7 months into this experiment, and I still can’t believe we have a child. We’re on the verge of crawling and figuring out a good daily routine and I wanted to post about a few more products we are using and really appreciate.
Dagny spends at least 1 hour a day rolling around with toys while we cook in the kitchen. She rolls around in the morning during breakfast and also as I cook dinner.
She does it in the safety and comfort of her own brightly colored playard. We inherited this bad boy but I would gladly buy one! The interior mat is soft and friendly to the little bonker and the rattling creatures on the side provide much enjoyment, too. This this is essential to our sanity and we have even taken it when we go to other people’s houses so that she has as safe place for a nap. We’ll even quickly collapse it and transport it outside so that we can work in the garden while the kid plays in the shade.
Now that our little one is rolling like a mad person and trying to crawl, we have determined that she is too active to be bothered by little things (like controlling her head). She has this habit of rolling and dropping her melon onto the hardwood floors. Eventually she might learn, but my knees and hips won’t. We needed something softer to roll around on the floor with her. Carpet is nice, but vomit and spit-up can be tricky. Steph found these killer and simple mats at a great price and we have invested in a large area to go on top of our nice carpet. One of these days (when the spitting up has ceased) we’ll store these mats and reveal a clean carpet. Until then, it’s blue kickboard foam mats for us.
PRODUCT IDEA & GRIPE: I have one gripe to settle with the manufacturer, they don’t make features to interlock with these tiles. They have a “border” piece that you can attempt to source, but it is at the same level as everything else. When Dagny rolls over the 3/4″ edge and onto hardwood (a spontaneous event when she has mo’) she invariably goes “thunk”. We would LOVE to have a raised border of about 4 inches….enough to stop her from flying off the side. Come on product engineers and bring out the add-on feature.
Digital Video Monitor
We inherited an audio baby monitor, but it was analog and the frequency drifted in and out and the range was horrible. We really wanted to be able to go outside and do yardwork while Dagny napped (without having to check on her every 10 minutes to see how she was doing). Once again, Steph did the research and we figured we would get a video monitor (audio doesn’t carry the “information” that you want… like is the baby asleep or just being quiet or just lying face down on their mattress).
We were stoked when our Mobi Cam arrived. The thing is digital and paired (so somewhat secure) and has an awesome range! We can put Dagny to sleep upstairs and go downstairs and outside and garden. You can set it to audio-only mode or watch the video now and then to check on her. The night vision on the camera is excellent, too. This device has greatly freed us from checking on her and has actually resulted in longer and better naptimes for Dagny!
NAG: The only nag I have is that the Mobi Cam operates at 2.4GHz, which means that it can trounce our wireless network signals. To solve this, we simply put our airports into interference robustness mode and we keep the camera and receiver a good couple of feet away from our laptops. Once we did all that it’s a non-issue.
PRODUCT WISH: You are a product engineer and you are making a digital wireless camera at 2.4GHz. Could you please just put a DHCP client (or Bonjour capable) and web server in there and simply just serve basic video over the network. Yes, I know that H.264 is an evil steaming pile of licensing issues, so do something else. If you did this, then my iPhone becomes my baby monitor (save a web clip) and I only need the camera. Yes, I looked into security cameras linked into our network, and these generally sucked or were 4 times more expensive than the Mobi Cam and painful to install. Maybe in a couple of years, somebody will have solved this part.
As we head into crawling and walking, I’m sure we’ll revisit this topic again soon. Containment devices (gates and play pens) will surely make the future list.