A connected baby monitor: REMI users share their experiences and tips

connected baby monitor

They gave REMI a try… and have been converted! Feedback from users of this new-generation connected baby monitor developed by Urban Hello.

Listen and talk to your child, even when you’re away from home

Do you sometimes have to stay away overnight or get back very late because of your job? With a connected baby monitor you can still listen to your little one going to sleep, even when you’re not there. All you need is an Internet connection! “Even when away on business or eating out, parents can still monitor their child’s sleep”, reveals a user.A practical way of ensuring peace of mind when your child is being looked after by grandparents, auntie or a babysitter. And better still, the device works both ways. Parents can talk to their little one from wherever they are to wish them “goodnight” from afar. A great source of reassurance for parent and child alike!

A device that accompanies children as they grow

Unlike conventional baby monitors that are only useful in the early years, REMI accompanies kids from birth right up to the age of 10. In particular, it can be transformed into a genuine walkie-talkie. A great toy! “Running around the house or garden with mum or dad’s phone talking to your little brother in his room is a magical moment :)”,  one REMI user tells us. Children can also use the baby monitor to listen to their favourite music, either to relax before bedtime… or to dance around and let off steam in their room, depending on the time of day. Pretty smart!

Urban Hello’s REMI is a connected baby monitor… and much more besides. This multifunctional, smart device evolves with kids to help them develop and grow.

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Trends: the blogging mums to follow in 2018

the blogging mums to follow in 2018

Funny, inspiring, moving… log on to follow our favourite blogging mums. You may well find plenty to identify with…

Héloïse’s drawings

Discover the busy life of a mum, in cartoon strip form! Since 2014, Héloïse has been having fun sketching out little anecdotes from her day-to-day life, and publishing them on her blog. Kids losing their shoes, when they are actually right under their noses, sibling squabbles… these happy snapshots of everyday life are bound to make you smile! A mum’s life? What fun!

Maman voyage [Mum on the move]

An avid traveller, Christine shares her happy moments with her kids all around the globe. So far, she has notched up more than 70 trips and even a family round-the-world tour in 2016. Find out more about this adventurous family’s travels on her blog: Maman Voyage. Enjoy her articles recounting the simple pleasures of travelling, via human encounters, beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultures.

Le Pays des Merveilles [Wonderland]

The Le Pays des Merveilles blog is an absolute must for craft-lovers! Doriane, mum to Louise and Margot, shares a whole host of highly original DIY and craft ideas on her blog. Visit it and be inspired, whether you’re looking for handmade gifts to surprise your loved ones or activities to keep the kids busy during the school holidays!

Une souris bleue [A blue mouse]

How do you organise your smartphone properly, adopt the very latest maternity wear trends or reduce your household waste? Find out by browsing the Une souris bleue blog. Fred, a mum of 3 kids, shares numerous little slices of her life with her readers, with lots of affection… and humour!

Take the time to surf the net in 2018. You’ll be surprised by how much you can learn from blogging mums!

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The joys of reading: 5 great book ideas for kids this year

The joys of reading: 5 great book ideas for kids this year

Encourage your children to develop a love of reading! Spotlight on 5 book ideas for kids to discover or rediscover this new year.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

A mouse takes a stroll through the deep dark wood. Every time he has a dangerous encounter, with the fox or the snake, for instance, he says he’s waiting for the Gruffalo. “His eyes are orange, his tongue is black. He has purple prickles all over his back.” All the creatures in the wood are terrified of the monster but he doesn’t scare the brave little mouse!

The Gingerbread Man

The little Gingerbread Man is baked to perfection and almost looks too good to eat… He thinks so too and makes his escape!  “Run, run, fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” On the road, he encounters a cat, a dog and a monkey. But who will get to eat him in the end?

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter is here, and it’s cold in the wood! A little mole comes across a cosy white mitten that has been dropped in the snow. He crawls inside to keep warm and is soon joined by a rabbit, a badger, a fox and others. But when a brown bear arrives, things start to get a little complicated!

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

A monster changes colour depending on the emotions he is feeling: anger, happiness or sadness. To manage his feelings, he has come up with an ingenious trick: he keeps each emotion in a special coloured jar. Carefully organised, they’re much easier to cope with!

La girafe qui voulait voir la banquise [The giraffe that wanted to see the ice] by Natalie Zimmermann

Girouette is a cuddly giraffe who one day decides to set off to explore the North Pole. Her fellow cuddly toys – polar bear and seal – are constantly talking about it! After a long and eventful journey she finally arrives at her destination. But between the endless nights and Eskimos who won’t talk to her, Girouette is bitterly disappointed. Not surprising really, because she’s actually in the freezer!

Reading a story with your child at bedtime is a great habit to get into. It soothes and relaxes kids, to help them get a better night’s sleep. And it’s better for adults too to have their noses in a book before bed rather than being glued to a screen!

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New Year’s resolutions – Three good habits to teach your kids at the start of 2018

New Year’s resolutions – Three good habits to teach your kids at the start of 2018

How about making some excellent family resolutions? Here are three good habits that you need to teach your children as soon as possible!

Teach your children to tidy their room

Despite repeated requests, do your kids never or virtually never tidy their bedrooms? Don’t panic! We have some solutions to help Junior get into a few good habits. For example, set clear tasks, such as clearing everything up off the floor and putting it on the bed or making their bed properly. Another idea is to turn tidying up into fun challenges. For example, you could set a “bin challenge” when kids need to get rid of all the rubbish in their room, or a “book challenge” when they collect together all their books and put them back where they belong on the bookcase.

Make kids aware of the importance of eating properly

Help your children develop good eating habits! The first thing is to teach them to be aware of their own appetite. Allow them to serve themselves the amount of food they want to eat. Then make sure dishes are colourful, with foods from each of the four food groups. And, to encourage kids to try out new, unknown flavours, get them involved in food shopping and meal preparation. This will stimulate their curiosity!

Get into a good sleep routine

Good-quality sleep helps kids develop and grow… and stay healthy.A good night’s sleep helps them recuperate from the day’s exertions, to dream, and to develop their sensory and intellectual capacities as well as their memory. For good-quality sleep, children need to have expended energy during the day, but it’s also important to avoid activities that could over-stimulate them or heavy meals just before bedtime. It is also essential to introduce a bedtime routine as soon as possible, which is the same every evening. This could be a quiet game, followed by pyjamas and tooth brushing, cuddles, a story and bed. This ritual helps kids feel secure and ready to sleep.

Help your child get into a sleep routine using Urban Hello’s REMI connected alarm clock. The face on the clock goes to sleep or wakes up at the set times, so kids can see straight away when they are meant to go to bed or get up. Very practical!

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Everything you need to enjoy a fun New Year’s Eve with the kids

Are you planning to spend New Year’s Eve with the family? Here are some great festive ideas for a fun-packed New Year.

Are you planning to spend New Year’s Eve with the family? Here are some great festive ideas for a fun-packed New Year.

Get dressed up together for the festive occasion

It may well be that your kids won’t be staying up to see in the New Year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t party with them! Before your guests arrive, have fun choosing your party outfits together. Sequins, glitter, bow tie… anything goes for such a special occasion! Girls could dress up in mum’s stilettos, or boys could wear dad’s tie… and don’t forget to take a photo to immortalise the fun of it all!

Make the decorations and party novelties

And while you’re waiting for your guests, why don’t you spend the afternoon making party novelties, pointed hats or maracas? There are plenty of tutorials online showing you how to make these fun accessories yourself. You can also make your own garlands, using origami with coloured paper or with pine cones on a string.

Turn the living room into a dance floor

You don’t have to wait for the evening to put the music on and start dancing! Put together a compilation of your kids’ favourite hits and get into the groove together! Dust off those disco balls and lights in the cupboard and get everybody in the party mood!

Make a delicious hot chocolate

At around 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon make your kids a traditional hot chocolate. It’s the perfect warming drink to relax with as night begins to fall. You could add a festive touch with a marshmallow cut into a heart or clover shape. If they don’t like hot chocolate you could always make them a delicious fruit cocktail instead.

These simple ideas will help your New Year celebrations with your kids go with a swing and make it a night to remember!

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How to keep your kids entertained over the Christmas holidays

How to keep your kids entertained over the Christmas holidays It’s the Christmas holidays and you’ve got the kids at home again… you really need some ideas to stop them getting bored. Below are a few suggestions for activities to keep energetic children busy!

How about an outing?

It’s true that winter can be cold and wet and spending time outside isn’t always terribly appealing. But there are still some fun outdoor activities that are sure to be a hit. You could enjoy a family ice-skating trip, for instance. Outdoor ice rinks pop up in lots of towns and cities during the Christmas break, to the delight of everyone, big and small! You could also organise an early evening outing to admire the magic of the Christmas lights.

Craft activities

Or you could decide to stay cosy indoors and try out some craft activities. Tinsel, baubles, salt dough… the range of options is endless! Or what about scrapbooking? Why don’t you sit down with your kids and put together an album of souvenirs from your last family holiday?

Get your apron on!

What could be more comforting than a bit of home baking? Use the holidays to bake biscuits, tarts and cakes with your kids. Some treats, like yoghurt cake, are really easy to make and only need a few ingredients! Or how about trying your hand at bredeles, traditional Christmas cookies from Alsace.

The cinema

Going to the cinema is a perfect rainy day activity! And lots of children’s films tend to be released in time for the school holidays. A great opportunity for an outing the whole family can enjoy. And don’t forget about art house cinemas, where you can often discover some real little gems.

Board games

Trivial Pursuit, Triominos, cards… there is no shortage of games available to keep your kids entertained. You will have great fun and enjoy some quality family time. And if you’re going on a long journey, don’t forget to pack a travel version of your favourite board game!

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5 high-tech gift ideas for kids

5 high-tech gift ideas for kids

Are you a fan of new technologies? Pass on your enthusiasm to your kids these five high-tech gift ideas this year.

The Clementoni interactive globe

Help your children learn about the world’s geography while they have fun. This interactive globe with stylus provides a wealth of information about different countries and their histories. Play the quiz with them to find the answers to 500 questions together!

Their very first “Smartphone”

Give your kids a V tech Digigo so they can play at being a grown-up. A toy inspired by smartphones, this XL-format tactile phone is very easy to use. It works using wi-fi so your kids can communicate with friends and family in complete security. It also has a camera function and plays music.

The Kidizoom – Kid Connect camera

With this camera specially designed for kids, your children can have fun taking photos and videos, and much more besides! They can also play around with special effects or distort the sound of their voice. The Kidizoom camera can store up to 1000 photos!

The Octopus by Joy connected watch

Independence, responsibility and self-confidence… the Octopus by Joy watch offers a whole host of innovative features to help kids learn to tell the time and get into good habits, thanks to its ingenious system of symbols and rewards.

The MIP Silverlit connected robot

Ideal for kids who love robots, the MIP Silverlit model is very stable and easy to control just by using hand movements. It has lots of different sound and light effects. And an Android/IOS app can be used to expand the robot’s capacities and increase its interactivity.

Another great gift idea is a REMI connected alarm clock made by Urban Hello! It’s the perfect accessory to help regulate your child’s sleep patterns that will quickly become their essential sleep companion!

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REMI: for children beyond the age of 6 or 7

REMI for children beyond the age of 6 or 7REMI is your child’s ideal sleep companion, from birth right up to the age of 10. We shine the spotlight on what it can offer kids of 6 or 7 and beyond.

A sleep companion, from 0 to 10 years!

REMI is a multifunction connected clock that’s the perfect bedside companion for kids for their first 10 years. From birth up to the age of 3, it monitors their nights, tracking and recording their sleep. From 3 to 6, it will help them settle into a good sleep routine. Then, for the over-6s, it’s a great way to encourage kids to start becoming more independent.

Bedtime and wakeup time: managing their own routines

From around the age of 6 or 7, children start primary school and take another step down the path towards independence. At this age, they can also start learning to use their REMI all by themselves, via the dedicated app. Parents can teach them to set the alarm function, for example, and to organise their own bedtime and wakeup routines. Kids can set the times for each event and can also personalise the display. They can even have fun choosing a name for their REMI if they want!

They can enjoy their OWN music in their OWN room!

In the early years, REMI plays their favourite lullabies and creates a soothing atmosphere ideal to help little ones drift off to sleep peacefully. Later on, at around the age of 6 or 7, they can set the device to play their top tunes. REMI is a bit like your child’s very first hi-fi. They can use it to play all their favourite music in their bedroom, so they can create their own little cocoon where they feel secure and happy!

Urban Hello’s REMI is much more than just an alarm clock or a connected sleep trainer. It is a device that you can continue to use as your child grows. And for maximised safety, REMI cuts all radio emissions whenever you exit the app. Pretty smart!

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Are you familiar with positive discipline?

Are you familiar with positive disciplineMealtime or bedtime tantrums, playing up, crying… positive discipline can help you parent your child effectively to restore a calmer, happier family environment.

Positive discipline: a kind parenting method

When it comes to authority, young parents can often feel unsure and lost, wanting to be neither too strict nor too lax. And in the midst of this parental indecision, kids tend to seize power. So what should you do if your child disobeys you, bites or constantly breaks the rules? Positive discipline encourages parents to bring up kids kindly. This approach, developed in the 1930s, is a genuine life philosophy that fosters self-confidence and autonomy.

Preventing mealtime tantrums

Does your child tend not to eat what’s in his or her plate or leave meals unfinished? Offer a limited choice, with two options, for example. If they don’t eat much, tell them you understand that they aren’t hungry any more. If it happens again, talk about it with your child. Ask them what they think could be done so they don’t have an empty tummy. Suggest preparing the meal together or eating a little earlier. The main idea is to get your child involved in trying to find a solution.

Bedtime and positive discipline

Bedtimes are often a problem for families. Kids tend to demand all sorts of things to put off going to sleep (a glass of water, a story, a cuddle, etc.). That’s because children aren’t programmed to fall asleep on their own. They need to feel reassured by the presence of their parents. What’s more, children don’t understand why all the rest of the family is still up while they are meant to go to sleep.

There are several solutions to help your little one get over this problem. In the first few months, you could opt for “cosleeping”, which means sleeping in the same room as your baby. Then, when babies are a little older and are sleeping in their own room, be sure to establish a bedtime routine straight away. Tell them a story, do a little meditation together… and repeat the same routine every day. This reassures children and helps them fall asleep more easily.

Positive discipline can also help you in numerous day-to-day situations. Give it a go!

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Getting the best out of your baby sleep trainer

Getting the best out of your baby sleep trainer

Are you thinking about buying a baby sleep trainer? Here are a few tips to help you make the best use of this accessory specially designed for new parents!

Practical advice for using a baby sleep trainer

Designed to help parents listen out for their little one, a baby sleep trainer can make it easier to get young babies off to sleep more easily. However, make sure you adjust the microphone properly to stop you being disturbed by every little movement your baby makes! Also avoid using it in a noisy setting.

When should you react?

A baby sleep trainer can be an invaluable aid. However, parents should not over-react. Various studies have shown that leaving babies to cry isn’t necessarily bad for them. And in the first few months after being born, they can wake up as many as 10 times a night on occasions! So there’s no way parents should rush to comfort them at the slightest little sound. They should only intervene if baby cries for too long or doesn’t manage to fall asleep again alone.

More than a baby sleep trainer

In addition to allowing you to keep an eye (or ear) on your baby, some baby sleep trainers – like Urban Hello’s REMI - also offer “sleep tracking” features. These allow you to measure your child’s sleep quality and get a clear understanding of his or her sleep cycles.

Urban Hello’s REMI is a connected baby sleep trainer, which can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker to play music from your smartphone or tablet: the perfect sleep companion for kids, and therefore for their parents!

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