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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 boston!

SHAZAM
Magic Month

What: Performers amaze the audience with a floating table, slapstick, and disappearing acts.
Why: You’ll be equally entertained (and that’s quite a trick).
When: Thru Jan. 28. Sat., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. Tickets at 781-646-4849 or online at regenttheatre.com. Adults, $10; children, $8.

COMMEMORATE
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

What: Listen to a story about the activist and make friendship bracelets.
Why: School may be out, but you can still squeeze in a little learning.
When: Today, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; story time, 10 a.m.
Where: The Discovery Museums, Children’s Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton (978-264-4200). Adults and children, $10.50; under 1, free.

VROOM
Create a Car

What: Check out The Power to Play: from Trash to Treasure exhibit, and then turn repurposed materials into an automobile.
Why: Relax, you’ve got a few years before he asks to borrow the keys.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence (401-273-5437). Adults and children, $8.50; under 1, free.

Photo: Courtesy of iBaby

LOCATIONS
100 South St
Providence, RI 02903
401-273-5437
177 Main St
Acton, MA 01720
978-264-4200
Regent Theatre
7 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474
781-646-4849
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