re going to be wiping off a lot of snot and boogers.  Keep your hands clean so you don’t get sick yourself.


11.   Saline Spray for Baby

Link:   Saline Nasal Mist (Baby)

Baby Saline Spray Photo

Saline Nasal Mist for Baby

Using Saline Nasal Mist, Baby gets the gunk out and works wonders when coupled with either your booger sucker or the  Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator  (see How the Nosefrida Changed My Boogy Little Life).  My child despises Saline Spray, but it is completely necessary when they have a cold.  It gets the gunk out of there, and can help to prevent pneumonia from building up in your baby’s chest.






12.   Pedialyte

Link:   Pedialyte
Pedialyte Photo

Pedialyte

You definitely always want Pedialyte a stock of this in your pantry.  I mix just a little bit of Pedialyte in her sippy cup with water – she is more than happy to keep the liquids down.



13.   Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is great for older babies, and sick mommies.

14.   Baby Food in Pouches

Baby Food Pouches Photo

Baby Food Pouches

Your toddler may refuse to eat when their sick, and they may even refuse to drink their milk.  Keep baby food pouches with yogurt (for their daily dairy) in stock.  

15.   Dole Mandarin Orange Cups 

Link:  Dole Mandarin in 100% Fruit Juice

Mandarin Orange Cups in 100% Fruit Juice

Dole Mandarin in 100% Fruit Juice is great for toddlers with colds.  These fruit cups doesn’t contain syrup or any artificial sweeteners (just fruit juice 100%).

16.  Medication Dosage Information Sheet 

Talk to the pediatrician and fill this out ahead of time.


Keep an all-inclusive list of the medications that your baby can take, and make photocopies of it for your child’s daycare provider, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and keep one in the diaper bag as well.  Be sure to ask your pediatrician about this prior to your child getting sick – because waiting for your pediatrician to call you back when your child is miserably sick can make minutes feel like hours.  Make sure to pair the dosage information with the milligrams (mg.), as some medications of the same type come in different strengths.  Make sure you jot down your child’s age and weight, along with the dosage (mg.) information as well.


17.   Medications

Little Remedies for Fevers 

Check with your pediatricians about medications that your infant/child can take (e.g., Tylenol, IB Profin, Benadryl, etc.).



18.   The “B.R.A.T. Diet”

(Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast)


The B.R.A.T. diet is fantastic for upset tummies.  Keep some mashed banana baby food on hand if you don’t frequently buy bananas.  I keep squeezable banana baby food and squeezable apple sauce in my pantry.  Mix in the Gerber Rice cereal with the banana baby food.


19.   Photo Copies of the Operating Manuals for Each Baby Thermometer You Own


Not all thermometers are created equal!  You have your forehead thermometers, versus ear thermometers, versus anal thermometers versus under-arm thermometers…what classifies a “fever” is different on each device!  It’s not as simple as 98.6 degrees!   Keep photocopies of your thermometer’s manual in every bag that you use for your baby (diaper bags, tote bags, gym bags, etc.).  Ear thermometers and forehead thermometers have different temperature ranges as to what qualifies as a “fever”; for example, a temperature reading of 98.6 degrees on some “forehead thermometers” can actually mean that your baby has a fever of possibly 100+degrees.  These devices vary significantly.  (Anal temperature readings are the most accurate, but I like to use that method only once I suspect a temperature with my forehead and ear thermometers. 



20.   Vick’s Baby Rub

Link:  Vick’s Baby Rub


Vick's Baby Rub

Vick’s Baby Rub


I put Vick’s Baby Rub on baby’s feet before bed when she is sick.  If I am going to be near her, I rub it on her chest too.  I do this after giving my little one a nice, long bath in a steamy bathroom.  My little one is a big fan of the Vick’s Baby Rub.





Don’t Forget!….

A steamy bath

Even though this may not qualify as a “product,” a steamy bath can do wonders for a congested baby or toddler.  I like to steam up my bathroom before I give my little one a bath when she is congested.  It helps every time.  


Top Sick Baby Products Photo

Top Sick Baby Products



9 Tips for Flying on Airplane with Baby

If you’re traveling with your baby or young toddler soon, then consider the following tips that will help to make your airplane flight go smoothly: 

1.  Consider the weather at destination when packing. 

  • You may also want to consider the temperature where you will be staying.  Does Grandma like to keep the temperature ridiculously warm in her house?  Plan accordingly.

2.  Free up your hands by bringing a backpack for your carry-on (instead of a diaper bag. 

  • Also, consider purchasing a baby carrier, such as the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Air, as this will free up your hands as well.

3.   If you can, buy diapers, wipes and formula when you get to your destination.

  • BUT pack plenty for the plane and travel time – airports don’t sell diapers!

4.  Consult the airline if you want to take your car seat on board.

  • If your baby sleeps well in his car seat  it may a good idea to bring it on board with you if you’re traveling during nap or sleeping time.

5. Use the restrooms located in the front of the plane for diaper changes.  Trust me.

  • The restrooms in the back of the plane are loud (because of the airplane’s engines), and this can scare babies.
  • Remember:  Absorbent diapers are your best friend.  I recommend using overnight diapers with extra protection (Pampers Extra Protection is my favorite diaper for sizes 3 and up).

6.  If your child likes to throw toys on the floor, consider packing toys that won’t roll away on the airplane floor, like small stuffed animals or rubber rings.

  • Gerber Graduates Squeezable Pouches are super easy and mess-free…you don’t even need a spoon – you or baby can just squeeze it in their mouth. Be sure to place these pouches in a Quart-sized bag when you go through security.  Cereal Puffs and Cheerios also make excellent snacks.
  • Keep rotating out the toys and snacks while on the plane to keep baby stimulated.

7.  If and when crankiness occurs, walk your baby or young toddler around the plane.

  • Get on your plane-neighbor’s good side: if your child is crying or acting up, smile and say you’re sorry and that you’re doing the best you can.  They may help you.
  • Don’t forget that you are a strong, smart, mommy-ninja, and you can handle anything.

8.  Have the baby drink a bottle or liquid during take-off and landing to relieve ear pressure pain. 

  • I give my baby a little Tylenol before the flight in case the air pressure hurts her ears (ask your doctor first).
  • Use a pacifier if necessary – anything to get that “sucking” sensation going in their ear canal.

9.  Try to book your toddler or baby their own seat – you will want the space.  

Bonus Tip # 10: 

  • Remember:  Make use of your sense of humor! You’ll need it!


Please share your tips for traveling 
with a baby or toddler!

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WiFi Video Baby Monitors

    
WiFi Baby 2.0 Baby Monitor
2013 Model – (WFB2013)

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a WiFi network baby monitor that has great reviews, and the WiFi Baby 2.0 has caught my attention.  For those of you who are on the market for a new video baby monitor, this may be of interest to you.  The WiFi Baby 2.0 uses your home WiFi network to stream video and audio to your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC (up to four devices at a time can be linked).  

The WiFi Baby 2.0 can also become a become a nanny-cam, and you can record audio and video while you’re at work (without any fees for cloud storage).  Another benefit to this WiFi enabled baby monitor is that it is password-protected (both video and audio);  the most secure baby video monitors are those that hook-up to your home’s wireless internet network.

The WiFi Baby 2.0 takes time and patience to set-up, as linking it securely with your internet can be a complicated process, but once the WiFi Baby 2.0 is up and running, it will be well worth it.   Just keep the customer service phone number handy during set-up (they are very helpful).


If the setup of a WiFi baby monitor sounds like too complicated of a process, then the Samsung Digital Wireless Pan Tilt Video Baby Monitor is a great alternative.  Try to steer clear from analog-based  baby monitors, as analog baby monitors are not secure and can pose potential security and privacy issues (see the video from ABC News below for more on privacy issues with analog video baby monitors).





Share your experiences and recommendations 
for baby monitors!
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