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We haven’t talked about technology finds for a while, so I thought I’d ask — what have you guys been using and loving? I’ve been thinking about trying some of the many sleep apps that are out there, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
The latest techie thing that I’ve been using and loving are these Foscam cameras, both to monitor my son as well as to monitor his caregivers, whether it be the babysitter or a family member. (Yes, everyone knows they’re on camera.)
Ever one to outsource, I asked my father (the true techie in our family) to look into baby monitors, and this is what he found. Originally I was annoyed that the camera feed is only viewable on the Internet — “in the middle of the night, you expect me to roll over, boot up my netbook, and check on my son?” I asked incredulously — but with the iPad app (and an app for my Droid) it’s incredibly easy to check on him. I like that I can buy multiple cameras and view them through the same app (right now we have two, one for his nursery and one for the living room), and that you can use the apps to “pan” the camera.
You can set the cameras up to be motion-sensitive, and even to have them email you when there is motion. They only require a nearby power outlet (no batteries, thank goodness) and a WiFi connection.
I’ve recommended these “nanny cams” to other new moms, but I think they would be great for busy women who have workers coming in during the day, if you have pets at home, if you have a vacation home, or I’ve even heard of them being used to monitor grandparents and other older people (particularly ones who don’t always hear the phone ringing). Foscam FI8918W Wireless/Wired Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with 8 Meter Night Vision and 3.6mm Lens (67° Viewing Angle)