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Entries in apps (5)


Apps for Parents: Car Seat Check

I promise, I haven't forgotten about our blog readers - life has gotten a little crazy around our house, to say the least! I'm planning a series of posts on child safety topics (stay tuned!) AND in the market for a convertible carseat, and in the process of my research, I came across a new app from the American Academy of Pediatrics that I thought I'd share (Dr. Brown mentioned it in her previous post on new carseat rules for 2014). It's called Car Seat Check, and it's a great resource for all of those car seat questions that come up. 

To start, enter your child's age and height/weight to find out which type of car seat is recommended. From there, you can find a product guide for the various types of recommended car seats. It lists the name, weight and height limits, and an average price. You can sort any of those topics (by price might be most helpful). It took me a few minutes to realize that you had to scroll to the right to see all of the information for each seat. 

There's also various safety information included - ranging from installation help to travel tips to links to carseat recalls. There are several videos that help with installation (youtube works great too!) if you need some visual tips. Finally, they've included a list of FAQs that answers some common questions that come up.

The downside to this app is that it costs $1.99 (wish it was free). The comparison information is also available on the AAP website, which may be all that you need, but the interactive nature of the app is also nice. Keep in mind that the AAP is not endorsing any specific car seats, but instead is providing information to consider when purchasing a car seat, which is based on current AAP car seat recommendations. 

Car seats are life saving, but it can be confusing to figure out which one to buy and then how to install it. Take the time to ensure that the car seat you have is right for your child (you can always ask your pediatrician too). Also, make sure that your car seat is properly installed, as it can be tough to get them installed properly. Don't hesitate to find a Child Passenger Safety technician to help if you need it (the app can help you with that too)! 

Check out Dr. Brown's previous posts on new car seat rules for 2014 and rear facing guidelines for even more great information on car seats for your little ones!


Have a new baby? There's an app for that.....

Now that my baby girl is 2 months old, my husband and I are starting to get into a new "rhythm" juggling life with our 2.5 year old son and his new sister.  Although we still have our moments of total mayhem (cue screaming toddler and crying baby and bleary eyed parents making a mad dash toward our coffee pot), there are a few things that we've discovered this time around that make this whole baby thing a little easier.  Apps!

My favorite one is called "Total Baby" and I need to give all the credit to one of my favorite patients (well her parents, really) who introduced this one to me in clinic.  This app is totally genius and keeps track of, well, just about everything.  Feedings, diapers, sleep, baths, doctors

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Television & Technology - Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

I had the pleasure of helping Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Kribbs give a presentation today to a group of lovely young mothers in our area and wanted to share some helpful tidbits that I learned while preparing my talking points.  Our presenation was titled "Television and Technology: Raising Kids in a Brave New World" and we covered all sorts of interesting information about the effects of all the types of media our kids are exposed to nowadays.

I came across some fascinating articles while researching the topic.  Articles such as Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction, Your Brain on Computers - Risks of Parenting while Plugged In, and a favorite of Dr. Kribbs' Make it a Summer without iStuff.

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Apps for parents: Kids Doc

There’s another great app out there that is a “must-have” for parents (and pediatricians and nurses for that matter): Kids Doc. This app has been developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, so it is a reliable source of information – though, disclaimer: it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it is never intended to replace your physician! Use it wisely! :

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Apps for Parents: Healthy Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a great new app which is an extension of it’s website. You can search by ages and stages or search by specific topics to find up-to-date, AAP supported recommendations and information. Looking for a sample menu for your 9 month old, tips to ease your child’s fear of the dark, immunization schedules, or an overview of developmental milestones? All of this and more is available right at your fingertips in the form of short articles, audio files, and even videos! It can be difficult to navigate at first (articles show at up at the bottom of the screen and you have to scroll/swipe to the right to see more), but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll realize the wealth of information that’s now available on the go. 

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