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Smartphones for kids – yes or no?
The facilities we have at our disposal to assist in the important role of parenting are constantly changing along with the times. For example, our parents did not have applications designed to aid them in putting a child to sleep or protecting them from inappropriate content on the web. But nowadays, all these and more are available at the click of a button, so it would be a shame not to make full use of them.
That’s why we have prepared for you a list of 10 apps that will really help you in parenting.
If you’ve been keeping up with online trends, you definitely will have heard about white noise already. These are soft sounds with a calming effect that help not only adults but also children to sleep. In the White Noise Baby application, you can select, for instance, a heartbeat, a ticking clock, a rustling seashell or the distant sound of a hair dryer. Such sounds will help you put your child to sleep. Also, one of the app's advantages is that it can be set to gradually reduce the sound intensity or turn on again when it detects a baby’s crying.
For the majority of moms, having a camera in the nursery is already a matter of course. But now, one need not rush out and spend extra funds on a camera that serves but one function. The advantage of this application is that rather than buying a separate standalone camera, it allows you to make use of a tablet or phone that you are not currently using. Just connect it to your smartphone with the app installed, and you can take full advantage of its many features - among them, the fact that the application can be set to send you notifications when your baby wakes up.
Is your child older than 4 and starting to display problems with concentration? In this case, this app is right for you. From an early age, it teaches children mindfulness and the ability to concentrate, which will later help them cope with different life situations. The application contains pleasant children's meditations developed by experts. It motivates children to complete set concentration tasks by collecting stickers and using various fun emoji.
This one is a very useful Slovak app which is a great help for parents. It has been compiled by paediatricians and nutritionists, so you can rely on the quality of the content. The application will guide you through pregnancy and then parenthood with the help of many professional articles and descriptions of the examinations that await you. Another advantage of the application is the number of interesting charts or even counseling available through the platform.
If you want to entertain your kid for a while, this is the app you need. This is a great interactive game where your child becomes a choreographer of a “dance group”. They can select three virtual dancers, choose outfits for them, teach them some dance moves and then send them to a “performance”. The app will even create a video from this show that you can save to your device. So if you need some me-time, Toca Dance is a great choice.
Keeping track of everything during motherhood is sometimes a really hard job. However, Baby Feed Timer is something that will help you and remind you whenever it’s time to breastfeed or feed your baby. The application is also interesting because you can store data about your child's sleep or weight, which you can then share with other mothers or the doctor.
Capturing a child's attention is often challenging, but this application is literally a real masterpiece in doing so. It will foster in your child a sense of creativity, and encourage artistic creation thanks to its easy to use platform which allows children to create eye-catching colorful neon drawings with the help of fingerprints. Drawings which, additionally, can also be made to come to life in the form of an electronically generated video after they have been created. Its vibrant colors on black backgrounds and moving shapes will provide hours of fun for your baby.
A fire truck ride or a trip to the museum, all online? Nowadays, everything is possible. If you want to help your child explore different adventures right from home, this application will help you with that. It gives them a chance to get to know everything the city has to offer, with the help of several interactive characters or objects.
Perhaps there is no child who would not love their parents to read them fairy tales. However, the app Readmio, takes this to an entirely different level. Its advantage is that it offers a number of beautiful fairy tales, collected from around the world, all of which are enriched with unique illustrations - but that’s not all!. Readmio will take you and your child directly into the story of the fairy tale, using unique sound effects that respond to your voice while reading. For example, as you read out the word ‘rain’, you hear the sound of rain to accompany the story. It’s an app you and your kids will quickly fall in love with.
Many mothers are also excited to find quality applications that are available in Slovak or Czech. If you are looking for an intelligent online pregnancy guide that can easily be understood, try this great Czech application, which will reveal to you what is happening in your belly based on the stage of your pregnancy. The app lets you know about things to look out for, and also contains a ‘pregnancy diary’ feature allowing you to keep track of changes within your own body along the way.
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Smartphones for kids – yes or no?
Parents know that sometimes putting a child to sleep is a real challenge.