The 5 Gadgets Set To Be Big Hits This Summer

The 5 Gadgets Set To Be Big Hits This Summer

Some gadgets are set to be the “must-haves” of the summer. Discover these original products designed to make sure your kids have a whole lot more holiday fun this year!

The Fidget Spinner

Already very popular in school playgrounds in France, the Fidget Spinner is a little spinning top, held in the middle and rotated. The gadget was originally designed to help channel the energy of restless children, especially kids on the autistic spectrum. It’s a toy that entertains and relieves stress at the same time. Have fun seeing how long you can keep it spinning!

The Phlat Ball

This gadget is transformed from a disc into a ball in mid-air when you throw it. Just like magic! The cleverly designed Phlat Ball is easy to grip, for a fast action. This compact toy will fit easily into any beach bag!

The Spiderman sense mask

Discover a new-generation toy: the sense mask. Just like Spiderman, it is capable of mimicking facial expressions. The mouth and eyes move, to make it more realistic. The mask can be worn alone or in combination with fancy dress.

Hatchnimals

These ultra-cute Hatchnimals are hidden inside their own little egg. Just warm them up in your hands for a few moments to watch the colour change and see the egg hatch. More than 70 different creatures to be collected! Hatchnimals toys communicate with kids and need to be taken care of, just like real baby animals!

Yokai Watch 2

Straight out of the animated cartoon series with the same name, Yokai Watch 2 recognises the Yokai tribe, sounds the character’s name and projects a short animation. With this gadget, kids can imagine they are Nathan, the hero of this famous cartoon!

Be inspired by our selection to discover your own favourite gadget this summer. And for a restful, tranquil summer, don’t forget to check out REMI, your child’s sleep companion.

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Helping Kids Adjust When The Clocks Change

Helping Kids Adjust When The Clocks Change

It’s not always easy for kids to adapt when the clocks change. But a few simple steps can help them adjust to the new time and feel less tired. Read on to find out more!

Why is it so difficult for children to adjust when the clocks change?

When the clocks go forward for summer time each spring, we lose an hour’s sleep. This upsets our natural body clocks. The hour change can make kids and grown-ups alike feel tired or irritable and make it more difficult to get to sleep.

Older children feel the most tired

Comparatively speaking, older kids are the most affected by the hour change. That’s because their lives are generally more routine-based than those of younger children. So moving the clock forwards at bedtime can upset their routine and they make take longer to fall asleep. Some parents might therefore be tempted to put them to bed a little later than usual. But that’s actually the wrong thing to do since it will just make them more tired!

How can you help your child adjust to the new time?

To make things easier when the clocks change, the best strategy is to prepare for it in advance. Four days before the actual date, put your little one to bed a quarter of an hour earlier than usual. Then bring bedtime forwards by 15 minutes every night for the next three days. By D day, your child will be ready! For children who still have a nap during the day, it’s a good idea to make it shorter than usual. And finally, avoid heavy meals in the evening, or stimulants such as fizzy drinks, to make going to sleep easier!

If you follow this advice, you should enjoy a smooth switch to summer time! And to help kids adjust to the new sleep routine, discover Urban Hello’s REMI, a new connected, fun and smart bedside clock!

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Organising The Perfect Sleepover

Organising The Perfect Sleepover

Your child has invited a little friend over for a sleepover? That’s great news! You’re probably keen to make sure everything goes without a hitch. Follow our advice so everything is ready for the big day!

Suggest they sleep in the same room

Having a friend over for a sleepover is always a special occasion for kids. It’s a great opportunity for them to laugh, chat and play together! To make it more fun, suggest they both sleep in the same room. That way they can share their secrets in their own little bubble, away from the grown-ups. And tell them in advance so they will feel reassured.

A tidy bedroom to prepare for the event!

It’s so much nicer to play together in a tidy, well-organised space. Get kids involved by encouraging them to tidy up their room themselves! To help, show them where they could put their toys. And to keep them motivated, give them choices: would they rather tidy up their cars first, or their cuddly toys? If you realise they’re finding it difficult after a few minutes, offer to help.

What about sleeping arrangements?

Does your child’s bedroom only have one bed? No need to panic! There are lots of different options. Pull-out guest beds or trundle beds are a very practical solution. They fit under your child’s own bed and don’t take up much space. If you opt for this solution, check first that you have enough room to open it out properly. Another clever idea is a fold-out bed chair that turns into a mattress in the blink of an eye. These take up a little more space than a pull-out guest bed, but have the advantage of also giving your child somewhere comfortable to sit and read. Last of all, there’s the option of a blow-up mattress or a folding bed, as long as you have somewhere to store them away.

UrbanHello’s smart sleep companion REMI will also be a precious ally for parents during a sleepover, letting kids know when it’s time to wake up and get up.

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Tired babies: some helpful advice

Tired babies some helpful advice

Have you noticed that your baby seems more tired than usual recently? Follow the advice below to help get your tired baby back to normal as quickly as possible.

Tired babies: a common phenomenon in wintertime

The winter climate tends to make children more tired. Between the cold, bad weather and a lack of light, their bodies are really put to the test! Especially since winter is also the season of sore throats, colds and ear infections. So it’s not surprising our little ones are more often tired in wintertime. However, there are some things you can do to reverse the trend.

Put your baby to bed early

It’s essential for children to get enough sleep. If they don’t they may easily begin the next day tired. That’s why it’s very important to put your baby to bed early enough in the evening, ideally by around 8 or 8.30 p.m. If you notice your little one yawning, rubbing their eyes or being grumpy sooner than that, don’t hesitate to put them to bed earlier than usual. They will fall asleep more easily and recuperate better.

Tiredness and a busy schedule

Does your child stay awake late, waiting for mummy or daddy to get back from work? Beware: just because a child is kept awake later doesn’t mean they will fall asleep more easily. Quite the opposite, in fact! Children who are too tired find it difficult to get to sleep and their nights can be disturbed. It’s therefore important to get into a bedtime routine from a very young age.

The right diet

Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Make sure that your child has a balanced diet. And for a real energy boost, why not prepare some freshly-squeezed orange juice for breakfast! Finally, avoid heavy meals in the evening and offer something light instead that won’t interfere with a good night’s sleep.

By carefully planning their menus and making sure they go to bed at the right time, parents can help limit their baby’s tiredness. And to help you easily get into an effective bedtime routine, have you thought about using a connected bedside clock, such as Urban Hello’s REMI? This smart appliance incorporates an adjustable night light and can play lullabies of your choice to help provide the ideal conditions for a peaceful night’s sleep.

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Tips to help children wake up gently in the morning

Tips to help children wake up gently in the morning

Taking the time to wake up gently is a real pleasure! Follow our advice to help make sure your child wakes up in a good mood every morning… ready to make the best of the day ahead!

An ideal environment to wake up gently

Children’s sleep quality is very important. But so too is the way they wake up! Rushing them whenever their feet hit the floor can soon put them in a bad mood, which might then last for the rest of the day! The first thing you should do is open the shutters and curtains, so it’s less dark in the room. Children naturally associate daylight with waking up and night-time darkness with going to sleep. Another idea is to play your child’s favourite song! There’s nothing better for getting them out of bed on the right side! New-generation alarm clocks like Urban Hello’s REMI can be set to automatically play the tune at wake-up time. Pretty clever!

Cuddles: yes. Television: beware!

The alarm clock has gone off? It’s the ideal time for cuddles with your child. Take them in your arms for a few moments and share the first minutes of the day together. A great way to get the morning off to a happy, relaxed start! Do you tend to leave your child in front of the television in the morning? Beware! It’s not an ideal way of helping them wake up properly or putting them in a good mood. Your child will tend to continue to remain half-asleep in front of the screen. It will then be even more difficult to pull them away and get them ready for school!

These tips should help you wake your child up gently. And to give them plenty energy for the day ahead, prepare them a healthy, tasty breakfast! The delicious smell of toast or hot milk can help tempt kids out of bed too!

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How to adapt your child’s sleep routine during the school holidays

How to adapt your child’s sleep routine during the school holidaysWhether it’s Christmas, summer or Easter, children’s sleep routines are often disrupted during holiday periods. So how do you reset their sleep patterns? Here are a few ideas to help.

Disrupted routines…

Holidays are synonymous with a change of routine for kids. Just like adults, they tend to go to bed and get up later. Their days are full of fun, games and excitement, and reunions with friends or family!  So maintaining a regular sleep routine can be tricky. But it’s also something our kids need, in order to recuperate both physically and mentally.

Late nights: in small doses only!

Occasional late nights, following a family celebration or barbecue that stretches on into the evening, or a party with friends, for example, are fine. But it’s important to avoid several late nights in a row, since this can confuse children and quickly upset their sleep patterns.

What to do to maintain a good sleep routine

To help children maintain their usual sleep patterns, stick to your normal bedtime routine. Evening bath, tooth brushing and bedtime story should all happen at the same time as they do during the school week. Does your child find it difficult to get to sleep during the holidays? You could also try a few minutes of relaxation exercises, meditation or yoga during the day. An ideal way to calm your child down and enjoy a quiet moment together!

Follow these tips to help your child maintain a good sleep routine during the holidays. A smart alarm clock can also help ensure peaceful nights, even when you’re away from home. Why not give it a go!

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What are the best foods to boost sleep?

What are the best foods to boost sleep

Vegetables, starchy foods, fruit… what foods should you include in the evening meal to help your child get a good night’s sleep? Below, we outline the four food groups you should focus on!

Pulses and grains

These foods are naturally rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that the body is incapable of making itself. This substance aids the production of melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone! Lentils, chickpeas and beans are all ideal additions to your child’s plate. You can also sprinkle squash, sesame or sunflower seeds over salads.

Starchy foods

Starchy foods contain slow sugars, which make it easier to fall asleep. So feel free to serve your children baked or mashed potatoes in the evening. Bread and pasta are also ideal. But be careful to use wholegrain versions whenever you can, since they contain a variety of healthy nutrients, such as fibre, magnesium and vitamins.

Poultry and fish

Try to avoid red meat in the evenings, since it contains tyrosine, an amino acid that acts as a stimulant. Prefer poultry or fish instead. Like pulses, tuna, sardines and salmon contain trytophan. Just the ticket for improving sleep quality!

Fruit

The perfect way to round off a meal on a sweet note, fruit contains fructose, which has a relatively low glycaemic index. And the great news is that there’s plenty of choice, from seasonal fresh fruits to dried fruit such as dates and apricots. However, you should avoid foods with a high glycaemic index, especially cakes and confectionery. These can trigger cravings and lead to a disturbed night’s sleep. Chocolate should also be avoided, since it contains stimulants that act in a similar way to caffeine.

Follow our tips when you’re planning your children’s menu. These foods will help them drift off to sleep quickly and get a good night’s rest!

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What is the best time to put your child to bed?

What is the best time to put your child to bed

8 o’clock, 9 o’clock or 10 o’clock…. it’s not always easy to work out the best time to put your child to bed. Here are a few tips to guide you!

Sleep requirements vary depending on age

Children’s sleep requirements change as they grow. From the ages of 6 months to 4 years, the amount of time your little one sleeps during the day gradually decreases. At this stage, children often start to find falling asleep more difficult and wake up during the night. Between the ages of 4 and 12, afternoon naps disappear and bedtime becomes gradually later. It is around 8 o’clock for 5/6 year-olds, 9 o’clock for 8 year-olds and 10 o’clock by the time your child becomes a teenager[1].

Bedtime for children: the tell-tale signs

In fact, a number of very obvious signs should tell you when it’s bedtime. One of the main ones is rubbing their eyes or ears. Or your little one might start to shiver. That’s because they’re starting to produce melatonin, which lowers their body temperature slightly. Put your little one to bed, as it’s exactly the right time for them to fall asleep quickly!

What can you do to help your child sleep better?

For a start, making sure your child goes to bed at the right time is an excellent habit to get into. But it’s important to know that other factors can also affect how well your little one sleeps. First and foremost, what they eat. At afternoon snack time, favour fruit, because the sugar it contains will promote the production of melatonin. In the evening, make sure meals aren’t too heavy, since this can make it harder to get to sleep. Avoid protein and always offer vegetables!

Does your child always finds it difficult to get back into a normal routine at the end of the holidays? Make the most of days off and weekends to let your child sleep later in the morning. You could also suggest a restorative afternoon nap!

[1] Source: figures supplied by the French Sleep Research and Medicine Society, Lyon 1 University

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How to pick the best alarm clock for your child?

How to pick the best alarm clock for your childAre you thinking of buying your child an alarm clock? Digital, analogue or smart… follow the advice below to make the best choice!

An analogue child’s alarm clock

With their three hands indicating the hours, minutes and seconds, analogue alarm clocks are perfect if your child already knows how to tell the time. Available in many different styles, they remain a very reasonably priced option, usually costing between €15 and €50. Favour models with hands protected by a clear glass cover and with luminous numbers. That way, your child won’t need to switch the light on to know what time it is!

Digital-display alarm clocks

These alarm clocks allow beginners to work out what time it is, from the age of 3 years. They are the ideal option if your child is still learning to tell the time. Just like analogue alarm clocks, they come in a range of brightly-coloured styles that will be perfectly at home in a child’s bedroom. The advantages of these clocks include the absence of potentially annoying ticking as well as the possibility of personalising the alarm ring. However, models that light up are best, and make sure you choose one with a sufficiently clear display.

Smart alarm clocks

What if you wanted more from your child’s alarm clock? Today’s educational alarm clocks use cleverly designed pictograms to help younger children understand when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up. Urban Hello’s REMI, for example, is simultaneously an alarm clock for kids and a smart baby monitor. It also serves as an adjustable night light. What’s more, you can set it to play a lullaby of your choice at bedtime. And thanks to its baby monitor function, you will be able to hear even the slightest noise in your baby’s room and talk to your little one to soothe him or her.

By getting an alarm clock for your child, you can help them learn and adopt a good sleep routine. Now there’s a bright idea!

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Bedtime tantrums: how to defuse the situation

Bedtime tantrums how to defuse the situation

Are bedtime tantrums spoiling your evenings? Fortunately, solutions exist to help settle your child into a good routine.

When getting your child off to sleep is tricky…

Is your child still struggling to get to sleep at 10 o’clock at night despite having been put to bed at 8.30? You’re not alone! Many parents have exactly the same problem every night. When children refuse to go to bed, it’s often because they want to be like the grown-ups. They are demonstrating a strong desire to be independent, showing you that they want to go to bed when THEY choose, not when you tell them to!

Teach your children to fall asleep by themselves

Does your little one only ever go to sleep with you by his or her side? You should beware as this bad habit could soon become one that is difficult to break… To prevent this, establish a bedtime routine as soon as possible: bath, story, cuddles and sleep time. Before you leave the bedroom, remind your child that he or she is safe, even if you aren’t in the same room.

Stay firm!

As you leave the room, your child may well play up. He or she may cry or keep calling you back. Whatever you do, don’t give in. If your child has a tantrum, ignore it. Because reacting and getting cross could simply encourage the behaviour! Anticipate your child’s demands. For example, place a glass of water on the bedside table in advance.

Establishing a good sleep routine requires time and patience. But it will be worth it in the end! It will spare you plenty of tears later on. Have you thought about using a smart bedside clock to help you? Urban Hello’s REMI helps your child drift off to sleep peacefully thanks to its sleep schedule function, which records the sound profile of your little one’s nights. This helps you identify the conditions most conducive to a good night’s sleep for your little one. An invaluable aid if your child plays up at bedtime!

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