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24/09/2013 at 08:29
A friend of ours was telling us about this awesome gadget she buys for the babies in the family, some sort of nightlight with sound that can be operated remotely, or something. And then telling us about an app that some new parents she knows play on the ipad in baby's room so baby can hear rain, and other noises. Then there's the 2 way monitor with visuals...
Some other friends told us we will need an electronic bouncy chair that rocks itself, rather than the basic wire frame one I remember.
And then I read about all sorts of things on here/other forums that I can't glean from the posts what they are or do, but they seem pretty popular!
Hubby and I seem equally pretty keen on as few gadgets as possible. I'm fairly anti-Tv (not just for kids) and a couple of kids I know appear addicted to TV or iPad and I know I don't want that for us. My husband is a total bookworm and has begun baby's collection of books and that's where his priorities lay.
Do I need to face facts that times have changed and there *will* be a plethora of gadgets? We won't be hanging out with other new parents (most of our friends have had their babies now, or aren't having any) so we probably won't be that exposed much to what other parents use/need etc. Are we weird for wanting to avoid as much electronic stuff as possible? It's okay, you can say, I can take it! :D
24/09/2013 at 08:44
Tbh some of the stuff you won't need but some will make your life easier. I've got this baby a vibrating bouncy chair that makes noises when baby pulls on an animal, bit early but my friend was getting rid of hers so I bought it from her for a tenner. White noise apps or womb noise apps do seem to settle baby - we had a slumber bear for M and it did wonders for her sleep. We didn't use a remote mobile or a two way video monitor, but did use a motion sensor one for peace of mind.
With regards to technology, ipads etc, unfortunately it's the way of the world and by the time our kids start school they'll likely have access to that kind of stuff in school! Ms nursery have a computer that they take turns on playing learning games.a All that said M would still rather be outside or painting or baking or something. It's about getting a happy medium imo
24/09/2013 at 08:45
I think you're weird not wantin a vibrating bouncer and having to sit doing it yourself I must add I have an iPhone app, white noise, which has often sved my sanity and put a baby I sleep where all else has failed!
We have very little gadgets- but that's in general as well as baby related. Ie we don't have an Xbox, wii, iPad etc , only have a moderate size tv, don't even own a DVD player ( after the cats broke three in a row we gave up!)
As far as gadgets for baby- we have the most basic monitor- plugs in in baby's room and one to plug in for us. We can hear baby making noises but that it- we can't talk to baby on it, it's not got a movement sensor or tv screen or anything.
Our bouncy chair is a metal frame one not electric/battery. W was happy in it for months, never felt the need to get a fancy one.
Don't have anything that plays white noise /music to get then to sleep.
I think its personal choice how much or little you want in terms of gadgets.
If you've done it all before and managed perfectly fine then don't feel pressured to get things. So many of these gadgets are just a waste of money and marketed to make parents think they need it when they really don't.
There's nothing wrong with getting all the gadgets if you have the money to spare and want to have "everything" for baby, but it might be better for you not to buy any of these things in advance and then see how you get on once baby arrives- if there's anything you think would make your life easier.
24/09/2013 at 09:02
I didn't get gadgets for either of my boys, and we're all still here, and sane.
24/09/2013 at 09:07
We have a monitor that plays external music, and we play white noise through it, and it really helps with J's sleep, so totally worth it for me. Other than that we haven't bought masses of gadgets- we did get a vibrating bouncy chair and J screamed every time he went in it (whether it was on vibrate or not) so that was a bit pointless!
24/09/2013 at 09:34
I don't know how representative we are but we have very few gadgets, we had the old school wire framed bouncer, disco loved it because it was fairly upright.
In terms of gadets we do have a movement and sound monitor for the cot but dont have a camara one.
The noise apps/ nightlight with noise are supposed to be good for babys who have trouble self setteling disco is a thumb sucker so we didn't need to try this but had we needed to I think we would have tried.
As for TV etc I think that is inividual choice, at the moment we don't tend to put the TV on for disco a couple of times we have tried but he doesn't have the attention span/ isn't interested to sit and watch for a whole program. We have found a quick you tube video of elmo will hold his attention and we are happy to let him watch a limited amount of TV when he is interested/older
I think books are fab at any age for a 14 month old disco has a overly larger collection of books but he enjoys them. Left to play with is toys he will often look at a book and when tired he will actively bring you a book so he can sit with you and look at it. That said he does also enjoy his v tech bus (that drives me crazy) and other noisy electronic push button toys.
I think it is pretty much a each to their own when it comes to gadgets etc do what makes you happy
As for tablet etc, he won't be getting one of his own and it will be a while before he is allowed access to ours.
24/09/2013 at 09:36
You won't miss what you don't have!
24/09/2013 at 10:02
We have a slumber bear, although its just the original one which plays white noise, and it did help when A was smaller. Our bouncy chair he has to bounce himself - we tried him in a swing that a friend loaned us and he hated it! Our monitor is pretty basic, plugs in his room, plugs in with us, although there is a talkback function on it.
Think that's about it here, we have a massive collection of books for A too! Although we do have the Fisherprice rainforest gym that we got at a nearly new sale, and which is used loads!
24/09/2013 at 11:58
We've some, but only bought as we've felt we needed them rather than in preparation.
We were bought a movement monitor which we've ditched in replacement for a video one. However we felt we needed it as I was constantly in and out of LOs room seeing what she was up to when she was trying to self settle. I didn't just buy it as standard iyswim.
We've a white noise thing that was bought for us, worked well during a growth spurt to help settle E but then we had to wean her off the Damn thing. Wouldn't personally buy again.
We think that the carseat base is amazing, safer and means we can keep E rea facing longer so The was an excellent gadget buy.
Otherwise we had basic baby bits, her mobile is a wind up one, her bouncy chair was bounced by Es movement, specifically picked up for that reason. We try not to let E watch too much tv and never put on kids tv unless another LO is here. Though we've a fee baby Einstein dvds that occasionally were watched when she was smaller. She doesn't sit still long enough now.
A few months back I saw a 4-5 month old with an ipod in a babies toy steering wheel, playing games!! Apparently he and his 6 year old sister shared the ipod and an ipad!! Wow!
24/09/2013 at 13:18
We didn't have much, slumber bear with Isaac, L never slept and I'd heard it was good and it was fantastic for I
I had a white noise app which was also great
Normal bouncy chair
We had the movement monitor and a gro egg as our house can get really hot and I wanted to make sure I could see the temp at a quick glance
Both boys watched ITNG as its part of their bedtime routine, they watch them going to bed, say night night and know its their bedtime.
Other than that I think that's it
24/09/2013 at 13:54
I wouldn't say we had loads of gadgets. Basic monitor, we did have a battery powered swing a d vibrating chair. These were gifts though and made life much easier. We had a Jumperoo but I didn't play the music as it drove me mad!
As far as technology, iPads etc L has been using iPads, Wii, Smartboard etc in nursery from 2.5 yrs old and A got a tablet for her 5th birthday but doesn't really use it much.
24/09/2013 at 14:00
L uses iPads at school (nursery and reception) iv hot him phonics apps and number games etc
24/09/2013 at 14:01
We don't have many gadgets in the house (well I don't - hubby has a ps something & an xbox something & we have a wii that we were given but we barely use any of them). We did get a slumber bear as people on here were raving about them & someone was selling 1 so I thought why not & it was fab for quite a long time. We only had a normal bouncy chair with no vibrations & the monitor (which my mum bought us) is just a basic 1 that plays music remotely but no sensor mat or video or chat back. I also don't own a smart phone so don't have any apps!!!
24/09/2013 at 14:20
We used a white noise app and slumber bear for C, plus a swing chair for both of them. We've also got a video monitor which is brilliant and am so glad I paid out for.
Saying that, we also let her watch a bit of TV, and she loves playing on my iPad. I try not to let her do too much of these things, though when she does, I *try* and make it of some educational value (ie numtums or something special on cbeebies) though I'm not sure just how educational peppa pig is
I think everything in moderation, and a balance of all different experiences is a good one. As soon as they get to school, kids will be using computers and tablets, this *is* the way of the world now, so actually I think these things can be of benefit, and knowing how to use them will be a skill that they will need eventually.
24/09/2013 at 14:48
24/09/2013 at 16:57
I love all the gadgets! I buy in to them all. But they're definitely not NEEDED, but some might make things easier so it's worth looking into them. Isaac hated the standard bouncer but loved the mechanical swing, he also liked the vibrate function on his cot which was a god send. You'll work out what you need once lo is here.
24/09/2013 at 17:11
We had a vibrating bouncer, but it was £50 new for something he can use right into toddler years so I felt it was worth it. We do mainly buy books however, and although we've got electronic baby toys (mostly bought or given second-hand) he currently loves banging my cake tins most!
I agree with bluewater that gadgets are the way the world is going and kids WILL need to learn how to use them.
24/09/2013 at 17:44
There's def no chance a kid growing up in our house wouldn't be exposed to gadgets, especially as my son is a total geek!! I see that differently to buying baby-targeted noisemakers and vibrating things and light-changing wotsits. :)
24/09/2013 at 18:52
We had a vibrating and rocking swing chair. It was bought out of desperation as p would simply not be put down anywhere for even 10seconds. it was a bargain on eBay and a life saver.
we hve a sensor pad monitor because I simply don't understand why someoe would use an item that told them if their baby had stopped breathing.
I got a slumber bear from someone on here for a fiver but p ignored it!!
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