An Apple for the Babysitter

iBaby Video Monitor for iPhones and iPads

ibaby video monitor!

Big brother is watching. So is the babysitter on her iPad, dad on his iPhone, and mom on her office computer.

As many as four people at once can keep an eye on your prize with the iBaby Monitor — the only mobile video monitor with two-way audio that we have spied on the market.

High-tech doesn’t mean complicated. Just download the app to your iPhone, iPad, or computer; plug the monitor into your network to register; and install the camera in the room. Our favorite perk is that you can control the camera lens with just a swipe of your finger. So if your little Houdini disappears from view, drag your finger across the screen to find him.

Alerts are issued when baby lets out a cry or makes a move. Two-way audio capabilities let you give a comforting “shhhh” from anywhere you have a connection. Plus, infrared night vision allows you to spy on baby in the middle of the night. You can even take pictures of tushy-up sleeping using your device’s camera.

Little sister will appreciate the memento down the road.

Available online at store.apple.com, $200. For more information, go to ibabylabs.com.

this week in dallas!

KidFilm Festival

What: Don’t miss the diverse movie lineup and an appearance by Children Make Terrible Pets author Peter Brown.
Why: Flicks geared toward your soon-to-be cinephile? Possibly better than popcorn.
When: Sat. & Sun. Schedule online at usafilmfestival.com.
Where: Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., ste. 230. For tickets, call 214-821-3456 or email usafilmfest@aol.com. Adults and children, $5.

Junie B. Jones
What: The sassy heroine from Barbara Park’s popular series graces the stage.
Why: Kiddos can relate as she navigates the tricky waters of first grade.
When: Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Where: Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson (972-744-4650). Tickets online at eisemanncenter.com. Adults and children, $11-$21.

Community Baby Cafe
What: Drop in for free support from lactation specialists at the recently opened center.
Why: Dads chill out in a lounge designated just for them.
When: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 8202 Spring Valley Rd., ste. 100 (214-243-2104).

Photo: Courtesy of iBaby

Community Baby Cafe
8202 Spring Valley Rd
ste 100
Dallas, TX 75240
Charles W. Eisemann Center
2351 Performance Dr
Richardson, TX 75082
5321 E Mockingbird Ln
@ Mockingbird Station
Dallas, TX 75206