How to help your child fall asleep

How to help your child fall asleep

Bedtime can be tricky for little ones… and their parents. How can you help your child fall asleep? Here are our tips.

A quiet time before bed

At the end of day, kids need time to relax and unwind before going to bed. After bathtime or the evening meal, avoid any play or activities that might over-excite youngsters, such as console games or boisterous games with siblings. Encourage quiet, soothing activities instead. You could suggest listening to music, drawing, colouring in or, even a little meditation or a few yoga exercises designed for children.

Establish a bedtime routine

Routines – i.e. the same sequence of activities and words, repeated every evening – are reassuring for children, especially at bedtime. Sending kids to brush their teeth before taking them to bed and reading them a story for 10 to 15 minutes is a perfect example of a structured routine. But be careful to make sure bedtime doesn’t drag on for too long.

What to do if your little one doesn’t want to go to sleep

What should you do if your child keeps calling you back? Try leaving them to cry for a few minutes before going back to them. Reassure them: you’re right there, nothing can happen to them. Gradually leave them for a little longer each time before going back in. After the third time, tell them that’s it, it’s time to stop. If they get up, hold their hand and take them back to their room. Always stay calm… but firm!

Does your child find it difficult to get to sleep? Don’t hesitate to consult a paediatrician to make sure there’s no physiological cause. It’s also a good idea to place beds in a corner or against a wall rather than the middle of the room. This makes kids feel more secure. Another solution is to opt for REMI, your little one’s new sleep companion. A baby monitor that can be used from birth to the age of 10 to track your child’s sleep and adjust sleeping habits.

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Introducing REMI, The Baby Monitor That Improves Sleep

Introducing REMI, The Baby Monitor That Improves Sleep

UrbanHello is delighted to present REMI, a baby monitor unlike any other. Our smart appliance helps your little ones sleep better… and grows up with them. An attractive object with a fun design, it will fit naturally into your home! Let’s take a look at REMI’s features and the benefits for your child.

REMI, an innovative new baby monitor concept

REMI is your child’s sleep companion, from birth to the age of 10. Far more than just another ordinary baby monitor, it “sleeps” alongside your little one and “wakes up” with them too. REMI can also help establish new bedtime routines and improve sleep quality. It’s a multi-function appliance that can be personalised and customised over time.

A connected baby monitor that analyses sleep

Simple and intuitive, REMI is compatible with your tablet or mobile phone via Bluetooth. A dedicated app gives you direct access to data tracking your child’s sleep so you can keep a logbook and identify sleep patterns. At a glance, you can see when your little one is fast asleep and when he or she wakes up, making it easier to identify and deal with any sleep problems. It can also help explain why your child is suddenly tired or full of beans!

REMI, an attractive designer object

REMI is a practical, well-designed, fun and current baby monitor. Its round-shaped little character with communicating expressions fits harmoniously into your child’s bedroom, irrespective of décor. It always remains cool to the touch, whether on or off, guaranteeing maximum safety for baby!

Help baby get a better sleep with REMI, your little one’s new sleep companion.

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Gifts for a new baby: 5 original ideas

Gifts for a new baby: 5 original ideasAre you struggling to come up with a gift for a new baby? Below is our selection of 5 original ideas that are bound to be a hit with baby and parents alike! 

1. Puppet cuddly toy

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional rabbit or bear, try this cuddly zebra to stimulate and entertain baby. Simply slip your hand inside to transform this cute cuddly toy into a fun, loveable puppet. It’s practical too, with a little pocket at the front to hold a tissue or dummy.

2. Photo shoot gift box

Give your loved ones the opportunity to immortalize unforgettable moments! With the photo shoot gift box, they can get their baby’s portrait photo taken by a professional, at home or in the studio, guaranteeing a high-quality memento to treasure forever.

3. My little treasure

How can you resist my little treasure created by Baby Art! This superb treasure chest, which can be personalised with baby’s hand print, contains a myriad of little drawers. In them parents can store a whole host of precious keepsakes, such as baby’s dummy, photos and special cuddly toys.

4. Photo height chart

Keeping an eye on a child’s growth is easy and fun with this attractive photo height chart. An original and personalised gift to welcome a new arrival, the height chart has 2 columns, each with enough space for up to 30 photos!

5. REMI, for more restful nights

The REMI new-generation baby monitor makes an ideal gift to welcome a new baby. Incorporating multiple functions, our smart appliance can create bedtime and nap routines perfectly tailored to each child. In addition to recording baby’s activity while he or she sleeps, it also includes a sleep tracking diary. This highly intuitive device even allows parents to adjust the baby monitor’s nightlight or choose their favourite lullaby. With REMI, baby’s bedroom becomes a haven of comfort and reassurance!

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How to pick the best baby monitor?

How to pick the best baby monitorA baby monitor makes an ideal gift to welcome a new baby. But how can you be sure you’ve chosen the best baby monitor out there? We’ve put together some information to help you make your choice. 

Choosing the right baby monitor: traditional types

Whether you’re looking in-store or online, choosing your baby monitor at a glance is no easy task. A whole range of traditional versions are available. Traditional baby monitors consist of  a transmitter unit placed in your baby’s room and a receiver unit, which you can place wherever you like. But while these devices usually remain a safe bet, they now face serious competition from high-tech and increasingly sophisticated baby monitors.

Close-up on new-generation baby monitors

High-tech baby monitors incorporate multiple functions. They can serve as night lights, to help your little one fall asleep more easily. They may also incorporate a walkie-talkie so your baby can be soothed by the sound of your voice from a distance, or a thermometer, to accurately monitor the nursery temperature. Some baby monitors even offer a video function so you can check on your little one without disturbing him or her… The prices of these devices generally range from €100 to €200.

A few tips to help you choose the best baby monitor for you

When buying baby equipment, prefer low-voltage models or monitors that are only activated during use. Also make sure you only switch on the base unit when the receiver is on. Because your baby’s brain is highly receptive and develops incredibly fast.

Completely safe and offering a whole lot more than a traditional baby monitor, REMI monitors your baby’s sleep and adjusts his/her sleeping habits from the age of 0 to 10
years. Discover all its advantages and its numerous features for yourself!

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The keys to understanding your baby’s sleep

The keys to understanding your baby's sleepSleep is absolutely essential for your baby’s good health and a physiological requirement for his or her physical and mental development. Your baby’s sleep is very different from that of adults and it also changes as he or she grows. As a new parent, it’s very useful to understand how your baby’s sleep!

Your baby’s sleep up to the age of 3 months

At this age, babies have not yet developed a 24-hour biological rhythm and they can’t tell the difference between day and night. On average, babies of this age sleep for between 17 and 20 hours per day in short cycles that last around 50 minutes. How frequently your little one wakes up depends on how often he or she needs a feed.

Sleep phases in newborns

In newborns, sleep consists of two phases, making up one complete cycle:

  • Active (or REM – “rapid eye movement”) sleep, when your baby may twitch or jerk, make noises and move his or her arms and legs.
  • Quiet (or non-REM) sleep, when your baby is relaxed, quiet and does not move.

Over the weeks, your baby’s internal body clock and sleep structure gradually develop depending on his or her neurological maturity and the quality of the environment.

Your baby’s sleep from 3 to 6 months

Between the ages of 3 and 6 months, quiet sleep becomes structured into two separate phases: slow-wave/light sleep, in which the baby is relaxed but still aware of external sounds, then slow-wave/deep sleep in which he/she no longer hears anything. Your baby’s internal body clock has now been set. His/her sleep requirements fall to around 14 to 15 hours per day. At this stage, babies begin to sleep through the night, sleeping for stretches of 5 to 6 hours.

Between the ages of 6 and 18 months

At this age, babies sleep for around 8 to 12 hours per night. But at around 7 to 11 months, they develop separation anxiety. This entirely normal phase in their development can make it more difficult for them to fall asleep. They may need reassurance from their parents or extra cuddles to help them sleep better again.

Finally, from 12 to 18 months of age, babies usually have two daytime naps, up until they are around 2 years old. Gradually, your baby’s sleep rhythms and structure settle, becoming closer to those of adults.

Understanding your baby’s sleep is the best way of coping with each new stage of their development. So now you know all the secrets!

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There is an app for that, so what?

There is an app for that so what

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Today, our smartphones and their various applications allow us to call friends, listen to our favourite music and swamp the social networks with selfies. But in this all-digital age; good old-fashionedrecords, film photography and landline phones are making a comeback. A back-to-roots trend has emerged, with people once again embracing authentic, convivial products.

The incredible revival of vinyl records

Ousted by CDs in the 1980s and 1990s, records had all but disappeared from the scene… until now, that is! Although a niche market (around 1% of total music sales in the United States and France), vinyl records are enjoying a revival in sales. In this world of intense digitalization, records bring a degree of poignancy and warmth to our music experience. They also take us back to an era of authenticity, underpinned by exacting quality standards. What’s more, the gramophone record is a veritable objet d’art – in terms of both graphics and sound – that people are proud to display!

The renaissance of film photography and Polaroids

Practical, quick and intuitive: in recent years digital photography has become the norm. But while technology has allowed photographers to explore alternative avenues, it has also encouraged them to pick up bad habits and become “snap happy”, without thinking about what they’re doing. That’s why some photography enthusiasts have actively decided to go back to traditional film. Their new challenge: to confine themselves to taking 24 or 36 photos and then wait with baited breath to discover the results of their efforts once developed!

A cult object of the 1980s, the Polaroid camera also appears to be rising up from the ashes. A few years after the factory closed its doors, a group of bold investors started producing films again and began marketing new models, such as the Z340 and the Z2300. And let’s not forget The Impossible Project! So, after having at one point lost their charm, instant photos are making a comeback as a source of conviviality and fun!

The landline phone: going back to its roots

Increasingly pushed aside by Smartphones, landline phones were practically on the verge of extinction… until the end of the 2000s, when operators finally started offering triple play services including internet, telephone and television. Ever since, the landline phone has been enjoying a new lease of life in our homes. Sometimes ultra-modern, sometimes vintage, it adds an original and decorative touch to our interiors. And what’s more, landline phones now incorporate cutting-edge technologies! The Home Phone, for example, with its 360° HD sound and highly-practical intuitive switch to hands-free mode allows users to enjoy additional authenticity and warmth while they chat.

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The home phone, your ideal home office partner!

The home phone your ideal home office partner

Does your home double up as an office? Whether you’re a freelancer or a teleworker, discover all the benefits of the Home Phone. Elegant and practical, this designer landline phone will be a perfect addition to your home office. Very soon, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Say goodbye to austerity: your landline phone is both colourful and current

Office telephones with their standard design tend to simply blend in with everything else, almost forgotten. Highly original, the Home Phone breaks the traditional mould of the landline telephone to stand out from the crowd… with pride. Extremely stylish, its pure and elegant lines are enhanced by just the right amount of colour. Blue, red, green or grey: it’s up to you to select the shade that best suits your office environment, adding a fabulous touch of sophistication.

Say hello to clarity: at last, your teleconference correspondent comes over loud and clear

Even if your correspondent is hundreds of miles from your office, their voice will come over loud and clear with the Home Phone , thanks to its high-definition sound and 360° loudspeaker. Its technology emphasises the bass sounds, delivering clarity and depth to your conversations, as if your colleagues were right there in the room with you. An extraordinary experience! So now you can stay at home and take part in meetings and teleconferences without having to worry about sound quality.

Multi-tasking: an intuitive, highly practical hands-free option

So what happens when a customer or work colleague calls you? The Home Phone makes your life easy. Simply place the handset on your desk and it will automatically switch to hands-free mode. You will then be able to talk and take notes, or look through files without interrupting the call. Take advantage of the Home Phone to boost your comfort and efficiency at work.

Attractive, reliable and intuitive, the Home Phone is set to become a must-have device in any home office!

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Inside UrbanHello: distribution of the Home Phone

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The Home Phone was finally launched onto the market a little over a year ago. Today it is on sale in several physical outlets as well as online stores. Great oaks from little acorns grow.

Launch at Colette at the start of 2014

The process of taking the Home Phone from the design stage through to industrial production took two years of intensive work. And the very first designer landline phones hit the shelves at the beginning of 2014. An exciting adventure that started in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, at Colette, where the Home Phone was right at home amongst the high-tech selection.

Distribution: online sales develop

Alongside the shop launch, the Home Phone was also made available via the UrbanHello website, of course, followed by Amazon and Fnac.com. So at the click of a mouse, it can be purchased around the world. More recently, the Home Phone hit the Darty website, even finding its way onto the retailer’s list of favourites for Valentine’s Day. A real source of pride for the whole team!

Physical stores: the Home Phone on the shelves

Throughout 2014, the Home Phone began to make inroads in physical stores, including a number of designer stores in Italy. Because, in addition to its technical qualities, the telephone’s pure lines make it a perfect match for a broad range of interior decors. Other European stores expressed an interest in the Home Phone and are now distributing it. These include the Lick network, which specialises in connected objects and innovative high-tech accessories.

In a little over a year, our distribution network has expanded considerably. Our challenge in 2015? To develop it further still, taking the Home Phone into more physical stores. We are determined to raise the profile of our designer landline telephone and conquer an ever wider public.

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Design the Made In France way

Design the Made In France way

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France is renowned for its design prowess. Over the course of history and still today, famous names have imposed their own unique styles and driven trends, within a perpetually evolving creative world. We take you on a guided tour to design, the Made In France way.

The birth of design the French way

It was during the industrial revolution that the concept of design first emerged. From a language point of view, the word is even derived from the French term “dessein” meaning project or intention. The French imposed their vision of things from the outset, with the Art Nouveau movement (1890/1914), dominated by the aesthetics of curved lines. Some major French names really left their mark, such as Hector Guimard. His public toilets and majestic metro entrances still form an integral part of the unique charm of Paris today. Emile André was another leading name associated with the movement. Born in Nancy, he fashioned a new form of urban design in the city, creating bold public and private buildings of the most extraordinary grandeur.

Design: when art yields to modern life

In the 1920s and 30s, French designers drew their inspiration from the Art Deco movement. This style of art shied away from the excess of Art Nouveau to create a functional art, tailored to the needs of modern life. For the first time, some designer creations were available in the bigger shops, such as furniture in the Printemps department store, in Paris, for example. This designer furniture was made using new materials, such as tropical hardwood and glass. Some designers became veritable international stars, like Alsace-born Ruhlmann, who created elegant furniture with sharp lines, much sought-after around the world.

Contemporary design: the essential French influence

After the war, materials, technologies and consumer habits began to change very fast. French designers started experimenting in new directions. Year after year, they continued to surprise with their audacity. The highly versatile designer Starck, for example, seduced crowds with his designer lemon squeezer – millions were sold – as well as his Louis Ghost transparent baroque chair. And France remains a breeding ground for fresh talent. Take, for example, Philippe Jouin, the brains behind the street furniture for the Velib’ bicycle share system, or Ora Ïto, the designer of the MaMo art centre atop Marseille’s Cité Radieuse.

French design studios are also extremely active, particularly in the field of connected objects. They work alongside major manufacturers and start-ups alike. Take Elium Studio, in Paris, for instance. Its design team is working with Withings on the design of its new Activité connected watch, and collaborated with UrbanHello on the Home Phone. Small objects, attractive and innovative, fitting harmoniously into our daily lives: that’s what Made In France is all about!

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Our 5 Kickstarter favourites for the spring

Do you want to know which concepts will turn into future stars? Let’s take a look at five extremely promising projects, highlighted on Kickstarter, and celebrate spring!

1. Playbulb Garden

Do you want to create a unique atmosphere in your garden? Discover this new range of solar-powered led lamps. The technology gives users access to a vast range of lighting effects that can be controlled from a smartphone. A perfect concept for personalising and enhancing a garden.

2. Lugabug: a child’s travel chair

It’s no mean feat getting around stations and airports while lugging suitcases and trying to keep an eye on kids at the same time. The Lugabug child seat is set to make life a whole lot easier for travelling parents. The concept is straightforward: the seat is simply attached to your rolling suitcase. So you move around without a care in the world: clever thinking!

3. With Jungle Bowl, kids will eat up every last scrap

Turn every meal into an adventure: Jungle Bowl is an attractive, brightly coloured bowl that makes children want to eat everything mum and dad put in front of them. The secret: a cunningly disguised surprise awaits at the bottom of the bowl. But kids can only see it and collect their reward once they have emptied their bowl. No more long faces as the kids gobble up their soup.

4. Ujinga: a hilarious new activity card game

Forfeits, challenges… it’s time to get silly and get physical! Developed by Helix, a London design studio specialising in health and wellness, Ujinga is a game that encourages players to have fun and let their hair down. Great for keeping fit and staying happy, forget your inhibitions with this new game to be enjoyed with friends of family.

5. A range of backpacks for outdoor photos and videos

Do you enjoy filming outdoors, all year round in all weather conditions? The Bootlegger Photo Series range of packs has been specifically designed to make your life easier. Use it to stow away your high-tech digital video and photo equipment as well as accessories (tripods, lenses, flash) and make sure you’re always well equipped to indulge your passion for photography and filming to your heart’s content.

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