Track Your Baby's Sleep Schedule With Sproutling

So much of parenting babies and toddlers is wondering when their next nap will be, and if it will be long enough for you to accomplish any of those tasks that have been piling up. Some babies find predictable routines early on, but many parents struggle to pinpoint their little one's rhythms. Fisher-Price's Sproutling monitor aims to help parents find those patterns, and, in turn, regain some semblance of sanity in an otherwise unpredictable situation.

This Tracker Helps New Moms Take Care of Themselves

I always dread newborn checkups. I'm expected to answer a deluge of questions when I'm so tired I'm not even sure what day it is or when I last showered. For this reason, I've always been a fan of baby-tracking apps. I can store pertinent info on my phone and be ready with all the numbers our pediatrician will ask for at a moment's notice. Project Nursery's Parent + Baby Smartband is part baby tracker, part fitness tracker. The wristband's touch interface allows you to log baby events (fetal mo

4moms MamaRoo4

Babies enjoy the comfort of being bounced and swayed—at least all three of mine do—so it's not hard to see where 4moms came up with the idea for the mamaRoo, a bouncing infant seat that mimics the movements you make when you soothe your baby. Its latest version, the mamaRoo4 ($219.99), is nearly identical to the previous model except for some redesigned menu buttons, a slight change in the attached mobile, and the fact that four percent of its sales through the end of 2017 will be donated...

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

Having a new baby is often nerve-wracking. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) especially is cause for concern as your newborn is developing routines and getting used to sleeping outside of the womb. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 ($299.99) has cut down on my worry considerably. It's a connected pulse oximeter that allows you to check on your baby's vitals any time through an app, and it will notify you automatically if there's a problem.

The Best Baby Monitor

After considering 42 of the most highly rated baby monitors and testing eight of them for more than 120 hours, we’re confident that the Infant Optics DXR-8 is the best baby monitor available. Compared with competitors, the Infant Optics DXR-8 has a more intuitive, easier to use interface, and the battery life on its parent unit (aka the monitor) lasted longer than on any other video option we found. On other requirements, it delivered as well as the best monitors we tried: It has an adequate ra

Does Your Kid Hate Watches? Try These Tracking Devices

My son joined a Little League baseball team this year. While he loves the sport, our 3-year-old daughter is the one who seems to have found her tribe. While their brothers practice, a flock of little sisters climb bleachers, play tag, and share snacks brought from home. It's super cute, but a little nerve-wracking. They never stay in one place and routinely wander out of sight, prompting my husband or I to walk/jog away from the game to guide our daughter back into view. If only there were some

Eight Smart Mattress

It's no secret that getting a good night's sleep is good for your health. The sheer number of sleep-monitoring fitness trackers attest to the fact that we are becoming more and more concerned about the amount and quality of sleep we get. The Eight Smart Mattress digs a bit deeper than most wrist-worn trackers. It's a memory foam mattress paired with a sensor-equipped cover, with prices starting at $999 for a full size bundle, putting in on par with the Sleep Number it. After sleeping on it every

4moms Moxi Stroller

While a trusty, lightweight umbrella stroller may be sufficient for some, it's no surprise the market is evolving to keep up with moms and dads who expect more bells and whistles, particularly in the tech department. The Moxi, 4moms's latest model, lacks the power-folding functionality of its Origami stroller, but it's less expensive and packs some interesting tricks in its $699.99 frame. It's also five pounds lighter, has a built-in bassinet, and is compatible with a wide range of car seats. On

First Look at the Retro 'Freewrite' Smart Typewriter

My first experience with word processing was on a traditional, turn-the-knob typewriter in the 80s, the dawn of personal computing. By high school, it was replaced by PCs with noisy keys, which took disks that were actually floppy. For the sake of nostalgia, I've considered finding another vintage typewriter, but any writing I care about needs to find its way to a computer, so typing on something not connected to the internet just doubles my work. That's why I jumped at the chance to play with

Tackling My Motion Sickness With Reliefband

Some of my earliest memories involve being in the back of a car, trying not to throw up. Motion sickness has been a lifelong companion, and to this day I've been known to get queasy on winding country roads—even when I'm driving. So when I had to fly from my Missouri home to Texas recently, I was excited to try out the Reliefband during the flight. Reliefband is a wristband that reduces nausea—especially related to motion sickness, VR gaming, and morning sickness—by emitting pulses that stimul...

Hands On: Tracking My Kids' Sleep With HugOne

There are few things a parent obsesses over more than sleep. How do I get my child to sleep easier? How long should she nap? Should she be waking up this much at night? Will I ever sleep in again? It makes sense. If your family isn't getting quality sleep, your kids are irritable, and you can't be productive. How the heck is a sleep-deprived mom supposed to keep her cool when junior insists on another glass of water instead of going to bed? No sleep = no peace.

How the Bellabeat Leaf Urban Can Help You Manage Stress

As a work-from-home, home-schooling mom of two preparing to move to a new house, life has been just a tad stressful of late. Okay, super stressful. It's mostly the good kind of stress, but my nerves are still shot. Did I get today's lesson planned? When is our next house showing? Was that a deadline I just heard whooshing by? The answer to all of these questions is: I have no idea. In the midst of all this, I tested Bellabeat's new Leaf Urban wearable, which has coincidentally added a stress-pr

The Best CRM Software for 2017

CRM Magazine’s 2016 rankings for the best enterprise CRM suite. Read the full report here. Salesforce’s AppExchange third-party app marketplace is one of the largest available, giving businesses access to over 3,000 apps and integrations broken down into categories, like Sales and IT, and industry, like Education and Real Estate, that keep expanding Salesforce’s deep core functionality. It’s by far the most customizable CRM we looked at, and that is both its greatest strength and weakness.

Trying to Conceive? 7 High-Tech Fertility Monitors to Try

If you're trying to conceive, these are some of the most interesting fertility monitors available now. For at least the length of recorded history, humans have been attempting to plan and prevent pregnancy. From the practice of drinking lead in hopes of preventing pregnancy in ancient China, to dumping water on women to boost fertility in Hungary, there's always some wives' tale circulating about how women can harness their reproductive cycle. Lucky for us, this age of technology has ushered i

Insightly CRM

The most-critical component of any business is communication. You need to stay in touch with your clients, employees, and teammates. Furthermore, to really excel, you need to keep track of with whom you spoke, what you spoke about, and when you spoke. But people tire quickly of communication that isn't streamlined, organized, and simple. That's where customer relationship management (CRM) tools come in. Insightly ($12 per user per month) is easy-to-use online CRM software that helps businesses n

Apptivo CRM

Every business is different, so why should you choose a customer relationship management (CRM) tool with a one-size-fits-all model? When it comes to customizable yet broad functionality, Apptivo is a clear winner. The capabilities of this service are on par with Bitrix24 CRM, but the wide variety of available apps and the ability to modify the system to suit your business's needs make it a great choice for any business. And it's an affordable one, too, starting at just $8.33 per month per user,

Pipedrive CRM

If you're looking for a customer relationship management (CRM) tool that's quick to set up, easy to understand, and downright intuitive, Pipedrive ($12 per user per month) definitely fills the bill. Pipedrive offers an intuitive interface that'll make it easy for you and your organization to pick up and run with quickly, and that's worth a lot. This software also offers helpful visual cues to help you decide what your next steps are. While the visual appeal of the interface is top-notch, Editors

Keeping Tabs on My 6-Year-Old With the Tinitell Watch

My baby boy is growing up fast, despite my insistence that he stop it immediately. He'll be 7 years old soon, and I watch in terror and awe as he grows more independent by the day. I guess I can't complain too much, since he can now help with bigger chores; plus, he's an awesome big brother. But with each passing day, he detaches a little more, and I find myself worrying about him wandering too far, getting lost, or—heaven forbid—taken. These are not new issues, but modern parents are fortunate

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Last month, around 100,000 tax accounts were compromised after hackers got into the IRS website. The IRS is providing free credit monitoring services to everyone affected, but what can we do to protect ourselves and our families in the future? Have you done anything to safeguard your child against identity theft? If hackers can get to the federal government, they can get to you. They can get to your kids. As a mom, you may feel like your head is on a swivel, but you can’t see everything. REL
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