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Smartphone technology is the way of the future. Now, apps and gadgets are revolutionizing parenting. From your baby’s first days to communicating with faraway kids, smartphones and the technology linked to them provide parents with the resources they need to keep in touch with their kids.
When they’re Young
Ever dream of consolidating your baby monitor? Smartphones can help! Baby monitors, such as the Compro IP540, allow you to watch your baby from iPhone or Android phones. The monitor comes with a free smartphone app—you can even use your computer’s web browser to watch your child. Though pricey, this device has a secure connection and connects to your home’s wifi.
To go the less expensive route, check out apps for iPhone or Android phones. These apps let you set your phone near your child and will send text messages to another phone or call your home phone if your baby cries.
Communication Made Easy
Technology still helps parents once the kids get a little older. Skype allows you to make free voice and video calls, and it also calls landlines and mobiles with credit you put on your account. Beyond the computer, you can access Skype with a free app. Resources like Skype are perfect for traveling parents or kids studying abroad or at college.
The smartphone apps take Skype’s accessibility a further: you can truly contact your kids wherever you are. All apps may not support video calls, but the technology is invaluable. It’s free using wifi, but with smartphones, even without a wifi connection you can use the app any time to keep in touch.