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Apps to Help Busy Parents During the Holidays

Nov 13, 2017 01:20PM ● By Lori Coon

by 5W Public Relations

It's hard to believe that the holidays are just weeks away. Party planning, decorating, gift shopping and cooking has most parents feeling like they are spread pretty thin. Thankfully with the help of their smartphones and exciting new technology, making sure your kids are safe and cared for during all of the holiday hustle has never been easier.

From giving your newborn their best sleep ever, to ensuring your teen is safe from cyberbullies, apps from Bambino, Bark, Cocoon Cam and Lansinoh are making all things parenting during the holidays a breeze.

  1. Bambino, a free membership babysitting app that using a private social network, connects you to a community of recommended Sitters that are trusted by friends and families right in your own neighborhood. All-star mom, Gwyneth Paltrow even revealed it as one of her fave mommy items in the latest Goop This & That newsletter! Bambino connects parents with Sitters that friends have used and recommended. Bambino also tracks the duration of the sit and, once the job is done, parents can pay the sitter right through the app (NO MORE shuffling for money or stopping at the ATM on the way home!)

2) Cocoon Cam is the first ever no-wearable baby breathing monitor with HD video and streaming audio. Cocoon Cam is more than just a video baby monitor—it connects to your smartphone or tablet and uses cutting-edge computer vision technology to deliver breathing monitoring, instant alerts, and sophisticated sleep analytics. The computer vision allows you to monitor your baby without any wearables or mats. Cocoon Cam provides parents with a real-time breathing graph displayed on their smartphone or tablet and Instant Alerts directly to their device if they sense something has changed or requires attention.  Because Cocoon Cam uses non-contact, non-invasive technology, there are no potentially harmful rays or signals pointed at the baby.

3) Bark is a digital safety solution endorsed by parents and children alike for its ability to unobtrusively identify threats and provide proactive recommendations. Unlike traditional monitoring tools that require parents to comb through every single post or that use keyword searches that ignore context and history, Bark combines data science, machine learning and pattern matching for more accurate alerts. These alerts are combined with research-based, actionable advice for addressing the issue head-on, putting more power in parents' hands to address digital dangers.

4) Lansinoh Baby pairs with the Lansinoh Smartpump for easy tracking and automatically records pumping sessions. Easily track baby's activities and share information with healthcare providers. The app records the time you start breastfeeding and the duration of that feed. It also keeps track of which side baby nursed from last. You can also record what time baby had a bottle and how much baby ate. Lansinoh Baby also creates a "fun" space to record baby's wet and dirty diapers. It's like a game...almost!