The Baby Monitor I Wish I Had When I Had Babies

The Baby Monitor I Wish I Had When I Had Babies

We have a Arlo baby monitor review for you! First, let me say – sad panda here, my babies are all grown. Netgear sent over an Arlo smart baby monitor for us to test out and now I am faced with the fact that I once stared mindlessly into a screen watching my babies every move. Now, I can’t keep track of all of my kids (okay, I totally can – hello FIND MY IPHONE.)

All that to say, THIS – the ARLO smart baby monitor – is the baby monitor that I WISH I had when my littles were littles.

ARLO BABY MONITOR REVIEW

If you have a chance, read my Baby Registry Must Haves post. The ARLO Baby is featured in it and well, it’s a great overview for all new parents on what you need to have for baby. Enough, I know – you just want to know about this awesome baby monitor. I get it. 

Arlo Baby Monitor Review - Digital Mom Blog

Not the Baby Monitor of 2011

SO my last baby was born in 2011. Sure we had video baby monitors, but compared to this monitor? This is the Baby Monitor of 2017 – this is NOT a 2011 monitor. The picture is clear, the audio is awesome, the features are legit. Here, let me just tell you everything you want to know in our Arlo Baby Smart Monitor review: 

1080p HD Quality 

HD Video on the Arlo Baby1080p HD for all you non-geeks means this has AMAZING quality video. No longer will your baby look like an alien thru the video monitor – this quality is legit! You can view live or recorded videos in awesome detail and color. I actually downsized this screen shot as for web, best practice is not to have massive images. For real y’all – check out this quality. My kid looks like my kid and not some blurry monster like in the old school video monitors! 

 

Air Sensor – Air Quality Checker

Air quality checker? Well, didn’t know what better way to say – this device checks your air quality! The built-in air sensor will  show you the temperature wherever your camera is located, as well as humidity and condition of the air.

2-Way Talk

HELLO CHILD, CAN YOU PLEASE GO BACK TO SLEEP.  Yes, those are the words that my kids constantly heard but you know, you do you.  You can talk to your baby from anywhere and hear them, too – all thru the Arlo app. 

Advanced Night Vision

Because newborns require 24 hour surveillance, the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor gives you near-invisible infrared LEDs, that let you see your baby clearly, even in the dark. That’s right, night vision!

Make sure to read our review of the Netgear Arlo Surveillance Camera System.

Instant Smart Alerts

Set alerts when ever there is motion or sound – even set air quality notifications! The smart alert notifications are sent to your smartphone. Smart, eh? I love this feature, again – things that I didn’t have back in the day (5 whole years ago, what a difference 5 years make!)

Play White Noise and Music Thru the Baby Monitor

Arlo smart baby monitor appThis feature is something that I adore, why? I had 2 colic kids that had to have white noise to sleep! The Arlo monitor comes with a playlist of options for your baby to listen to, including white noise! You can also record your voice and play it back to them. 

Free 7-Day Cloud Storage

You can be review, download and share recorded moments for an entire week

Control Remotely

The multi-colored night light, music player, temperature, humidity & VOCs air sensors are all controlled from the Arlo app. Again, all thru your app. Nope, didn’t have that 5 years ago. 

Review of the smart baby monitor

The ARLO Baby Monitor is available on Amazon.

Built-in Rechargeable Battery

Go wireless with your baby monitor for up to 6 hours (or up to 3 hours with night vision.) This allows you to monitor your baby, wherever you go! This also allows your camera still work, in the event of a power outage. 

Arlo App

The Arlo baby monitor works thru your Arlo app! If you have an Arlo video surveillance system, it’s the same app as you will use to monitor your child. 

Arlo Baby Accessories

Arlo Baby Monitor Character Camera

 

The Arlo baby camera comes dressed in an adorable bunny outfit. If green bunny isn’t your thing, no worries – the camera has costumes! You can dress your camera up as a cat or dog.

Arlo Cat Camera CoverOther Arlo accessories include a display monitor – which would be super helpful if you had a sitter and didn’t want to give them phone access. Also there is a monitor stand available which comes in handy when positioning the camera. 

Useful After Your Baby is Grown

After your babies are all grown, this baby monitor still has a purpose! We use our’s as an indoor camera. It’s great as we can talk to the kids and hear what they are doing when we aren’t around. I can be outside in the pasture, pull up the app – see what my kid is doing! I can move the camera around to wherever my kids and know that they are okay. This is an advantage of the kids growing up, I don’t have to be TOTALLY eagle eye on them.

Setting Up The Baby Monitor

Setting up the Arlo baby monitor took 15 minutes. 5 of that is retrieving, setting up a new password and telling my husband the new password. Setup is super easy. If you are a non-techy – no worries, Netgear made the setup process super simple. 

Stay tuned for our Arlo Baby Monitor Review video! 

Peace of Mind

As a working mom who traveled when her babies were little, I so would value all of these features. Moms and dads just want peace of mind, knowing that their child is okay. This baby product offers just that. 

Thanks for reading our Arlo Baby Monitor Review – now it’s your chance to win one of your very own! We have no need for a baby monitor in our house, babies grown, mom sad. My loss is YOUR win! I’m giving away my review unit to a lucky reader. I hope that this helps out one of your new mamas or papas in your quest to raise baby!

Where to Buy 

The Arlo Baby monitor retails for $249.99 and is available on Amazon and Best Buy

Thanks for reading our Arlo Baby Monitor Review. Have you tried the Arlo Baby Monitor? Let us know in the comments!

Ultimate Guide to Baby Registry Must Haves – What to Register for and Why

Ultimate Guide to Baby Registry Must Haves – What to Register for and Why

Baby registry must haves – I remember the headache I had walking thru the aisles with my Target scanner trying to figure out what the hell I was suppose to need for a baby. Let’s face it. Registering for your baby registry quite possibly can induce a panic attack. It was that moment as I zapped condoms (as a joke) that I realized that I had NO idea what I was getting into. 

Baby Registry Must Haves

To help reduce some of the pre-baby stress, I’ve create the ultimate guide to baby registry must haves in hopes to help prevent that pregnancy panic attack when registering. My sister recently gave birth to my sweet nephew so in a way I feel like I am totally back in the baby game, getting to know all of the new products again. But as you will see from my baby registry must haves list – not everything is new! Somethings are tried and true.

What to register for - Baby Registry Must HavesAlso to note, I so wish this existed when I was pregnant. AMAZON has a baby registry! Rather than having to drag your pregnant butt (I mean that endearingly, been there 4 times!) to the store to zap, zap, zap – you can just create an Amazon Baby Registry. Believe me, as someone who attended or mailed a LOT of baby gifts, an online baby registry at the store I shop most at would be a God send. 

First things first, make sure you have your Amazon Baby Registry created and now all you have to do is add in these suggested items to your registry! Let’s get started on your baby registry must haves list!

Arlo Baby Smart Monitor

Netgear has dove into the security camera market. We have a Arlo video surveillance system for our house, that we’ve used daily since setting it up over a year ago. So when Netgear asked if we would be interested in reviewing their new Arlo Baby Smart Monitor, we jumped at the chance knowing that many of our readers are parents. 

ARLO BABY MONITOR CAMERAHere is what you need to know about the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor: 

  • 1080p HD Quality – (GREAT quality video!) You can view live or recorded videos in awesome detail and color
  • 2-Way Talk – You can talk to your baby from anywhere and hear them, too! 
  • Advanced Night Vision – Because newborns require 24 hour surveillance, the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor gives you near-invisible infrared LEDs, that let you see your baby clearly, even in the dark!
  • Instant Smart Alerts – Set alerts when ever there is motion or sound – even set air quality notifications! The smart alert notifications are sent to your smartphone.
  • Free 7-day Cloud Storage – You can be review, download and share recorded moments for an entire week
  • Control remotely–  The multi-colored night light, music player, temperature, humidity & VOCs air sensors are all controlled from the Arlo app
  • Built-in rechargeable battery – Go wireless with your baby monitor for up to 6 hours (or up to 3 hours with night vision.) This allows you to monitor your baby, wherever you go! This also allows your camera still work, in the event of a power outage. 
  • Learn more about the camera

Diapers

Diapers because, people – you have NO idea how many diapers you will need with a baby. With our first child, we received a generous amount of diapers of various sizes at 2 different baby showers. We thought we had it made. Nope. Our daughter needed diapers the second week. Don’t even get me started on how many diapers are went thru with our boys. Each of our 3 boys had the ability to fountain (pee all over us anytime their penis felt air.) Each of our kids stayed in size 3 the longest amount of time. While you do want to make sure the diapers fit your kid – it’s a LOT easier to use a larger diaper on a baby than a smaller diapers. Also to note, if your baby’s diaper is leaking or exploding often – they may be in the wrong size diaper.

As far as name brand, that is up to you. As newborns, we always used Pamper Swaddlers. They are very cushy to the touch. We then used Luvs diapers size 2-5. Then when we were potty training (and we still have a bed wetter, so are still using at night) Huggies Pull-ups. 

Baby Wipes

While my youngest child is 5-years-old, wipes are still a staple in our house. Like diapers, you cannot have enough wipes. These things will wipe everything from butts to boogers and occasionally will bathe your child. Don’t judge, I can’t tell you how many times my babies were covered in goo and needed a good cleaning but we were no where near a sink. 

As far as name brands go, you will need to find what works best for you and your baby. Our favorite baby wipes were Huggies One and Done refreshing baby wipes. They smell amazing and when you have a child that stinks – you want something that smells amazing. 

Swaddle Blankets

I know there is a lot going around about not swaddling your child, but if we hadn’t swaddled our babies, I am not sure how we would have survived. Seriously, swaddling was a God send to help mellow them out and put them in a quiet zone. 

swaddle blanketsWe purchased a good swaddle wrap blanket to use at home. Then we also bought several large muslin swaddle blankets to use wherever. 

Feeding Baby

Continuing on as we go thru the baby registry must haves – let’s talk feeding baby. Oh yes, the baby will need to be fed so might as well add a few items for feeding the baby to the baby registry. 

Bottles

Every baby will have their preference in regards to bottles – our babies all used Dr. Brown bottles.  

Pacifiers

These Philips AventBPA Free Soothie Pacifier were our favorite pacifiers. No matter which ones we tried with any of the 4 kids, the soothie pacifier won them over.

These pacifiers are also like the pacifiers the hospital gave us. 

Baby Feeding Utensils

You can never have enough baby spoons! These are affordable add-ons to your shower registry as well. 

Baby Fresh Food Feeders

These little things are a pain in the butt to clean, but I will say that the kids loved them. Here’s what you do. You can put fruit or other foods into the fresh food feeder.

This nifty gadget features a net that prevents large chunks of food that the baby can’t quite eat yet, helping reduce the risk of choking. 

Breast Pump

If you have health insurance, thanks to Obamacare – you should be eligible for a free breast pump. Make sure to check as this will save you hundreds! Here is the breast pump I recommend purchasing. The Sonata Medela Breast Pump is small, quiet and it’s technology allows you to track your pumping sessions. That’s right – breastfeeding has gone high tech.  

Grass Drying Rack

The grass drying rack is not only cute, it’s completely functional!

After washing bottles, spoons, nipples, pacifiers and what have you – just throw them on this adorable drying rack that sits on your counter. With our last child, we had one of these for his bathroom since most of the bottles were washed in there. 

Burp Rags

Burp rags come in all shapes and sizes. While I did make sure to register for a few cute burp rags, because nothing makes spit-up better to clean-up than a cute burp rag – make sure to register for some plain ones too! 

Bibs

My favorite bibs were nothing fancy. At each of my baby showers, the attendees decorated bibs and those are always ones I used.

Now I DO adore the bib bandanas

Baby Bouncer

Parents, you are going to need a break from holding that baby. But where do you put baby? In a bouncer! I can’t even with how many hours my infants spent in the bouncer. While of course, that baby will be snuggled in your arms the majority of the time – you will love the bouncer and so will baby. 

My favorite new bouncer is the Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Deluxe Bouncer. I bought this one for my little nephew. It was easy to put together and offers a plush seat for baby. Don’t worry, all pads are removable for easy washing (and you will have to wash it, oh lawdy!)

Infant Car Seat

Another on of our baby registry must haves recommendations is an infant car seat. 

infant car seat is a baby registry list must haveDid you know the hospital won’t release you from the hospital if you do not have an infant car seat? I am not sure if this is true in every state, but it is in Texas. Make sure you have your infant car seat!

If you have more than one vehicle, you will want to make sure to purchase an extra infant carrier base for your car. Add this to your baby registry list! 

Snap and Go Stroller

I want this to be the ULTIMATE GUIDE to baby registry must haves – so, I am going to keep it real with my thoughts on these things. While we did purchase a infant car seat and stroller combination the first time around, I am not sure I would do that again if we had a baby. Why? Let’s chat. If you find a KILLER deal, buy it but in all honesty the stroller that comes with the stroller combos usually are bulky and suck.

Here is what we did with the last few kids that was awesome. We bought the infant car seat and then a Snap and Go infant seat stroller. Why? I cannot tell you what a pain in the butt the large strollers that typically come with infant stroller combos are! The last thing you need as a new mom is to have to haul around a big stroller, lug it out of the car and set it up. The Snap and Go infant stroller is so easy and light-weight. Sure its not fancy, but guys fancy isn’t what you need to be worried about as a new parent. Don’t stress about shiny and pretty – focus on function. (As someone who loves fashion over function that hurts me to write, but I am getting real here! Somethings are worth function over fashion – SOME!) 

Believe me, if you have used a bulky stroller – you will adore the Snap and Go. It totally lives up to it’s name. 

Clothing

Let’s talk clothes. Here’s the deal – especially if you have a girl – PEOPLE LOVE TO BUY BABY CLOTHES. I too fall into this trap. I mean, when you find a baby shirt that says #1 AUNT – I have to buy that for my nephew, right? But let’s get real about what you REALLY need in regards to day-to-day for baby. 

So as we are talking about baby registry must haves, make sure you register for things that you like as most people do use the registry when buying gifts!

baby kimono shirtsWhite Kimono Shirts

I absolutely love the simple white Kimono shirts. My fourth child wore my first child’s kimono shirts because they are non-gender specific and last. They are cute and easy to get on and off.

Sleepers / Pajamas

Sleepers are magical, especially as your littles grow! 

Sleepers - Baby Registry Must HavesOnesies

I have a love/hate relationship with onesies. On one hand, they are ugly unitards. On the other hand, they are handy and convenient. 

Baby Mittens

We had to use baby mittens with our first child as she would constantly scratch at her face! No matter how short we cut her nails, they grew quick. 

Baby Socks

Register for a few pairs of baby socks, but from one parent to another, we rarely wore socks because when we did THEY ALWAYS FELL OFF our babies’ feet!

Baby Carrier

Baby wearing was a must as a work at home mama. The first 2 kids, I sported a Baby Bjorn. With the last 2 kids, I wore a baby wrap carrier. Whichever works best for you – use it! These are great to find on Facebook sales groups. They are easy to wash and baby wearing is a great way to bond with baby. 

Bedside Sleeper

I recently gave my sister several crib sheets. I told her they were old but when you are needing clean sheets in the middle of the night, it doesn’t matter what the crib sheets look like! She laughed and said my nephew hadn’t slept in his crib yet. OH HOW I FORGET! He is only 3 months, so he is sleeping next to mama and daddy in the bedside sleeper. 

While we are so excited to get a crib for the baby’s nursery, chances are he won’t be using that crib much – at least not in the first 6 months. 

Find a good bedside sleeper so that you can comfortably co-sleep. We had 16 months between the last 2 kids, so we had a kid in-between us and then a baby in the bedside sleeper. 

We used the Fisher Price Portable Bassinet (was called something else when our littlest was a baby.) It looked similar to this. This is also what my sister uses. It’s light-weight, so she brings this to the office. 

Baby Bathing Essentials

The last thing I am going to recommend for this baby registry must haves list is baby bath stuff. Here are the baby bath items I suggest registering for:Baby Bath Rubber Duck TubDuck Baby Bath – all 4 of our kids used the duck baby bath! As soon as the baby can sit up your child can use this. We used this until they were around 18 months old and it’s super affordable. 
Baby Magic – I love their bath products, call me old school but that smell just says NEWBORN! 

Johnson’s Baby Head-to-Toe Disposable Washcloths – These are too pricey for me to use everyday, plus they do create waste – BUT – buy a pack and keep these in your purse. I can’t tell you how great these are for when your child craps all over himself (it WILL happen) OR when traveling. These disposable washcloths definitely fall into our baby registry must haves list

Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky – This adorable rubber ducky doesn’t just work as a bath toy – it also alerts you when the water is too hot by revealing the word HOT on the bottom of the duck.

Make sure to register for your Amazon Baby Gift Registry!

Well, there you have it. Your ultimate guide to baby registry must haves. I hope this guide gives you some good ideas when you are registering for your baby shower or baby gifts. Congrats on your new baby!

Toddler Messes – Oh the Messes They Make

Toddler Messes – Oh the Messes They Make

Toddler messes – maybe I need not say more! While I had planned to write on a different topic this week, yesterday was a doozy and toddler messes became apparent as the subject I needed to write about. Let’s talk messes. I’m not talking spaghetti face, while that’s messy – I’m talking those messes that make you want to pull out your hair.

Toddler Messes

toddler messes

Where there is a mess to be made, my toddler will find it. Before I go on to talk abou the destruction that’s occurred in recent days, I should say – that my toddler, Izaiah is our third child of 4. While our first 2 weren’t perfect, Izaiah has far exceeded them in the area of toddler messes. I do think this has a lot to do with the enormous size of my 2 year old. He is a good head above other 2 year olds and looks like he’s 4 – but he’s only 27 months. He can reach counter tops and other objects that most typical 2 year olds can’t reach, enabling him to get into trouble — a lot more trouble. This just goes to show that each child is different.

Oh Izaiah the messes you’ve made. Yesterday started before he was even awake. I was feeding our baby breakfast and noticed something on our window seat in the kitchen. Upon further inspection, he had spilled a full cup of root beer that his older brother had poured and forgotten about all over the window seat. It wasn’t just the window seat that was devoured. There were the windows, blinds, every crack and crevice of the moulding and floor board, oh  and a good 4×4 area (in the corner) of the kitchen floor. Apparently this had happened the night before, with no one telling mom. The root beer syrup was thick and took an hour of scrubbing with soap and hot water to get up. Thank GOD the ants didn’t find this!

Take it all of this happened yesterday, so you can get a good idea of how my day went. I watch my kids, the first 3 happened while I was 5 feet away from him!

Dog Food – Izaiah decided to feed the dogs, which meant spilling a good gallon of dog food all over the floor in the kitchen, the dogs eat outside.

Sun Chips – He opened a bag of Sun Chips and fed them to his toothless brother, and proceeded to yell at the baby like the baby had opened them.

toddler mess

Coke Zero – I left my Coke Zero on the table half full after dinner. Izaiah climbed on the table to get a sip, and spilled it. It dripped under the kitchen table, which our baby was crawling under. Needless to say the baby’s head was covered in Coke Zero.

coke zero spilled

After the Coke Zero incident he was given a bath. Within 30 minutes, his hair was covered in a white substance. It ended up being baby formula. I swear, I can’t make this stuff up.

Baby Crib – He can climb in his brother Zeke’s baby crib. While Zeke was sleeping, Izaiah thought he needed a friend. He woke him up by jumping in the crib and then jumping. Non-stop, tearing down the mobile from the ceiling.

And those were the toddler messes from yesterday.

There has been the countless poo parties in the crib, the oatmeal all over every floor, the marker up the wooden stairs, walls and on the couch, the drawing all over your baby brother, the endless water play in the toilet, oh child – I know you have a bright future ahead of you, but can we calm it with the messes??

We’ll talk about rebellion some other time (running around the house away from me, yelling no all while dragging a dog leash – sound familiar?). And I wonder why no one cares to watch him. haha

Last week we talked about toddler discipline. We try to enforce time outs, but it’s a process.

Dude, Don’t Hurt Yourself!

For now, my goal is to limit his freedom and keep an eagle eye on him. The toddler messes I can clean, my major worry is him hurting himself.

Let’s Keep It Positive

Something that I am trying to stop is making any reference to the toddler being a brat or bad or ornery in his presence. While he maybe all of those things, words hurt and I really don’t want to him to hear negative. He’ll have the rest of his life of people talking him down, as his mom I need to be the positive in his life.

{ Toddler Messses is part of the Digital Mom Blog series Toddler Talk  }

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Halloween is DONE!

Halloween is DONE!

Getting 4 kids ready for Halloween was insane. Especially since Molly the planner put together the costumes the day before. But that’s how I roll and I think they turned out just peachy.

4 Kids in Halloween Costumes is WORK!

If you have kids that can voice an opinion – say 3 and up – you know how THEY want to choose what they want to be for Halloween. This is the first year, I officially caved in to the 2 older kids and let them choose their get-ups.

Z wanted to be a NERD

Halloween Nerd Costume

For Z’s nerd costume we went to the Salvation Army and found her some tacky boy’s suit pants, a girl scout shirt and a Tweetie bird homemade vest. She wore striped socks and her 3-d glasses with the lenses punched out – and taped of course. I think overall she looks pretty nerdy to me!

E wanted to be a SKELETON

Halloween Skeleton Costume

The skeleton costume, well – if you look closely you may see BABY GAP on E’s pant because he wore pajamas – and my 6 year old is super skinny. We threw on a mask, bought some skeleton gloves off of Amazon and spiked his hair and filled it with baby powder. The baby powder in his hair gave it a ghostly look.

Just a note, getting baby powder out of hair takes several rounds of shampoo. We washed his hair at least 4 times and today, he smelled so nice and sweet and was STILL powdery!

Another note – those skeleton gloves remind me of Barry Weiss off of Storage Wars!

Thankfully the advantage to having babies is you get to choose their costumes!

Izaiah was a LUMBERJACK

Husband says he looks like a swamp logger

Halloween Lumberjack Costume

We found him this rugged flannel at the Salvation army. He wore overalls, some boot shoes, a beanie and carried around an axe we found at the Dollar Tree. His beard made the outfit.

How to Make a Fake Beard without Make-up

We took hair gum (hair gel would work as well) and placed over where we wanted the beard and moustache. Next we took a tea bag, opened it up and used the tea on Izaiah’s face where we wanted the beard. This worked fabulous!

Zeke was Steve Jobs

Halloween Baby Steve Jobs Costume

Our Baby Steve Jobs costume was a hit. So simple, but represented a man we admire.  We found a black mock turtle neck at a resale shop. We pulled Zeke’s jeans up near his waist. The white tennis shoes (sorry, Mommy isn’t paying for New Balance tennis shoes just for a costume) were also a resale store find. The glasses were Harry Potter glasses from Amazon.

Trick or Treating

We had a great time trick or treating. The whole neighborhood seemed to be out with the majority of the lights on.

It was Izaiah’s first experience knocking on doors asking for candy. He was puzzled by it all. By the end of the night, he got the hang of it but was handing candy to our neighbors when they answered the door.

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The highlight was finding when E found Easter candy in the mix. Brilliant! We have so been there, just made us laugh.

How Was Your Halloween?